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Dessert Truck Makes Its Last Stop

February 3, 2010

The Dessert Truck used to make its home on Astor Place by NYU, which meant that it tempted me on my way to class many a day. I would see the truck’s moo-cow exterior and smell warm vanilla and chocolate and sigh as I trudged to Spanish class and home again.

After watching the truck on Throwdown with Bobby Flay, I decided it was time to finally stop and try the “bread pudding that beat Bobby.” In a moment of full disclosure, I was a wuss and didn’t go for the bacon crème anglaise (the vanilla was delicious though!)

But I was lucky to catch the truck when I did last summer, because it disappeared soon after, citing issues with New York City street vendor permits.

Thankfully, the truck has come back — in permanent form! A few weeks ago, half of the team behind the truck opened DessertTruck Works in the Lower East Side. Jerome Chang, the pastry chef who left Le Cirque to make bread pudding in an old mail truck, rounded up a few of his former colleagues to form the restaurant. It still carries signature truck offerings, including the warm molten chocolate cake, slow-baked apples and cinnamon, and of course, the chocolate bread pudding but it’s also got bite-size snacks and a Valrhona- and Guittard-blend hot chocolate.

Sounds like something I need to check out soon …

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