Domo Williamsburg

2017 is finally here and we decided to celebrate the new year with a traditional Japanese dish, mochi. Mochi can be eaten all year round in many different forms, but it plays a huge role especially during New Year’s Day. On this special day, kagami mochi decorations are put on display at homes all across Japan. These ornaments comprise of two flattened circular mochi patties stacked on top of the other, and finished off with a mandarin orange at the very top. We also cook a special clear broth soup called ozoni that includes toasted mochi. Unfortunately, we did not decorate our apartments with kagami mochi nor did we cook ozoni. Rather, we headed over to Domo Williamsburg for a different kind of mochi that you don’t usually eat on New Year’s Day, but is equally as delicious.

Domo Williamsburg located on the corner of Jackson Street and Manhattan Avenue is a small Japanese eatery/grocery store that stocks everything from candy to cup ramen, and of course, a menu consisting of homemade rice balls, sandwiches, an array of teas, and dangos. For those who are not familiar, dango are little mochi balls that are usually served with wood or bamboo skewers. At this particular eatery, you can order from a variety of red bean paste, sesame, and mitarashi (soy sauce flavor). We had to go with two orders of the mitarashi dango, because as little girls we had fond memories of this sweet and savory snacks. Originating from Kamo Mitarashi Tea House in Kyoto, Japan, the mitarashi dango is made with a thick, sweet soy sauce glaze that also has a deep toasted flavor. Often times, a sheet of nori seaweed is carefully wrapped around the dango, providing a little bit of texture and enhancing that toasty quality of the dish. At Domo Williamsburg, the dangos come in nice paper coverings and served on a beautiful wooden platter.

If you love dangos as much as we do or have never eaten one and want to try out some traditional dangos, we highly recommend dropping by Domo Williamsburg. While you’re there, make sure to pick up a few snacks for later!

Domo Williamsburg
359 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
domowilliamsburg.com

Taiyaki NYC

Although fall is in full swing, we couldn’t resist posting about this cold treat. Taiyaki NYC is the newest dessert place that has everyone, including us, talking. Located on Baxter Street between Hester and Canal Street, this sweet joint brings an exceptionally unique take on the traditional Japanese (also Korean) fish-shaped cake, known as taiyaki. The shop specializes in soft serve with taiyaki “cones” with their distinct twist being the fish’s mouth is stretched an inch or two to accommodate a variety of ice cream flavors. There’s topping and filling options too, from mochi to fresh strawberries, custard to red bean paste. Since it was our first time, we decided to go with The Classic ($7), complete with vanilla soft serve, custard filling, fresh strawberries, wafer sticks, and chocolate drizzle. The soft serve was a welcomed addition to the often times plain treat, although midway through, we did start to panic as the upper half threatened to topple over. So our recommendation, do not take your time eating this…you won’t regret it!

Taiyaki NYC
119 Baxter St, New York, NY 10013
www.taiyakinyc.com

Pintrill x Shake Shack

You may or may not have heard by now, but Pintrill has teamed up with Shake Shack to bring some super cute pins to their already extensive roster. To commemorate this exciting collaboration, a release party was held at on May 24th at the Shake Shack on 1 Old Fulton Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn. There was of course the burger joint’s amazing menu items, (Naomi got the Shack Burger and I got the Shack Stack) but there was also a special dessert that we all were looking forward to. In honor of Pintrill, Shake Shack created a custom Concrete consisting of their chocolate custard ice cream, gooey caramel, and bits of honeycomb all swirled together to form a deliciously sweet and crunchy treat. If you didn’t know, Pintrill’s colors are black and gold, hence the chocolate ice cream with the golden honeycomb. Close enough!

Check out Pintrill’s Shake Shack pins here and make sure to stop by any of the Shake Shack location for some amazing burgers.

Shake Shack Dumbo
1 Old Fulton St
(347) 435-2676
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Patisserie Tomoko

Patisserie Tomoko

Remember that post we did about the strawberry shortcake from Ogawaken in Tokyo, Japan? Well, we’ve found our home away from home dessert spot right here in our stomping grounds, Williamsburg. Located on Union Avenue between Richardson and Frost street and next to Re.Union, this little gem takes a more contemporary approach to Euro-Japanese dessert making. Chef Tomoko, who has worked in well-established restaurants across New York like Bouley, Le Bernadin, and the Russian Tea Room, brings her expertise and knowledge to her patisserie.

Patisserie Tomoko has a distinct bar-like feel with its U-shaped counter and seats surrounding an open kitchen area. It’s the perfect quiet spot for some tea and cake. The menu offerings range from an array of sweets displayed in the counter’s glass casing to two prix fixe dessert choices, the Standard ($12) which comes with two courses and the Premium ($16) with three courses for those with an extra sweet tooth. We went with the Standard prix fixe, where we chose a Zuzu Cheesecake (pictured) as our “main course” and a separate order of Berry Tart and green tea. First came the cheesecake and tart. Both were refined to the right amount of sweetness, as most Japanese desserts are—not too overpowering and not too bland. Hints of citrus cut through the creamy cheese filling, bringing an overall zestiness to the dish. The blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries on the tart were extremely fresh, and a dollop of whipped cream along with the crust and custard filling created a scrumptious spoonful. Finally, a plate of rose macaroon, coconut crisp, and black sesame caramel sandwich completed our course.

Between the two of us, this meal satiated our sweet cravings but did not leave us with that heaviness that extra sweet cupcakes or double layered chocolate cakes so often do. Next time you get the craving for something sugary and light, stop by Patisserie Tomoko for a pot of tea and your choice of dessert!

Rings: Lips Piercing Ring by Delfina Delettrez and Smiley Pearl Ring by Nectar de Stagni. Featuring Shodo nails by the amazing Lady Fancy Nails.

Patisserie Tomoko
68 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
www.patisserietomoko.com

Spot Dessert Bar

A sweet tooth? Well, we have just the right place for your sugary appetite, and the added bonus of delighting your visual senses. Spot Dessert Bar located right in the middle of St. Mark’s Place in New York is the perfect site for chocolaty goodness and light fluffy confections.

We had the pleasure of meeting one of the faces behind Spot Dessert Bar, Mark Lee, and got to choose three of our favorite picks from an amazing selection of incredible looking creations. The Chocolate Green Tea Lava Cake, which Naomi loved, was a cylindrical chocolate cake that when cut in half, oozed with a thick green tea ganache, melding perfectly with the cake and green tea ice cream.

Next came my favorite, The Harvest (pictured above). At first glance, this dish might be mistaken for a table plant. However, this cheeky dessert consists of layers of berries, creamy cheesecake, fluffy meringue, raspberry sorbet, and black rose milk tea with a sprinkle of chocolate crumble to mimic dirt. To top this all off, a few stalks of parsley are nestled into the “dirt” to look like a vibrant green plant. Each bite is a surprise to the senses with sweet, tangy, crunchy, and soft. Lastly, we tried the Golden Toast—something that resembles a sweet breakfast, and which happens to be one of the dishes Spot Dessert Bar is most known for. This dish features a piece of thick toast cut into six pieces, with a generous drizzle of honey. The toast is incredibly crunchy outside and has a fluffy, almost cloud like interior. Fresh strawberries, whipped cream, and of course, their specialty condensed milk ice cream are welcome sides to enjoy with this toast.

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

Spot Dessert Bar Midtown
11 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001
spotdessertbar.com