Archive for the ‘DESSERT’ Category

Long Island & NYC Dessert: The Crispery’s Suped Up Rice Krispie Treats & Momofuku Milk Bar’s Candy Bar Pie

March 5, 2009

If you’re looking for a chance to relive your childhood love affair with dessert, The Crispery and Momofuku Milk Bar are cooking up nostalgia in Roslyn, Long Island and New York City.  The Crispery offers 14 different types of Rice Krispie Treats including smores-filled and chocolate cookie-filled versions, each one oozing with sticky marshmallow .  Momofuku Milk Bar takes things up a notch with their Candy Bar Pie, featuring the best of all things peanut butter, caramel, toffee, pretzel, and cookie.  Both were delicious but only one will make your wallet AND your stomach happy…

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Bespoke Chocolates: Custom-Made Chocolates Equal Swoon-Inducing Deliciousness

February 19, 2009

“Pop the the pretzel-covered sea-salted caramel ($2.25) in your mouth in one bite,” said the smiley counter girl.  “You need to contain the liquidy caramel.”  I happily obliged and was immediately searching for a counter to lean on.  All my energy surged to my taste buds, the better to absorb the transcendent flavor transformation taking place.  Salty crunch gives way to smokey caramel and when the dark chocolate appears, the swoon begins, your mind overcome by a chocolate work of art.  What better name than “Bespoke”, defined as “custom-made”, for a place where everything from the ingredients, to the selection and even the location, is unique.  Read on to discover how to find Bespoke Chocolates plus a look at some other delicious items…

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The crunchy exterior provided by a bed of crushed pretzel gives way to decadent, silky deliciousness.

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West Village Dessert: Roasting Plant, Batch & Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee

February 10, 2009

If decadent desserts aren’t enough to pull you out of bed on a wintery day, you may have some issues.  Then again, maybe NYC Food Guy is the one with issues.  After all, who else decides to go on a West Village Dessert Tour when snow is blowing sideways? What would you do if cookie dough shots, chocolate croissants, cream-filled cupcakes, Ovaltine banana pudding with caramelized Rice Krispies, and Aunt Rosie’s Famous chocolate chip cookies were calling your name?

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Eat your heart out Mom, we no longer need your mixing spoon.

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Yes, that is caramel filling. And yes, it is smiling at you.

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East Village Bakery: Deciphering Deliciousness at Pinisi Bakery

January 20, 2009

NYC Food Guy loves bakeries that create unique and fresh desserts.  The only trouble is, when you find a place like this, it’s hard not getting one of everything. I’m taking it upon myself to make things easier for you by discovering what’s delicious at Pinisi Bakery on 4th Street near 1st Avenue.  Read on for a new take on red velvet cake, a surprisingly delicious cupcake and some chocolate filled treats.

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NYC Cookies: 15 Cases of Tim Tams at Tuck Shop RIGHT NOW!

November 20, 2008

On the seventh day, the Lord rested. … and made Tim Tams.  Go to the Tuck Shop, Manhattan’s best and only Australian bake shop, immediately and buy Tim Tams. Fifteen cases just arrived and they’re going fast.  For those of you who are late to the party, Tim Tams are the best packaged cookie ever made. I liken the taste to chocolate EL Fudge cookies filled with silky chocolate and dipped in milk chocolate.

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Australian Packaging, Worldly Deliciousness

You haven’t heard of them because they’re Australian, which only makes them more awesome.  But now, Pepperidge Farm is selling Tim Tams at Target stores until March 2009, which means we only have 5 months to stock up on Tim Tams and tell Pepperidge Farm we want them to stay.  Good thing for us, Tuck Shop, on 1st Street between 1st & 2nd Avenue, is selling Tim Tams FOREVER! I’ve introduced them to at least a dozen people in the last few weeks and everyone says they’re delicious.

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Australia & America, Together At Last

Amazingly, Tim Tams are not even the most delicious dessert at Tuck Shop, where they specialize in Australian street food (nothing like the Halal Guys).  In fact, two of the best desserts I’ve ever had can only be found at Tuck Shop: Lamingtons and Vanilla Slice. Click here for even MORE deliciousness.

