Culinaring Through NYC: Day 3 – Snacks & God’s Grocery Store
Somewhere in between the second pie and the third one, we decided we wanted something sweet. Enter Rice to Riches.
My mom is going to cry when she hears about this place. Rice to Riches is a store specializing in fancy rice pudding, which, as a sign on the wall says, is “rice pudding that finally doesn’t suck.” The flavors are many: tiramisu, chocolate, coconut, vanilla, almond, french toast, panna cotta and on and on. I settled on almond and added buttery graham cracker crumbs. Let me just say that this stuff is crack. Unfortunately, rice pudding shops are a long way from becoming a “thing” like fro-yo. It’s fattening for one and furthermore requires a lot of skill to make.
brie, roasted figs, roasted shiitake mushrooms & fresh rosemary from S’MAC
Immediately after pizza at Motorino’s, we walked next door to S’Mac for some upscale mac and cheese. I mean, we had only been to four restaurants earlier in the day so S’Mac seemed like a reasonable pit stop. The store specializes in a variety of mac and cheeses. We shared the parisienne, which failed to turn me into a S’Mac apostle. It wasn’t creamy and the figs were too awkwardly sweet to work with everything else.
I’ve been talking about revelations today (pizza post) and I had one in the most unexpected of places: a grocery store. Although not just any grocery store. Honestly, if Jesus were here on earth and needed to go shopping, He would totes go to Dean and Deluca. This store has everything: king crab legs, foie gras, terrines, baking dishes, flavored salts, wagyu, all kinds of pastries — if I ever move to NYC, I’m moving right next door because this place is magical.
Look. The seafood was right in the open without any case in sight. And guess what. It didn’t smell. At all. You heard me right: a seafood section that didn’t smell. Can somebody say fresh? SHEESH. WTF.
Rice To Riches
37 Spring St
New York, NY 10012