Sunday: Milk Bar, Sullivan St, BCD Tofu

Friday, November 21, 2008 5comments No tags Permalink 0

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
(212) 265-5580

BCD Tofu House
17 W 32 St
New York, NY 10079
(212) 967-1900

  • bb
    November 21, 2008

    See, the problem is I live in Portland…Oregon!…3000 miles away from all these fabulous things I keep being tormented by. Sure we have bakeries, but not like that. And a place where steaming pots of tofu are easily accessible? No, dammit! Ah well, glad you’re enjoying it…and sharing it…with those who can’t. Thanks…I guess!!

  • K and S
    November 21, 2008

    first you got me started on bread pudding…now I have to look or make some budino!! :)

  • Kathy YL Chan
    November 21, 2008

    Hey BB!Ahh, but I’m sure you have plenty of delicious food in Portland that we can’t get here in the city! One day you’ll have to visit NYC, and get your bakery and tofu stew fill all in one go! :)Hey Kat!Hehe…just another good excuse to have pudding in many more forms!! :D

  • KirkK
    November 21, 2008

    Hey Kathy – Geeez, and it’s barely past noon!! ;o)

  • jasmin
    January 6, 2009

    Hey there, I just found your blog from google searching “macarons oahu,” trying to find a good macaron place while I am here. I love this blog! I actually lived in the EV this past summer on 10th street. I miss it so much! I am planning on moving back sometime soon, probably next year.

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