It’s no secret at this stage that I have a ferocious sweet tooth. If I could live entirely on sweet things without inevitably slipping into a diabetic coma and/or becoming as big as a house, I definitely would. And in a city like New York, there is an endless supply of places to satisfy that sweet tooth. It is literally a case of there being so many places, and so little time. But I definitely love sampling what the city has to offer whenever I get the chance.
So, today I thought I’d share a few dessert spots I’ve been to lately that I really liked. If you live here and haven’t been to these places yet, make sure to put them on your list. Or if you are taking a trip here soon, maybe think about adding a couple to you itinerary. And of course, keep checking back here on the blog, because I will be sharing more and more places that I sample over the coming months. AND, make sure to follow along on Instagram, where you’ll find, amongst other things, tasty snaps of some tasty treats.
Anyway, enough talk. Here are some of my fav dessert finds so far in NYC.
Bibble & Sip
Located on the corner of 51st Street and 8th Avenue, Bibble and Sip is a must for lovers of all things coffee and confection. The cafe fuses traditional French confectionary with Asian flavours to deliver some of the most delicious fresh baked goods ever. Not only that, they are also some of the most aesthetically pleasing sweets you’ll ever see; it’s almost a shame to eat them. The level of detail on their macaroons for instance is amazing. I’ve just been the one time, and I had one of there Matcha White Chocolate Cream Puffs, which was honestly to die for. It’s light fluffy pastry filled with delicious cream that comes oozing out when you bite into it. I must take a trip back again soon.
Big Gay Ice Cream Shop
There are two Big Gay Ice Cream Shops in New York, but I’ve only been to the one in the East Village. The company started out as an ice cream truck back in 2009 and became so popular with New Yorkers, that it lead to them opening their own parlours. Ice cream lovers will love this: the ice cream is delicious and many have sassy names like Salty Pimps and Gobblers, and the parlours themselves continue the gay theme with bright colours, funky cartoon unicorns adorning the windows, and a fun atmosphere. I ordered the Rocky Roadhouse, which consists of chocolate ice cream, toasted almonds, melted chocolate morsels and gooey marshmallows. Hits the spot, and it’s dedicated to Roadhouse star Patrick Swayze, which is pretty cool also.
Another great little find, Tipsy Scoop can be found in the Kips Bay Area of the city, on East 26th street. As you can probably guess by it’s name, your going to need to be 21 and over to sample their ice cream and sorbet, as most of them are infused with different alcohols. I went with my brother to try it out and it was kind of weird because the server gave us the ice cream and then asked for ID. By that point we had already taken a bite, so I don’t know what would have happened had we been underage, but anyway, I digress. I opted for two scoops and got it served in a vanilla flavoured edible wafer bowl. The first scoop, the Spiked Mint Chocolate Chip was mint chocolate ice cream infused with creme de menthe and chocolate liqueur. It was really tasty, but the second scoop was even better and kind of a surprise: maple bacon ice cream infused with bourbon. Bacon bits and ice cream sounds like it shouldn’t work, but the bits added a nice crunchy texture with the maple ice cream, and the bourbon brought it all together. Of course, there are many other flavours on offer, but I definitely recommend those two if you end up stopping by.
If you ever find yourself in Brooklyn, you simply cannot leave without a trip to the iconic Junior’s restaurant on Flatbush Avenue for some mouthwatering cheesecake. The companies flagship outlet has thrived on Flatbush Avenue since the 50’s and it easy to see why. Put simply, if you love cheesecake, you need to get your ass here ASAP. For me, you can’t beat their classic strawberry cheesecake, with graham cracker crust and macaroon crumb finish. But you couldn’t possibly be disappointed, because they have so many flavours to choose from. As well as great cheesecake, Junior’s also has a pretty delicious looking breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, which I have yet to try, but am looking forward to doing so.
Emack & Bolio’s
Another ice cream spot, but hey, I love ice cream and you can never have too much. Emack & Bolio’s are a chain that originates from Boston, Massachusetts, but there are a couple of them in New York now also. The company has an interesting back story: it was founded by lawyer and self described hippy Robert Rook, who worked extensively with homeless people through his life and career. He named his first parlour after two homeless men he did pro bono work for, Emack & Bolio, after they requested he do so. I visited the Brooklyn one on Montague Street recently. They have every flavour of ice cream you could imagine, and you can do the classic cones, bowls or if you fancy a little extra, they have larger cones adorned with stuff like Rice Crispies and Reece’s Pieces. Of course I thought when in Rome, so I went for a Reece’s cone, with two scoops, one cake batter flavour and the other matcha (seriously, I think I’ve become obsessed with matcha since moving here. It’s so good), and it was really delicious. The shop is also only a short walk from the Brooklyn Promenade so it’s a perfect excuse to grab an ice cream and head down there on a summers day and take in the stunning views of the Manhattan skyline. Oh, and they also do a doggie ice cream option, if you’ve got a little pet pooch and fancy having an ice cream with them while out for a walk.
Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream
A co-worker suggested I try Morgenstern’s on Rivington Street because it was so good, but it took me a while to get to it. It was definitely a case of better late than never. Morgenstern’s has a cute, old school parlour vibe to it and they have some delicious flavours on offer. I’m particularly partial to the blueberry dark chocolate flavour myself, as seen below, with an also delicious Madagascar vanilla flavour . Morgenstern’s is the brainchild of Nicholas Morgenstern, who runs restaurants GG’s and El Rey Coffee Bar and Luncheonette in Manhattan also (adding both to my must try list right now). And apparently they are expanding, with a new larger place opening in Greenwich Village soon.
So, there you have it guys. 6 dessert spot recommendations from me to you. Of course, I’ll be adding more as the months go on, so make sure to follow along to keep up with what I find.
Have a great weekend!