I am a SUCKER for some of the best dessert places in New York City since my unofficial life motto is, “Life’s uncertain, eat dessert first”.
Yup, I get it from my mama.
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a total sugar whore. It is seriously my favorite part of the meal and honestly, I would skip all the savory stuff in a minute if I didn’t think I would lose all my teeth and develop Diabetes.
Dessert holds a special place in my heart since it reminds me of my mom, who passed away six years ago.
She loved dessert so much, that she actually gave me chocolate cake for breakfast. And when I asked why she just smiled and said that it had milk in it which was good for my bones.
Gotta love denial.
But my dessert addiction makes sense since desserts in NYC are their own brand of deliciousness; a level of tastiness that is that is difficult to find in other parts of the world.
No trip to New York City would be complete without visiting all of the super fun dessert places in New York City.
And since you don’t want to waste your precious, daily caloric intake on New York City desserts that taste like butt, I’ll introduce you to some of the best desserts in New York City (some of which are also the most famous New York desserts) since these are all of my favorite dessert places in NYC.
So if you’re ready:
Grab a drool absorbing fabric of some kind and let’s check out my picks for the best dessert places in New York City.
When it comes to New York City desserts, my unoriginal life motto is YOLO.
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22 of the Absolute Best Dessert Places in New York City!
1. 10 Below
This rolled ice cream purveyor is one of the best ice cream shops in New York City.
Not only does 10 Below use fresh, organic ingredients, but they make their ice cream right in front of you too!
Just think of it as dinner and a show, but a lot cheaper.
Inspired by the ice cream making process in Thailand, 10 below starts with cold plates that are cooled to -10 degrees (hence the name).
See? It all makes sense.
Fresh cream is then poured atop the plate, while various add-ins are mixed in.
Fresh, delicious ice cream rolls in two minutes, without any added fats or emulsifiers. They literally look like little ice cream tacos that will make anyone’s stomach, and heart, happy, with unique floors like Cookie Monster (Yum), Fruity Bam Bam (Yum), and I love you a latte.
Address: 10 Mott St NY, NY 10013 (Chinatown), with multiple locations
Hours: Sun – Thur: 12pm – 10pm and Fri – Sat: 12pm – 11:30pm
2. Magnolia Bakery
Magnolia Bakery has one of the top desserts in NYC. And I’m not even referring to their cupcakes.
Sure, this bakery might be better known for its cupcakes, but the banana pudding here is to die for (I also really love their cupcakes but stay away from their blondies. I was NOT a fan).
This fruity packed pudding is awesome and packed with rich, banana goodness (if you like that sort of thing. Lol).
And because Magnolia Bakery is just TOO awesome for words:
You can order the classic banana flavor, or dare to be different and order the chocolate-banana instead (you rebel you).
You can’t go wrong when ordering the banana pudding or cupcakes for that matter. The cupcakes are amazing but the pudding here is just super extra special.
Just do yourself a favor and grab an extra spoon since everyone will want a bite!
Address: Grand Central Terminal in the lower dining concourse (multiple other locations).
Hours: Mon – Fri: 7:30am-10pm, Sat: 9am-10pm and Sun: 9am-8pm
***If you love cupcakes as much as I do, then check out this 2-hour cupcake tour of Greenwich Village! Super fun and super tasty!***
3. Levain Bakery (home to one of the great desserts in NYC)
I’m doing a little New York foodie happy dance right now because these are seriously the best cookies in New York City (and one of the must eat desserts in NYC).
The cookies here are a thousand times better than the ones my mom used to make. Actually, what am I talking about? My mom never made cookies.
So the cookies at LeVain Bakery are better than the ones Martha Stewart makes if your mom was an M.I.A. baker like mine.
Not only are the cookies here decadently moist and gooey:
But they are enormous, like the size of your head big, and come in a variety of traditional flavors like chocolate chip, walnut, dark chocolate peanut butter chip, oatmeal raisin, etc.
It should come as a surprise to no one that there’s typically a line out the door (Psst, visit the location at 2167 Frederick Douglas Boulevard in Harlem if you hate lines and people).
But that’s okay since they’re totally worth the wait since this is one of the best dessert places in NYC.
