New York Sugar High: A Guide To The Best Desserts In New York City

New York Sugar High: A Guide To The Best Desserts In New York City

Walk into my house on any given day and you’ll smell freshly baked pastries. We love cookies. Scratch that. We are slightly obsessed with cookies! We’ll also take a fabulous milk shake; have been known to wander aimlessly through candy stores; and look longingly into the display windows of cupcakes shops. Best Desserts In New York City

Best Desserts In New York City

Because we’re bakers, we make it a point to visit at least one dessert-themed establishment when we travel. We will go completely out of our way to try something new when it’s been getting lots of hype, and sometimes, we’re disappointed. We may not discriminate when it comes to sugary confections, but we’re also not easily impressed, so you can trust us when we recommend a new spot. Best Desserts In New York City

Best Desserts In New York City

We’ve been to New York City many times, and often I believe it’s true that you can find the best of everything there. It’s certainly the case when it comes to food, and dessert options are no exception. If you have a sweet tooth like mine and will be in NYC, add these decadent destinations for dessert lovers to your must-see list! Best Desserts In New York City

Levain Bakery Best Desserts In New York City

Best Desserts In New York City

As a true cookie connoisseur (and a well-versed NYC visitor), I can confidently say this bakery makes the best cookies in New York City! I dare say they’re the best cookies I’ve had in my entire life! I know, I know, I was skeptical, too, but with the perfect amount of crunch around the edges and a chewy center (even after being left out overnight), these babies take the cake—er—cookie!

Best Desserts In New York City

Located on the Upper West Side, Levain Bakery prides itself on knowing its regulars by name, even though the shop now serves long lines of tourists every day. It has such an amazing reputation that the line of customers usually extends past the front door! We were lucky enough to avoid the rush by going early and by choosing a Monday to visit, instead of a Saturday or Sunday. If you go on a weekend, be prepared to wait! Best Desserts In New York City

Best Desserts In New York City

But the wait will be well worth it! Everything from its unique rustic bread to its renowned six-ounce chocolate chip walnut cookie is baked on-site daily with high-quality ingredients. Levain clearly focuses on quality versus quantity with its four cookie varieties: peanut butter chocolate, chocolate walnut, oatmeal raisin, and dark chocolate chip. These cookie mountains, as they should be called, are layers upon layers of ooie gooey goodness. Best Desserts In New York City

Best Desserts In New York City

And the company has a soul: the food that doesn’t sell each day is donated to help feed the hungry. How great is that? Best Desserts In New York City

Two friends founded the bakery in 1994, on a quest to create the world’s greatest chocolate chip cookie. (Did they ever!) Their dream grew into a popular neighborhood staple and soon became a hot spot for epicurious travelers from around the globe, like myself. Levain Bakery now has four locations throughout New York and even ships worldwide through their online store.

To see these cookie masterpieces for yourself, check out my Facebook Live video. And if you try them for yourself, be sure to post a picture using the hashtag #ShareLevain.

Black Tap Best Desserts In New York City

Best Desserts In New York City

The best item on the menu at this super chic craft beer and burger bar is actually neither a beer nor a burger: it’s a milkshake. Willy Wonka himself could not have dreamed up more creative confections, and I swear these things weigh as much as newborn babies!

While their classic milkshakes are delicious, it’s their Crazy Shakes that seem to be made for Instagram (and need no filter, I might add). Piled high with toppings, you can choose from such flavors as the Bam Bam shake (complete with a Fruity Pebbles Rice Krispy Treat, a strawberry Poptart, and a Nerds rope) or the Cake shake (which comes with an actual slice of Funfetti cake on top). My daughter had the Cotton Candy shake, which was strawberry ice cream and a vanilla frosted rim with blue and pink pearl chocolates. It was topped with a pink lollipop, rock candy, whipped cream, and actual cotton candy. (I could have lived without the sugar high that followed, but YOLO, amirite?) Best Desserts In New York City

Best Desserts In New York City

What’s fun about Black Tap is that the locations offer different flavors at each. The interiors are pretty cool, too. They’re modern and inspired, full of colorful art set against a backdrop of black and white. The restaurants really feel like contemporary malt shops.

One small pro-tip: Call ahead to the location you’d like to visit. When we went to the one on Broome Street, the line was out the door and our expected wait time was two hours. We were able to confirm that the Meatpacking District location had no wait, so we hitched an Uber over there. Best Desserts In New York City

For a sneak peek of these out-of-this-world treats, watch my Facebook Live here.

