New York City is a home to financiers, fashionistas, and thespians. Yes, we love everything from Wall Street to Broadway…but our fave part of this city is its decadence. It’s time for something sweet in the city. We have “finally” agreed on the best seven sweets of NYC.
Martha’s Country Bakery
36-21 Ditmars Blvd.
Astoria, NY, 10002
How could we not start off with the best place to get your slice of New York Cheesecake? Is your mouth-watering for the satin smoothness of a REAL cheesecake? Look no further than Queens. Martha is the grandma that you never had. Take your choice from Apple Crumb, Choco-chip, Mississippi Mud, Peanut butter, Red Velvet, Strawberry, Oreo, Marble, Brownie or stick with the original: The NYC Style. Make you choice, you can’t go wrong. Wait times can get long. Get there early or make you order in advance.
What makes Martha special?
Simply walking by the storefront you are drawn in by beauty of the Martha’s culinary creations. Walk in and the smell will melt your taste buds!
379 Grand St.
NYC, NY 10002
Tel: (212) 505-3700
Sounds a little on the industrial side doesn’t it? The fine folks at the Doughnut Plant are Henry Ford geniuses at making the original doughnut. If you are a square…this is the place for you. They offer square doughnuts! Cool huh? They have doughnuts of every shape, size and flavor. And the Fighting Couple fave? Try the Black Out!
“Blackout — our chocolate cake doughnut, filled with chocolate pudding, dipped in chocolate glaze and sprinkled with chocolate cake crumbs.”
What makes the Plant special?
It has to do with the ingredients. It all starts with the finest basics. Then they go over the top to find the finest in toppings. Would you believe that they make their own jam to fill their delights? They do! Prepare to be amazed. Start your diet tomorrow!
Hay Rosie Craft Ice Cream Co.
204 Sackett Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Tel: (347) 987-4983
Mooo! It doesn’t get much more fresh than Hay Rosie. All of Rosie’s ingredients are locally sourced…(didn’t know there were many cows hanging out in Brooklyn…) Steff, the proprietor, is meticulous about finding the best and the most savory stuff for her ice cream. Ok, let’s talk flavors. They all sound more like adult novel titles: Autumn Fire, Bonfire at the Beach, and Extra Virgin to name a few! It won’t take long before you lusting for a return to Rosie’s!
What makes Hay Rosie special?
One word: The Barnburner. This delicious creation is an ice cream sandwich all grown up. It is a melty, mushy, fudge, gooey mess of perfection.
1240 Avenue of the Americas at 49th Street
New York, NY
Tel: (212) 767-1123
A longtime Fighting Couple Fave! Walking into Magnolia’s Cupcakes you feel like you’ve entered a time from long ago. It’s got a retro hip feel that just makes you crave Grandma’s homemade treats. The store is known is for cupcakes, of course, and its shout out from Sex and the City when Carrie and Maranda talked about their love life outside of the Bleecker location. We love the cupcakes, but what we really love is the banana pudding. Huh? Banana pudding at a cupcake place? Yes and it’s worth every calorie. The banana pudding is layered with vanilla wafers. I know it doesn’t sound all that special, but it is. The secret to the pudding is that it’s made with condensed milk. You can dig into a take out cup of the pudding for $3.50 for a small, $5 for a medium, or $6.50 for a large. Just get the large. You will be so sad when you spoon out the last delectable bite. Check out Magnolia’s at any of their seven locations, including one in Chicago. Our favorite location is the one by Rockefeller Center.
40 8th Avenue (at Jane Street)
New York, NY 10014
Luci stumbled upon Li-Lac Chocolates while walking around Greenwich Village. The store has a classic feel with ornate window displays that harken back to a former time. It should feel that way since it’s the oldest chocolate shop in NYC. Started in 1923, Li-Lac’s is 90 years old and has weathered the Great Depression and now the Great Recession. We found the employees friendly and willing to share their favorite chocolate types and shapes. Li-Lac features old-fashioned chocolates including peanut butter puffs , molasses crunch, salted caramel, almond bark and marzipan. What Luci likes the most is the specialty chocolate molds. Ladies, you can buy a life-size chocolate handbag or high-heeled shoe! The store has chocolate in every shape from a typewriter to a kangaroo to a pizza slice. Don’t miss out on this chocolate shop heralded by big hitters such as Martha Stewart and the Times of London.
PEANUT BUTTER & CO.
240 Sullivan Street, New York, NY 10012
(btw. West 3rd and Bleecker)
This might surprise some of our readers that Peanut Butter & Co made the list. After all, you can buy this designer peanut better in stores outside of New York City. But what you can’t buy outside the Greenwich Village location is the chocolate peanut butter pie. The homemade indulgence is made with Peanut Butter & Co peanut butter anchored by a cookie crust and topped with chopped peanuts and peanut butter chips. It’s a peanut butter obsession. If you can finish the last bite you are officially peanut butter’s number one fan. As a FYI, Luci did!
If you aren’t up to the task of the chocolate peanut butter pie, the sandwich shop features different concoctions of a classic peanut butter sandwich. Our favorite sandwiches are the bees knees sandwich with apple butter, Jerry Seinfeld’s comedy special, and the cookie dough supreme. You can also purchase any of the 10 different types of peanut butter at the shop. We love the Bees Knees and White Chocolate Wonderful.
There is only one location of Peanut Butter & Co and it’s quite small, but the pie is what beckons us back every trip to New York City.
Momofuku Milk Bar
15 W. 56th St.
NYC, NY 10019
Tel: (347) 577-9504
Ok…be a little careful with the name. The Milk Bar’s claim to fame is its cakes, cookies and wonderful soft serve ice cream creations. Their menu, much like their name, is a bit out there. Delectable selections include: Compost Cookies and Crack Pie. Both are named appropriately!
What makes Momofuku special?
The cookies! Enough said!
So that is our picks for the very best in sweets from Gotham! Go and find cheap flights to New York with Thomas Cook Airlines.