New York City brings many great things but the array of restaurants is absolutely above the rest. Everything from fine dining to hole in the wall word-of-mouth spots that will excite your taste buds and most likely put you into a food coma. The truth is, we have a guilty pleasure of indulging in the sweet side of things and after living in the city for almost three years, we discovered some of the best sweet treats around. So if you are in NYC any time soon, watch out – your sweet tooth may start to ache.
Amy’s Bread – Our very first New York apartment was around the corner from Amy’s Bread, and that was dangerously too close. Ok we will admit that we tried pretty much everything over the course of a year, but our absolute favourites are the cinnamon raisin twists, plain croissants, vanilla buttercream cupcakes and the coconut dream bars.
Levain Bakery – We used to make ourselves walk the entire length of Central Park before we allowed ourselves to indulge in a Levain cookie on the weekend. The dough ball is the size of a baseball when it goes into the oven, so it comes out super crisp on the outside and deliciously gooey on the inside. They were probably too big for anyone to eat a whole one to themselves, but we never could learn to share. We think the best is the chocolate chip walnut, but they also have double chocolate, oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip peanut butter.
Baked by Melissa – These one bite wonders are the perfect size for your sweet fix without too much guilt. The variety of flavours and the creativity that goes into them is phenomenal.
Sprinkles – We ate a lot of cupcakes whilst living in New York, constantly on the search for the perfect one. The ratio of sponge to icing had to be just right, it had to be moist but not too buttery, and sweet without being overpowering. We’re picky, but Sprinkles have nailed it. Our favourite is the vegan red velvet because its especially difficult to make something great vegan and still have it be amazing!
Melt Bakery – It doesn’t get much better than smooth creamy ice cream smudged between two delightful cookies, and we think Melt Bakery does it best. They started off with just carts at local markets (where we found them), but now they have a proper store and a permanent spot up on the High Line. The ‘Classic’ (chocolate chip walnut cookies with vanilla bean ice cream) always hits the spot but the ‘Morticia’ (crackly chocolate cookies with malted chocolate rum ice cream) is great for something a little different.
Dough – The boring doughnut has been transformed into a light, fluffy cloud of goodness – you’ll literally feel like your in heaven. Local to Brooklyn, Dough has come up with some of the most original, fresh and creative flavours we’ve ever seen. We think the toasted coconut and the dulce de leche with toasted almonds are incredible but passionfruit with cocoa nibbs, hibiscus, earl grey and salted chocolate are definitely worth a try.
Visit: 448 Lafayette Ave, New York, NY 11205
Dominique Ansel Bakery – This is where the Cronut was invented. Sure you’ll have to get up at 2am to wait in line outside for six hours, but at least you can say you’ve had the original and the best.
Eataly – Nothing beats a fresh Italian gelato on a hot summer’s day, and Eataly is the place to go. They use top quality ingredients, New York local milk and only make small batches daily so you know it’s fresh. Dark chocolate and pistachio are solid favourites but we also love the fruit sorbets for something a little lighter.
Georgetown Cupcakes – Georgetown are a close second for our favourite cupcakes. We originally discovered it while visiting Washington DC one weekend, so we were thrilled when we found out they just opened a store in Soho. The chocolate coconut flavour is unreal, but we also love how they have seasonal flavours like pumpkin spice, Thanksgiving maple chocolate chip and gingerbread.
Momofuku Milk Bar – Compost cookies are something that kids grew up eating in America but we had never heard of until we went to Momofuku. The name doesn’t make them sound enticing, but the ingredients sure do – chocolate chips, pretzels, potato chips, graham crackers, butterscotch chips, rolled oats and coffee. Who would have thought that such an odd combination of salty and sweet would be so addictive?
One Lucky Duck – For all of our health conscious and vegan friends, this is the place for you. Everything is raw and organic and contains no processed sugars. We seriously can’t get enough of their chocolate and vanilla macaroons (our friends actually send packets all the way to Australia, bless them). We love them because you get all the pleasure of something sweet without the guilt (or the need for three extra gym workouts!).
Westville – It is our usual spot for an all American cheeseburger and fries on a Friday night, but their chocolate soufflé is worth leaving room for.
Toby’s Estate – For when we needed our fix of Australian goodies, we used to head to this funky Brooklyn spot for a lamington or Tim Tam – best served with some honey bush tea.