Serendipity  3 Best Desserts In New York City

Located on East 60th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, Serendipity 3 is famous for its $1,000 ice cream sundae made with 23-carat gold and the world’s rarest chocolate…You read that right! The “Golden Opulence Sundae” is made from Tahitian Vanilla ice cream infused with Madagascar Vanilla, wrapped in edible gold leaf, drizzled with the world’s most expensive chocolate (Amedei Porcelana), and topped with chunks of Venezuelan Chua chocolate. I’m sorry to say we have not tried this one, but it’s important to know that this sundae is the reason for frequent celebrity appearances and the restaurant’s notoriously long wait times.

I suggest you put your name on the list and then head across the street to grab a bite to eat at Patsy Pizza before returning to Serendipity 3 for dessert. Best Desserts In New York City

Once there, you can choose from the frozen drinks (like the pineapple lime and the “Apricot Smush”), the huge selection of pies, and the “Drugstore Sundaes” (including the “Outrageous Banana Split” and the “Coward’s Portion” of it, if you choose)…that is, of course, if you aren’t there for the “Golden Opulence!” If you’re a fan of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, you’ve got to try my favorite: the frozen peanut butter hot chocolate. Best Desserts In New York City

So, what’s your absolute favorite spot for sweets in the Big Apple?

 

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67 Comments

  1. sian
    August 2, 2017 / 2:46 am

    oh my goodness!! All those desserts are insane!!! If I ever made it to NY I would end up in a food coma thanks to my willpower – I would have to try them all!

    • admin
      August 4, 2017 / 11:31 am

      Haha, NY has an amazing food!

  2. August 2, 2017 / 3:55 am

    omg this feels so yumm.. Your pictures make me drool. and that pretty little girl.. Lucky you are to have those baking skills

    • admin
      August 4, 2017 / 11:27 am

      Thank you so much!

    • admin
      August 4, 2017 / 11:27 am

      I hope you’ll like it!

    • admin
      August 4, 2017 / 11:26 am

      Haha, those milkshakes are amazing!

    • admin
      August 4, 2017 / 11:23 am

      Glad you like it!

  3. August 2, 2017 / 9:49 am

    Just from the pictures, how could I not agree that this is the best bakery in NYC? How yummy does that oreo shake look!? I would love to try the best chocolate chip cookie in the world! Too bad I’m on the west coast.

    • admin
      August 4, 2017 / 11:20 am

      Hope you get the chance to try it!

  4. August 2, 2017 / 10:03 am

    Yum! All your pictures look fantastic. I love my desserts. I have been to Serendipity and loved it. I got the frozen hot chocolate and a sundae!
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    • admin
      August 4, 2017 / 11:19 am

      Thank you!

  5. August 2, 2017 / 10:16 am

    Oh man … I just finished eating my ‘healthy’ lunch (cherries, and a chicken burrito) and now I want all of these desserts. I have been to Serendipity and tried their frozen ice cream, too, and my friend said it tasted like Slim Fast, haha … I enjoyed it though. YUM.

    • admin
      August 4, 2017 / 11:18 am

      Haha, I wish I could send these to you.

    • admin
      August 4, 2017 / 11:16 am

      Wow, that’s a long time ago.

    • admin
      August 4, 2017 / 11:14 am

      Thank you for reading!

  6. August 2, 2017 / 11:51 am

    Yummmm! One thing we love about NYC is the food! Every time we go we map out where we ant to eat and I’m totally adding these to my list 🙂
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    • admin
      August 4, 2017 / 11:11 am

      Yes, their food is so good!

  7. August 2, 2017 / 2:30 pm

    I love seeing new places and would love to visit New York. These look like fantastic places to eat while touring!

    • admin
      August 4, 2017 / 11:05 am

      Thank you, New York is definitely worth visiting!

    • admin
      August 4, 2017 / 11:04 am

      Yes, they truly are!

  8. August 2, 2017 / 6:16 pm

    OMG these all look so delicious! My husband and I plan to travel to New York one day; we will be sure to check out some of these places!

    • admin
      August 4, 2017 / 11:03 am

      It’s beautiful city, hope you get to visit it soon!

