It's noted as "bread pudding" ($9) on the dessert menu of Kutsher's Tribeca, but this chocolate babka dessert is more akin to a warm custard. A surprise if you expected a classic bread pudding made with cubes of babka, but if you're open to a chunky custard interpretation, then give this a chance. You won't be disappointed. The pudding is like a cross between flan, bread pudding, and custard. Hot, almost steamy and silky, the babka is chopped into tiny bits with melty chocolate in each spoonful. Vanilla ice cream makes a simple accompaniment; the poached pear rings in brandy-caramel sauce is far from an afterthought.
About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan blogs at Kathy YL Chan, where she chronicles her eats and travel adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.