At Pain D'Avignon inside The Plaza Food Hall, Bread Pudding ($4.50) is baked in a long pan and sliced to order. It's a croissant bread pudding to be exact, textbook perfect with a handful of raisins on one occasion, and tender apples on another. There's a whiff of cinnamon, but it's vanilla that comes through moist prominently. Ask for the crème anglaise on the side, and pour it on just before eating. If you come in the early mornings, keep an eye out for the Orange Chocolate Brioche ($3.25). The brioche is dotted with glossy dark chocolate shards on the top and a heart of melty chocolate at the very center, the brioche itself fragrant with notes of orange.
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.