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Where is the Best Rice Pudding?

AMC1210 Oct 15, 2009 04:18 PM

Years ago I would come to Manhattan on business and head for Chandler's across from the Waldorf Astoria for their Rice Pudding. I still come to Manhattan, but no more Chandler's. Where can I get the best rice (trice the size or Quaker's puffed rice) pudding.

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  1. MMRuth RE: AMC1210 Oct 15, 2009 04:26 PM

    I'm not a rice pudding fan, and so have not been to Rice to Riches, which is downtown (Soho?), but I think it's gotten good reports here. You might try a search for it.

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      mahler5 RE: MMRuth Oct 15, 2009 04:44 PM

      It's fantastic!

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        MMRuth RE: mahler5 Oct 15, 2009 04:45 PM

        I should add - I gather that they only have rice puddings, or at least a huge selection of rice puddings?

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          kathryn RE: MMRuth Oct 15, 2009 05:11 PM

          They have both a huge selection, and I think they only have rice pudding. I found their rice puddings to be too sweet, and using leaky plastic containers.

          I have liked Kyotofu's rice pudding in the past.

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            wew RE: kathryn Oct 15, 2009 05:55 PM

            I'm a sucker for rice pudding, most any, but I stick at Rice to Riches. I tried their puddings three times. I wish I had a place to send you

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            goodhealthgourmet RE: MMRuth Oct 15, 2009 05:29 PM

            it looks like they offer around 20 flavors of rice pudding and 10 different toppings...


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              pbjluver RE: goodhealthgourmet Oct 15, 2009 08:07 PM

              Rich to Riches is the closest rice pudding to my Grandmother's.
              She made hers totally from scratch...with cream and plenty of eggs.
              TRULY ORGASMIC!

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                guttergourmet RE: pbjluver Oct 16, 2009 04:32 AM

                Rice to Riches Rocks! Try Sex, Drugs and Rocky Road or the more traditional Category 5 Caramel. Mrs. GG loves the Jetsons style tupperware too!

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          bronwen RE: MMRuth Oct 16, 2009 08:55 AM

          I love this board! I adore Rice Pudding and had never heard of this place. I will certainly make a beeline for it.

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          instantnoodle RE: AMC1210 Oct 15, 2009 08:17 PM

          There's a stall at the market in Grand Central Station that sells rice pudding and tapioca pudding,

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            piegirl74 RE: AMC1210 Oct 16, 2009 06:16 AM

            I have to say that I love Rice to Riches, too. I am a sucker for graham crackers and their Honey Graham is incredible. For some reason, I am always slightly embarassed to go there: it's touristy, cheesy, expensive, and glutonous, but it's soooo wrong it's good. :-)

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              newfoodie RE: piegirl74 Oct 17, 2009 01:26 PM

              Yes, I agree. I even have a self imposed rule of once per year!

              And come to think of it, it might be time for my annual visit.

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              windycity RE: AMC1210 Oct 16, 2009 08:25 AM

              I've never really liked rice pudding much until Rice to riches and no other rice pudding I've had since compares. That said, they have some wonky flavors like the key lime pie or the mango which I didn't really enjoy. The caramel is divine, though. I think the secret is that they have smaller pieces of rice which feel more rounded. What results is puffy smooth rice pudding.

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                AMC1210 RE: AMC1210 Oct 17, 2009 12:33 PM

                Thanks everybody I'm on my way to Rice to Riches.

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                  kansel RE: AMC1210 Oct 17, 2009 01:31 PM

                  Try the mascarpone and cherry. It is fabulous.

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                    wew RE: kansel Oct 18, 2009 12:01 PM

                    As a result of this thread I retried the puddings here and still could not like them. Windycity might have isolated my problem here when she said, "I've never really liked rice pudding much until Rice to riches...". If you like the German or Jewish deli rice pudding, with baked egg white crisscross cinnamon on top then Rice to riches won't be for you.

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                      stephaniec25 RE: wew Oct 18, 2009 09:00 PM

                      I have to mostly agree with wew. Rice to Riches is good enough but it would never replace my own homemade rice pudding or the kind you get at a really good deli. It's just a different style.

                      Rice to Riches is a great novelty place and makes for a fun snack, but it can't replace homemade :)

                      PS for anyone that has a Rice to Riches craving and isn't downtown - they sell individual portions at a number of sandwich shops around the city, including the Lenny's chain.

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                        wew RE: stephaniec25 Oct 19, 2009 04:21 PM

                        "Rice to Riches is good enough but it would never replace my own homemade rice pudding or the kind you get at a really good deli."
                        With this in mind I tried the rice pudding at Russ and Daughter, a place that many think qualifies as a great deli. It was good but not good enough, but of a style I like.

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                        orthorunner RE: wew Nov 29, 2009 09:01 AM

                        Looking at this thread, it explains exactly why I was disappointed at Rice to Riches last night. My favorite rice pudding ever was at a Turkish restaurant, where it was served hot with the top crusty and caramelized. I found R to R much too soupy with the occasional rice grain. Anyone have any additional recs for more custardy/firm versions? May have to try R and D.

                  2. BluPlateSpec RE: AMC1210 Oct 18, 2009 07:44 PM

                    I've been a fan of rice pudding for years. I try local coffee shops and there is always one that really knows their stuff. I go to that one again and again and get a dish topped with whipped cream and cinnamon. Just plain vanilla, no exotic flavorings. I can taste it now. Explore for yourself.

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                      GeraldineNY RE: AMC1210 Oct 19, 2009 06:17 AM

                      Absolutely Rice to Riches- it is INCREDIBLE!

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