Address: Levain Bakery, 167 West 74th Street (at Amsterdam Avenue); 212-874-6080
Hours: Mon-Sat: 8am-7pm and Sun: 9am-7pm
4. Doughnut Plant
Looking for good desserts in NYC?
Then it’s no shocker that this world-famous doughnut franchise ranks high on this NYC dessert love list.
And with tons of varieties to choose from (cake doughnuts, yeast doughnuts, dough seeds, etc.), and several flavor options to choose from in each variety (Creme Brûlée, Tres Leches, Carrot Cake, etc.), how could this master creator of doughnuts not be?
But what Doughnut Plant is truly known for, is it’s use of high-quality ingredients, to create amazing doughnuts that are packed to the brim with an epic amount of flavor.
Think heaven in your mouth and you have a tiny idea of how good these doughnuts are.
But with all these flavor options, which one should you choose? Easy, the Brooklyn Blackout cake doughnut.
This doughnut s a chocolate lover’s dream since it is a cake doughnut, filled with chocolate, dipped in chocolate, and sprinkled with, you guessed it, chocolate sprinkles.
One of my favorite doughnuts in the whole wide world and worth every single calorie (I hate running but would run a marathon for this doughnut).
***Because remember, a life without doughnuts is no life at all.***
Address: 220 West 23rd Street, between 7th & 8th Avenues (multiple locations)
Hours: Sun-Wed: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Thur – Sat: 7 a.m. – 12 a.m.
5. Black Tap
If you’ve seen an internet video floating around that features massive milkshakes overflowing with an assortment of confectionary delights, like cake and brownies, then you’ve seen these infamous, Black Tap milkshakes, up close and personal (now one of the many famous desserts NYC).
Because yes, THAT video is from this epic restaurant.
And I solemnly swear that these milkshakes are just as delicious as they look.
Black Tap is an actual restaurant with savory and sweet menu items. But why waste the calories when you can go straight for the dessert menu?
Phew. Glad we agree on the important things in life.
Choose from an assortment of classic shakes or dare to walk on the wild side and order one of their “Crazy Shakes”.
I know, the price is a bit steep at $15 a shake.
But it’s so worth it with flavors like sweet n’ salty peanut butter shake, cotton candy strawberry shake, the (vanilla) cookie shake, Sour power black cherry shake, and the Brooklyn blackout chocolate shake.
And no matter which flavor you choose, you can’t go wrong since all these confectionary delights are the stuff that dessert dreams are made of.
Frozen cream, fudge, doughnuts, sprinkles, candy, slices of cake, cookies, and brownies…OH MY!
Address: 529 Broome Street between Sullivan and Thompson streets (multiple locations)
Hours: Mon-Wed: 11:00am – 12:00am, Thur-Sat: 11:00am – 1:00am and Sun: 11:00am – 12:00am
6. Momofuku Milk Bar
How do I find the words to describe the insanely awesome, confectionary delights that emerge from one of the best dessert places in NYC?
Dare I say, food crack, because that ‘s exactly what it is.
The desserts here are just that addictive and in their own stratosphere of awesome. That’s why your biggest problem will be deciding what to order; and with cereal milk soft serve, cookies (compost, chocolate chip, cornflake marshmallow), cake truffles (chocolate malt cake, dulce de leche, and crack pie, your decision will definitely be a difficult one.
I would get the birthday cake truffle, Crack Pie, and a Compost cookie. A lot of people also love the cereal milk soft serve but I thought it was gross so that one if up to you.
You can also indulge in a bit of nostalgia and order Momofuku’s birthday cake, which is like a reimagined funfetti cake mix that consists of vanilla rainbow cake, layered with rainbow cake crumbs, and topped with vanilla frosting.
Way better than the Diunkaroos I had in my lunch box as a kid.
Address: 15 w 56th street, between 5th and 6th avenues (multiple locations)
Hours: Sun-Wed: 8 am – 11 pm and Thur – Sat: 8 am – 12 am
7. Junior’s (one of the most famous New York desserts)
When it comes to iconic, NY style cheesecake, I’m boring and unoriginal and always go to Juniors.
But for good reason!
