Dessert in New York, NY
If you’re craving a cakey doughnut before the 9-5 grind, make sure you go to Lower East Side favorite early. Doughnut Plant one of the most popular pastry shops in Manhattan that’s dedicated to doughnuts. Doughnut Plant is petite in size, but prepare yourself to pick just one of the many gooey treats provided here. Don’t expect your usual chocolate frosting. Instead, enjoy a feast of Valrhona chocolate, spicy pumpkin, tangy raspberry jelly, or even lavender and green tea. Their flavors change every season, so don’t be afraid to visit frequently for a taste of tropical coconut, rose petal, or anything else that’s in for the month!
When it comes to Magnolia Bakery, you’ll either find New Yorkers that can’t get enough of it or those that prefer a place that isn’t associated with "Sex & The City." Put aside Carrie Bradshaw and you’ll discover a wonderfully inviting Greenwich Village eatery that resembles a sweet pastry shop from the ‘50s. Cupcakes are baked from scratch throughout the day and highlight rich, buttery cake with a generous serving of pastel-hued frosting on top. Consider trying “Hummingbird,” a medley of smooth cream cheese topped with toasted pecans. There's also the legendary banana pudding, a feast of vanilla wafers, creamy vanilla pudding, and fresh bananas.
Restaurant empire Momofuku usually has lines out the door, but if it’s desserts you seek, than make your way to one of their three pastry spin offs in New York City. Their crack piece is wildly addicting (and who could resist oats toasted with gooey brown sugar?), but it’s the Cereal Milk you’ll be hunting for. Picture a rich milkshake that’s like slurping your last bits of corn flakes soaked in cold milk. You can also order yours with strawberry milk, which tastes like “a liquid Crunch Berry.” When visiting Momofuku’s Milk Bar in the East Village, order a “Compost Cookie,” which features everything from butterscotch to potato chips.
When it comes to cheesecake, New York is the place to savor some of the most decadent slices in the world, but if you truly want the best, you have to make it Junior’s. True New Yorkers will stick to the BK original, which first opened in 1950. While you can enjoy some classic diner dishes, you simply cannot leave without ordering their most famous meal of all. Expect colossal layers of sweet, silky smooth cream that easily satisfies alone without chocolate sauce or strawberries…but you’ll still want it anyway. Make you also sample the restaurant’s other delicious creations, like Devil’s Food and Raspberry Swirl.
Black & white cookies are a classic New York staple and it’s easy to understand why anyone who’s not from the city gets hooked on this yummy creation. It’s an oversize cookie that’s as moist as cake with two frosted sides. Nearly every bakery in the city offers their take, but William Greenberg Desserts on Madison Avenue seems to have the best. We have yet to find someone who didn’t step inside this petite shop and not leave without a stack of black & white cookies. Best of all, you can custom order your treats, which means lilac, sunset, or even hot pink frosting can be yours for the picking.