    • admin
      August 4, 2017 / 10:56 am

      Haha, glad you like it!

  9. August 2, 2017 / 7:27 pm

    Those are some fantastic desserts! One of the great parts about NYC is all the great food it has to offer. I would love to try some of these, especially those gooey cookies!
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    • admin
      August 4, 2017 / 10:55 am

      NYC truly has an amazing food selection.

  10. the sophia diaries
    August 2, 2017 / 7:32 pm

    Never heard of black tap, but I totally loooove levain! my friend recommended it to me and I fell in love as soon as I took the very first bite <3 my sister loves it too!

    • admin
      August 4, 2017 / 10:54 am

      Yes, black tap is also great!

  11. Karlyn Cruz
    August 2, 2017 / 7:33 pm

    These cookies are look fantastic! My husband and I have been in NYC and it was fun and memorable vacation for me. What I love in NYC was they have a lot of interesting places and amazing foods.

    • admin
      August 4, 2017 / 10:53 am

      NYC is truly amazing city!

    • admin
      August 4, 2017 / 10:50 am

      Haha, you should definitely try those!

  12. Kelly Reci
    August 2, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    NYC is in my bucket list! My family will surely love these places and those amazing foods.

    • admin
      August 4, 2017 / 10:49 am

      Hope you get to visit it soon!

  13. Shell
    August 2, 2017 / 9:41 pm

    Wow these all sound amazing!!!! I’m sure my kiddos would love them all!!

    • admin
      August 4, 2017 / 10:48 am

      Haha, then our kids are the same!

  14. August 2, 2017 / 9:41 pm

    Really nice post. I would like to experience same one day.

    • admin
      August 4, 2017 / 10:48 am

      Thank you. Hope you will!

  15. August 2, 2017 / 10:25 pm

    I love the idea of making a dessert stop on every vacation. I’m going to have to use that!

    • admin
      August 4, 2017 / 10:47 am

      Yeah, that’s great idea for dessert-lovers.

    • admin
      August 4, 2017 / 10:43 am

      Well then, definitely check these out! Thank you for reading.

  16. Victoria Heckstall
    August 3, 2017 / 5:29 am

    Oh wow! What a fun and amazing experiences! NYC is my dream place to have a vacation.

    • admin
      August 4, 2017 / 10:42 am

      I hope you get there soon!

    • admin
      August 4, 2017 / 10:39 am

      Their milkshakes are delicious! I hope you get to it soon.

  17. Melissa Bernardo
    August 3, 2017 / 11:30 am

    Oh my goodness! Look at those yummy cookies! Awesome desserts!

    • admin
      August 4, 2017 / 10:33 am

      I know, so tasty! Thanks for reading.

    • admin
      August 4, 2017 / 10:27 am

      Yes, they have a great desserts selection!

  18. August 4, 2017 / 5:05 am

    New York City is just so much fun. I’ve been a few times and love it more and more each time I go!

    • admin
      August 4, 2017 / 10:20 am

      It truly is beautiful city. Thanks for reading!

  19. August 4, 2017 / 9:37 am

    I can’t go to NYC anymore. Every time I do, I gain five pounds. Thanks for the temptation.

    • admin
      August 4, 2017 / 10:15 am

      Haha, so true. They have a delicious food.

  20. Our Family World
    August 5, 2017 / 5:09 am

    OMG. I can’t believe these crazy sweet treats. They all look so good, unfortunately, I can’t have any unless they are sugar free versions. I’d be in a coma if I had that much sweets. I will let my friends and family know about these places though. I am sure they will enjoy every morsel, and every sip. 🙂

    • admin
      August 5, 2017 / 7:23 am

      I am sorry to hear that.

  21. Annemarie LeBlanc
    August 6, 2017 / 4:41 am

    Oh my. Every little sweet receptor in my body went into a frenzy at the sight of these awesome desserts! Undoubtedly, this is the best bakery in NYC ever!

    • admin
      August 10, 2017 / 10:09 am

      Haha, you should definitely check it out!

  22. August 6, 2017 / 10:40 pm

    This is right in the nick of time! I am going to NYC in 2 weeks for my cousins wedding. I was born in NYC but came to Atlanta when I was young so I am still always exploring what cool spots NY has to offer definitely want to check out Black Tap.
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    • admin
      August 10, 2017 / 10:06 am

      Black Tap is so good, hope you’ll like it.

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