This Brooklyn, dessert institution, has been serving up cheesecake masterpieces since the 1950s; and you don’t stay in business that long if you don’t know how to make great, New York style cheesecake (not to be confused with Italian style cheesecake, which is very different).
They have cheesecake baller status by combining premium cream cheese, whipping cream, eggs, and a dash of vanilla, to create the smoothest and creamiest cheesecake that I’ve ever eaten, and I’ve eaten a ton of cheesecake in NYC.
And the best part?
It’s sold everywhere! I literally see it in the grocery store all the time, so, pinkie promise, you don’t actually have to go to Junior’s to purchase this piece of dessert divinity.
Excuse me while I go eat my feelings. BRB.
Address: 1515 Broadway, New York near 45th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue (Multiple locations)
Hours: Mon–Thurs: 6:30am–12am, Fri and Sat: 6:30am–1am, and Sun: 6:30-11pm
8. Dominique Ansel Bakery
Ever heard of the Cronut (croissant, doughnut)?
Well if you have, then Dominique Ansel Bakery is the place that started it all. And it’s no surprise with such innovative spins, on classic childhood desserts. And while most people come here for the cronuts, I have another fave.
Cough…cookie and milk shots are my faves…Cough
Only served after 3 p.m (they sell to go packs if you want to buy one earlier), this fun dish is created by taking an ooey-gooey cookie cup, and coating in chocolate, creating a watertight seal.
The cookie is then molded into the shape of a shot glass and served with some vanilla-infused milk.
Nom, nom, nom.
But the best part? You don’t; have to wake up at the butt crack of dawn just to purchase this dessert.
Three cheers for sleeping in and for one of the many fun dessert places in NYC!
Address: 189 Spring Street (Between Sullivan and Thompson Streets)
Hours: 8 am Mon-Sat: 8 am to 7 pm and Sun: 9 am to 7 pm
9. Spot Dessert Bar NYC
This St. Marks dessert institution is home to an array of quirky and creative confectionary marvels.
If Willy Wonka had a restaurant, this would be it. Which makes sense when you realize that this fun New York City dessert shop was created by Iron Chef, Ian Kittichai.
And while there is nothing bad at Spot Dessert Bar:
My current menu favorites are the Cookie Camp (half-baked marshmallow cookie, milk ice cream, and pretzels), Golden Toast (crispy honey buttered toast, condensed milk ice cream, strawberries, whipped cream), and Milky Puff (puff pastry, milk ice cream, corn flakes, bruleed bananas, whipped cream, and white chocolate honeycomb).
But one of their most popular desserts is the Matcha Lava or a molten, dark chocolate cake oozing with green tea ganache, and topped with green tea ice cream, and cookie crumbs.
What you get just depends on your level of fondness for matcha.
Address: 13 St Marks Place (between 2nd and 3rd Avenue)
Hours: Sun-Wed: 12pm – 12am and Thur – Sat: 12pm – 1am
From the outside:
DŌ looks like any other local, ice cream shop. But when you see the insanely long line of people waiting to get inside, you realize that this place is something special.
That’s because this shop in Greenwich Village doesn’t sell regular ice cream cones because that is so 2008.
They actually sell fresh made, totally edible, cookie dough cones that come in a variety of exciting flavors.
This means that:
My days of buying non-edible cookie dough, under the guise that I am actually making cookies are at an end.
Oh, the lies and shame!
Now, cookie dough lovers everywhere can rejoice and publicly embrace their passion for cookie dough, by enjoying such scrumptious cookie dough flavors as sugar cookie, chocolate chip, brownie batter, confetti, and snickerdoodle.
And if that isn’t enough incentive to get you here:
Cookie dough flavors also come in gluten-free, vegan, or grain-free varieties. So that friend you have, who can’t eat anything but air, yeah, bring them here. They’ll love you forever.
Address: 550 LaGuardia Place (at West 3rd Street)
Hours: Mon: CLOSED, Tue and Wed: 10 am – 9 pm, Thur – Sat: 10 am – 10 pm, and Sunday: 10 am – 9 pm (subject to early closure if they run out)
11. Underwest Donuts
This place isn’t fancy at all.
In fact, it’s located in a carwash, right by the Intrepid. That’s why, if you judge this place by its unassuming exterior, you’ll miss out on the culinary greatness within.
