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Taste of the Upper West Side will feature many DessertBuzz Favorites

Fantastic seasonal fare by Jean-Georges Vongerichten is expected for Saturday's "Best of the West"

Don’t miss the Sixth annual Whole Foods Market new Taste of the Upper West Side featuring many DessertBuzz Favorites such as Jean-Georges, Dovetail, Sugar and PlummSarabeth’s and Momofuku Milk Bark. (more…)

Killed by Dessert takes its first 50 victims

Posted by Niko on January 17th, 2012

Everyone has to go sometime, you might as well be killed by dessert. Francisco Migoya's eclair

On Monday night DessertBuzz attended “Killed by Dessert”.  Six of the country’s top pastry chefs came together to create and serve their “favorite things” in a special meal to benefit Share Our Strength.  The evening was a unqualified success.  There was something really special about the contrast of the casual dining environment of an industrial kitchen and the fastidiousness of top-level chefs and their teams working as if they were feeding the president. (more…)

Upper West Side Momofuku Milk Bar Certified Open

Posted by Niko on September 24th, 2011

The menu for the Upper West Side Milk Bar

Updated: Sunday, September 25, 2011: David Chang’s Upper West Side Momofuku Milk Bar is now open.

As I watched the line grow outside the shop on Sunday morning I had a thought about how much things have changed in NYC over the last 25 years. In the 1980’s (and even into the early 1990’s) they also sold “crack pies” on this corner of West 87th Street, although minus the “pie” part. Now, people line up to pay $5 for a thin slice of dessert or $6 for soft serve made from cereal milk. Crazy.

The sign and the paper menu says “Open Every Day”.  They were serving croissants (pistachio) and cookies (compost, blueberries & cream, cornflake & marshmallow and corn), buns (pork, veggie) soft serve, pies by the slice, etc.  561 Columbus Ave at 87th Street. (more…)

"Wancko" cookie - peanut butter chocolate chip and pretzel chunks

Of all the gatherings of “gourmet” food carts and street food vendors in Manhattan I think Madison Square Eats has the highest percentage of great vendors.  On the savory side,  there are too many to mention.  Here’s a select few: Calexico Cart, Asia Dog, and Roberta’s (real wood oven) pizzas.  On the sweet side there’s plenty of standouts as well.  Some of my favorite picks are featured below. (more…)

The Corn cookie from Momofuku Milk Bar at Ma Peche

I finally had dinner at Momofuku’s Ma Peche in midtown last Friday.  The dinner and savory was (mostly) excellent but all I could think about during the meal is what I was going to order at the Milk Bar.  There are so many options at the Milk Bar and so many ways to mix and match it’s worth spending a good part of your dinner discussing the options.

I decided to go with one new item and one old standby.  I also got a sample of some absolutely awesome “cereal milk” flavored soft serve ice cream (yes, it really tasted like cereal milk!).

Malt truffle cake balls from Ma Peche


You really want to find something at Milk Bar that doesn’t taste good.  You want to say the (nice looking) staff is bitchy.  You want to say the whole joint is just mad-over-rated.  But you can’t.  None of those things are true.  So, you can just add DessertBuzz to the army of jackasses that are signing the praises of Christina Tosi and Momofuko Milk bar.

Last week I did an all Momofuko night, with a  twist.  That is, I hit the Milk Bar at dinner time for a cookie tasting and then grabbed some pork and chicken buns at the Ssam-less Ssam Bar (yes, that’s correct, you can no longer buy a ssam anywhere in the David Chang empire).

I really like the cornflake marshmallow chocolate chip cookie.  Fellow blogger Sue Good Sweets says that they put a lot of dried milk powder in to give it that extra buttery taste. To me, it had a candy like crunch that almost no cookies in my New York City review have.  The candy crunch is almost like someone threw a Butter Finger candy bar in the cookie.

The Compost cookie which contains pretzels, potato chips, butterscotch chips chocolate chips and maybe some other things was also really tasty.  Some reviewers have not been fond of it but I liked all the salt that must come from the chips and pretzels.

The Peanut butter cookies were also very good.  They had a strong peanut butter flavor, which sounds obvious to say but some peanut butter cookies carry the flavor strongly and some don’t.

A trusted foodie friend has strongly recommended that I try the Corn cookie but they haven’t had it the two times I have gone.

This cool looking tower of calories is the chocolate chip cookie cake from Momofuku bakery and milk bar.  More great photos of Momofuku’s baked goods have been posted by Kathryn Yu at her flick’r page.  Damn you Kathryn!  Her website is here.


Damn those people at Serious Eats!  They beat me to it. Go here for first glimpses of Momofuku bakery and Milk bar items.  Including the Volcano and compost cookie.

My pics coming soon.
What would food bloggers do without Shake Shack and the soon-to-be-open Momofuku Bakery and Milk Bar?  With Shake Shack, bloggers were reduced to photographing plywood.  But we still ate it up didn’t we?

The opening of Momofuku Bakery and Milk Bar has taken things to a whole new level.   I’m not sure if Eater has their tongue in their cheek when they say it’s the “most anticipated opening this fall” but again, if photos of the street, and of trash are any indication, the actual first day of service to the public will be big.

Why?  Most of the answer is that people are just on the jock of David Chang. If he cooked sardines over garbage can fires under the west side highway critics would be all “he captured the hobo aesthetic and flavors perfectly”.  The other half of the answer is that when Frank Bruni gave Ko 3 stars he mentioned the desserts and executive pastry chef Christina Tosi specifically.  So,  most food people in New York are looking forward to her creations on Saturday.

Eater has the menu posted.  Based on the descriptions, here is what I am looking forward to trying:

According to the menu Momofuku is going to have soft serve, flavored milks, cookies, cakes and a category called “Etc.” which lists 1)”Volcano” (potato gratin, gruyere cheese and Benton’s bacon) 2) “English muffin” (deep-fried soft poached egg, caramelized onions and lardons) 3) Pork and egg bun and 4) “Brown butter cinnamon bun” (cheesecake filling).

Stay tuned to DessertBuzz as the opening of Momofuku bakery and Milk Bar unfolds.