Monday, November 17, 2008
As I waited for over a hour to taste the latest in the Juicy Peach empire, I tried to meditate on my Jedi mantras. I also tried to not stare at the people surrounding me, many of whom had the most unfortunate experience of falling out of our their time machines from 1982. Dearies, I heart Bow Wow Wow too, but that's not a reason to put on a bodysuit or Ray-Bans. Sorry, I had to put that out there, back to the food.
The line coming out of Momofuku Bakery & Milk Bar was easily spotted from down the block. Good for me, bad for passers-by, many of whom wondered WTF? I endured the hour wait, often pondering if it was really worth it since, by the time I got to the counter, my patience and afternoon were long gone. I chose a variety of cookies, one slice of candy bar pie, and a slice of crack pie. The grease from the cookies immediately started leeching into paper bag, a good sign in my book.
For my half dozen melange, I chose snickerdoodle, compost, double chocolate, peanut butter, blueberry cream, and banana. All are very filling and dense, these are good sized cookies for $1.75. I couldn't imagine eating more than two of these though, they're so thick that your jaw starts to hurt from chewing.
The snickerdoodle tastes like cinnamon sugar with a crunchy exterior. The banana also has a crunchy caramelly exterior with all the sweet banana flavor inside. I was not the biggest fan of the peanut butter; it began tasting good, but then a funky aftertaste would happen that was not pleasing in the slightest. The blueberry also had a strange, maybe batch-related, problem. The blueberries were sweet and flavorful, but in between the bites with blueberries, you ate boring vanilla cookie. I wished every bite had blueberry sunshine, but that didn't happen. The double chocolate was very rich and dark, but not too sweet making it a definite option for a chocolate craving.
My favorite of the bunch was the compost cookie probably because there is chocolate chips and oatmeal involved; whenever there's stress in my life, I crave chocolate chip cookies and that's currently happening. None topped my list of favorite cookie, but all are definitely above average. I am planning on trying the peanut butter again, especially since Ed Levine says it's better.
The same held true for the pies, good A to A-, but nothing that will get you into Harvard. The candy bar pie reminded me of a Take 5, the multiple personality candy bar. They are using very, very good chocolate which I can appreciate, but the filling was a bit too sweet for me, and the pretzels did absolutely nothing.
I enjoyed the crack pie better. It tasted like butterscotch and has the right amount of sweetness. All in all, I would visit again, mostly likely soon with Brownie in tow, and the good people at Grub Street will love that a bakery opened up with nary a cupcake in site.
Momofuku Bakery and Milk Bar
207 Second Avenue