While wandering around West Village in New York City and recovering from an overload of modern art at the Whitney Museum, I was looking for a place to satisfy a major sugar craving. I happened to walk by a bakery with a line of about twenty people standing in the shade of its bright yellow awning. I wondered what could possibly be worth this wait. The excited group of tourists in front of me was more than willing to answer my question. “This bakery invented the cronut!” they said. Of course, I immediately got in line even though I had no idea what a cronut was. Spoiler… I wasn’t disappointed.
This awesome dessert experience inspired me to create a list of my top five favorite dessert spots in New York City, guaranteed to dazzle you with some sweet tooth magic.
1) Dominique Ansel Bakery
First on the list is the Dominique Ansel Bakery, the inspiration behind this post and the creator of the famous cronut. Combine the flaky goodness of a croissant and the icing of a donut, and there you have it.
This bakery offers the unique twist of a new cronut flavor each month. If you’ve ever wondered what Lychee Rose Jam with Pistachio Ganache or Pineapple Chocolate Basil tastes like, you’re in the right place.
Tip: Arrive early in the morning. They make a limited amount of cronuts per day and often sell out around 1p.m.
2) Levain Bakery
Often considered the best cookies in New York City, Levain Bakery is one of those places you’ll walk right by if you’re not careful! The narrow staircase that leads down into the shop adds to the charm.
Tip: If you’re traveling with a group, have only one person go in and order. Trust me, there won’t be any room!
If you’re looking for a sweet treat that’s a little out of the box, then visiting Eggloo should be a top priority. They offer 3 flavors of Hong Kong egg waffles, 7 flavors of ice cream, and 13 choices of toppings.
Tip: Don’t be shy! They offer unlimited toppings!
4) OddFellows Ice Cream Co.
At OddFellows, flavors know no boundaries, ranging from the classic Dark Chocolate Chunk to Salted Sunflower. How adventurous you feel is up to you! True to its name, the amusing circus themed interior certainly puts the odd in OddFellows.
Tip: Kill two birds with one stone and hit up the Kent Ave. location after going to the Brooklyn Smorgasbord. It’s only a six minute walk away!
5) Black Tap
Extravagant would be an understatement for the milkshakes offered at Black Tap. This place is primarily a burger restaurant, but their shakes are quickly gaining popularity.
Tip: At around $15 per shake, this is the one and only dessert you might want to consider sharing!
Each spot offers a unique twist to classic desserts. If you discover any other amazing places, let us know in the comments. We’d love to try them ourselves!