One of the best things about living in New York is the bakeries that are devoted solely to my pride and joy: sweets and desserts. Here is a list of some of my favorite places to get desserts on a grab and go basis:
1.Rocco’s (West Village)
I love the M&M cookie and the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie. The Snicker’s Pie and Mixed Berry Tart are also amazing if you want to sit down.
2. Levain Bakery (UWS)
Everyone knows I love their Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies. If you’ve ever asked me “What is Levain” after my reaction you’ll never forget, and after you try it, you’ll never be the same. These bull dozers are amazing cookies and a lot to handle.
3. Two Little Red Hens (UES)
They have the best vanilla cupcakes. This shop is in the UES and so adorable. They also have all kinds of bars, cookies and cheesecake.
4. Sugar Sweet Sunshine (LES)
Yes, they have colorful cupcakes but I come here for the puddings. The trifle pumpkin pudding is amazing in the fall and available year round. The chocolate chip cookie trifle is also good but the pumpkin is the winner.
5. Elenis (Chelsea)
This nut free bakery in Chelsea Market is extremely overpriced but the place looks like a fairy tale. I’m not a fan of crunchy cookies usually, but there is something about their butterscotch cookies that are flat, crunchy disks that get me. They are also a small snack size compared to the others mentioned.
6. Momofuku Milk Bar (East Village, Williamsburg and Midtown)
I love the candy bar pie with peanut butter and chocolate as well as the Compost Cookie and Confetti Cake cookie which tastes like funfetti cake. Karlie Kloss’ Perfect 10 Cookie which benefits Lauren Bush’s FEED charity and is vegan, dairy free and tastes very nutty and coconuty.
7. Little Cupcake Bakeshop (Nolita)
Slices of cake may be huge, but they are still good. Cupcakes are a second runner up from Two Little Red Hens.
8. Billy’s Bakery (Tribeca and Chelsea)
I like their birthday cakes better than their cupcakes, so order one of these next time. Their Hello Dolly’s are the best thing there though with chocolate and butterscotch chips, graham cracker bottom.
9. Village Yogurt (Chelsea)
This random store in Chelsea has fruits, juices, dumplings and healthy lunch combos like dumplings, chicken, veggies and brown rice. I love their BMW bar which is actually gluten-free, sugar free and vegan. It’s very soft and has walnuts, apple sauce, apple juice, cinnamon and raisins. This is delicious for something fruity and not too sweet.
10. Roxy’s Delicatessen (Times Square)
M&M Cookie and Half dipped Chocolate Chip Cookie. You must ask them to heat it up or it’s not good.
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