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Take Out Rice Pudding

josephsm Apr 30, 2007 10:36 AM

I'm looking for the best rice pudding to go in Manhattan. Not from a restaurant, but rather from a deli or small grocery store that has it pre-packaged in roughly $2 portions, so you can pick some up quickly for dessert at home or work. There is a surprising amount of variety out there, some good and some just awful.

My current favorite is a $2 cup from the large deli on the south side of 41st Street between Madison and Park. I tend to like the creamy, less eggy kind, maybe with a sprinkling of cinnamon, and not too sweet, with rice with a bit of a bite.

  1. NAtiveNewYorker Apr 30, 2007 10:52 AM

    Rice to Riches in Nolita used to be great.

    4 Replies
    1. re: NAtiveNewYorker
      piccola Apr 30, 2007 12:33 PM

      The pudding there is still great. But even the small exceeds the OP's $2 pp budget.

      1. re: piccola
        josephsm May 1, 2007 10:37 AM

        Rice to Riches is ok. I tend to go there to appreciate the gimmick or to show it to visitors more than because I am craving their rice pudding.

        What's really overpriced is the Tahitian vanilla rice pudding from one of the stores in the Grand Central market. Mediocre and expensive.

        1. re: josephsm
          jsmitty May 2, 2007 10:12 AM

          the supermarket brand cozy shack is pretty damn good

          1. re: jsmitty
            marlie202 May 2, 2007 01:25 PM

            I agree-and cozy shack has no artifical ingredients

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