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gothamette Feb 26, 2012 08:50 AM

Suddenly egg custard tarts are all the rage. Who knew? Is there anyplace in Manhattan outside of Chinatown that sells egg custard tarts? Or is Chinatown the ONLY place in Manhattan that sells them? Sometimes I just really wanna eat one, but Chinatown is a bit far away for me. In any case, I'm simply curious.

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    uwsgrazer Feb 26, 2012 09:17 AM

    Maybe China Fun or Shun Lee West? I think both serve dim sum, at least on weekends, so they probably offer the tarts, though I'm not sure

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    Shun Lee West
    43 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

    China Fun
    246 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

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      RCC Feb 26, 2012 09:42 AM

      Alfama the Portuguese restaurant in midtown East has a bakery kiosk at the entrance. The custard tart is called Pasteis de nata. A touch of cinammon. Fresh and yummy.

      http://www.alfamanyc.com/page/Our-bre...

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      Alfama
      214 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022

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        gothamette Feb 26, 2012 10:20 AM

        Thanks so much, I very vaguely remembered that there was a place on the east side but couldn't remember the actual name of it.

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        gothamette Feb 26, 2012 10:21 AM

        Just to be naughty, I have said on two other threads that I think Chinatown bakeries really get their tarts from a central source and that they don't bake them individually.

        1. iluvcookies Feb 26, 2012 11:17 AM

          Fay Da has a location on W 34th near 8th Ave, they are also opening a location on W4th st soon.

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          Fay Da Bakery
          257 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001

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            gothamette Feb 26, 2012 11:29 AM

            Just for giggles, I've been looking into the history of this little delicacy. It is actually Portuguese in origin. I don't know why everyone goes so ga-ga over the Chinese varieties. They are good but not *that* good.

            In other words, good enough for me to ask about how to get them outside of Chinatown but not so good I'll go to Chinatown when I've got my custard tart jones on.

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              RCC Feb 26, 2012 05:19 PM

              I've had the Chinese ones elsewhere (not in Manhattan C-town). They've all been mostly eggy, with creamy and dense pastry. They're cloying at some point. The Portuguese ones are different with more flaky pastry (French-like) and I love the cinammon touch on the seared custard top. Try the ones from Alfama, they're close to the real Portuguese stuff.

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