Tuck Shop’s Official Website

Tuck Shop – 68 East 1st Street between 1st & 2nd Avenue, NY, NY 10003 (212) 979-5200
Hours: Monday – Wednesday 8AM – 12AM, Thursday 8AM – 2AM, Friday – Saturday 8AM – 5AM, Sunday 8AM – 10PM

NYC Cookies: Tim Tams Are Finally in the U.S. & We Want Them To Stay!

November 17, 2008

Tim Tams are the best packaged cookie NYC Food Guy has ever eaten and now, finally, they’re in the United States at Target Stores.  Imagine chocolate cookies sandwiching silky chocolate creme all dipped in smooth milk chocolate. You’ve never heard of Tim Tams because they’re from Australia.  Ever wonder why Australia seems like a happy place? The answer is Tim Tams.  And now, thanks to Pepperidge Farm, you can find Tim Tams at Target until March 2009.  You need to eat some immediately and then contact Pepperidge Farm to tell them WE WANT TIM TAMS TO STAY!

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You can buy Tim Tams in two varieties: Caramel & Chocolate Creme. I opt for the chocolate creme because I find the caramel an unnecessary distraction to the deliciousness of the silky chocolate creme.  You should buy these for the Tim Tam Slam alone.  Pepperidge Farm should put Tim Tam Slam instructions on the box.  But since they don’t, read on…

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Tim Tam Slam: Bite off both ends of a Tim Tam and use it as a straw for hot chocolate or coffee. The result is a mess of warm, melty chocolate deliciouness.  Get some now and don’t forget to contact Pepperidge Farm and tell them WE WANT TIM TAMS TO STAY!

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NYC Cookies: PMS Kookie Kompany Proves the Best Cookies Are Made with Love

November 13, 2008

Food is love. And the only thing better than finding someone who shares that philosophy is finding someone who has that philosophy in mind when cooking food. PMS Kookie Company, aka This Chick Bakes, embodies all that is right with food; two people who put their heart and soul into creating delicious desserts. Why do they do it? So we can all be happy. I just ate 9 of their cookies in a row and let’s just say, their plan is working. I’m a happy Food Guy.

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Alas, sometimes love isn’t enough in this unforgiving city, that’s why Jen & Charley, the great people behind PMS, offer their sugary goodies at some of the best coffee houses in New York City. Check out their awesome video, find out where you can eat their delicious desserts and then go tell your friends to do the same. Read on for Loco Coco Nutty Bars, Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwiches, Surprisingly Delicious Vegan Cupcakes and the best Peanut Butter Cup in the World…
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NYC Cookies: Petrossian is no Levain but…

October 24, 2008

These are some damn good cookies. Petrossian, the company known for importing Russian caviar, also operates a Cafe/Bakery on 7th Avenue between 57th & 58th Street where they sell three varieties of fresh-baked cookies: Chocolate chip pecan ($3), Double chocolate walnut ($3), and Oatmeal raisin with walnut ($2). Each cookie is delicious, but collectively they still don’t top Levain as the best cookies in the city. Read on to find out why. Special thanks to Sweet Freak for the discovery.

Cookie Tower: Choc. Chip Pecan, Double Choc. Walnut, Oatmeal Raisin w/ Walnut

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Wafels & Dinges Truck: Cinnamon Liege Wafel is Better Than Vanilla

September 4, 2008

You’re looking at Vanilla (top) & Cinnamon (bottom) Liege Wafels from the Wafels & Dinges Truck. Try to ignore the deliciousness of both the liege wafels below, because one is significantly better. Read on to find out which wafel’s better, what a liege wafel actually is plus how to maximize your cost/delicious quota with the “Wafel of Massive Deliciousness.”

