Just across the street from Bryant Park, there seems to be a collection of dessert shops opening up. A chocolate store opened up a few months ago, and then a few signs popped up for various dessert places, including what looks like it will be a patisserie and, of course, Smush. Smush bills itself as “The NY Deli of Desserts” and is decked out in neon signs and fun art.
They have signature sandwiches to choose from.
Or you can make your own by choosing a cookie, spread, toppings, and ice cream.
They have a display of their cookies to choose from.
We showed up right at closing time, and while they were all but closed, they offered to stay open to make our Smushes. They only had 2 flavors left: pumpkin and french toast. I signed right up for the pumpkin while Mike went for the french toast.
They even make their own ice cream here, which was individually wrapped and ready to be smushed.
Our Smush man made our sandwiches.
I went with nutella, pretzels, and vanilla ice cream on my smush.
Mike went with bananas and vanilla ice cream on his french toast cookie.
And the verdict?
The cookies were perfectly done, soft enough to be enjoyable yet hard enough to be a perfect conduit for everything in between. The ice cream was equally perfect for immediate eating. And the pretzels I added to mine were a great salty crunch. I love being able to choose all the ingredients and flavors to suit my mood. And the fact that it tasted great and was the perfect texture all the way through left me recommending Smush to just about everyone in the area.
And when I picked up the paper underneath after finishing my Smush, I noticed a little smart touch. A wet nap at the very bottom.
Overall, Smush was much better than expectation and we really enjoyed it. A perfect snack for after dinner, before or after a Broadway show, or basically anytime you have a hankering for something sweet in midtown.
I would really like one right now, actually!
Total Nom Points: 8 out of 10