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Rice to Riches in Soho

Only in New York...

Cereal Milk Soft Serve at Milk Bar
Rice to Riches in Soho
Rice to Riches in Soho
Rice to Riches in Soho
Rice to Riches in Soho
Rice to Riches in Soho

Only in New York...

Tomorrow I go to NYC for the third time in 6 weeks and so it follows that I might have a Chronicle post or 12 from the accumulated dining experiences...but it hasn’t been so easy.  That’s because every single minute in NYC is a culinary journey and every other doorway a foodie destination.  Where does one start??

The other thing that troubles me, is that as much as I love certain restaurants and as much as I read about new ones, I rarely advocate ‘leaving fun to find fun’, so to speak.  New York, like most cities is really just a collection of neighborhoods, and if you only have a short time in town, why spend it running all over accruing a gazillion $ in taxi fares that you could be spending on food and wine?  I prefer to focus on the area where I am staying for the most part;  that helps me narrow down the options by walking distance or short subway hops and, even more importantly, makes me feel more like a local!

That said, there are always places worth crossing town for, either because they’re a favorite or, particularly, they are simply not duplicated anywhere else.  Here are two of my must-get-tos...By train, taxi, pedi cab or foot.  Why?  Because these are the types of institutions that can hardly exist outside of NYC.

Momofuku Milk Bar

While parent restaurant Momofuku has outposts as far flung as Sydney and Toronto,  Milk Bar is exclusively NYC.  The Momofuku dynasty by David Chang began with a noodle bar in the East Village more than ten years ago and has creatively evolved into five distinct restaurants plus five Milk Bars in Manhattan and Brooklyn.  While Momofuku and Ma Peche are absolute musts if you are anywhere in the vicinity (noodles!  pork buns!  the duck lunch at Ssam Bar), it is Milk Bar, the dairy bar/bakery, that I obsess over. 

Where else can one get Cereal Milk flavored soft serve with cornflake crunch topping??  Although, at Momofuku Noodle bar, I once had Ritz Cracker soft serve--so salty-sweet good, but alas, not available for takeout.


The other musts at Milk Bar are Birthday Cake truffles and Crack Pie.  The Bday Cake truffles are sort of cake batter balls dipped in white chocolate with rainbow sprinkles only not just that--so much better.  They come in little packets of three and I always buy one pack to give and one to keep for later, even if I’m also having my cereal milk soft-serve--because where else does one get birthday cake truffles??  The famous Crack Pie is a rich and gooey sweet-salty sliver on an oat crust.  It's best when shared unless you have time to lie down after...

Rice to Riches

We love this place soooooooooo much.  Perhaps its because it was our first rice pudding restaurant;  perhaps its because its still the only one, ten plus years later.  At Rice to Riches, you will find TWENTY flavors of rice pudding and oodles of toppings, if you care to gild the lily.  Located in Soho, it has a funky, futuristic sort of vibe--all white with major splashes of orange accents.  What we love most, besides the pud, is the very clever, irreverent signage that is posted all over, with such bon mots as “Everything in moderation except rice pudding” and “We’ve got your Atkins right here”.  Guess you have to be there....

Trust me, get a double--you will get to try two flavors, such as Almond Shmalmond or Take me to Tiramisu or Sex, Drugs & Rocky Road--and you can take home the leftovers in the coolest to-go vessel you’ve seen yet.

As they say, only in New York:)



Momofuku Milk Bar
251 E 13th Street (b/n 2nd & 3rd Ave; map)
New York, NY‎ 10003
Click below for other locations:
http://milkbarstore.com/

Momofuku Noodle Bar, Ssam Bar et al
http://momofuku.com/

Crack Pie Recipe:
http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2010/09/crack_pie

Rice to Riches
37 Spring Street (between Mott and Mulberry)
212.274.0008
https://www.ricetoriches.com/