New York City’s 8 Best Desserts, and Where to Get Them


Photo Credit: Shake Shack

New York Wine Events presents its comprehensive list of New York City’s best desserts, where you can get them, and how much they cost. This list was compiled with the help of my friends, Google, personal experience, and a special algorithm I cannot reveal. Good reading, good eating!

The Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookie at Levain Bakery – $4

A personal favorite of mine. I am in love with their Chocolate Chip Walnut cookies, but I figured I had to give another flavor a try. BEST CHOICE I’VE MADE IN 3 MONTHS. The best part of Levain’s cookies is how the they maintain optimal goooiness for a long stretch of time after purchase; whereas most cookies harden quickly. Their Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup is perfectly gooey. Most importantly, it is filled with peanut butter chips that, combined with the richly delicious dark chocolate, create a flavor extravaganza in your mouth.


The Bun Chika Bun Bun at Dessert Club, Chickalicious – $5

From Yelp user Hanna H.: “I was a huge fan of the Bun Chika Bun Bun (one of their signature items), as the bun itself looks like any other bun, but the bottom was lined by a graham cracker/shortbread/gingerbread type of a cookie (cinnamon/ginger can be tasted), and the exterior crust of the bun was slightly crispy and crusty.  The filling was this oozing caramel-like, cinnamon syrup-ish that was all nice and warm.  It wasn’t overly sweet, but it was quite delicious!”

 The DKA (Dominique’s Kouign Amann) at Dominique Ansel Bakery – $5.25

Received the most mentions, 448, on the Dominique Ansel Bakery Yelp page. The menu item in second place, Cronuts, received 136 mentions.

Concretes (any flavor) at Shake Shack (any location) – $3.30 and up, depending on mix-ins

Yes, this has become a global chain, but it is another place where I have had personal experience. There are 2 great parts of their concretes: The first part is the quality of their frozen custard: it’s awesome, better than any custard or ice cream I’ve ever had. The second reason Shake Shack’s Concretes make the list is the high quality and variety of the mix-ins. Whether it’s chocolate from Mast Brothers, truffle cookie dough, or their marshmallow sauce, the mix-ins are flavor nirvana. One downside: they tend to place the mix-ins at the top of the concrete, leaving a lot of untouched custard below.

The Vanilla Cupcake at Sprinkles – $3.75

Right up there at the peak of my personal cupcake mountain. Sprinkles does not mess around with the icing – it doesn’t complement the underlying cake, it conquers it. And it is more dense, flavorful, and moist than any cupcake icing I’ve ever had.

The Crimson & Cream Cupcake at Sweet Revenge – $5 Dine In/$4 Take Out

From Yelp user Kayla G.: “It’s a Red Velvet Cake, with Cream Cheese Icing, topped with Raspberry Sauce and Cinnamon…amazing. This one had perfectly balanced flavors between the cream cheese, raspberry and cinnamon.” Also received the most mentions, 91, on the Sweet Revenge Yelp page. The menu item in second place, The Dirty Cupcake, received 31 mentions.

The Chocolate Cremeux at Aureole – Part of $96 Tasting Menu

From Yelp User Noble K.: “The Chocolate Cremeaux was probably the best dessert that I’ve ever had.  This dish sang “cookies n cream” to me in terms of flavors and I’m a huge cookies n cream fan when it comes to ice scream, smoothies, macroons, and desserts in general.”

The Banana Puddin’ at Sugar Sweet Sunshine Bakery – $4 and up

Shout to my friends Howard and Evan for the recommendation. From Yelp user Lori K.: “The balance of ingredients, from the pudding to cookie to banana, is spot on, creating a perfect spoonful. The bananas used are slightly over-ripened, so they have that rare sweetness, almost a caramelization, that lends itself well to the dessert. Melded with crushed Nilla wafers and vanilla pudding, it’s a rich, creamy dessert that’s best when shared; a “small” cup is more than enough for one person.” Mentioned 24 times on the first page of Yelp reviews, and there are 42 pages. 

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