Did you think the Caramelized French Toast at Cafe Pedlar and Stumptown was decadent? Not after you've met the Chocolate Bread Pudding ($3.50) from Stumptown in the Ace Hotel. The pudding is baked high and mighty in a muffin cup, with equal parts bread and dark chocolate, the big chunks all melty and soft. The surface is a deep brown and offers a fine crunch against the dense, moist pudding. Coffee or tea will help cut through all the richness.
While you're there, pick up the Blueberry Muffin ($3.50) which boasts an equally satisfying crunch, breaking into a hearty, cornbread-like interior. The blueberries are neither stuffed in the middle a la Blue Sky Bakery, nor evenly scattered about, but sunken at the bottom, so portion your eating appropriately.
Stumptown Coffee (in the Ace Hotel)
20 West 29th Street, New York NY 10001 (map) 212-679-2222
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