|City families work hard and deserve the occasional sweet treats from the city’s fantastic bakeries and food shops. A few of our favorites, listed approximately North to South.|
Le Pain QuotidienMany locations, including: 2463 Broadway (@ 91st Street) 494 Amsterdam Avenue (@ 84th Street) 50 West 72nd Street (between Central Park West & Columbus) 60 West 65th Street (between Central Park West & Columbus) inside Central Park @ 69th Street (limited menu) www.lepainquotidien.com These Belgian bakery and cafes features mostly organic treats along with excellent bread and savory fare. We love the Pain Au Chocolat, mini-tarts and brownies, waffles, or grab a jar of the Brunette hazelnut spread and a baguette to enjoy at home.
Café Lalo201 West 83rd Street (between Amsterdam & Broadway) www.cafelalo.com 29 types of cheescakes and dozen of cakes and tarts are available for take-out or dine-in at this cozy Euro-style café made famous in “You’ve Got Mail.” Chocolate-lovers should try the mud cake: two inches of dense fudge packed into a chocolate crust, topped with creamy chocolate mousse and chocolate chips.
Levain Bakery167 West 74th Street (East of Amsterdam) www.levainbakery.com These deservedly famous giant cookies are great for sharing (or splurging). Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip and Chocolate Chip Walnut are our faves, and the Whole Wheat Walnut Raisin rolls are also yummy (and a little healthier). Strollers can be left at the top of a small set of stairs.
Jacques TorresMutliple Locations including 285 Amsterdam between 73rd & 74th Streets www.mrchocolate.com Warm up with multiple flavors of rich hot chocolate, including spicy Wicked and Peanut Butter, sample some delicious truffles or try one of the best chocolate chip cookies in the city.
Alice’s Tea Cup102 West 73rd Street (West of Columbus) 156 East 64th Street (East of Lexington 220 East 81st Street (East of 3rd Avenue) www.alicesteacup.com The flavors of the moist, flavorful scones available at this whimsical wonderland change daily, but there is always the delicious pumpkin and a chocolate-fruit option. Try a mint-chocolate cupcake when they’re available. The take-out counter is down some stairs but worth the climb.
Lauderee864 Madison Ave (between 72nd & 71st Streets) www.laduree.fr Get a sweet taste of Paris in this elegant outpost of this famed French macaron shop.
Magnolia BakeryMultiple locations, including 200 Columbus Ave (@ 69th Street) www.magnoliabakery.co Though the execution of the cupcakes purported to have started the whole craze can be uneven, the smell and décor are enchanting, and when the vanilla cupcake with chocolate frosting is baked just right the fame is understandable. The banana pudding and cheeecake selections are also tempting.
Bomboloni187 Columbus (between 68th & 69th Streets) www.bomboloni.com A rotating roster of Italian donuts come with fillings such as Nutella, Valrhona Chocolate and Raspberry. Tasty gelato, coffee and tea also available.
Viva La CrepeMultiple locations including 189 Columbus (between 68th & 69th Streets) www.vivelacrepe.fr Indulge in nutella and/or fruit crepes at this newly-opened creperie. The savory crepes aren’t bad either.
Sprinkles Cupcakes780 Lexington Ave (between 60th & 61st Streets) www.sprinkles.com High-quality ingredients, moist cake, and rotating inventive flavors make these one our favorite cupcakes in the country. Mini cupcakes available to order for sweet special occasions.
Bouchon BakeryTime Warner Center, Ten Columbus Circle, Third Floor www.bouchonbakery.com The gorgeous pastry selection includes some of the best macarons in the city, seasonal selections, and sophisticated versions of classics like Oreos and Nutter Butters.
Momofuku Milk Bar15 West 56th Street (between Fifth Avenue & Avenue Of The Americas) 251 East 13th Street (between Third & Second Aveues) www.momofuku.com/restaurants/milk-bar The aptly-named Crack Pie is just one of many inventive, addicting treats at these sweet outposts of the famed chef’s creative restaurant empire. We also love the Cereal Milk Soft Serve, like the what you used to find at the bottom of your breakfast bowl, only better, and the Compost Cookie, chockful of pretzels, potato chips, coffee, oats, butterscotch and chocolate chips.
The City Bakery3 West 18th St (between 5th Avenue & Avenue Of The Americas) www.thecitybakery.com It’s Hot Chocolate Month with a different variation on City Bakery’s beloved beverage available each day of February. We also love their peanut butter cookies and not-sweet-but-still-crave-worthy pretzel croissants.
This post about our sweet-spoiled city could go on forever but we’re getting hungry. Check back for updates – we heavn’t even started on our favorite chocolatiers, gelato shops or vegan/gluten-free bakeries. Share your favorite via email or by leaving a comments. Check out our breakfast with baby post or one of our favorite sites Just Desserts NYC for more yummy ideas.