Tao Hong Bakery
81 Chrystie Street
New York, NY 10002
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.
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.
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.
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.