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Best banana pudding in NYC - in a restaurant

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My husband's birthday is coming up and as a die-hard Southerner, he loves banana pudding. Any recs on a restaurant with excellent banana pudding? I would want dessert to be an unexpected surprise.

His favorite banana pudding (in NYC) is Magnolia's, but it isn't available in a restaurant, and he eats their pudding all the time so I'm looking for a new version.

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  1. Blue Ribbon has a great Banana Walnut bread pudding. They always can give you 1/2 banana nut and 1/2 chocolate chip bread pudding if you ask.

    AJR

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    1. re: ajr524

      I did not know that! My girlfriends and I are always fighting over which version of bread pudding we're getting. Good to know.

      Magnolia does have really delicious banana pudding. I remember enjoying Rack & Soul's banana pudding in that simple, American way, but I don't know if the resto would work for a "die-hard Southerner."

    2. A friend from Mississippi liked the version at Rack and Soul (which was not bread pudding but actual banana pudding).

      I wonder if Blue Smoke has it, though...that might be a better overall birthday place.

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      Blue Smoke
      116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

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      1. re: JMJD

        Blue Smoke has delicious banana cream pie, but sadly, no banana pudding.

        I also think a "die-hard Southerner" might be a little disappointed with Blue Smoke overall.

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        Blue Smoke
        116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

      2. Not a fancy place, but Lanskys bannana pudding is amazing.

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        Lansky's Old World Deli
        235 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

        1. I had a great one at Georgia's Eastside Barbeque. It even got the stamp of approval from my partner, who is Georgia-born-and-bred :)