Have your cake — and eat it, too — at new Momofuku bakery

Have your cake — and eat it, too — at new Momofuku bakery
To the delight of milk fans all over Brooklyn, Momofuku Milk Bar opened on Metropolitan Avenue last week. Alison Roman shows off the blueberries and cream cookies.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

This bakery does a body good.

Momofuku Milk Bar opened its first storefront, the Brooklyn Commissary, in its Williamsburg-based dessert kitchen last week, giving its devoted dairy denizens a place to sip the borough’s best soft-serve shake and chew its tastiest cookies.

For the past year, customers ordered dangerously addictive cookies and pies from a window in the pastry factory’s garage right off Metropolitan Avenue.

But Milk Bar manager Christina Tosi wanted a place to show off her staff’s impressive array of cakes and shakes, including her signature cereal milk frozen yogurt shake with a Kellogg’s Corn Flakes toppings, which she made as Momofuku’s pastry chef.

“I knew it needed to be clever, different — when you have a tasting menu you have to fight for your cake to be remembered,” said Tosi.

Like Tosi’s cereal confection, the Milk Bar’s café is sweet, cleverly quirky, and just a bit nostalgic.

Customers can examine the day’s offerings scrawled out on a 12-foot slate blackboard or peak at a delicious display of baked goods arrayed under glass, including bagel bombs, pistachio croissants, blueberry and cream cookies and candy bar pie.

Everything is made in house — or rather in the ample bakery behind the store.

Once the site of an eBay storage space and a poultry slaughterhouse, the garage has been transformed into a commercial kitchen that produces wedding cakes, pies, and more than 1,200 butter-bursting cookies each day.

For now, cookies and pie slices remain a top seller, though its cold-brewed iced coffee isn’t far behind.

And dairy fans are hotly anticipating mixed milk drinks — such as cereal milk White Russians — which will appear on the commissary’s menu later this summer.

Milk Bar Brooklyn (382 Metropolitan Ave. at Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg, no phone). Open Sun-Thurs, 9 am-10 pm; Fri-Sat, 9 am-11 pm. For info, www.momofuku.com/restaurants/milk-bar.

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