Coconut Banana Bread Pudding Always the Favorite At ‘Mezzanine’ Restaurant At The Paramount Hotel New York in Times Square

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The Mezzanine – the chic restaurant with palate-pleasing, succulent cuisine in the Paramount Hotel New York in the middle of New York’s Times Square and Theater Districts – offers one of the city’s best homemade banana bread puddings, with coconut milk for a rich, full flavor (recipe featured below). The restaurant has several specials, and on any given day, a dozen delectable sweets make dessert selection a mouth-watering process; plus Mezzanine boasts an extensive international coffee list.

The Mezzanine – the chic restaurant with palate-pleasing, succulent cuisine in the Paramount Hotel New York in the middle of New York’s Times Square and Theater Districts – offers one of the city’s best homemade banana bread puddings, with coconut milk for a rich, full flavor (recipe featured below). The restaurant has several specials, and on any given day, a dozen delectable sweets make dessert selection a mouth-watering process; plus Mezzanine boasts an extensive international coffee list.

Favorite desserts include Apple Tart, Black & White Mousse, Caramel De Light, New York Cheese Cake, Chocolate Soufflé, Chocolate Raspberry Ganache and Tiramisu. In addition, an array of fine coffees, espressos and teas round out any meal or dessert.

According to Andrew Tilley, General Manager of the Paramount Hotel New York, where the restaurant is located on the mezzanine level, “The Mezzanine is the perfect place to stop for dinner on the way to theater, or for dessert and coffee before going home.”

Mezzanine specials, available from now until the end of May, include:

  •     Monday & Tuesday: Enjoy one breakfast buffet and get the second at 50% off (available from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.)
  •     Monday & Tuesday: Enjoy one luncheon entrée and get the second at 50% off (available from noon to 4:30 p.m.)
  •     Wednesday: “Broadway Day” features a prix fixe pre- and post-theater 3-course menu for $35, plus tax and gratuity. (Prix fixe menu could include mesclun salad, insalata caprese, Penne Alba Chiara, Poulet Limône, salmon agrodolce, the famous banana bread pudding or tiramisu.)

Following is the recipe for the Mezzanine’s beloved Warm Coconut Banana Bread Pudding with Raisins, Caramel and Vanilla Coulees on the side:

Bread Pudding:

2 cups dry bread, cut in cubes

4 tablespoons coconut milk

4 tablespoons butterscotch topping

2 tablespoons dark brown sugar

2 medium bananas

1 egg

1 tablespoon melted butter

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ cup milk

3 tablespoons raisins

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Sauce:

1 teaspoon butter

1 teaspoon brown sugar

1/2 ripe banana

Dash of banana liquor

2 teaspoons cold water

Directions

Puree bananas, add in all dry and wet ingredients. Mix well. Pour into baking pan. In pre-heated oven of 350 degrees, bake for 1 hour. Remove from oven and let cool. Cut bread pudding in 4 servings. Slice the ripe banana on top. Mix ingredients for sauce and saute together. Spoon the sauce on top of the banana. Garnish with fresh fruits and confectioner’s sugar.

The Mezzanine features continental cuisine and is located overlooking the dramatic silver leaf stair case lit by a cascade of small candles in the lobby of the Paramount Hotel New York at 235 West 46th Street, just steps away from Broadway. The Mezzanine is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. For additional information, call 212-827-4229 or visit http://www.nycparamount.com.

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