Milk Bar isn’t just the sister bakery of the Momofuku culinary empire, it’s a lifestyle brand that has made it cool for me as an adult to enjoy my favorite childhood junk foods. New York is famous for its bakeries. There’s Veniero’s in East Village since 1894, Junior’s in Brooklyn since 1950, and Cafe Lalo (check the Cafe Lalo article) on the Upper West Side, famous as a filming location in 1990’s You’ve Got Mail. Why is Milk Bar different?
The bakery has built a reputation around its interesting menu items, like its famous cakes with unfrosted sides. Its on-the-go snacks are the best, like birthday cake truffles (my go-to), cereal-milk flavored ice cream (not my favorite, but wildly popular with the locals), and Crack Pie, a rich, salty-sweet pie with an oatmeal cookie crust. There are a few Milk Bar locations around the city, but only the Williamsburg outpost has the full menu. Most importantly, it’s the only location with alcohol-infused Fancy Milkshakes.
Special tip: Milk Bar is open until late, making it the perfect spot to stop off for a midnight snack before hitting another bar in Williamsburg.