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Jun 8, 2011 06:55 PM

Milkbar overrated

The biggest dissapointment of our trip was Milkbar, prepackaged cookies and crack pie in a mcdonald's apple pie container, is this the best DC has to offer?

Rest of trip was great- Lunch at EMP, Dinner Ippudo, Lunch Blue Ribbon/ Joe Shanghai's, Dinner Peasant, Breakfast at Russ& Daughters.

Where are the better dessert bars? Spot? Cickalicous?

65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

Momofuku Milk Bar
251 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

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  1. <is this the best DC has to offer?>

    DC? Check your GPS - I think it's gone rogue on you.

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    1. re: small h

      DC = David Chang (or were you just kidding?)

      1. re: rrems

        I was actually attempting to make a point about the confusing use of abbreviations. In what I now see was a very confusing way. Comment fail.

    2. The trick is to eat the pie, not the container.

      1. I've had cookies at Milk Bar, never pre-packaged. What do you expect them to give you the pie in, a plastic bag? Or are you seriously saying there was a McD logo on the box?

        1. i think that with the expansion of the momo empire and the addition of a second (and now third) milk bar location they have started doing almost all of the baking at the central commissary where once they baked stuff on sight at the 12th st location. Over the last 6 mos to a year ive noticed the same thing about the cookies and the pie coming in much more professional looking packaging. The baked goods were always just about too rich, sweet and generally gooey for me, and after my last couple experiences we decided were more or less done with milk bar.

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          1. re: tex.s.toast

            Even more so than other Momo enterprises, Milkbar is an amorphous entity, more a concept than a location. You write it off at your peril. Last winter (and the year before, at least) it/they produced a superb stollen. Search for the CH thread on it. If you are done with Milkbar you're denying yourself a great seasonal pleasure. I took some of that stollen last year to India, to people who know a thing or ten about vibrant tastes, and weeks old (frozen) they loved it. The crack pie may well be packed in a McDonald's type of container -- although I'm not aware that Mc Donald's invented the tirangle -- but it's rich, buttery, and decadent. It's sweet, yes, but that's part of its intensity and strength.

            1. re: FoodDabbler

              The Stollen was excellent. The best thing I've had from Milk Bar.

              1. re: sugartoof

                Agree on the Stollen. Amazing stuff and I'll look for it again next holiday season. But I was unimpressed by the red velvet soft serve I tried once, and some of the other things I've tried were way too sweet for my taste.

              2. re: FoodDabbler

                i did read the thread about the stollen at the holiday market, and even tried to cop some a couple times, but they were always out by the time i made it by the stand. ill probably still end up at milkbar every once in a while (despite my wishes i am not in sole control of where i end up eating all the time) but i guess i meant to say that ive written them off/stopped seeking it out since noticing a distinct drop off in quality of the products i once went there for.

                i still like the corn cookie and liked the birthday cake cake truffles i had but the move to brooklyn-based production (and scaling up of the enterprise) has left a less than sweet taste in my mouth the last few visits.

            2. toro - milk bar bakes fresh in brooklyn, and now packages some of the items in gift bags/boxes. better than dropping it in a paper bag isn't it? their recipes are uniquely milk bar.

              most of the criticism was about over sweetness, and some combinations/textures just not working, but they've toned it down. yes, the place is hyped, and to me it's more an oddity with some fun choices than an all out good bakery - but the cookies are fine if not pricey. they used to be smaller, with a lump in the middle, so consider them much improved.

              Chickalicious is lighter and technique driven approach to sweets. The cupcakes are good, but lighter than a normal cake. Spot is more Asian themed with some cupcakes and standard baked items, plus their more involved dessert plates, and tastings.

              Based on your order, you should have gone to City Bakery/Birdbath, unless you wanted more experimental flavors.

              203 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003

              Spot Dessert Bar
              13 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

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              1. re: sugartoof

                "Their recipes are uniquely milk bar" - that's one of reasons why I remain a fan. You can find red velvet cupcakes at a hundred bakeries, but you won't find a crack pie or birthday cake truffles or whatever Milk Bar has to offer. I also genuinely find many of their offerings to be delicious, though there has been a few misses. I love subtle sweetness of Asian-style desserts, but Milk Bar is another ball game altogether. My husband recently raved about their chocolate cookie I brought back from lunch at Ma Peche. He claimed it was the best cookie ever.

                BTW I think of Milk Bar as more Christina Toshi's place, rather than David Chang's, though it's part of his Momofuku empire (re: "the best DC has to offer.")

                I'm also a fan of Chikalicious, Spot, and Kyotofu. Each place has their own strength. Even though I am sometimes less than happy with Spot's customer service (I find it ridiculous how quickly their loyalty cards expire) I still like the place.

                1. re: uwsister

                  Yes, Milkbar is much more Tosi than Chang. Even a savory offering such as the pastrami-sauerkraut-rye croissant is, I believe, hers.

                  1. re: uwsister

                    fully agree. their chocolate cookie tops my list of favorites. my second favorite might be the corn cookie. the truffles are almost always excellent. i didn't like the pretzel one earlier this year, but the new strawberry lime is worth a trip. there's nowhere else that has anything similar.