Cantankerous Chinese women inhabit the Fay Da Bakery on Mott Street. Sans-smile, and periodically wearing a frown, they nevertheless obediently fulfill your order with a quick foot. With dirty corrugated metal floors, steel chairs and tables, the atmosphere is more akin to a construction site than it is a bakery; but I’m sure they revel in its “modernity.” With all that said, however, my repeated visits to Fay Da (trust me, I am practically one of their stainless fixtures) isn’t for the atmosphere or the rude women. All these detractors fade away as soon as you take a bite of one of their delicious pastries. My favorite is the traditional egg-custard tart; Kelli likes the red-bean buns. They also serve Japanese Style cheesecake (which is lighter and spongier than the New York counterpart), Chinese Style Moon Cakes, tiramisu, mango mousse, and a large selection of other cakes and tarts. You will be amazed by the prices: pastries start at just 50 cents; and with the money you have left over, there is nothing better to wash down your decadent treat than the hot tea with milk and sugar, or one of multiple flavors of “boba nai tsa” (tea with milk and tapioca). So, although it’s probably not a first-date-caliber attraction in New York City (or perhaps even a second or third for that matter), when you are on your fourth date, and the previous three have eaten up a good chunk of your wallet, take her to the Fay Da Bakery; it worked for me.
Fay Da Bakery, established 1991.
83 Mott Street (between Canal and Bayard)
New York City