Best Bakeries & Ice Cream Shops in New York City

If I’m confident about one thing in life, it’s that I know my chocolate, ice cream, cookies, brownies, cakes, pastries, and no one can argue with me about that. My blood thrives on sugar —what’s with those no sugar diets anyway? It’s actually become who I am. People refer to me when they talk about cookies or say “oh yeah you have a sweet tooth right?” I eat with my eyes and my stomach. I can see through the dry pastries or hard looking cookies, and yes, I will walk out empty handed if it doesn’t look up to par.  I blame myself for showing everyone, but any who, here are the Best Bakeries and items at each in New York City.

  1. The Donut Pub– Open since 1964, but the best is the newer Glazed Croissant Donut which tastes like an elevated glazed donut (yes, it’s better than the Cronut!!) 
  2. Kith Treats – Choose your cereal and toppings and watch it mix straight into the soft serve ice cream. I liked toffee and fruity pebbles.
  3. Blank Slate Cafe – Chekmark Eats Cake Batter Dip! Yes, I created this!
  4. Sugar Sweet Sunshine– This place is seen for their cupcakes, but the real fans know their numerous puddings in the back are the best part. I also love their cake in a cup.
  5. Russ & Daughters Shop – Chocolate Babka Loaf. If you love rich chocolate, this one has the most chocolate out of them all.
  6. Lafayette – Banana, chocolate, coconut, croissant
  7. Cookie DŌ –  Salty + Sweet dough with Vanilla Ice Cream 
  8. Molly’s Cupcakes – Peanut butter cookie or cookie dough cupcake
  9. Ice & Vice– Milk Money Ice Cream ( toasted milk, sea salt, chocolate ganache) 
  10. Pasticceria Rocco’s – Peanut Butter Cheesecake or Snicker’s Pie
  11. City Cakes – 1/2 lb. Chocolate Chip Cookie 
  12. Milk Bar – Birthday or Apple Pie Cake
  13. Morgenstern’s – Salted Pretzel Ice Cream
  14. Magnolia Bakery – Chocolate Banana Pudding 
  15. Dominique Ansel Kitchen – Brown Sugar DKA
  16. Sweet Corner Bakeshop – Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookie
  17. Jars by Dani – Fudge Brownie Jar
  18. Levain Bakery – Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie
  19. Chikalicious – Vanilla Soft Serve with Colored Sprinkles in Churro Cone 
  20. Il Laboratorio del Gelato – Olive Oil
  21. Doughnut Plant– Peanut Butter & Banana Cream Filled Square
  22. Ovenly – Salted Caramel Brownie 
  23. Breads Bakery – Another amazing babka and from Israel
  24. Union Fare – Birthday Cake Croissant 
  25. Ample Hills Creamery – The Munchies (pretzel infused ice cream with Ritz Crackers, Potato Chips, Pretzels, and mini M&M’s)
  26. Ferrara Bakery – Lobster Tails and Chocolate Cake 
  27. Maison Kayser – Chocolate Chocolate Cookie
  28. Peter Pan Donut + Pastry Shop – Blueberry Cake Donut
  29. Sweets by Chloe – Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll 
  30. Snow Days – Shaved Cream with Caramel Sauce