Pie on toast is a strange concept but it’s what I ate at Saint’s Alp Teahouse. The peculiar combination was only $1.90 so I had a hard time resisting it, especially with just $3 in my wallet. On the menu, it’s called a “Supreme Toast” with various “fillings”: apple, almond butter, garlic butter, coconut butter, and my choice, blueberry. Hmmm. Basically, bizarre junk food.
As you can see, the toast was cut thick, “Texas-style,” according a friend. And on top? A thin layer of butter and blueberry pie filling. I love pie filling because it’s gooey and, when good, a little tart. With each inflated triangle of toast, I soaked up some blueberry pie and popped it into my mouth. Again, “junk food” passed through my mind, probably because the bread tasted like a blown-up slice of Wonder Bread.
Also on offer: a long list of teas and bubble teas for which Saint’s Alp is known, milkshakes made with powdered milk, and deep-fried Asian finger foods like samosas, radish fritters, dumplings, and other non-veg options. Much of the menu was under $5, but most of the food looked as though it had been overfried….kind of like when someone spends too long at a tanning booth and doesn’t realize that she has turned orange and unattractive. Then again, I didn’t actually EAT any of the fried selections but my friend Carey did, and reviewed her experience on her blog, Chew and Swallow.
Saint’s Alp Teahouse is at 39 Third Avenue, close to Union Square. (212) 598-1890.