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Momofuku Milk Bar

One of the places I was most looking forward to on my trip to NYC was a visit to Momofuku Milk Bar by David Chang and Christina Tosi. It’s the home of such famous desserts like crack pie and the compost cookie.

There are several locations in Manhattan. We actually went to two locations. The first one we went to was close by to Momofuku Noodle Bar. I assumed this was one of the main ones, but it was such a tiny storefront that we nearly missed it. It was also out of most items. So the next day, we paid a visit to the midtown location, which was bigger and more fully stocked.

Our first night, we tried the famed cereal milk soft serve ice cream.

Just like it’s name, this really does taste like the sweet leftover milk after eating a bowl of cornflakes. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this.

At the Midtown location, we stocked up on cookies as well as a slice of the crack pie.

Crack Pie

Looking at the ingredient list, this seemed way too sweet for me. And while it is sweet, there is a very addicting quality to it, hence it’s name. The pie consists of a toasted oat crust with a sweet gooey butter filling. The pie slices are already conveniently prepackaged in these little containers.

The cookies are pretty reasonable priced at $1.85 each and the price gets cheaper the more you buy.

Blueberry and Cream Cookie

This was my second favorite cookie of the ones I got. The cookie is embedded with blueberries and milk crumbs.

Corn Cookie

This was my favorite cookie, but I’m partial to corn flavored things. The key ingredient is a corn powder, which is actually sold by the bottle in the bakery as well. The cookie is reminscent of corn flakes and because of the corn powder, it’s not as grainy as cornbread.

Compost Cookie

Though this is probably their most famous cookie, I didn’t like it quite as much as the others. It’s filled with pretzels, potato chips, coffee, oats, butterscotch, chocolate chips. A little bit overload on ingredients for me and it was hard to distinguish all the different flavors. I had actually made a homemade version with different add-ins a few years ago, so check out my Compost Cookies if you want to try making your own.

I sampled a few other cookies, but didn’t have the willpower to photo them first.

All the cookies have the same soft and chewy texture. The cookies contain glucose, which results in them maintaining their texture for days, so this is one souvenir you can bring home to friends and family. If you’re willing to pay for shipping, you can actually order their pies and cookies online too.

Milk Bar
multiple locations
15 w 56th st
New York, NY 10019

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8 comments on “Momofuku Milk Bar”

  1. OMG, I’m so jealous!!! I was thinking about ordering the pie online, but the shipping costs as much as the pie itself! Maybe one day I’ll get to visit NYC….

    • The pie recipe can be found online so you can always try to make it. Though I did look it up before and I was too lazy to do all the steps. haha.

  2. You know, I am so relieved to read that someone else thought a Milk Bar dessert was too sweet! I’m a huge fan of Momofuku, but I can only manage a few bites of whatever I get there each time because many of the desserts are so densely sweet (and then I feel like I’ve thought blasphemous thoughts and should do some kind of Momofuku-penance). At the same time, it’s still so addictive, like you said, and they’re definitely still some of the best desserts I’ve ever had, even if I feel slightly ill after. Haha. (And I LOVE the cereal milk! I was surprised, too, by how good it was.) I’ve thought about scaling down the sugar if I ever tackle their recipes at home, but kind of scared to fiddle.

    • The desserts definitely run sweeter than I normally prefer, but there is a strange addiction. Heh. I bought the corn powder so I can try the corn one. I will probably see if I can reduce the sugar

  3. This sounds like a cool place to visit. I’ve heard so much about it.Thanks for the cookie treats from Milk. We can’t wait to sample them. I’ve put them back in the freezer so we can enjoy them later this week. I have so many pastries/donuts leftover from yesterday, ha ha.

  4. So… jealous! I have one of their cookbooks and I love looking at the photos of the recipes. This is definitely a place I’d put on any trip to NYC. The crack pie looks so good… I love the container it’s in!

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