At the newest Baoguette location on St. Mark's Place, the banh mi and Vietnamese soup speckled menu features a rather exciting dessert selection of, get ready for it, soft serve. Current flavors include jasmine and pandan. The menu also lists durian, though it wasn't available the day we visited.
Pandan proved to be a fine silky number, delicate in taste with just the slightest fragrance. Think vanilla meets coconut with the barest hint of nuttiness. Unfortunately the jasmine—gummy, gritty and overly sweet—didn't fare as well. Topping options? Drizzles of condensed milk and dulce de leche. How lucky we are in the East Village: vanilla bean soft serve at ChickaLicious, rotating flavors at Momofuku Milk bar (like the doughnut lineup right now), and now Asian-inspired ones at Baoguette.
37 St. Mark's Place, New York NY 10003 (b/n 1st and 2nd Avenue; map)