New York City – it’s been called the The Big Apple, The City that Never Sleeps, and the center of the Universe. People flock to the lively city for the pizza, hot dogs, and delicious food bought right from trucks on the street. But one of the best perks of cuisine this city has to offer is it sweets – and, indeed, desserts from all over NYC have changed the course of dessert history. From classic New York cheesecake at the Carnegie Deli, to cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery, to the brand new Cronut from Dominique Ansel downtown, your sweet tooth will be more fulfilled than ever here.
Every day, New York chefs and bakers continue to dream up new sweet treats and produce new dishes that inspire culinary hearts everywhere. Check out four of the most exciting dessert spots that have cropped up in New York City below. You can sample each of their famous sweet treats – or, even better, order all of them straight to your door with the magic of Seamless.
There are four Pie Face locations in New York City now, and they are all centered in Midtown Manhattan. What makes Pie Face so unique is their specialization of pie, both savory and sweet.
Pie Face serves Mini Pies and Sausage rolls, which feature meat or vegetables inside a flaky pie crust, or full-sized pies with entrée fillings. For sweet treats, you can’t go wrong with any of Pie Face’s individual-sized mini pies (they have a wide variety ranging from apple to pumpkin to cherry to chocolate). There are other desserts on the menu, too, so you can enjoy any of their baked goods if pie doesn’t pique your interest. Pie Face is open 24 hours a day to boot, so it’s a perfect place to stop for a midnight snack.
The cupcake craze started years ago with Magnolia, but today, Butter Lane Cupcakes is the cupcake shop that’s making waves in New York City. Butter Lane touts itself as the cupcake place for grownups, and its ingredients reflect their mission to cater towards a health-conscious crowd – there are no artificial additives, and cupcakes contain ingredients like real vanilla bean, Callebeaut chocolate, and farm fresh eggs.
Butter Lane sticks to cupcakes – so you won’t find any other baked goods here. You will find cupcakes that are light and delicious, but not overly-decadent, like the big chain bakery cupcakes that are loaded with butter, refined sugar, and artificial coloring. Brooklyn-based Butter Lane lovers are in luck; the famous shop at E. 7th and Ave. A in the Village is still going strong, but they’ve also just opened a new shop in Park Slope.
Deep in the heart of Chinatown lies Dinkies, a sweet shop that’s making a dessert unlike any other across the city. It sounds like a Twinkie, but it isn’t. In fact, a dinkie is a cross between a cake and a pancake, and it can be stuffed with an incredible variety of things – ranging from melted mozzarella to banana and caramel. The best part about Dinkies is that you can completely customize your order – from the type of dinkie, to the sauce it’s smothered in, to the toppings it’s topped with. Or you can choose for a huge variety of dinkies they’ve already created. There’s other food on the menu (including salads!?), but we’re not really sure why you’d want to go that route. It’s the kind of place you’re definitely going to want to indulge in.
Pavillon Ledoyen is a dessert legend in Paris – they craft upscale macarons, chocolates, biscuits, and other super-indulgent goodies like foie gras and champagne. Now, lucky New Yorkers are getting to enjoy Pavillon Ledoyen, too – as they just opened a new shop in the heart of midtown Manhattan.
New York’s Pavillon Ledoyen only serves it’s legendary baked goods and desserts. Here, you can indulge in butter shortbread cookies, a huge selection of macarons, or even champagne truffles. If you want to feel like you’re in France without having to hop on a plane, Pavillon is the perfect place to stop by – or, have them bring you a taste of Paris right to your doorstep.
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