A Bwog tradition is back for the 2014-2015 year – and we’re kicking it off with a classic treat…and with new definitions of the gender roles this title insinuates, because feminism. Foodies Ross Chapman (the champion male taking on this challenge) and Anastasiya Vasilyeva spent their weekend scouring our beloved Morningside to discern the best brownie around.
Ah, the noble brownie. While its dense and flavorful experience combined with its relative ease of baking makes it a household favorite, it’s surprisingly hard to find in the sprawling MoHi neighborhood. The brownie loses in sophistication to the cake and falls in portability to the cookie, so the major institutions ignore our tasty friend. We will not let this stand. 2Girls (yes, we’ll still call ourselves 2Girls) ventured out onto cold, harsh Amsterdam Avenue to find the best the neighborhood has to offer.
Kitchenette, 123rd & Amsterdam ($5.45)
It just looks… crusty
The overpriced cinderblock. The loud thump with which this thing hit its plate served as our first warning, but we battled on with our useless fork and knife. After filing away for quite a while, creating a pile of brown dust on the surface, we settled for brute force, which barely broke off a few pieces of this rock. Needless to say, this “brownie” did not stimulate the senses. It consisted of what seemed like pure cocoa butter with an overbearing number of stony chocolate chips. This thing’s large size might be redeeming, if it had tasted even slightly better than a piece of gravel. It didn’t. We suggest trying one of the other, seemingly much more appealing, dessert options at the charming, pastel kitchenette cafe. There’s nowhere to go but up.
2Girls Rating: 1 sad, crusty cinderblock out of 5
Brownie’s Café, Avery Hall ($2.35)
Something about it seems…unnatural
Did you know that there’s a café buried beneath Avery and Fayerweather? It looks a lot like a basement with its general lack of decor. The place takes neither credit cards nor Dining Dollars, but redeems itself with (relatively) low prices. The brownie (labelled with a “Kabir’s Bakery” sticker) seemed to worsen as we ate it. It felt pleasantly squishy and molten at first, but with our subsequent bites, the brownie became more reminiscent of a moist chocolate gel. The crust saved the texture a bit, but there wasn’t much of it. After a few minutes the brownie seemed to develop a shine at its sides. The taste was pretty bitter compared to everything else we had. In one word: artificial. All that being said, the texture did make it interesting to eat, and it might be better with walnuts or chocolate chips inside–other options available the café.
2Girls Rating: 2.5 unnatural chocolate gelatins out of 5
Potentially tasty treats after the jump.