But the absolute best part?
is that not only is it cheap, but it’s quiet! I went on a Saturday morning and there was no one there. I tried to be dainty but devoured my vanilla, lavender doughnut in one big ass bite as I watched the cars roll through the carwash.
And I come back every chance I get since the doughnuts here are light, moist, cake doughnuts that aren’t greasy at all.
Seriously some of the best doughnuts I have ever had!
Address: 638 W 47th St, New York, NY
Hours: Mon: 6:30am – 3pm, Tue-Fri: 6:30am – 5pm, Sat: 7:30am – 5pm, and Sun: 7:30am – 3pm
***If you’re an NYC foodie like me, then check out this 3-hour foodie tour through Brooklyn***
13. Ring Ding Bar
You remember those Hostess snack cakes from your youth? You know, the chocolate cakes with the cream filling? Or how about that memorable, commercial tagline that uttered, “Hey, where’s the cream filling?”
This childhood snack cake staple has gotten a modern facelift from the Chopped champ, Madeline Lancing.
At this Tribeca sweet shop:
The iconic ring ding has been completely transformed from drab to fab. Gone are the days of preservative laden, mass-produced snack cakes that could survive even the apocalypse.
In their place:
You have ring dings that are made of coated, fluffy layer cakes, that are packed with fantastic fillings like chocolate-covered cherry, Nutella, lemon crème, and more.
So stop by and take a stroll through yesteryear, minus the twinkie.
Address: 179 Duane Street, New York, New York
14. Union Fare
Can we slow our roll for a second here?
Because Union Fare is a special slice of awesome and home to one of the BEST things that I have ever eaten in New York City.
Bold statement but true.
See, this trendy, industrial chic eatery is home to not only a wicked awesome NYC brunch but an amazing bakery, with some of the most unique croissant creations that I have ever eaten.
These buttery, flakey, carb loaded, bits of goodness, come in innovative flavors like red velvet, birthday cake, and matcha.
Besides a puddle of drool, you get a perfect balance between the savory, pastry exterior, and the sweet, dessert-interior.
A must-see New York City foodie destination for anyone who enjoys dessert.
Address: Union Fare, 6 E. 18th Street (Between 5th Avenue and Broadway)
Hours: Mon-Sun: 8am – 9pm
***While you’re in the Flat Iron District, mix in a little history with your food tasting and check out this Flatiron Food and History Tour***
15. Molly’s Cupcakes
Ummm, yeah. I like Magnolia cupcakes, but I LOVE Molly’s cupcakes.
But don’t take my word for it. Not only have these guys won cupcake wars, but this store was voted best cupcake bakery by Voice and one of the 10 best cupcake bakeries by USA Today.
You might assume that when you visit this bakery, you’ll get just another cupcake right?
Molly’s is known for their center-filled cupcakes that come in decadent, innovative flavors like Cake Batter, Creme Brûlée, peanut butter Nutella, Cookie Monster, and peach cobbler.
Seriously the most AMAZING cupcakes of my life.
So moist and delicious but without being overpoweringly sweet. They just put all other cupcakes to shame, plain and simple.
Address: 228 Bleecker Street New York City New York 10014
Hours: Mon: 12:00pm – 10:00pm, Tue – Thur: 8:00am – 10:00pm,
Fri/Sat: 8:00am – 12:00am, and Sun: 9:00am – 10:00pm
16. Bread’s Bakery
Who doesn’t want Babka from Breads Bakery? Am I right?
Okay, in fairness, Babka is kind of random so you may not know exactly what it is, at least that’s how it was for me.
I knew I liked Babka and that it was a sweet carb that I probably shouldn’t eat it all the time because it would make me the size of a house but that’s pretty much all I knew.
Well, in truth, Babka is found in many Jewish bakeries and is a twisted length of yeast dough that is baked to flaky perfection in a high loaf pan.
Instead of a fruit filling though, the dough is packed with cinnamon or chocolate between all the bread layers.
So what does all this mean to you?
Well let me put it to you this way, I go and get my Babka from the Breads Bakery kiosk in Bryant Park. I take it home and fervently say to myself, “I will only have a taste and save the rest for later”.
