It's a small cosy cafe, located in the basement level of Mott Street. There are a few tables and chairs, but they are reserved for people who are eating meals and not just desserts. I later found out that the egg tarts here are really popular, hence the long lines.
We lucked out that day because there were not that many people. I guess everybody was outside enjoying the CNY celebrations. They serve many varieties of egg tarts, from the regular egg tarts to just egg whites tarts. They also have the ever popular Portuguese egg tarts as well as Strawberry, Almond and Banana( just to name a few) flavored egg tarts.
Apart from egg tarts, they also have many different kinds of yummy desserts and cakes. I was told later on that their swiss rolls, mango cakes and cream puffs are really good too. They also have all kinds of Bubble Teas as well as hot drinks like Milo, Ovaltine and Horlicks.
Two big trays of egg tarts just came out from the kitchen when we were there. I guess we really lucked out that day! We ordered two regular egg yolk tarts as well as the Portuguese egg tart. We packed it to go, so that we can eat and walk around Chinatown. So, what did it taste like? Did the egg tarts live up to it's name? YOU BET IT DID! It tasted heavenly...sooo yummmmmy! The crust was nice and flaky and the custard was smooth and not really super sweet, just perfect. No wonder the shop is called Egg Custard King! They really make really good egg tarts!
The next time you are in Chinatown, you should pop in to check it out. Oh, one word of caution though, the staff working there don't really speak English and I read in other reviews that they can be rude to customers sometimes. They are sometimes known as the Egg Tart Nazi, yup, just like the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld. We didn't have any problems when we were there, maybe they were just in a good mood cos its CNY. I'll be returning the next time I go to Chinatown, so I'll let you know if they are really the Egg Tart Nazis. I sure hope not, I do not want them to say " NO EGG TART FOR YOU TODAY!!"
Egg Custard King Cafe
76 Mott Street
(between Canal & Bayard St)
New York, NY 10013
Tel: (212) 226-8208