Spot is still a few months shy of their 2nd anniversary and yet within 6 months of opening they already had enough of a following that on weekend nights it was hard to get in without having to wait in line. Their success is partly due to a heavy traffic location but mostly due to a constantly changing menu of innovative sweet concoctions at inexpensive prices. From day one partners Ace Watanasuparp and Chai Huadwattana knew what they wanted Spot to be, an oasis for those who choose to eat dessert at any time of the day, whether it’s a snack, or as a meal replacement, or even to start a meal.
Walking into Spot you’ll be greeted with a friendly smile and the deliciously sweet aroma of baked goods, warm chocolate, and any other delectable dish being prepared behind the counter. The menu, developed in collaboration with consulting chef Pichet Ong, changes seasonally but a few things have stayed from opening day. The deconstructed cheesecake, the yuzu eskimo, and the white miso semifreddo are veterans at Spot. Of the three, the cheesecake is particularly excellent. They recently changed the presentation but when it came served within a tall glass tipped on its side, with the airy cheesecake inside the glass followed by the crumbled cookie, blueberries, mandarin oranges, and citrus foam, it looked as wonderful as it tasted. From past seasons, a passion fruit soufflé that was exquisite in flavor and texture, a delicate bread pudding soaked in liqueur and caramelized, and a unique salty-sweet apple cake have been especially memorable. Currently, the tamarind tres leches is the must-try item in their summer menu.
Aside from their dessert tapas, cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, and beverages like bubble tea or Thai iced tea are available. The bubble tea combinations are excellent as well as the ice cream selection. The condensed milk and Yakult ice cream is nostalgic of one’s childhood spent in Asia and top them with nata de coco and instant bliss is what you’ll get. The rest of the pastries are mostly good but the cupcakes are hit or miss. They seem to be unable to find that perfect equilibrium of a moist cake and a light but flavorful frosting. So if it’s your first time at Spot, skip the cupcakes and go for the dessert tapas.
Spot also offers a dessert omakase. It’s best done when you have a group of 6-8. Otherwise don’t even attempt it or you risk going on a sugar coma. For $50 you get to choose 5 dessert tapas and you get another special dessert not on the menu. In addition, you get 2 cupcakes, 2 cookies, and 2 ice creams. Yes, that’s a whole lot of sweets and definitely worth your buck.
So whether you’re passing by and in need of a bubble tea fix, a mid-afternoon cookie, or a scoop of ice cream to cool off, or if you intend to make Spot a dessert destination for the night enjoy Spot for all that they have to offer.
Spot Dessert Bar
13 St. Marks Place
(b/t 3rd Ave & Astor Pl)
Report Card (out of 5 stars):
Ambience: 4 stars
Service: 4.5 stars
Food: 4.5 stars
Price: $9 dessert tapas; $3 cupcakes/ ice creams/ beverages