Tao Hong Bakery 81 Chrystie Street New York, NY 10002

A wonderful Chinese Bakery that is located next to Sara Delano Roosevelt Park.

Tao Hong Bakery

81 Chrystie Street

New York, NY  10002

(212) 219-0987

Open: Sunday-Saturday: 7:00am-7:00pm

My review on TripAdvisor:


Tao Hong Bakery is a tiny hole in the wall bakery across the street from Sara Delano Roosevelt Park and next to both Chi Dumpling House (79 Chrystie Street) and Wah Fung Number One Fast Food Restaurant (81 Chrystie Street), which makes a nice place for a progressive restaurant experience. You can go to the first two for your appetizer and main dish and then enter Tao Hong Bakery for your dessert. The best part of the experience is that all the desserts are fresh and I watch them bring them out a little at a time (See reviews on TripAdvisor).

The cases are stocked with all sorts of sweet and savory baked items including Hot Dog Buns ($1.00), Pineapple Buns ($1.00) and Raisin Buns ($1.00). All have a distinct sweetness to them and there is a softness in the bun at every bite.

Chinese Buns Raison Bun

The raisin buns are good

The first time I at there I had the Pineapple Roast Pork Bun ($1.25), a soft sweet bun with sweet roast pork in the center and a pineapple tasting crust on the outside. A very unusual combination that surprisingly works. The sweetness of the pineapple topping with the rich sweetness of the soy/honey roast pork makes an interesting combination.

The second time I visited I had the twisted Raisin Bun ($1.00) that had a honey taste in the bun and was studded with black raisins. Each bite tasted like a breakfast treat and the subtle sweetness of the raisins gave it a nice flavor.

My most recent time to the bakery, I ordered a simple cream bun ($1.00) that had a sweet sugary crust on the top with a rich baked vanilla cream filling inside adding to the sweetness in every bite I took. I also had the Sweet bun ($1.00) which was almost the same but a plain sweet roll with a crispy topping.

Chinese Buns

The Pineapple Buns are wonderful

On the day of the Chinese New Year Parade, I stopped in after lunch elsewhere and had one of their Coconut Cream Buns ($1.20) with sugar on top. There was a nice sweetness to the cream and the bun had a nice rich dough that was chewy.

Chinese Buns II

The Coconut buns are a nice chewy texture

They also have an assortment of bubble teas and drinks as well.

All of the baked treats are just enough to finish off a meal and all of it served with the smile from a woman who I assumed is the owner. They make their customers feel very welcome. Although there is only one table, take your dessert to the park and watch the kids play in the playground.

It is a nice way to spend an afternoon in New York City.



Author: jwatrel

I am a free-lance writer and Blogger. I am the author of the book "Firehouse 101" (IUniverse.com 2005) part of trilogy of books centered in New York City. My next book "Love Triangles" is finished being edited and should be ready for release in the Fall. My latest book, "Dinner at Midnight", a thriller is on its last chapter. My long awaited book explains the loss of the 2004 Yankee game to Boston. I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan. I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.