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

Ogawaken

Have you ever taken a bite out of a Japanese-style shortcake? What distinguishes Japanese shortcake from, let’s say, an English shortcake? While most English bakeries are known to use a biscuit base, Japanese bakeries often use a sponge cake base, which gives this dessert an extremely soft and delicate texture. Whether found in the food section of a department store, or in select cake shops and bakeries, you will most likely see them sold as wholes, or in other cases, in individually wrapped little triangular slices across Japan.

Japanese shortcake is our Grandmas favorite. So naturally, before dropping by her place to have lunch together, we stopped by Ogawaken, the famous Japanese patissier for three slices of their famous shortcake. Ogawaken has been around for over a century. Founded in 1905, it was originally a restaurant that served European lunches and dinners. However in the 1970s, they rebranded their company as a patissier, a little sweets boutique that only sold high quality desserts. Today, Ogawaken is known for their invention of the raisinwich, a sort of cookie sandwich with rum raisin cream filling.

After a delicious lunch of sushi, sweet black beans from a neighbor, our Grandma’s potato salad, and countless other mouthwatering dishes, we enjoyed our shortcakes for dessert with black coffee. The cake was soft, and the airy whipped cream had a light sweetness that was balanced out by the tangy strawberries. We recommend going early, around late morning or noon time, as cakes and other sweet treats tend to sell out VERY fast!

Ogawaken
2-6-14, Meguro-Honcho Meguro-ku
Tokyo Japan 152-0002
http://www.ogawaken.co.jp/en/