10 Dessert Spots to Satiate Your Sweet Tooth in New York

There are people in this world who prefer savory, rich or spicy dishes. And then there are the people who have a sweet tooth the size of Manhattan. This list is for the latter among us. 

Even if you're firmly in the sweet-is-better-than-savory camp, it's likely that you have major preferences over what kind of sugary treat is best, which is why New York is so fantastic. In every neighborhood from the Lower East Side to the Bronx and everywhere in between, one can find a range of dessert options at any hour of the day. 

For purists looking for an upgrade, artisan ice cream parlors like Ample Hills Creamery should do the creamy, cool trick. On the other end of the spectrum, places like Dominique Ansel Bakery (home of the Cronut) are busy whipping up fancy, fusion endeavors that reign supreme the world over. Cookie shots, anyone? 

No matter which you prefer - heck, you can even have both! - this list will help point you in the right direction and give you plenty of options to keep you wired for days. Call up your dentist because we have a feeling after perusing the below, you'll be over-indulging with the best of them. 



When pastry chef Dominique Ansel opened his eponymous bakery on a tree-lined SoHo side street in 2011, it immediately won scores of local fans loyal to his miniature meringues, chocolate-covered canelle and flaky French pastries. But it's the...  Read More

Flatiron District


Supplied with the freshest ingredients from nearby Union Square Farmer's Market, this wonderful American bakery specializes in all of the good stuff: scrumptious scones, marvelous muffins and an array of buttery baked goods. The loft-like,...  Read More



Balthazar oozes a cool vibe that's impossible to replicate. Perfectly positioned on a Soho corner, this is the breakfast spot of the rich and famous. It's not uncommon to spot a celebrity, and of course, the food is divine. Billed as a French...  Read More

Lower East Side


Doughnut Plant fanatics run rampant in the streets of New York. With flavors like Blackout, a chocolate cake doughnut, filled with chocolate pudding, dipped in chocolate glaze and sprinkled with chocolate cake crumbs, it's not hard to see why....  Read More



Tu-Lu's Gluten Free Bakery trumps all other gluten-free bakeries in the city. It's so good that when non-gluten free dessert goers eat it, they can't believe it's not gluten-full. The entire bakery is a no-wheat zone, so there's zero chance of...  Read More

Ample Hills Creamery
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Ample Hills Creamery seemingly popped up out of nowhere, but locals couldn't be happier about it. The husband and wife duo at the helm of Ample Hills opened the first location in 2011 and from there, the rest is sweet, sweet history.

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Max Brenner - Union Square


Sure, it's touristy, but there's something about Max Brenner's Union Square location that feels magical. Maybe it's the chocolate piping that runs along the ceiling or the massive vats of melted cocoa churning in the corner.

In any case, this...  Read More



Romantic movie fanatics will remember this restaurant from the 2001 John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale film, Serendipity. In the movie, the two stars share a dessert that kick starts their love affair and consequently cemented this spot in lover's...  Read More



In NYC, there are few places better to satiate your sweet tooth than at Christina Tosi's Milk Bar. Stocked to the rafters with cookies, cakes and pies, everything here is delicious, but purists will insist you try the "crack pie." Lovingly named...  Read More

Black Tap
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If you've ever wondered what a milkshake would look like if Buddy the Elf or Willy Wonka had their way, welcome to Black Tap. These outrageous milkshakes have turned Instagram on its head, with many visitors adding Black Tap to their lists of...  Read More


Meet Andrea Wien

Andrea Wien was bitten by the travel bug from an early age, and has lived in New York, Seattle, Cleveland and Sydney, Australia since 2007.

When she's not traveling or planning a trip, you'll...  More About Andrea