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Who would have thought that some of the best homemade ice cream in New York City is located right in the heart of Manhattan's Chinatown? The dozens of flavors include Spicy Ginger embedded with tiny ginger pieces, Mild Red Bean and the ever-popular Green Tea. Lychee Nut and Pistachio are also amazing. The tiny shop has no seating area, but the winding streets of Chinatown provide ample of good view while you stroll with your treat.
This Tribeca restaurant is for the most part a grazing spot for the cool, upscale loft-dwellers of the neighborhood. However, on weekends it really heats up for brunch, with lines sometimes snaking around the corner. Bubby's serves comfort food at breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as amazing desserts, and generous cocktails. In good weather, the outdoor cafe becomes the neighborhood patio. There is a pleasant bar in front, making it an option for nighttime as well. Although it's open for 24 hours a day, the restaurant closes for a few hours every Tuesdays.
Founded in 2002, this small chain of French-inspired pastry shops has since become a favorite in Manhattan. This Stone Street location is the original and almost every single delectable item on sale is absolutely amazing, from the macarons and coffee to their signature French almond cake, there are actually no bad choices. They have since opened several other locations around the city and each one receives the freshest coffee beans straight from the roaster at each storefront within 24 hours. Not to be missed, after your eclairs and coffee, don't forget to wander around the Stone Street Historic District right out the door.
If you want to feel like you are in Palermo, this established cafe is definitely worth a visit. In the heart of little Italy, the friendly staff serves Italian desserts at their best. Sit outside and enjoy tiramisu that is heavenly, eclairs that are sinfully sweet, and their famous cannoli. Wash it all down with espresso or cappuccino, or try a refreshing Italian soda available in a variety of flavors.
Ferrara claims to be America's first espresso bar, and whether it is or it is not, patrons can agree that it has been around for a long time. And despite whether they are first, second or third, the quality and quantity of their desserts and espresso merit acclaim. Since 1892, this pastry shop has been serving patrons delicious dolci and even amidst the hustle and bustle of modernity outside, this place still transports you to another era while inside.
In just a short time since its establishment in 2012, Dominique Ansel Bakery has managed to garner rave reviews and a slew of awards. It's not surprising, considering chef and owner Dominique Ansel is regarded to be one of the best pastry chefs in the country. From a delectable array of cakes and tarts to signature creations like the Dominique's Kouign Amann, and not to mention, the famous Cronut, the bakery has more than enough to satisfy your sweet tooth. For a savory contrast, the menu also offers a selection of light bites like salads and sandwiches. Enjoy it all in the glass-enclosed patio at the back.
Now under the learned hands of pastry perfectionist Maury Rubin, founder of the popular City Bakery, this version of his eco-friendly Birdbath patisserie is housed in what was the defunct Vesuvio Bakery. When Rubin leased the storefront in 2009 after Vesuvio's unfortunate close, the new owner kept the classic storefront to the delight of many in the neighborhood. All of the delicate delights are just as good as the other Birdbaths, and they also stack many of their treats in the window, so you can see what you want to buy. An added benefit, if you show up on your bike or any other method of transport other than taking a cab, you get a small discount for your contribution to the environment!
Melt is an ice cream shop and bakery that offers its customers rich, creamy ice cream sandwiched between fresh, crunchy cookies. Using only fresh, seasonal and sustainable local ingredients, these delicious treats are prepared from scratch daily at the ice cream shop itself. Although the selection changes regularly, some delicious regulars include the Morticia with malted chocolate rum ice cream and chocolate cookies, the Lovelet with cream cheese ice cream and red velvet Meltcakes, and the Cinnamax with cinnamon ice cream and snickerdoodles. Available in regular and mini-sized varieties, Melt ice cream sandwiches are a great choice for an after dinner treat, or to sweeten a party.
Dante is a charming cafe in Greenwich Village in New York. Located in one of the busiest neighborhoods of the city, this little gem was once an iconic landmark cafe and has seen the likes of celebrities from different walks of life. Today, this revamped cafe is a reflection of new meets old, with a fresh new menu and dining space and at the same time the walls adorning old photographs of celebrities who visited the cafe. Popular even today among locals, this place is flocked by hungry diner waiting to gorge on classic Italian dishes which are served here with the utmost attention to presentation. Visit the restaurant for reminiscing the cafes good old days and some delectable Italian dishes.
Spot Dessert Bar offers popular ice creams and pastries with an Asian twist. With quirky flavors like Green Tea in the Thai Tea Creme Brulee, berries in Yuzu Eskimo and jasmine in the Kabocha Brulee cake, this dessert shop adds a new dimension to the average American dessert. There are pastries and ice creams too and the shop is a colorful mix of sweet treats for the sweet lovers. There is Oreo, tapioca, brownie, raspberry and nata de coco ice cream, among other flavors. The Spot Dessert Bar also has catering and delivery services.
This swanky little eatery is one of the most popular hangouts for a casual meet or a dessert date. Desserts are a source of endless creativity for the innovative chefs - it isn't often you'll get to try a warm chocolate tart with pink peppercorn ice-cream and red wine sauce. If you're not a chocaholic, there are plenty of other options, including spiced pound cake with a dollop of cream. ChikaLicious is not for calorie counters but for some highly original sweet indulgence, it's well worth a stop.
Old-fashioned goodness is chic at this Greenwich Village bakery and cafe. Many trend-setters are spotted nibbling on cupcakes with chocolate, mocha or white buttercream icing. Their cakes are also hard to resist, and the beautiful presentation makes them perfect for special occasions. The Hummingbird Cake is particularly enticing, made with bananas, pineapple and pecans and covered gingerly with cream cheese icing. Since they bake on the premises, this cafe is also quite entertaining. You can watch the diligent bakers work their magic right before your eyes. They also deliver at select locations.