Happy National Dessert Day y’all! Admittedly, I’m much more a salty, savory person when it comes to food. Nothing makes my heart flutter like a plate of tacos (read about my favorites here!) or bowl of the Bob Armstrong dip. Sometimes, you just need a sweet treat and since sweets aren’t really my thing, I’m fairly picky. Fittingly, I’m downing a jar of banana pudding as I’m writing this, sometimes you have to treat yoself.
New York City has absolutely no shortage of sweet treats, which is why it’s so hard to pick just 5. From rain drop cakes to rolled ice cream to cookie shots and cronuts, New York City is the birth place of so many fantastic food trends.
It was difficult to pick just 5 dessert places to recommend, so each of these has something that makes them unique and more than just being Instagram worthy.
- Dominique Ansel Bakery: Home of the cronut and cookie shot and why we can’t eat food without Instagramming it first. What I like about Dominique Ansel is how beautiful the pastries are, how diverse the selections are and that everything I have had from here has been fantastic. Be ready to wait in line, though. It took me about 30-40 minutes to get my pastries, but it was worth it. I wrote about my visit previously here.
- Serendipity: Known for their frozen hot chocolate and $1000 dessert, this Upper East Side spot is the perfect mix of quaint but classic. Serendipity is a dine in only restaurant, but that’s another one of the things that I love about it. You can relax and enjoy your dessert in a cozy little restaurant instead of being rushed out the door. The wait here is similar to Dominque Ansel, but they do take reservations.
- Schmackarys: Possible the best cookies I’ve ever had. I love unique food combinations and flavors. Honestly, way better than Levain’s unless you’re really into chocolate chip cookies. With flavors like Cereal Killer, Pumpkin Spice and a Candied Yam with torched marshmallow frosting you’ll be tempted to pick one of each to take with you. The wait here is about 5-15 minutes.
- 10Below Ice Cream: Rolled ice cream and adorable toppings. I love the unique flavors here and I love watching them roll the ice cream. There is always a fairly decent line here, so be prepared. If you’re looking for the best and most unique ice cream in NYC, this is it.
- Magnolia’s Bakery: Two words: Banana Pudding. They’re well known for their cupcakes, but the banana pudding is a clear winner in my book. Depending on which location you go to, there’s almost never a wait. Bonus: if you’re coming into Penn Station for whatever reason, there is a location there.
Honorable Mentions: Carlos Bakery (Hoboken), Billy’s Bakery (Chelsea), Laudree (UES), Milk Bar (multiple locations), Doughnuttery (Chelsea Market), Big Gay Ice Cream (East Village & West Village), and Levain (UWS).
What’re your fave dessert places?
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