Bella’s Picks: Best Desserts in NYC (Part I)

When I’m in the mood for dessert, I want something that is worth every single calorie. There is nothing more satisfying than taking a bite out of an indulgent sweet that transports you to straight to dessert heaven.

In my attempt to share some of my most memorable experiences with you, I started to compile a list of my favorite desserts in NYC. The contents are not listed in any particular order, range anywhere from ice cream to doughnuts, and are spread out in a variety of locations throughout Manhattan. It’s a work in progress, so I’ll be continuously updating it as I stumble upon new finds. If you live in the city or are ever in town visiting, I recommend you try at least one of these decadent places!

  1. Levain Bakery (http://www.levainbakery.com/): The most spectacular cookies I’ve had in my life….no joke! They are the size of mini cakes (yes, they are BIG and weigh about 2 pounds each) and come in four flavors: Chocolate Chip Walnut, Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin (my favorite) and Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip. Every single one of them is crunchy on the outside and a whole lotta gooey on the inside. TO DIE FOR!
  2. Momofuku Milk Bar (http://www.momofuku.com/restaurants/milk-bar/): The ONE item I go for on their menu is the Compost Cookie.  It contains every ingredient available in the kitchen like cereal, pretzels, potato chips and whatever else is lying around (except the sink). It has a great sweet and salty combination and a perfect crunch to every bite. The Cornflake-Marshmallow cookie is also worth a try. You can skip everything else on the menu, this is all you need to taste at this outpost!

    Courtesy: momofukustore.com, levainbakery.com and doughnutplant.com

  3. DessertTruck (http://desserttruck.wordpress.com/): You can normally find the DessertTruck parked on the corner of 10th Street and 3rd Ave, but sometimes it’s a bit of a chicken hunt to try to find them. They normally only have 4 or 5 desserts on the menu, but that’s really all they need. My favorites are the Warm Chocolate Bread Pudding and the Brioche Donut Squares Filled with Nutella. Don’t they just sound perfect?!
  4. Sundays and Cones (http://www.sundaescones.com/home.htm): Cute little ice cream shop in the East Village that I frequent, even in the winter.  Yes, it’s THAT good.  They have your classic flavors like Vanilla, Chocolate and a slew of Sorbets, but then they have all these quirky flavors like Corn, Sesame, and Wasabi. I know these sound more like dinner ingredients than ice cream flavors, but somehow, they manage to be deliciously sweet and tasty.  All of their ice creams are homemade and they even have seasonal specials like honeydew melon and banana…yummm!
  5. Doughnut Plant (http://www.doughnutplant.com/): This is your best bet for doughnuts in the city.  I used to have to schlep all the way to the Lower East Side to get my fix, but now they’ve opened an outpost at the posh Chelsea Hotel in none other than, Chelsea. They’re best known for their cake batter doughnuts (the tres leches one especially), but they also have jam filled doughnuts and your traditional yeast doughnuts, which are my personal favorite. I’ve tried almost every type and flavor on the menu, but my top pick is still the classic glazed doughnut.

    Courtesy: sundaescones.com

  6. La Bergamonte  (http://labergamotenyc.com/): A friend of mine discovered this adorable place in Chelsea (they now have a location in Hell’s Kitchen) and I’m so happy he did. We only go there for one thing and one thing only – and that is their Raspberry Tart.  Truth be told, I don’t even know what else they have on the menu! The raspberries are fresh, the tart filling is perfectly creamy, and the crust is made of almonds….yup, almonds! It really is a thing of beauty.
  7. Rices to Riches (http://www.ricetoriches.com/): If you ever thought rice pudding was plain, think again.  This place has revolutionized the concept of rice pudding and turned it into a rice pudding bar with more flavors than your ordinary ice cream shop.  There’s Cheesecake, Coconut, Caramel, Mascarpone, Tiramisu, Rocky Road and the list goes on and on. It’s not for everyone, and admittedly, it’s a bit of a tourist trap, but I love it. The Caramel flavor is my top pick.
  8. Bouchon Bakery (http://www.bouchonbakery.com/): A Thomas Keller staple, this place is a great little spot to satisfy your sweet craving.  My absolute favorite things on the menu are their french macaroons.  Every flavor is good and the bright colors just lure you in the moment you walk up to the counter. They are perfect in every way. Another item worth trying: their peanut butter sandwich cookie.

    Courtesy: ricetoriches.com and labergamotenyc.com

If you have a location you’d like to recommend – please send it my way – I’d love to hear about your picks, try them, and perhaps event feature them on my blog!


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