New York’s bakeries are famous. 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, well-known as a filming location in 1990’s You’ve Got Mail. Why is Milk Bar different? 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.
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 outposts of Milk Bar locations elsewhere in the city, but only the original Williamsburg location has the full menu (it’s the only location with alcohol-infused Fancy Milkshakes).
While you’re in Williamsburg:
Milk Bar is open until late, making it the perfect spot to stop off for a midnight snack before hitting another bar. If tiki cocktails are calling your name, check out one of the best neighborhood bars just a few doors down (check The Commodore article).