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Levain Bakery on the 74th Street is the Upper West Side counterpart of the Harlem bakeshop of the same name. Known best for their huge, fluffy cookies that are now delivered all over the globe, Levain also offers a range of fresh country breads, muffins, cakes and savories. Locals swear by their chocolate chip walnut and dark chocolate peanut butter chip cookies. Drop in to see for yourself!
The family of owner Peter Benfaremo (the self-proclaimed Lemon Ice King of Corona) has been serving up Italian ices in this Queens location of for over 50 years. The ices come in dozens of flavors, ranging from standards like lemon, coconut and chocolate to exotics like peanut butter, cantaloupe and raspberry. All are made with fresh ingredients. Expect to wait for your ice as there is almost always a line, especially in the summer.
If you're on the lookout for something a little more special and unique than the usual sweet treat, head to Patiserrie Tomoko. Here, you will find a perfectly balanced fusion of traditional French baking with the simplicity, ingredients and tasteful restraint of Japanese cuisine. It is divided into two sections, a more casual, take-out pastry and dessert counter and a sit-down section where diners can enjoy sophisticated dessert and drink and wine pairings from the full bar, both sections with their own respective offerings. Menu items known to have grace the kitchen at Tomoko include Mochi, green tea cheese tarts, and classic French macarons, as well as the special, daily changing offerings on the dine-in dessert menu.
For a taste of old school New York, come to this former apothecary, now the Brooklyn Farmacy. The Farmacy now is a classic soda fountain, where guests can come get a taste of delicious ice cream and nostalgia. Monster sundaes, milkshakes, egg creams and sparkling sodas are what the place is really known for. However, they also offer up a solid menu of classic American dishes like grilled cheese or meatloaf sandwiches. Kids and adults alike can enjoy the tasty offerings in this delightfully old timey soda fountain.
For a decadent and refreshing trip, those who take the trek out to Red Hook will not be disappointed with Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pies. Buy them by the slice or the whole pie, grab a seat at one of the colorful picnic tables and dig in. If you're looking for something a little more original, try one of the chocolate-covered pies or one of the specials like the raspberry key lime pie dipped in white chocolate. Hours vary a bit, since they close once they run out of pies, so your best bet is to show up earlier.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you are greeted with a pat on the head and hoisted up on a stool, you know you are in Billy's Bakery. Very old-school retro, from the walls to the wallpaper, it is indeed charming given that it is New York. Fancy a cupcake, cookie, chocolate or muffin? Then Billy's bakery is the way to head. Cakes can be ordered from Billy's Bakery a day in advance, and if something elaborate, maybe two.
Ayza Wine and Chocolate Bar located in Midtown, provides a perfect fine-dining experience focusing solely on chocolate and wine. With an impressive selection of wines and champagnes, Ayza has something to delight every palate. If you have no knowledge of wines, fear not as they are happy to organize an intimate wine tasting and food pairing for your visit. With perfect decor that is elegant and classy yet at the same time cozy, and the perfect combination of exquisite wine and chocolate, Ayza has a sensual ambiance perfect for a romantic evening. Be sure to try their famed White Truffle Pizza and sip on a Chocolate Martini if you are not in the mood for wine. Visit their website for more details on special events like Couples Night, Girls Night Out and others.
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.