It's not every week that a "dessert guru" opens his new dessert bar while I'm in NY. Pichet Ong, of Batch and P'ong fame, opened up Spot to offer NYers a SE Asian take on dessert. I just happen to have a SE Asian girlfriend, so I was excited and worried at the same time. She's a tough cookie, pun intended....
I went against better judgment and ordered the soft cheesecake with walnuts and huckleberries shown above. I say that because I'm a cheesecake snob who prefers the heavier, western style. I should have known better - it wasn't my thing. Not so Puffin's yuzu eskimo with oreo cookie, strawberry and passionfruit. This was a lovely, tangy, crazy ice cream sandwich combo, pairing a familiar oreo-like cookie crust with the Japanese citrus fruit, yuzu. I enjoyed this a lot, scraping the plate to a clear white.
As you can see from the menu, there are seasonal items, cookies, cupcakes, ice creams and drinks.
On the negative side of things, both the thai milk coffee and the hot ovaltine were fails. Puffin didn't take more than a sip of her ovaltine - let's say that she is an ovaltine snob. Since they just opened and are working out the kinks, I will cut them some slack. I like the idea of the place, so I will come back to check it out after it matures a bit.
13 St Marks Place