A shot of booze can turn a good bread pudding into a great one. That might just be the difference at La Boite en Bois, a French hideaway on the Upper West Side whose version comes with vanilla-bourbon sauce. "Decadent and dense," arepo says on Chowhound, "the best doggone apple cinnamon bread pudding ever made."
Ice cream also takes the lead at sister restaurants Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen and Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya—a luscious vanilla at the former, a deeply spicy ginger at the latter, which won over even bread pudding skeptic Miss Needle.
Finally, hounds share two sleeper picks: a tasty, custardy bread pudding at Westside Restaurant, a little-discussed uptown diner, and a great chocolaty one at Theater District tourist magnet Carmine's. "Tiny bit too much cinnamon, maybe," gavspen allows, "but good nonetheless."
La Boite en Bois [Upper West Side]
75 W. 68th Street (at Columbus Avenue), Manhattan
Restaurant Marc Forgione [Tribeca]
134 Reade Street (between Greenwich and Hudson streets), Manhattan
Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen [Greenwich Village]
35 Downing Street (at Bedford Street), Manhattan
Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya [Lower East Side]
In the Thompson LES Hotel, 187 Orchard Street (between Houston and Stanton streets), Manhattan
Annisa [Greenwich Village]
13 Barrow Street (between Seventh Avenue S. and W. Fourth Street), Manhattan
Westside Restaurant [Upper West Side]
2020 Broadway (at W. 69th Street), Manhattan
Carmine's [Theater District]
200 W. 44th Street (between Seventh and Eighth avenues), Manhattan
Discuss: Bread pudding recs?
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