One thing about me, I love desserts, baked goods and most things sweet. Being in the thick of winter, is there anything better than a cup of piping hot chocolate on a 18 degree winter day? Maybe a bowl of Ramen if you’re in a savory mood, but otherwise, no.New York is filled with so many incredible spots, but trust me when I tell you, I’ve done all of the legwork and narrowed it down to a few of my all-time favorite places.
Best cookies ever. This place is home to not only my favorite cookie in New York, but maybe my favorite cookie in the world. Very bold statement, I know. Crispy on the outside, soft, warm and gooey on the inside and pretty much the size of your fist. My two favorites are the chocolate chip walnut and dark chocolate peanut butter. I should probably warn, there’s always a line out the door, so be prepared to wait a bit, but trust me, it’s well worth it.
All the way on the Upper East Side, but worth the trek, especially when you’re like me and coming from Brooklyn. This place is famous for a few things, but my personal favorites: the cupcakes (chocolate peanut butter being my pick), blueberry cheesecake and if you’re a rich chocolate lover, the Brooklyn Blackout cake is to die for. Honestly though, you can’t go wrong with anything you order. Another place with a line out the door, but it moves quickly, so don’t get too discouraged. From the three items I mentioned, the cupcakes, cheesecake and blackout cake, I know many who claim that they’re the best in the city, but I’ll let you guys decide for yourselves. All I have to say, I’m happy it’s on the UES, otherwise, I’d be in serious trouble and a few sizes larger.
Tip: I love making a day out of going to this bakery and then heading to the Met (or vice versa!)
As I mentioned above, on a really cold day, there’s nothing I crave more than the Jacques Torres Wicked Spicy Hot Chocolate, flavored with ground ancho and chipotle chilie peppers. If that doesn’t sound like your thing, their classic hot chocolate is equally decadent and delicious. While some say that City Bakery has the best hot chocolate in the city, personally, I prefer Jacques Torres. If you happen to be in the mood for a little chocolate on chocolate action, the chocolate chip cookies are out of this world.
Tip: The Dumbo location is my favorite!
Three words: chocolate nutella babka. Oh, man. I’ve had plenty of really great babkas, but the nutella in this one, is what takes it to the next level. Aside from the babka, other musts: the almond croissant, the chocolate rugelach and for something a bit more savory, the spinach & feta eureka.
Soft, fluffy, doughy with the most mouth-watering glazes. A friend of mine, who normally claims that donuts are not really her thing (what the hell?) says that Dough is the only exception. My favorites include the Hibiscus, the Dulce de Leche and the Cafe au Lait.
Tip: if cake-like donuts are more up your alley (versus a doughy one), I highly recommend Doughnut Plant.
I debated whether to put Mazzola Bakery, an old school Brooklyn institution, on this list because the thing they’re most famous for is not a dessert, but their lard bread, but more on that in a minute. Quite honestly, everything at Mazzola’s is out of this world. Their rainbow cookies, croissants and coffee, easily some of the best in New York. You really can’t go wrong with anything here, but lets get back to the lard bread. The name might sound scary to some, but there are no words to describe this goodness. Come here, get some coffee, get a pastry or some rainbow cookies and then take a loaf to go. I promise, you’ll thank me later.
Tip: Cash only & you’ll have to take your treats to go. No place to sit or stand.
Even with all the hype, Milk Bar continues to be a favorite. This is my husbands #1 favorite dessert place and considering there are several locations, including a few in Brooklyn, we frequent it more often than I care to admit. I’ve tried most things on the menu and my favorites include: the crack pie, the birthday cake truffles and the cereal milk soft serve. However, our ultimate favorite is the birthday cake milkshake, which unfortunately, is only sold at certain locations, depending on the week! If you happen to be in Brooklyn, the Carroll Gardens location always seems to have it.
So there you have some of my favorites! Have you guys been to any of these? Have you been to other places that knocked your socks off? If so, do tell!
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