Heading north towards 13th Street on 2nd Avenue, our merry band of merry foodies head towards another dessert place after Veneiro’s pastry shop: the Momofuku Bakery and Milk Bar (which we later found out is attached to the Momofuku Ssam bar restaurant).
Inside, there are a few bar tables set up in the center of the room and display cases with pies and goodies framing the sides. On one of the walls is a photo of a man, who we found out is a pastry chef and a performance artist, fighting a mechanical fire breathing dragon machine. Nice.
Also, our good friend and a kind of mystical guide on our gastronomical journey reappeared here at Momofuku Bakery and Milk Bar: Mr Sriracha sauce. He’s all over this place, no doubt a dose for their famed pork buns ($9).
There are also soft serve ice cream here but not your typical flavors like vanilla, but rather, home made rosemary, apricot, lemon verbana (a tart, smooth soft-serve), and blackberry. They give out one free sample for each guest and of course, since they insist, we must oblige.
There are various original pies at Momofuku Bakery and Milk bar such as the candy bar pie, made with chocolate crust, caramel, peanut butter nougat, and pretzels. We order the crack pie ($5), described as a toasted oat crust with gooey butter filling
The pastry pie is savory and buttery rich, deep in the sweet-o-meter yet not overly sweet. Its like your taste buds were jolted with a high intensity dose of brown sugary pastry goodness.
We also found that attached by a hallway to Momofuku Bakery and milk bar is the momofuku ssam bar, but they were closed at that time around 3:30pm because they had to get ready to re-open again for dinner at 5PM.
We walked out and I took this shot of the concrete jungle of New York City, a juxtaposition of abandoned lot overgrown with greens against the backdrop of concrete East Village apartment buildings. Here, life grows.
We walked down further and turned a corner to stumble upon Ippudo, the Japanese Ramen Shop that was on my list but it too was closed for the afternoon to reopen again later for dinner. =
Tasty Chomps rating!!!!
4 out 5 TASTY CHOMPS !!!!
Momofuku Bakery and Milk Bar
207 Second Avenue, New York NY 10003
(on 13th Street; map)