The 10 Best Dessert Places in NYC
The 10 Best Dessert Places in NYC
Like most of us, you may have an insatiable sweet tooth. It’s a natural fact of life. That’s why every city has its own selection of delicatessens, chocolate shops, and at least one Dunkin’ Donut.
While New York is renowned for its upscale restaurant and world-class savory dishes, the city is not lacking in its fair share of sweet delights. Considering New Yorkers’ love for double espresso and cappuccino, it makes sense that the following list of dessert places would be so popular because they serve up options that pair perfectly with these popular beverages.
Whether you’re planning a visit to New York to check out the weird things to do in NYC at night or NYC taverns – or you are a local who’s looking for new places to explore, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to find out the best places to eat great desserts in New York City.
Best Dessert Places in NYC
Have a hankering for something sweet? Check out 10 of the best dessert places in New York, in no specific order.
1 | Levain Bakery | Looking for the best cookies in New York? We have good news for you; they exist! Levain Bakery’s chocolate chip cookies are available in four delectable flavors including dark chocolate peanut butter chip, oatmeal raisin, dark chocolate chip, and chocolate chip walnut. As if that weren’t enough, these chocolate chip cookies are twice as large as the normal variety and are infinitely richer and gooier than what you’re used to. But, that’s not the only trick that Levain has up its sleeve. This spot serves up a mean selection of pastries and breads, as well as these massive cookie mounds that are so decadent and delicious that people constantly line up for them. Yes, you may experience a food coma after consuming one of these but it’s well worth it for the taste explosion they offer. But, they’re so big that you might have to split one with a friend or eat one half now and another one with tea or coffee for an indulgent breakfast.
WHERE: 1484 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10028 | WHO: 917-464-5578
2 | Luckybird Bakery | Luckybird Bakery specializes in naked cakes - New York City’s latest dessert craze! This spot is popular for its wedding cakes in particular because it’s pretty much the only place you’d ever find flower-topped wedding cakes that are available at a moment’s notice. The best part is that Luckybird is expanding and now has a branch in Williamsburg where they’ve made a name for themselves with their brown butter blondies which go down really well with a Toby’s Estate coffee. Be sure to try out their vanilla rose and Meyer lemon naked cake flavors. They’re to die for!
WHERE: 163 Montrose Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206 | WHO: N/A
3 | Jacques Torres | Jacques Torres is famous for its chocolate chip cookies and known as one of the best places to get really good cookies if that’s what you’re looking for. The great thing about their cookies is that they’re incredibly generous with the amount of chocolate packed into each cookie, despite the fact that they come in a very thin and crispy texture. With that said, there’s still plenty of opportunity to indulge with these cookies and the best part is that they share their recipe with you! That means you can actually replicate the magic and make them at home at any time.
WHERE: 66 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201 | WHO: 718-875-1269
4 | Sugar Sweet Sunshine Bakery | Sugar Sweet Sunshine Bakery is known for making scrumptious cakes and cupcakes like the delectable Pistachio with Pistachio and “The Moose” and Holla Back Girl with banana cake and cream cheese icing. But - it’s their Oreo Cookie with oreo cupcake and satin buttercream that earned the Sweet Corner Bakes Sugar Sweet Sunshine Bakery a spot on this list. These treats are perfect for dessert lovers!
WHERE: 126 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002 | WHO: 212-995-1960
5 | Magnolia Bakery | Magnolia Bakery is famous for its amazing cupcakes including buttercream topped cakes that are so irresistible, that you’ll be hooked with a single bite. While it can be hard to ignore the tantalizing scent of cake and buttercream, we implore you to pass on this signature treat and instead opt for their banana pudding. This delicious guilty pleasure consists of cake, banana chunks and thick custard all folded up into a sumptuous cup. To truly experience this treat, enjoy it cold and take your time.
