Diner bread pudding
Almost every NYC diner serves rice pudding. Few serve bread pudding, and the Upper West Side diner where I used to go for bread pudding closed a few months back. (An aside: my diner had a liquor license, so I could order a jigger of bourbon to pour over my pudding. While not as suave as a proper whiskey sauce, it was good enough to relieve my New Orleans homesickness!)
Has anyone spotted bread pudding at their local Manhattan diner? Liquor license lagniappe, but not a dealbreaker.
The bread pudding at Blue Ribbon is outstanding!
They usually have 2 different kinds so if you're having a hard time deciding you can get 1/2 & 1/2. The portion is more than generous so it can easily be shared, and of course they have a liquor license. Their fried chicken is wonderful too.
Blue Ribbon Brasserie
97 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012
Thanks so much, Mirabelle. I've made note of your recommendation, and look forward to trying Blue Ribbon next time I'm flush. At the moment, I'm searching for humble bread pudding from a coffee shop or diner — something I can grab, without fuss or great expense, when the craving strikes.
As for the pudding at Blue Ribbon, it wouldn't OCCUR to me to share it with anyone, regardless of portion size. Generosity has its limits!