10 Must-Eat Desserts in New York

There is no doubt that dessert is the pinnacle of haute cuisine. It is basically an expertly crafted ensemble of delicate flavors that are served after the soup, the appetizer and the main course. Wondering where you will find the best desserts? Well, we’ve eaten our way through the New York Dessert scene and have come up with your most delicious options. The following are some of the best and most delicious desserts you can find in the Big Apple.

apple pie NYC

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1. Bubby’s Apple Pie

New York is home to many delicacies, strangely, Apple Pie isn’t one of them. But, that being said, Bubby’s Apple Pie is an exception. The double-crusted apple pie that Bubby’s is so famous for offers an unforgettable taste of lemon zest, cloves and cinnamon.

Bubby’s Tribeca
120 Hudson St.
New York, NY, 10013

Bubby’s High Line
73 Gansevoort St.
New York, NY, 10014


2. Chocolate Green Tea Lava Cake

The Spot Dessert Bar is home to the famous green tea ganache and molten chocolate. The exquisite cake comes with a big scoop of delicious green tea ice cream, which puts an interesting spin on sweet. If you are a fan of green tea then you will love the chocolate green tea lava cake for its delicious taste.

Spot Dessert Bar
13 St Marks Pl
New York, NY 10003


3. Banana Split at Empire Diner

One look at this banana split will be enough to let you know that this is no ordinary sundae. The 24-hour diner is famous for this classic dessert, which is topped with chocolate fudge, walnuts, whipped cream, and a cherry on top.

Empire Diner
210 10th Ave.
New York, NY 10011


4. Chocolate Babka at Breads Bakery

Breads Bakery offers this flaky, soft top with doughy brioche insides and the delectable goodness of chocolate aka: Nutella, which oozes from the center, giving each bite a delectable richness you most definitely wouldn’t want to miss.

Breads Bakery
East, 18 W 16th St.
New York, NY 10003


5. Gelato on a Stick at PopBar

Even though PopBar is not the only Italian gelato joint in the area, there is something about the fresh and delicious flavor of Popbar’s fancy gelato on a stick. Whether it’s the wide range of toppings and flavors or the all-natural ingredients, PopBar’s gelato on a stick is definitely one sweet treat you should try at least once.

5 Carmine St.
New York, NY 10014


Levain Bakery
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6. Oversized Cookies at Levain Bakery

You don’t need to be a baker to recognize the top-shelf quality of this oversized cookie. The oversized cookies from Levain bakery are huge, to say the least, and come in various flavors, from walnut and chocolate chip, to peanut butter and dark chocolate. So, even if you find yourself waiting in line (which is usually the case) this cookie is definitely worth the wait.

Levain Bakery
167 W 74th St.
New York, NY 10023


Mister Softee

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7. Mister Softee’s Soft Serve Ice Cream

Perhaps one of the most famous of New York desserts is the Mister Softee Soft Serve Ice Cream. This delicious ice cream is easy to find throughout the city especially during the hot summer months and brings with it some childhood nostalgia as well.



8. Taiwanese Shaved Ice at Tao Downtown

This bowl of sweetness is filled with pineapple and lime ice cream (how’s that for fancy!), and is topped off with mocha, which is house made along with roasted soba and freshly picked pineapples and strawberries. The Taiwanese shaved ice really makes it hard for a person forget it or keep them from licking the bowl.

Tao Downtown
Maritime Hotel, 92 9th Ave.
New York, NY 10011

9. Thistle Hill Tavern’s Mocha Affogato

This heaped serving of caramello Italian gelato is considered as Brooklyn’s best and for good reason. The ice cream is served alongside a strong cup of Expresso, which is meant to be poured over this dessert and fuse the chocolaty and caffeinated tastes.

Thistle Hill Tavern
441 7th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215

10. Brown Sugar Panna Cotta by ChikaLicious

The Dessert Club serves the brown sugar panna cotta, which is an haute creation that is prepared with house-made sorbet along with fresh fruits from the farmer’s market. The flavors change according to the season, so you’ll always be in for a surprise at this West Village dessert club.

203 E 10th St.
New York, NY

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