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Help, I need good PUDDING!

I used to live in the East Village and I'd always stop by Mama's Soul Food for their wonderfully decadent banana cream pudding.

Five years ago I moved to Hells Kitchen and now I'm left with mini-pacs of Kozy Shack tapioca pudding from the local supermarket. :(

It's been too long since I had a good pudding.

Any type of pudding will do, so long as it's delicious.

Sticky toffee date pudding
Cardamom-scented milk pudding
Chocolate pudding
Butterscotch pudding
Rice pudding (esp. mango rice pudding!)
Tapioca pudding
Bread & butter pudding
Banana pudding (like at Mama's)
Coconut cream pudding

Please advise, chowhounds!

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  1. I realize it's nowhere near Hell's Kitchen, but I love the pudding at Sugar Sweet Sunshine - they have banana pudding as well as a chocolate bomb version. Around the holidays, there's a a pumpkin eggnog flavor that's my favorite.

    Sugar Sweet Sunshine
    126 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

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    1. re: newfoodie

      i second sugar sweet sunshine
      i also like the french toast, almond schalmond, cheesecake, chocolate chip, and tiramisu rice pudding at rice to riches
      and the poached lychee rice pudding from spot if u ever go there tell cindy anthony said hi and to give u a discount :P

    2. Have you tried Kyotofu? They do a variety of desserts, and I believe there are some pudding-like desserts with flavors such as green tea, sesame etc. Though, those desserts may be too flan-like to qualify as pudding.

      Also, Hummus Place (which I think has an outpost in Hell's Kitchen) has a pudding called malabi that is delicious. Along the same lines, Turkish places often have pudding on the dessert menu - e.g. Istanbul Cafe has a few different ones. There's a good milk pudding, kazadibi (sp?) that should be on menus.

      705 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

      1. It's not in your neighborhood, but Tea & Sympathy in Greenwich Village does a very nice sticky toffee pudding as well as treacle pudding. Five Points also has a great sticky toffee pudding, though I don't think it's always on the menu? Good luck on your search, I'm another pudding fiend!

        Tea & Sympathy
        108 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011

        Five Points
        31 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012

        1. Magnolia, while their cupcakes are completely not worth the hype, surprisingly has very good banana pudding per report (must say I have not yet tried it) I have heard some say that it is the only thing worth getting there.
          I believe Amy's Bread sometimes has pudidngs as well, though it may be a figment of my imagination. Can anyone confirm?

          And while not pudding per se, Kyotofu does have a flan-like dessert that is in a rectangle cup. I think it's green tea flavor. While on the topic, their desserts in general are fantastic!

          Amy's Bread
          672 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

          144 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

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          1. re: orthorunner

            The sweet tofu at Kyotofu is definitely pudding-like!

            705 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

            1. re: orthorunner

              i now HATE the cupcakes at magnolia, they are just awful! HOWEVER, the banana pudding is incredible. i tried it thinking it sounded gross and was so pleasantly surprised i sometimes find myself craving it at the oddest times. it really is fantastic and worth waiting in that dreadful cupcake line for. and they dont skimp on the nilla wafers.

            2. the bread pudding at grandaisy bakery and dessert truck works is also good.
              chickalicious also has a few puddings that are good.
              degustation also has a brioche soaked in heavy cream and bruleed it's kind of like a bread pudding, and my my lord is it delicious.

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              1. re: daffyduck

                Thanks, everyone. All your responses are appreciated and have been duly noted. :)

              2. ronnybrook makes a fantastic rice pudding, and a fantastic chocolate pudding. both are excellent, but their supply is inconsistent. they are at a greenmarket by the UN (nearish you, but east side) on wednesdays... union square on weds/sat.

                1. Sounds awkward, but the passion-fruit mousse at Esperanto is out of this f-ing world. It's very "pudding like" in consistency, not mousse-like at all.


                  1. I cannot believe that no one has mentioned the chocolate pudding at Home (in the Village). It's one of the wonders of the world.

                    1. Not super close to you, but Home restaurant down on Cornelia Street in the Village has amazing butterscotch and chocolate pudding. Their bread pudding, made with croissants, is also to die for!

                      Cornelia Street Cafe
                      29 Cornelia Street, New York, NY 10014

                      1. Good pudding is nearby! At the pakistani place on 10th ave near 37th, east side of street, the rice pudding is great. It sometimes can be a little thin, but they throw in some indian spices and it's really yummy (even if once in a while it's rice soup). Only $2 each. You will love it.

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                          1. re: west34

                            Off topic, but how is the rest of their food? Have noticed it when going to my favorite butcher, but have never wandered in. May need to to try out the rice pudding...sounds amazing.

                            1. re: orthorunner

                              There are two things that I really like -- the boneless chicken options on the right side -- one is tomato based, made with thigh meat and peppers and available every day and it's nice and spicy and "authentic". The other is the "chicken korma" thingy they tend to have early in the week - again pretty spicy, but breast meat and perfect with a nan and some yogurt sauce - your mouth will be seriously tingling when you're done. These dishes are nothing like the sicky sweet cream sauce indian that seems to be everywhere now -- expect real flavor and spice - not sweet. and dont forget to grab a rice pudding.

                        1. there's a sticky toffee cherry pudding at quality meats. i once tried their sticky toffee pudding with fig ice cream. but i cant remember if the pudding was bad or if the fig ice cream was bad. i just remember one part of the dessert being bad and the other being good. hopefully it was the fig ice cream that was bad which is why they changed the menu.

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                          1. re: daffyduck

                            Well, cherry doesn't belong in sticky toffee pudding at all. It's one of my favorite desserts ever, but I wouldn't order that version.

                            Making a mental note to try all the puddings at Home!

                          2. Banana pudding from Magnolia bakery. Two nyc locations, one at bleecker and 11th, the other at Columbus and 68th i think.