Sweet Celebrations

Spoil kids with sweettooths at these over-the-top dessert destinations.

The Color Factory and Museum of Ice Cream are also tasty places for celebrations.

Sit Down

Ladurée Soho

Manhattan: Downtown

Escape to Ladurée’s pastel Parisian wonderland, where the only stress is choosing among the 25+ colorful flavors, from salted caramel to strawberry marshmallow – plus chocolate covered macarons, gelato and more sweet treats.

Get your treats to go or dine on casual yet sophisticated French fare including salads, sandwiches and croissants in h ornate dining room or magical garden.

Other, smaller locations include 864 Madison Ave (at East 71st Street) and a cart in Hudson Yards.

Monday- Tuesday 10am – 6pm
Wednesday-Friday 10am – 11pm
Saturday-Sunday 9am – 11pm

Angelina Paris NYC

Midtown-40s

Travel to Belle Epoque France at an outpost of  an iconic Parisian tea room and dessert café founded in 1903.

Get pastries, macarons, the iconic Angelina hot chocolate and the signature Mont-Blanc (meringue, light whipped cream, chestnut cream vermicelli) to go, or sit in the gorgeous dining room for brunch (served all day), afternoon tea, sweet treats and savory brasserie classics: Niçoise salad, Croque-Monsieur, onion soup, or the Angelina Croissant filled with scrambled eggs and cheese, ham, or smoked salmon. Light and modern seasonal dishes, from seasonal vegetable soup to a vegan quinoa salad, include gluten-free and vegetarian options, but the hot chocolate, served in a dramatic presentation, is worth the indulgence.

Keep the Parisian vibes going at Bryant Park across the street.

Monday-Friday 8 am – 8 pm
Saturday-Sunday 9 am – 7 pm
Kitchen closes thirty minutes before close

Serendipity 3

Upper East Side-60s

Get the famous Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, a creamy secret blend of 14 exotic cocoas, and other decadent, over-sized desserts at this legendary restaurant and store with whimsical antique-store-meets-ice-cream-parlor decor. Heraty burgers, foot long hot dogs, mac ‘n’ cheese variations, salads and sandwiches are also available. A favorite of actors, artists and tourists for the last 67-years.

Minimum food or drink purchase of $16.95 per person so bring an appetite – portions are huge.

Daily 11 am – 11 pm

Alice’s Tea Cup

Upper West Side

Enjoy scones in rotating flavors as magical as the decor, sandwiches, salads and treats with optional fairy wings and glitter at a whimsical tea house inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Choose from hundreds of teas served in charming mismatching pots and cups.

Gets crowded on weekends; reservations recommended. Go early to beat the crowds (or take the scones to go for a Central Park picnic).

Also in the East 60s.


Wednesday–Sunday 11 am – 6 pm

BLACK TAP

Midtown-50s

Kids go crazy for these world famous Crazy Shakes topped with candy, cookies, fruit pebbles and more ($15-$18 and humongous). Also get award-winning New York style burgers, fries, wings, craft beers, mason jar cocktails, salads and sides in a fun retro setting.

Also in Soho at 529 Broome Street.

Monday-Thursday 12pm – 10pm
Friday-Saturday 11am – 11pm
Sunday 11am – 10pm

Max Brenner

Union Square

This huge cafe and store feels like Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, with tubes of liquid chocolate criss crossing the spacious multi-level room. Salads, paninis, pizza, cocoa spiced waffle fries etc. available, but the real draw is the over-the-top desserts from marshmallow chocolate pizza to a syringe full of chocolate goodness.

Advance reservations recommended.

Monday-Friday 12pm – 11pm
Thursday-Saturday 11 am – midnight
Sunday 10am – 11pm

To Go

Krispy Kreme Times Square Flagship

Midtown-40s

Get hot, fresh addictively delicious doughnuts 24/7 at Krispy Kreme’s Times Square Flagship store. The 4,500 square-foot shop features a doughnut-making theater, a Glazed Waterfall with digital projection, a giant conveyor belt that runs throughout the store and and a doughnut themed seating area. Choose from a variety of flavors, including an exclusive Big Apple Doughnut, filled with a Red Delicious flavored cream and dipped in a sweet, shiny red shimmer mirror glaze.

Reserve a time online to visit or order for pick-up from a street-side pickup window on Broadway.

Dominique Ansel Bakery

Soho

French bakery Dominique Ansel has delicious classic and post-modern pastries and specular seasonal desserts like hot chocolate with a blossoming marshmallow flower, frozen s’mores and milk in a chocolate chip cookie cup.

If you see a line down the block it’s probably for a cronut, the rightly famous croissant-doughnut hybrid pastry with flavors that change monthly (which can be pre-ordered online) . Go right to the counter for anything else. Healthy options like salads and a yummy avocado toast also available. Limited seating in the back and in a seasonal courtyard.

Levain Bakery

Upper West Side-70s

Everything is baked on-site throughout the day at this legendary bakery, from an array of rustic breads to the world-famous, super-gooey, six-ounce cookies in five flavors: Two Chip Chocolate Chip, Walnut Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip & Oatmeal Raisin (plus a gluten-free chocolate chip option). The whole wheat walnut raisin rolls are also yummy (and a little healthier).

Outposts also on the UES and in NoHo.

M&M’s World

Fill up on favorite flavors, colors and unique sizes of M&Ms at a two-story color wall packed with Milk, Peanut and Specialty M&M’S Candies like Caramel Popcorn and Mint Brownie (be careful, bags are $17/pound and get expensive quickly).

Lots of fun photo-ops with a Statue of Liberty Green, disco Blue and other oversized M&Ms and vintage illustrations plus shop for rainbow colored merchandise throughout the three-story, 25,000 square feet emporium. Find out which color M&M you are in a very scientific scanner and create M&Ms with customized messages.

Daily 10am – 10 pm

Sour Patch Kids NYC

Noho/Nolita

Celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Sour Patch Kids with a Sweets Bar serving  with waffles to cake shakes more crazy desserts featuring the candy (take-out only), create-your-own candy mix station, fun NYC-themed photo ops and limited-edition merchandise.

Masks & social distancing required (the store is spacious).

Daily 12 pm – 8 pm

Economy Candy

Lower East Side

At this legendary family-owned LES sweets emporium, founded in 1937, shop over 2,000+ items, including chocolate covered graham crackers (with and without jelly), chocolate covered pretzels, jelly rings, bags of gummies, and unique candy bars you just can’t find anywhere else. Currently offering ‘Mystery Bags; only $10 for a whole lot of sweet, sour or chocolate surprises or $25 for valentines themed. Also unique toys, gifts and vintage trading cards, from Wacky Packages to Growing Pains TV Show.

You can also browse their extensive offerings online and order for delivery or curbside pick up.

Lots of cool street art to explore in the neighborhood.

Friday–Tuesday 12 pm – 5pm