Vanilla Liege ($4) with Nutella (+$1), Strawberries (+$1) & Powdered Sugar

Cinnamon Liege ($4) with Nutella (+$1) & Whipped Cream (+$1)

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NY Food Tour: Marzipan filled Pignoli Nut Cookies from Veniero’s Italian Bakery

August 27, 2008

  • What: These simple cookies are simply delicious.  A macaroon-like cookie filled with chewy almond paste and topped with crunchy pignoli (pine) nuts.  If you’re feeling bold, prepare dip the cookie in some Dulce De Leche ice cream. Unreal.
  • Website: http://www.venierospastry.com/
  • Where: 342 East 11st Street off 1st Avenue NY, NY 10003 212-674-7070
  • Inside info: Have an iced cappuccino with a scoop of espresso gelato at the cafe next to the bakery, its a great place for coffee and dessert.  If you’re taking out from the bakery, however, grab a number as soon as you can and map out your dessert plan.  Mini cheesecakes and canolis are delicious but the chocolate cake with chocolate icing and sprinkles was mediocre.

More Great Desserts Here

NY Food Tour: Vanilla Slice at Tuck Shop, “The Great Aussie Bite”

August 20, 2008

NYC Food Guy Note: I’m on vacation in California so I’m sending you on a NY Food Tour to keep your stomach happy while I’m gone. Enjoy the deliciousness.

  • What: Decadent vanilla custard, with a consistency similar to banana pudding, sandwiched between two slices of pastry puff covered in vanilla icing. What more do I have to say? Despite its sloppy appearance, it remains one of the best desserts I’ve ever had.
  • Cost: $3 for a massive slice
  • Where: 68 East 1st Street b/t 1st & 2nd Avenue NY, NY 10003 212-979-5200
  • Website: http://www.tuckshopnyc.com/
  • Inside info: Tuck Shop serves Australian street food including delicious meat pies and lamingtons (pound cake with jam in the middle rolled in chocolate and coconut) until 5AM on Friday & Saturday. Pick up some Tim Tams, on the popularity level with Oreos in Australia, from the tiny grocery section. They’re the best packaged cookies I’ve ever had. Look into the Tim Tam Slam for maximum enjoyment.

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NY Food Tour: Chocolate Chip Cookie Vanilla Gelato Sandwich at Milk & Cookies

August 15, 2008

NYC Food Guy Note: I’m on vacation in California so I’m sending you on a NY Food Tour to keep your stomach happy while I’m gone. Enjoy the deliciousness.

Above: Jumpin Joe (Chocolate Chip cookie with Chocolate Chip Espresso Gelato)

From left to right: Cocoa Monster, Grasshopper, Jumpin Joe
  • What: This small bakery sandwiches Il Laboratoria del Gelato’s flavorful gelato between cookies baked fresh on premises. Use their menu or create your own. You can always opt for the freshest cookie but my favorite, warm or cool, is the classic chocolate chip with the simple vanilla gelato.
  • Cost: $4.88+ tax per ice cream cookie sandwich (Hey, it’s New York)
  • Where: 19 Commerce Street near 7th Avenue South NY, NY 10014 (212) 243-1640
  • Website: http://www.milkandcookiesbakery.com/
  • Inside info: Steer clear of the Grasshopper, featuring a Chocolate Mint Cookie with Fresh Mint Gelato, it tasted like tooth paste. On a more positive note, the director of the French Culinary Institute owns Milk & Cookies so you can feel confident in any of the decadent baked goods that line the counter.

More of NYC Food Guy’s Favorite Desserts Here

Amazing Australian Desserts

June 6, 2008

Darrell Lea’s “Rocklea Road” combines light, fluffy marshmallow, roasted peanuts and toasted coconut smothered in either dark or milk chocolate. It’s like eating all the best Russell Stovers candys in one bite.

Tim Tams are “Australia’s favorite biscuit”. They’re also by far the best packaged cookie I’ve ever had and I dream about the day they appear in U.S. supermarkets.

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Paradis To Go Chocolate Chip Cookie: Better than Levain?

June 3, 2008

Paradis-To-Go (pronounced Para-dee), on 4th Avenue and 12th street, is next in the battle to usurp Levain’s crown as the best chocolate chip cookie in NYC.

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