Next stop was Rice to Riches, an eatery which sells every variation of rice pudding imaginable. Flavours included apple cinnamon, rocky road, caramel, white chocolate, gingerbread and white chocolate. The rice puddings are set out in sunken tubs much like an ice creamery and can be topped with granola, nuts, choc bits, coconut etc. I had the gingerbread rice pudding, warmed and topped with walnuts. The decor is clean, crisp and funky but it seems like New Yorkers haven't yet caught onto the rice pudding craze (despite being recently lauded by Ellen DeGeneres on her late night chat show).
We wandered around Soho - the flagship Prada store was amazing. It's set in the old premises of the Guggenheim and remains much like a museum with a spectacular cascading slope of wood that greets you, and modern art installations throughout. The clothes, shoes and handbags seem much like an afterthought and although it's all completely over the top, it's a cool place to wander.
Full of ravioli and rice pudding, I could only browse and drool inside Russ and Daughters (the smell of smoked fish is incedible), Katz's Deli (giant deli of When Harry Met Sally fame) and Yona Schimmel's Knishery. I did take home a sweet potato knish and an apple strudel from here. This knish definitely had a pastry coating (unlike the takeaway street version I had previously) and flecks of sweet potato throughout the mash gave it sweetness. The apple strudel had nice fat chunks of apple too.
We finished up with a tour of the Essex Market, a covered market area which is primarily populated by Spanish, it seems. Plenty of cheap vegetables, meat and seafood and I am constantly amazed that here you can buy a stack of 25 tortillas for only 99 cents!
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