New York City is truly one of the best places to eat in the world. It has everything – from cheap dumplings in Chinatown, to Michelin star restaurants whose tasting menu prices cost as much as one month’s rent. Whenever I come and stay in New York, my goal is to sample as many new eateries as possible. These past few trips, I’ve tried various desserts and these were some of the best sweets things in New York worth every calorie.
Sweets Things in New York: Where to Get the Best Desserts
Eileen’s Special Cheesecake
Everyone talks about Junior’s cheesecake and for good reason; but if I only have one room for an authentic New York style cheesecake, I’ll go to Eileen’s Special Cheesecake every single time. This family-run spot on the Lower East Side has been baking some of the best sweet things in New York since 1975. What makes Eileen’s great is not only the creaminess of its cheesecake; but also the availability of miniature cheesecakes in a variety of flavors. Try the classic, the mango or dulce de leche if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous. If you can’t decide, there’s always the sampler which starts at $28 per dozen.
Address: 17 Cleveland Pl, New York, NY 10012
Spot Dessert Bar
You’ve heard of a tapas bar where smaller plates best shared with a group are the highlights of a table. However, you’ve likely not seen one that only serves desserts except when in New York. Spot Dessert Bar on the East Village is a tapas bar specifically for sweets. It specializes in combining American and Asian flavors. One of their specialties is the chocolate green tea lava cake. Locals and food critics alike consider it one of the must-eat sweet things in New York. The dessert comes with a chocolate lava cake that oozes a green tea ganache.
Address: 13 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003
Doughnuts aren’t exactly the most traditional of desserts but the doughnut craze that engulfed the city paved way for some of the most innovative creations west of the Mississippi. Of the many that popped up, Dough Doughnuts is easily one of the best. Their hibiscus-glazed doughnut became so popular among locals that it started trending on Instagram and was dubbed as one of the best sweet things in New York. One piece will cost you about $2.75, though one piece is big enough to share.
Address: Brooklyn: 448 Lafayette Ave (corner of Franklin Ave); Manhattan: 14 W 19th St (between 5th and 6th Avenues)