251 E 13th St, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.731891 -73.985782
every day 9am-12am
Neighborhoods: East Village, Downtown
There's enough sugar here to melt a nuclear reactor, and I'd have it no other way. It's called crack pie for a reason.
Sure their crack pie is awesome. And their cereal milks are perfect for drinking with, well, cereal. But the desserts I personally love from Tossi's bakery are her perfectly made (and heavily sugared) cookies and squishy soft soft-serve ice cream.
Momofuku Milk Bar is a bakery with such a sky-high hype factor that it is easy to forget just how good it really is. A spinoff of the wildly overrated Momofuku restaurants, this small dessert outlet is best known for its "cereal milk" custard and "crack pie," neither of which are really that exceptional. (The latter is basically just butter and sugar.) But the cakes, which change from month to month, are uniformly brilliant and the perfect gift to bring to a party, or just to bring home.
The crack pie is like crack and although the cereal-flavored ice cream isn't a new concept, it's just as addicting. This small dessert shop has garnered a cult-following over the years and rightfully so. Stop in for a unconventional treat and please, don't deny yourself the pleasure of at least sampling Christina Tosi's crack pie.
Unique, Bizzare, Delicious – I am surprised this spot hasn't received more reviews, or a ton of good reviews at that. Tucked away on a cross street in the E. Village, there is nearly always a line outside the door at Milk Bar.
The infamous crack pie is a force to be reckoned with. So good, in fact, that the LA Times has even written about it. It tastes like a stick of pure butter so when the $5 slice came and was TINY, I wasn't that worried. I didn't finish it all anyway but boy was it delicious.
My favorite part of this place is the innovative soft serve flavors that change every couple weeks. We sampled the "salt and pepper" (the sample size was more than enough). You could actually taste both flavors! Why anyone would want to eat an entire cup of salt and pepper soft serve is beyond me though...
On the other hand, the red velvet cake and cereal milk were delicious. I hear they have zucchini bread and cinnamon bun right now, will have to check it out.
ok, overrated – i love sweets, but this was a little over the top. i tried the crack pie and compost cookie...both were overly sweet and to the point where i couldn't finish both. nice to try but i wouldn't go back
Shockingly Delicious Cookies – To be honest, I was not impressed with David Chang's other restaurants including Noodle Bar or SAAM bar. But I am loving Milk Bar! They have these amazing cookies that are so heavy that they weigh like 1 lb each.. Ok I am exaggerating but they definitely are solid in weight and amazing in taste.
I really love their Compost cookies and chocolate Chocolate. What is even more tempting about this place is they start offering 85 Cents cookies from the day before. So you could save $1 on each cookie.
Also another thing I have to talk about is their Crack Pie. It is cracking good! It looks like a simple, no topping pie but it is sweet to the point.
Finally, I just got to taste their Red Velvet soft Serve! Kudo to the inventive flavor and rich taste! I am coming back to get a big cup when the weather gets warmer!
Crack Pie - as good as you think! – Crack pie - seriously good. There's a recipe that shadows it somewhere on the Internet and I want to try making it at home since we're only in NYC once a year.
~cereal milk: I know this is totally subjective, but I was hoping for a little sweet in my cereal milk soft-serve. This was sour cereal milk and I just didn't prefer it.
~salt & pepper: nailed the taste EXACTLY. However, not something I wanted more than two bites of.
~ pb & j: the stand-out soft-serve flavor - YUM!
The compost cookie seems to have everything including the kitchen sink but the flavors just meld together amazingly well. It was delicious! Next time I want to try the blueberry cream cookie…that just sounds good.
Also, I have to confess: when we went to Milk Bar they'd just pulled something out of the oven that conveyed the most amazing and wonderful, rich pure deep chocolaty scent. It wafted across the room and permeated everything and it was WONDERFUL. Whatever it was, I need some of that.
