Satisfy your sweet craving while you’re in New York City. With so many cupcake shops, cafés, patisseries, bakeries and more, it’s difficult to decide what to have first. After much tasting, we’ve helped narrow down the list of our favorites. It was a tough job, but someone had to do it!
In no particular order:
Café Lalo’s extensive menu offers over a hundred kinds of pies, cakes, brownies, tarts, cookies, mousses and more. The sweets go perfectly with an expertly crafted cappuccino in a setting of jazz music and floor-to-ceiling French windows.
Third generation French pastry chef Francois Payard's self-titled Francois Payard Bakery means serious dessert business. Try one of the Bistro’s top sellers, the Upside-Down Bittersweet Chocolate Soufflé.
Chocoholics flock to Max Brenner’s Chocolate Bar. This place takes the chocolate experience to a new indulgent level. Enjoy perfectly blended chocolate milk alongside a fondue tower or a chocolate pizza topped with roasted marshmallows.
Doughnut Plant invented the square doughnut. With a huge variety and jelly fillings made in-house, some signature doughnuts are the Crème Brulée, PB&J, and Carrot Cake.
Over 30 years ago, Chinatown Ice Cream Factory took America’s most popular dessert and combined it with exotic Chinese flavors. The landmark offers an enormous variety of ice cream from red bean to chocolate.
Dylan’s Candy Bar makes you feel like a kid again. Colorful candies line the walls, ceilings and floors. Dylan’s Candy Bar (the store’s namesake chocolate bar) makes the perfect souvenir with flavors like S’mores, Red Velvet Cake and Vanilla Cupcake with Sprinkles.
Spot Dessert Bar re-imagines traditional confections by adding a dose of Asian flare. Desserts become innovative with flavors like Green Tea, Kobacha and Yuzu.
Rice to Riches specializes solely in rice pudding. With flavors like Coast to Coast Cheesecake, Coconut Coma, Fluent in French Toast, Man-Made Marscapone, and Panna Cotta, it’s easy to see why this place is so popular!
Levain Bakery needs to be visited for one reason: its six-ounce cookies. The freshly baked chocolate chip walnut cookies or chocolate peanut butter cookies will make your day.
Dominique Ansel Bakery created the Cronut. Yes, the original croissant-donut hybrid started here. Other must-haves: Dominique’s Kouign Amann (a flaky, croissant-like dough with a caramelized crust,) and the Mini-Me (lightly-sweetened, flavored miniature meringues).
It’s time for a coffee break and a sweet treat… or two!