It can often be tough to find a casual place to grab a drink or a bite in Times Square. Sure, there are upscale options like Insieme, and of course there are countless chains. But what if you want something low-key, unpretentious, and not too expensive? And what if you want something sweet, to boot?
Try St. Andrews pub, a surprising Scottish pub tucked just off the beaten path that fits that bill. It’s a friendly bar with an extensive beer list and a menu of traditional Scottish pub grub. And while desserts usually aren’t the forte of your typical bar, don’t skip the sweet stuff at this watering hole.
In fact, head straight for that UK classic, sticky toffee pudding. You’ll get a sizeable miniature date cake swimming in a pool of caramel sauce and crowned with a healthy dollop of whipped cream. The sweet-averse, beware—this confection is sugar in its purest form. It hits you once you take a bite—warm, moist, sticky date cake, shocked into sweetness by the caramel sauce and tempered somewhat by the cooling cream, which slowly melts atop the steaming cake. It’s dessert comfort food at its finest: filling and soporific and just delightful.
There are other options, of course, including traditional Scottish desserts like Cranachan (whisky-spiked whipped cream with fresh berries and toasted oatmeal) and creative options like butterscotch ice cream sandwiches. But really, if you’re looking for a sugar rush, get the sticky toffee pudding. It’ll transport you across the pond faster than bangers ‘n’ mash and a Boddingtons.
St. Andrews, 140 W. 46th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues