Happy Star Bakery
160 East Broadway
New York, NY 10002
My review on TripAdvisor:
Happy Bakery at 160 East Broadway
There are a lot of standout bakeries in Chinatown Manhattan that offer a nice selection of baked goods and hot foods at a very reasonable price and Happy Star bakery is one of them. Not only do they have a nice selection of breakfast foods in the morning catering to the large crowd that works around here but an excellent selection of Chinese pastries, buns and twists that are available all day. What is also nice is that the nothing is over $5.00 and you can have a nice meal for under $10.00.
What is also nice about the bakery is that it is right across the street from Seward Park so that after you get your order, you can walk across the park and eat at one of the benches on a nice day. You can find a good shade tree to sit under and eat your lunch or dessert.
The first time I went there I was searching for a Baked Pork Bun ($1.50) that many of the bakeries had run out of at that point of the day and they still had some in the cases. It was still fresh and you could taste the sweet chopped roast pork inside the sweet dough. It was well baked and chewy.
The Baked Roast Pork Buns here are delicious
The second time that I visited the bakery I was really hungry and wanted a few things to eat in the park. I saw what they had left and ordered the Baked Roast Pork Bun again, I had a Baked Cream Bun ($1.25), and a Egg Tart ($1.25) which I had not had a long time.
The Egg Tarts have a nice taste of custard with a buttery crust
The Baked Cream Bun ($1.50) had a nice rich flavor to it with a vanilla cream filling to it and a sweet well baked dough. Each bite oozed with the creamy filling. The Egg Tarts ($1.50) had a nice eggy custard filling that was firm and well baked and a flaky buttery shell that gave it a complex flavor with each bite.
The ladies that work there are very friendly and seem to get a kick out of me coming in and trying to make up my mind on what to buy since there is so much to choose from.
The bakery is very reasonable and is a nice place for a quick snack in the afternoon or dessert after a meal elsewhere.