Review: Spot Dessert Bar, NYC


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There is no better way to catch up with old friends you haven’t seen in a long time than over a smorgasbord of sinfully delicious desserts! At the recommendation of my old classmate Jamie, who lives in Manhattan, we decided to give the Korean Spot Dessert Bar a try.

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The place is pretty small but cosy. And while there is nearly always a line, the turnover was pretty quick. And we didn’t need to wait longer than 20 minutes for a table of 6. Since there were so many of us, we went with the Omakase set which came with 6 dessert choices, 2 large cookies, and a pot of tea to share.

Overall: ★★★★☆ Cosy place for a good variety of desserts.
Price: $

Let’s start off with this Chocolate Forest.

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Voted Best Dessert by Village Voice 2014, this is a pistachio and apricot crumb chocolate mousse cake with chocolate filling and pistachio ice-cream on the side.

This was pretty indulgent. The chocolate cake was not as creamy as I expected and had a nice balance of sweet and slightly bitter flavour. If you’re a fan of nutty flavours or pistachio as a whole, this is your baby.

Next up, this Banana Chouff topped with cornflakes.

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This is a crispy choux-puff filled with bruléed bananas, banana milk ice-cream, cornflakes  and some light caramel sauce. I love my caramelised bananas so this was a win for me.

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Then came something fun!

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The Harvest — layers of berries, soft cheesecake, meringue kisses, raspberry sorbet, black rose milk tea.

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This was definitely an interesting way to present this eclectic mix of flavour but taste and texture-wise, it was pretty average.

And then, this Chocolate Green Tea Lava cake showed up.

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The warm dark chocolate cake was filled with green tea ganache and served with green tea ice cream on the side. Unfortunately, the centre wasn’t quite as molten as we’d have liked. But otherwise, you can’t really go wrong with a dark chocolate and matcha combination.

Finally, two more items from the seasonal menu. A vanilla pudding with chocolate ganache and berry sorbet with pink meringues. How pretty!

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And one of my personal favourites — a caramel-based brownie with vanilla ice-cream. I’m more a vanilla than chocolate person, so I really enjoyed this one.

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And although we were stuffed with all that sugar, we couldn’t resist sinking our teeth into these soft and chewy chocolate matcha and red velvet cookies.

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Spot is definitely a great place to go with a group of friends because the more people you go with, the more varieties you can order or sample. The omakase was $55 for the whole set which was quite a steal in my opinion. Otherwise, you can order individual desserts for just $9.95. Definitely a quick and easy way to get your sugar rush!

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It was so great seeing the girls again and meeting their partners. When you grow up, it’s always nice to know that in another corner of the world, there will always be the people who knew you when you were a complete goofball and still love you just the same.


Spot Dessert Bar
Address: 13 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003, USA
Hours: 12PM–12AM
Phone: +1 212-677-5670

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