Lung Moon Bakery
83 Mulberry Street
New York, NY 10013
My review on TripAdvisor:
When visiting Chinatown in New York City there are many places to get a reasonable snack. This traditional bakery has been around since the 1970’s and before and has been serving Chinese-American sweets to customers for years.
The family that owns the bakery I have found to be very friendly and engaging with their customers as I am sure that they are used to tourists coming in and out of the store. The bakery has seen a lot of competition over the years with a mass opening of Hong Kong style bakeries and bubble tea shops that litter the entire neighborhood with more opening every day selling pretty much the same food items.
What separates Lung Moon Bakery from the other bakeries is their quality and their prices. I have been coming here for years and just recently have stopped back in making several trips to try their baked goods again and it was as if I had never stopped coming here. The quality is still excellent and the prices can not be beat. There are no items with the exception of the larger ones like cakes that are over $2.50. This is getting rare in New York City as rents are driving prices up everywhere.
The Lung Moon Bakery Case
I made a few recent trips for a quick snack at the store and the quality of their product is wonderful. I tried one of their mini-apple pies ($1.00) and it was delicious. The outside was flaky and buttery and in four bites melted in my mouth. The inside was loaded with fresh apples with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg and could not be juicier. They are especially good when they have just come out of the oven and have cooled so you have that warmth of the freshly baked pie.
Another item that is enjoyable is their mini-Angel Food Cakes ($1.00). I am not sure what they do but the cakes are moist and chewy on the outside and taste almost custardy on the inside. You have to take the cake out of its wrapping and bite it from several angles to get the rich taste. The inside has almost a creamy center.
The Angel Food Cakes
On another trip, I tried their Egg Custard ($1.00) which has creamy consistency. The outside crust has a rich buttery taste and the inside is a creamy egg filling that when warm is heavenly. There Pineapple Cupcake ($1.00) is very good but tasted like they took it out of the refrigerator. It had streaks of pineapple pudding on top.
I have tried their chocolate and vanilla spin cakes with sprinkles ($1.00) that have a light sweetness to them with a vanilla cream filling and then rolled in sprinkles. They are only about three bites but make a light snack after a big meal in Chinatown. They are filled with cream inside the rolls and studded with sprinkles on the outside. They also make another version of the rolled cake topped with pineapple and strawberry on top that are delicious as well and taste almost like a shortcake ($1.00).
The bakery has an assortment of savory buns as well off to the side. They sell roast pork, chicken and stuffed buns all between $1.50-$2.00.
The best part is that the family that runs the bakery are really nice and have always been very helpful whenever I have stopped there for a snack. They are very welcoming when you enter the bakery.