Whether phones should or shouldn’t be allowed at the dinner table is the “to be or not to be” of our generation: the existential question that plagues mild-mannered mothers and doesn’t phase people under 30. But at Bodega Negra, no matter your age, cell phones abound — and it’s not because the company’s not good. It’s because the dessert is so great.
The Don Huevo is the Manhattan Mexican joint’s signature treat. The name means Mr. Egg in Spanish, which explains the white chocolate dome’s egg shape and the chocolate mustaches that flank both sides of it. And when it’s put on top of the table, so are everyone’s phones. “They knows it’s coming, and they’re ready to film,” laughs Victor Santibanez, Bodega Negra’s Executive Sous Chef.
The presentation’s worth documenting: Servers pour hot caramel sauce over the chocolate dome, melting it so that it breaks opens like a flower. (It should be noted that chefs go to great lengths to make the chocolate shape that disappears in seconds. They paint white chocolate onto a small balloon and hang it to dry. When it’s set, the balloon is popped, and the chocolate holds its shape.) What’s left when the dome opens up is a molten chocolate cake topped with horchata ice cream, all of it surrounded by a melted mess of white chocolate, of course.
Bodegra Negra has kept the Don Huevo on its dessert menu since it opened, not changing the recipe a bit, except for special occasions. “We made the egg pink for Valentine’s day, and this month, it’s gone blue for Autism Awareness Month,” Victor says. On a busy weekend night, at least 80 go out of the kitchen, and even though the restaurant maintains a nightclub vibe come dinnertime (we’re talking DJs, dim lights, and dancing), the dessert’s still the most noteworthy part of the evening.
If your memory fails you — the cocktails tend to be strong and plentiful — just check your camera roll.
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