Spot Dessert Bar describes itself as "a dessert bar like no other." My taller half seems to agree, as the mere mention of the place causes drool to cascade down his chin. He's been singing its praises for months now, thus pushing my Dessert FOMO to breaking point. Finally, I decided that my upcoming birthday trip to the Big Apple would be the perfect opportunity to see what all the fuss is about (and also because calories don't count on your birthday - FACT).
Judging from the line of people waiting outside when we arrived at Spot's East Village location, it's safe to assume that this place is no longer a well-kept secret amongst locals. But although the basement space is relatively tiny, the turnover is quite quick and it wasn't long before we were seated and ready to indulge.
First off, their 'dessert tapas' are bonafide works of art. With their vibrant color combinations and carefully thought-out presentations, I challenge even the strongest-willed amongst you to resist the urge to Instagram every dish that comes your way.
Most of the desserts at Spot incorporate some kind of Asian flare, such as their staple Green Tea Lava Cake (which is waaay better than it sounds). There's also a great sense of play to the dishes. For example, the Frozen Fireball is made up of mandarin sorbet, vanilla bean ice cream and toasted marshmallow. What's so special about that, you ask? How about the fact that when the server brought it to our table, she arrived with a mini blowtorch tucked under her arm. As she toasted the marshmallow crust right in front of our eyes, fellow diners craned their necks to get a better look. This confirmed my long-held belief that desserts are way better when they can be lit on fire.
The Harvest is an equally impressive concoction which takes you back to the good old days of making dirt pies in the backyard (no? Just me? Fine then...). It arrived looking like an unassuming potted plant, but the 'dirt' is actually composed of crumbled Oreos and the layers of soil are made up of cheesecake, berries and whipped cream. It also comes with a little jug of cream which you can use to 'water' the plant. Seriously, eating dirt has never been so enjoyable! Throw in a perfectly mixed Thai Iced Tea to wash everything down with and you'll find yourself in blissful dessert heaven.
So what's my verdict? This place definitely proved worthy of the hype and their desserts were spot on (see what I did there?). The next time you find yourself in New York, go ahead and indulge your sweet tooth with a dessert (or four) at Spot Dessert Bar. Just be sure to save some dirt for me, please...