WHERE: 1240 6th Ave, New York, NY 10020 | WHO: 212-767-1123
6 | Dominique Ansel Bakery | The Dominique Ansel Bakery is headed by Dominique Ansel. This award-winning chef is one of the city’s most innovative self-starters and is credited with creating New York’s signature delicacy - the Cronut. Yep, it’s a donut/croissant that New Yorkers line up for every day because only a few of them are made at a time. But, if you miss out on the Cronut, don’t despair because the restaurant has also come up with an invention called the Cookie Shot which is made with milk and a variety of scandalous ingredients. Dominique’s Kouign Amann or the DKA is a croissant-like pastry that features a crunchy yet flaky crust with a fantastic caramel flavor. If you’re in the mood for something more traditional, head over to their soft-serve window where you’ll find classics like salt and pepper caramel as well as burrata.
WHERE: 189 Spring St, New York, NY 10012 | WHO: 212-219-2773
7 | Maison Pickle | Located in the snooty Upper West Side, Maison Pickle is the home of charming American comfort diner foods like French dip sandwiches. In fact, this spot is famous for this delectable treat, as well as some amazing pies and classic cakes. However, it’s the restaurant’s 24-layer chocolate cake that keeps us and many of New York’s elite coming back for more and it’ll turn anyone into a regular after a single bite. This isn’t your regular layer cake as it’s served with a side of blowtorch sizzle. Plus, if you’re not a chocolate fan then you can always try out the Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie and coconut cake flavors.
WHERE: 2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024 | WHO: 212-496-9100
8 | Eggloo | If you have social media then you might have come across Eggloo’s French-crepe like cakes. The good news? They actually taste as good as they look! These Asian-fusion desserts will have you learning Korean and Mandarin just so you can say “I’ll have Gai Dan Jai to go, please!” This sweet and fluffy egg waffle treat from Hong Kong is one of the restaurant’s much-loved desserts and although it’s shaped like a crepe, it’s filled with ice cream and topped with fun things such as Poppy sticks.
WHERE: 60 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013 | WHO: N/A
9 | Momofuku Milk Bar | Momofuku Milk Bar is a favorite haunt for New Yorkers for good reason. The restaurant’s menu is quite extensive and you’ll probably have a hard time choosing just one option. Most people will come here with their friends just so they can order half the menu and taste most of what’s on offer. Heading up the kitchen is chef Christina Tosi, who is a whizz at creating delectable treats that keep patrons coming back for more. This includes buttery crack pie (so good!), cornflake-chocolate chip-marshmallow cookies (equally addictive), and the dairy-free, wheat-free Klossies which were created in collaboration with supermodel Karlie Kloss. The best part about the Klossies is that a portion of the proceeds is donated to charity which immediately offsets the guilt you’ll feel from indulging in about 20 of these in one sitting. As if that weren’t enough, Momofuku lures patrons with a Milk Bar that serves things like cereal milkshakes made from cornflakes, milk and brown sugar. If cornflakes aren’t up your alley, Tosi has created alternatives in the form of fruity, chocolatey and crunchy cereal shakes for fans of Rice Krispies and Choco-Pops.
WHERE: 220 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011 | WHO: 917-475-1187
10 | Doughnut Plant | Just when you thought the fried doughnut couldn’t get better, the Doughnut Plant comes around and proves you wrong. From dough pods made with avocado toast and samosa flavored donut sandwiches to filled mini doughnuts (or dough seeds), cake doughnuts and of course, fried dough, there’s really a magically distinct taste that comes with each one... Some of our favorite flavors include matcha oatmeal as well as cashew and orange blossom. Keep in mind that these can change based on the season but they always come in interesting shapes and sizes which means no doughnut is ever the same.
WHERE: 89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017 | WHO: 212-505-3700
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Last Tips on the Best Dessert Places in NYC
New York’s culinary scene may not be famous for its desserts, but they’re definitely worth checking out whenever you visit the city, especially if you’re a self-confessed treat lover.
You’ll find plenty of variety when visiting any of the dessert places mentioned in this article and the best part is that each one offers something different. From Eggloo’s Asian-fusion desserts to Doughnut Plant’s fried dough selection, there’s something for everyone.
That means you can have a different selection of desserts on each day of a 10-day itinerary. Whichever option you choose, be sure to take a friend or loved one with you because we can guarantee one thing - you’ll want to experience every flavor on offer and won’t just stop at one bite!
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