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First Look at Spot and Pichet Ong’s Daring Desserts

Photo: Melissa Hom

OBAO isn’t the only restaurant that Ace Watanasuparp and Chai Huadwattana opened this week. Yesterday they also opened Spot Dessert Bar with another one of the city’s prominent Asian chefs, Pichet Ong, in the below-ground space that used to house the Iron Fairies store. With so many dessert options already on this block alone (Pinkberry, Red Mango, Yogurt Station, and the soft-serve at Baoguette Café, to name a few), it’s hard to imagine East Villagers are craving another one, but leave it to Pichet Ong to keep things interesting by offering exotically flavored puddings, cupcakes, and cookies, as well as creations such as a miso ice-cream sandwich (the wildest thing to happen to Asian ice-cream sandwiches since Xie Xie!).

The pièce de résistance here, and the thing that’s bound to pull in the Japanese hipsters in droves, is the ice cream, since you can choose from various ingredients that are then “Pacotized” into an ice-cream base via a Pacojet machine (if you’re not familiar with this process, Chow posted about the “ice cream of the gods” a few years ago). You can then top the custom-flavored ice creams and sherbets with everything from caramelized Rice Krispies to coconut macaroons. Since Ong is only a consulting chef, it’s uncertain whether the menu will change as often as P*Ong’s did, but here, in any case, are the initial offerings.

Madeleines
Honey Vanilla
Coconut Chocolate
12 for $4 or 24 for $7

Cupcakes
Mocha
Vanilla
Green tea
$3 each

Cookies
Coconut Chocolate Chip
Crispy Chinese Walnut
Ginger Oatmeal Raisin
$2.75 each or 3 for $8

Puddings To Go
Soft Cheesecake, Lime Walnut, Huckleberries
Chocolate Pudding, Thai Coffee, Cocoa Pearls
Coconut Panna Cotta, Lime Cream, Macaroon
$5 each or 3 for $13

Plated Desserts for In-House Eating
Soft Cheesecake, Lime, Walnut, Huckleberries
White Miso Ice Cream Sandwich, Olive Oil, Persimmon
Thai Coffee "Affogato," Tapioca, Caramel Ice Cream
Sticky Toffee Jasmine Rice Pudding Créme Brulée
$6.50 each or 4 for $22

Ice Creams and Sherbets
Ice Creams: Ovaltine, Milk & Honey, Caramel Coffee
Sherbets: Mango, Chocolate o Liang, Coconut
$4 each or 3 for $8

Accompaniments & Toppings
Caramelized Rice Crispies
Walnut Cookie Crumbs
Coconut Macaroon
Chocolate Pearls
Green Tea Poached Raspberries
Vanilla Poached Persimmon
Lime Curd
Chocolate Sauce
$1 each

Spot Dessert Bar, 13 St. Marks Pl., nr. Fourth Ave.; 212-677-5670

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