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This Tiny Japanese Bakery in Chinatown Might Have Your New Favorite Cake

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While the space at casual Malaysian eatery Let’s Makan is tight (this might be better as a takeaway spot than dine in), it’s easily homey and intimate. Located in the heart of Chinatown, Let’s Makan celebrates food—“makan” translating directly to “eat”. There are only a handful of seats available, but the space manages to have character, from shiny pennies embedded onto the tabletops to the brick wall showcasing twinkling strings of lights and green houseplants. Tea and coffee are a must here, but so is nearly everything else. Try the pan mee, noodles soaked in chicken broth and anchovies and the apam balik, stuffed pancakes featuring your choice of peanuts, butter, ube and more.

When you treat yourself, you want the calories to be worth it. At Keki Modern Cakes, they will be. First, they use the freshest and simplest possible ingredients from dedicated local suppliers. Second, all desserts are made from scratch, in house, fresh every twenty minutes. Inspired by international flavors and influences, the cakes feature a variety of textures—fluffy, crumbly, and even jiggly. Try the bouncy cheesecake, or a cremewich, filled with delicious crème fraiche. Most items serve 3-4, though the wow tart is perfect for just one…or two.

Let’s Makan

64 Bayard Street, Manhattan

Keki Modern Cakes

79 Mott Street, Manhattan

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