Fast forward three minutes and 3/4 of the Babka is gone as I vainly attempt to wipe away the chocolate from my face that betrays my gluttonous ways.
But I blame the Babka.
it was just so good that I couldn’t help eating it all. So whatever you do, make sure you get your Babka on while in NYC.
Address: 18 E 16th St, New York, NY 10003
Hours: Open from 6:30 am to 9:00 pm on Monday through Friday, 6:30 am to 8:00 pm on Saturdays and 7:30 am to 8:00 pm Sunday.
17. La Burdick
Looking for some super adorable chocolates?
Then why not try these homemade snowmen, mice or penguins at La Burdick? No joke, these are the cutest and tastiest chocolates that I have ever seen and eaten!
The penguins are so adorable that you almost can’t eat them. But somehow I managed to bite their little heads off, as cruel and malicious as that sounds.
I promise, I’m not some mercenary, Hannibal Lector type of person.
But back to the chocolate. The penguins are made with whipped dark chocolate and lemon ganache that is accented with a dash of limoncello. They are then finished off with a fine pair of adorable almond wings.
They truly look like something straight out of Harry Potter. Honestly, if they were enchanted and could sing and dance like in the movie happy feet, my life would be made
I also tried the chocolate mice and they are just as adorable with their toasted almond ears and silky little tails. I feel kind of like a psychopath eating them but they come in three epic favors so I couldn’t help myself. There is a dark chocolate with an orange interior, a milk chocolate with a mocha interior, and a white chocolate with a cinnamon interior.
All of them were insanely delicious but my fave was the white chocolate and I kind of mauled him. Sorry, little guy but you were just so darn tasty.
Address: 156 Prince St, New York, NY 10012
Hours: Open 8:00 am to 9:00 pm from Monday through Saturday and open 10:00 am to 8:00 pm on Sundays.
18. Sweet Moment
Not only is there a super Instagramable, neon sign that reads, “sweet moment”, but this Chinatown coffee, tea, and dessert Holy Grail (think Bingsoo, waffles, cake, ice cream, etc.) is smartly decorated and super spacious.
So no worries, you will definitely find a place to sit, even at 1:00 pm on a Saturday (I was totally amazed by this. I felt like I had just seen a unicorn).
You’re not here for the decor since well, no one can eat ambiance. Nope. You’re here to order their one and only tea art! Seriously the most adorable beverage that I have ever drunk in my entire life.
This cream art (or tea art) is made with a cold brew, coffee or black tea and comes in fun flavors like chocolate, matcha, taro, and red velvet flavors; all served with milk and whipped cream on top (my favorite part right there).
The drinks are yummy but super sweet. So a delicious way to induce diabetic coma while snapping a photo of a latte that looks like the cutest little bear that you’ve ever seen.
But you Know What they Say?
I did it all for the gram. Oh God, I’m turning into one of those social media obsessed, self-involved idiots who spend thirty minutes taking selfies in a bathroom. The horror!
(covers ears and rocks back and forth in the fetal position)
Address: 106 Mott St, New York, NY 10013
Hours: Fri./Sat. 10 am – 11 pm and Sun. – Thurs. 10 am -10 pm.
***If you’re in Chinatown anyway, then might as well try this New York food tour of Chinatown***
19. Morgenstern’s Ice Cream
So right when you see this FINE purveyor of possibly the best ice cream in New York City:
You know it’s gonna be good since the whole shop screams vintage, 1950s malt shop (add this place to your next NYC food tour).
You feel like all you need is a poodle skirt or bomber jacket to walk in here so that you can hit the sock hop after you get your ice cream.
Or, if you’re feeling saucy, you might even get pinned and hold hands at lovers lane.
Sorry, I know that was a little X-rated.
But I LOVE the feel here. The employees even wear those little white hats that all the food service people wore in the 50s.
However, it’s not all about the decor at Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream!
The ice cream here is absolutely off the chain.
Is that what cool kids say nowadays?
I’ve never been cool so I wouldn’t know. This shop also has interesting flavors like burnt honey vanilla, salt and pepper pinenut, burnt sage, and a few more traditional flavors like Rockiest Road.
My personal fave?
And the kicker?
I’m not a huge fan of raspberry cheesecake. But somehow, I loved this flavor since it felt like pure magic in my mouth.
