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Momofuku Milk Bar lives up to the hype


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Momofuku Milk Bar lives up to the hype

thegirlnextdoor | Mar 25, 2009 08:22 PM

I wasn't sure if it would, but it did. Went last night with a friend. Here's my review. I have photos of the space up on my blog (see below).

First impressions--good vibe. The entrance is actually around the corner on 13th, not on 2nd, but you can see everything going on in the place b/c of the floor-to-ceiling windows. Last night, the crowd was downtown couples, hipsters, Asian foodies, and Momofuku Ssam reservation holders (the ones wearing the ties) standing around, eating out of cardboard containers. (Milk Bar is linked to Ssam by a hallway)

Between the two of us, we had:

* Pork Buns: slices of pork belly cradled in Chinese buns; very tasty, although the roast pork at Big Wong's still can't be beat (2 for $9)
* Cereal milk: let cornflakes sit in milk until soggy; strain and serve in soda cup, and you have a hit on your hands; I admire the creative effort, but this drink was just too weird for me; then again, I'm not crazy about cereal; also served as frozen yogurt - the people standing nearby seemed to be enjoying their froot loop flavored fro yo
* Composte cookie: this chocolate chip cookie supposedly contains potato chips, pretzels and other stuff in it; the cookie retains the crunch of the chips - I had thought they were cornflakes, but cornflakes were on the brain, b/c of the above; good texture, crispy on the edges with a chewy center peak, just how I liked my cookies, but very rich ($1.75 each)
* Candy Bar pie: this thing called to us from the display case - topped with chocolate covered pretzels, in the cut view, you can see the chocolate crust, peanut butter filling, caramel oozing out the sides and topped with a layer of hard chocolate; if you're into salty and sweet - this will hit the spot; what a Reeses would be if it grew up and moved to NYC
* Key Lime cake: the surprise winner of the night; took a slice home for City Guy, who likes fruity desserts. With competition from all the above, I have a feeling the key lime cake gets overlooked here. The girl who packed it up for me hadn't even tried it. But I tried a bite when City Guy was enjoying it later and wow - this is amazing cake - the cake layer is flavorful, but not too fluffy or dense; sour cream frosting that tastes homemade and a surprising layer of crispy graham crumbs and a base of graham crackers ($5/slice)

Really fun little spot and I definitely want to go back. Glad to say for once, the food has lived up to the hype. What looked good for next time: crack pie, dulce de leche cake, cinnamon bun pie and blueberry cream cookie.

Momofuku Milk Bar
251 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

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