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Apr 17, 2010 10:42 AM

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. :)