We planned for lunch at the newly opened BCD Tofu House in Ktown, with just a duo of minor (and delicious) detours along the way. The morning started at Momofuku Bakery & Milk Bar, conveniently/dangerously located 50 steps from my apartment. I can already envision the many nights I shall pass in after work. Dessert for dinner: a slice of cake and a few cookies…perhaps a wedge of brownie pie. Complete makings for a meal as far as I’m concerned. Bryan and I shared a two light snacks including the Pork & Egg bun, complete with fatty pork belly, deep fried soft poached egg, cucumber, hoisin, and scallions.
But as my hankerings oft lean to the side of pastries, desserts, and the like, I found greater joy in devouring the brown butter cinnamon bun. The oversized bun is warmed to order, plush and just a touch sweet, a dandy companion to the whipped cheesecake filling. We ordered them in boxes to go because the plan was to eat half, and then go. But go, we did not. It was a novel idea in theory. However, one bite led to another, and before you knew it, there was little left aside from a smidgen of cheesecake filling and crumbs in the box.
Next, we headed towards Union Square, took the N to Times Square and walked over to Sullivan Street Bakery right off 10th Ave. After oogling the yeasted wonders (pizza bianca! bomboloni! pasqualino di riso!), we decided that one savoury and one sweet seemed like the ideal snack combination. First off, a square of Pizza Zucchini, crisp and liberally salted.
….and then the Budino di Banana, one of the newer (and now my favourite) pastry at the bakery. Read more about it on my Sugar Rush post for Serious Eats New York.
We made it to BCD Tofu just two hours and four snacks after our start. And though I was somewhat full by the time of arrival, a simple glance at the bubbling pots of tofu stew on neighboring tables convinced me that one could never really be that full. It’s all in your head. I used to patronize the BCD Tofu in LA fairly frequently, and while this one doesn’t live up to the original, it nonetheless manages to satisfy and provide the slightest touch of nostalgia. You could do much worse for $9.95 ($11.95 on weekends and nights). Tables are roomy, the banchan assortment is generous and includes fried fish, an automatic plus in my books. I’ll be here plenty on snowy days and rainy nights.
Hope you’re having a lovely Thursday!
Momofuku Bakery & Milk Bar
207 Second Ave
New York, NY 10003
Sullivan Street Bakery
533 W. 47th Street
New York, NY 10036
BCD Tofu House
17 W 32 St
New York, NY 10079