Wednesday, December 8, 2010

St Marks Night: Dessert @ Spot & Drinks @ Angel Share

Last weekend, Thanan, Ish and I all had a hankering for Xian.  There must be crack in that spicy oil, because we all jones it like crazy each week.  We met up for dinner there, reveled in the joy that is D1 (savory lamb with noodle), and then parted ways for a couple of hours. 

Thanan and I filled up those couple of hours with dessert!

Spot is a cute little dessert spot in the basement of one of the myriad of eateries lining St. Marks.  They have a variety of desserts like cupcakes, cookies, ice cream (with different toppings like pomegranate and mochi) and signature desserts.  They also offer an omakase option also which includes four of their signature desserts, of your choice, with cookies and more of chef's choice. 

Thanan and I were not inspired to eat that much though, so we each ordered one signature dish and a drink.  (I got cold bubble tea which I don't recommend.  Get a hot drink.  It's winter!)

Thanan ordered the jasmine rice pudding: marscapone cream, persimmon, toasted pistachio, chili tuile and saffron ice cream.  Beautiful isn't it?  The flavors of this dessert were layered and interesting, with everything accenting the coconut-creamy rice.  Nice, refreshing and not too heavy.

I ordered one of the seasonal dishes: warm, sesame pear crisp featuring chocolate ganache strokes, pomegranate seeds and basil ice cream.  It did not look as beautiful, but I really loved it.    

The sesame tart crust was crunchy yet chewy and had the right amount of sweetness.  The cooked pear was softened but not mushy, melding well with the crisp crust.

The basil ice cream and pomegranates were fine, but not as memorable as that sesame crust, mmm!

After, Thanan and I checked out the nearby Japanese speakeasy called Angel Share.  It is located up the stairs of the Japanese restaurant Village Yokocho, behind an unmarked, gold colored door.  The door opened to reveal dozens of bustling patrons enjoying the "secret" bar.

Angel Share has a large compendium of drinks they offer in a thick, leather bound menu, so I ordered Mack the Knife with gin and a full cinnamon stick.  It tasted exactly like an Asian, herbal medicine drink.  Not exactly what I was looking for.  Thanan ordered some drink that came in a copper colored mug that tasted pleasant, but nothing exciting like Milk and Honey.  We were both underwhelmed.  Then when a trio of our friends showed up, they promptly kicked us out because they only accommodate parties of 4 or less.  That was fine by us though!  Plenty more speakeasies in the city to scope out!

13 St Marks Pl
New York, NY 10003
Angel's Share on Urbanspoon

Angel Share
8 Stuyvesant St

New York, NY 10003
Spot Dessert Bar on Urbanspoon


  1. oh my lord i will eat ANYTHING with persimmon in it. that looks divine!! the sesame pear tart also looks fantastic. what an awesome combo :)

  2. that sesame pear crisp had me at hello