Cereal Milk! – We came to Milk Bar after passing on dessert at Mesa Grill. Be sure to get your one free sample of soft-serv before you order. Apparently they're known for the cereal milk, which actually does taste like the milk left over in your cereal bowl. I had corn flake flavor. They also had a salt-and-pepper flavor, which was just WEIRD, but not gross. I also ordered some cookies and grasshopper pie. Both were excellent.
should be called the momofuku Salt bar – Holy Hypertension batman! I stopped by this past weekend with a few friends and we were excited to try the much-hyped baked offerings of Momofuku and the anticipation was high.. we tried a slice of every pie and had every cookie.. some flavored milks and a pork bun... well the pork bun was yummy but for $9.00 that's a royal rip-off since u can go around the block and get an equally good pork bun for 2 bucks.
The baked goods.. .. all had good intentions and the flavor was yummy except for the EXCESS OF SALT IN EVERY BITE OF EVERYTHING! Seriously! Lay off the salt.. $5 for a small slice of salty pie isn't a good deal!
The flavored milks were.. well you get the idea.. I could make this at home for twenty cents or buy some NesQuik.
All in all they need to fix some things before this place can compete with the great bakeries in the nabe'.
Unique combinations make for a great experience – You can't find this stuff anywhere. From the "Composte" cookie, which is a souped up chocolate chip cookie that includes nearly every type of treat you love, including potato chips, and the cr@ck pie, which is basically a candy bar, to the various cakes infused with lemon, passion fruit and other curds and the "cereal" milk, which is basically the milk from the bottom of a cereal bowl. Everything we tasted was really good, and it is definitely a unique experience. I'm not sure what the other reviewer experienced...maybe they came on an off day or had a new server. We went on a Friday night at around 9pm and the display cases were full and the wait staff was incredibly nice. In fact, after we had gotten our deserts and were eating them, one of them overheard me say that I thought one of the soft serve flavors sounded interesting, and then brought me a little tasting of it.
Definitely worth a stop after any meal and holding out for desert.
Not worth your milk money. – Sigh. I haven't been to any of the Momfuku establishments but if the Milk bar is "typical" then I'd think twice before checking the other places out. First. It is indeed a milk bar. No coffee here unless you're interested in various canned options imported from Korea. I'm Korean. So while it was amusing to see these offerings, I know better than to buy them here. They belong in a vending machine at best. I ordered a glass of milk... for 4 dollars. When the friend with me asked how did it taste, I said, "like 4 dollars... not." She had the crck pie. I had the banana cake. Why? Because that's all they had in the display case!!! I mean if you're going to pretend to be a bakery, at least make your (small) showcase look like it's stocked with baked goods for crying out loud. The place was also empty. We should've known this was a bad sign.
I was completely grossed out by how the guy at the counter handled my cake too. His bare fingers were all over it as he tried to slice and place the cake on my paper plate. It fell over and he'd pick it up with his fingers to flip it over a few times. I really didn't feel like eating it after watching that. My friend (an avid baker and very interested in what this place had to offer) noted that the crck (spelled incorrectly because the website considers it a naughty word?) pie tasted like the bottom of a pecan pie. As for mine, imagine chocolate covered rice krispies with peanut butter and banana bread. Yeah. It was strange but not what I would call impressive or even clever.
Sadly, I finished the milk (my mother would be proud) but not the cake. We left totally bummed. Dessert shouldn't make you feel this way.
There are better dessert places around the city folks. Avoid this one. Not worth your time or milk money.
David Chang's dessert annex to Ssam Bar is a mecca for amazing cakes, custards, and even some savory dishes. – In Short
Like Ssam Bar, Ko, and Noodle Bar, this addition to David Chang's Momofuku mini-empire is marked by no-frills decor, a cult-like following, and brilliantly innovative food, courtesy of pastry chef Christina Tosi. Milk Bar's mission is to blow New York's mind with unheard of flavored milks and soft-serv. That was the easy part: grapefruit custard is bound to impress. But the cakes, such as the pistachio-lemon curd cream cake, are shockingly good, as are the milks, like whole strawberry and "cereal milk." But best of all, especially early in the morning, are the savory treats like the Volcano, a bacon, gruyere, and potato knish that does honor to the Momofuku name.
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