Address: 2 Rivington Street
Hours: Sun. – Thurs. 8 am 11 pm an Sat. – Sun. 8 am – 12 am.
20. Max Brenner (aka best chocolate dessert NYC)
This place is any chocoholics dream.
Not only are the savory dishes here generally served with a dash of chocolate inspired, divine sweetness, but the desserts here are pure gastronomic euphoria.
And what better way to go back to the nostalgia of your youth than with a nice cup of hot cocoa?
But hot chocolate has come a long way since then.
Not only does Max Brenner have a mug that is designed to be hugged by both hands so that you can savor this chocolatey, creamy goodness, but there are a ton of flavors to choose from like Italian thick, Hazelnut, Mocha, Marshmallow, Oreo, and many more.
My personal favorite is the peanut butter hot chocolate, which is a decadent mix of an insanely sweet and slightly thick hot chocolate that is expertly combined with a hint of salty, peanut butter flavor that helps balance the sweetness.
A totally great way to warm up on a chilly day in NYC.
***Also try their insane chocolate pizza! It is a dessert pizza that is sprinkled with milk and white chocolate chunks, and served with your choice of hazelnut, peanut butter, and roasted marshmallow (now one of the many unique desserts NYC).***
Address: 841 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
Hours: Open 9 am – 12 am Mon. – Thurs., open 9 am – 1 am Fri./Sat. and 9 am to 11 pm on Sun.
21. Grace Street Coffee & Desserts
When it comes to the best dessert places in New York City, you really can’t go wrong with Grace Street Coffee & Desserts. This contemporary coffee house has a HUGE selection of Asian donuts and waffles. It also has the regular coffee mixes that you would expect in a joint like this. While you are there make sure to try the matcha lattes! They are the best I’ve had!
When it comes to the desserts there are quite a number of options to choose from which makes narrowing down on a choice pretty hard. Let me save you the trouble. Try the shaved ice cream. The mango madness shaved ice is delicious but you really can’t go wrong with any of the other flavors as well.
The only downside is that the place is always bustling and getting a seat can be hard especially if you head here after 6:30 pm. So try to reach a bit earlier so you avoid the queues.
Address: 17 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001, United States
Hours: Sun – Wed: 11am – 11pm, Thur: 11am – 11:30pm, Fri-Sat: 11am – 12am
22. Sweet Rehab
You know how everyone raves about French desserts? Well if you live in NYC, you don’t really have to travel to Paris to get a taste of these. Sweet Rehab is an extremely charming venue with elegantly done decor. It is a real pleasure to sit here and just take it in.
What it really excels at is the French desserts and viennoiseries that it specializes in. Try the chocolate dessert with candied pecans. It’s a dark chocolate treat that has the right balance of sweet and bitter. Truly one of the best they have to offer.
The jar desserts are also a big hit so definitely try some of those too! One thing that will strike you the moment you start browsing is that every single piece that comes out of the kitchen looks beautiful and trust me… They taste even better!
Address: 135 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012, United States
Hours: Tue: 2pm -12am, Wed – Sun: 10am – 12am, Mon: Closed
Best Dessert Places in New York City FAQ
What Is The Most Famous Dessert In New York?
I think NYC has loads of options when it comes to desserts. Seriously… You can get authentic desserts from all over the world here. A signature dish that is always linked to the city is cheesecake. Not just any cheese cake… It’s called New York Cheesecake because the way they make it in the city is quite different from everywhere else. You have to try it to know just what I mean!
What Is The Most Expensive Dessert In NYC?
The Golden Opulence Sundae is hands own the most expensive dessert in NYC. In fact, the Guinness book of world records ranked it as the most expensive dessert in the world. Wondering how much you have to fork out for one? Well think around $1000! I know right! Insane!
The sundae is uber special because it needs to be preordered and the ingredients are flown in from all over the world!
What Is NYC Supreme Dessert?
The Supreme is a creation by the Lafayette Grand Café & Bakery. Its a mix between a doughnut and a croissant but even that fails to describe it properly. The dessert is sprinkled and drizzled with all kinds of goodies. That way it has the sweetness of the doughnut but the flakiness of a croissant.