INSIDE: All you need to know to find the best New York dessert places.
Anything, or almost anything, goes when you are on vacation.
One certainty is dessert after every dinner.
Sometimes, dessert comes BEFORE dinner!
Especially when there are epic dessert places to try out.
That’s the nature of holidays, isn’t it?
Take a look at these delicious must-try New York desserts below.
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“Rules” for Eating on Vacation at NYC Dessert Places
These are some Dessert rules I came across. (Source unknown)
It’s the law that everyone should know these ‘rules’ before setting off on an American vacation.
Rule 1: If no one sees you eat it, it has no calories.
Rule 2: If you drink a diet soda with candy, they cancel each other out.
Rule 3: When eating with someone else, calories don’t count if you both eat the same amount.
Rule 4: Foods used for medicinal purposes have no calories.
This includes any food consumed as a boost of energy to deal with rapidly changing timezones or children suffering a lack of routine, food eaten on plane and bus trips, or food eaten in the car when small children are in tow.
These foods may include family-sized blocks of chocolate, American cheesecake (eaten whole), and ice cream by the bucket.
Rule 5: Foods eaten during movies, at theme parks, playgrounds and family restaurants are much lower in calories simply because they are a part of the entertainment experience and not part of one’s personal fuel.
This includes (but is not limited to):
- popcorn with butter
- chocolate bars
- soft drink and
- Gummi Bears.
Rule 6: If you eat the food off someone else’s plate, it doesn’t count.
Rule 7: STRESSED (travelling with kids may bring on this condition) is just DESSERTS spelled backward.
Now, we have these rules out of the way, these are seven NOT TO BE MISSED Dessert Restaurants in New York for the kids.
Eat at one, or eat them all.
Anything goes on vacation.
ESPECIALLY if you are accompanied by kids – this is the best excuse to try all the fun stuff!
Image credit: Alice’s Tea Cup Restaurant
ROUND UP OF BEST NEW YORK DESSERTS
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It’s a tough job researching the best dessert places in New York, but I’m happy to help!
No.1: ALICE’S TEA CUP
If tea is your thing, then bring the kids to one of the three Alice’s Tea Cup restaurants, New York City’s most whimsical tea house. (and our vote for one of the top 7 of the best New York dessert places.)
The space is decorated in themes and mood of the enchanting Alice in Wonderland story, and children can even borrow wings to wear while they nibble.
The menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner is broad with things for all kinds of tastes, and levels of fussiness.
At breakfast, there’s:
- French toast
- you can even create your own crepe flavours.
Will it be sweet, or savoury?
- Alice’s scones served with clotted cream and jam, or
- one of their signature egg dishes
- porridge, or
Most importantly, enjoy one of the 100 plus teas from their tea menu.
Or go all out with Alice’s Loco Cocoa (rich chocolate spiced with cayenne pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg)
For lunch, or anytime, don’t go past the Croque Monsieur, fresh soup, or my favourite, the Queen’s Tuna Melt.
Nothing like a tuna melt for a smashing New York experience.
Kids (little and big) love the desserts.
I’m eyeing off the Banana Nutella cake, and Alice’s-S’mores.
Served melted and messy… oh yes please.
You can have a ‘High Tea’ at any meal also.
Their three-tier afternoon tea platter is filled to the brim with tastings of some of Alice’s best sellers.
There’s a kids menu too.
Kids can gobble down cup o’ soup, PB and J on banana bread, cookies and milk, or a grilled cheese sandwich for afternoon tea.
Alice’s Teacup has three locations in Manhattan (Chapter One, Chapter Two, and Alice’s to Go) but it’s busy all the time.
Try to visit during the week rather than a weekend, and make a reservation if you can.
Open daily, 7.30am to 5.30pm.
Chapter One address: Located at 102 W. 73rd St., at Columbus Ave, New York
Chapter Two address: 156 E. 64th St., at Lexington Ave New York.
Website: Click here
No.2: CAFFÉ PALERMO DESSERT NYC
Dreaming of fresh, creamy, sweet, giant cannoli?
Those crunchy sweet pastries famous in Italy?
This New York version from this gorgeous café in Little Italy are delish.
The owner “Baby John” is known as the Cannoli King.
Not a fan of cannoli? Why not try their:
- traditional cheesecake
- pastiera napoletana cake, or
- textured Italian ricotta cheesecake.
Caffe Palermo Cannoli
Sit inside, or take advantage of checking out the locals with a table on the sidewalk.
Walk ins welcome.
Address: Located at 148 Mulberry St New York, between Grand and Hester streets. It’s been open since 1973!
Website: Click here
- Monday to Thursday 10.30am to 11.30pm
- Friday, Saturday – 10.30am to 12.30am
- Sunday – 10.30am to 11.30pm
No.3: SERENDIPITY NYC
Who can wander past a place that is named after ‘the art of making happy discoveries, or finding the unexpectedly pleasant by chance”.
And YES, it is the place where John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale slurped together in the film of the same name, SERENDIPITY in New York.
I knew it!
Serendipity 3 cafe
This iconic Upper East Side place (Andy Warhol and Jackie O. were both fans) is an old-fashioned ice cream parlor and sweets shop.
Serendipity 3 Menu
Don’t bother with real food.
Go straight for the desserts and drinks.
Serendipity 3 Signature Frozen Hot Chocolate
Their frrrozen hot chocolate, a blended concoction of chocolate milk shake and slushie, is what they are world-famous for.
Do not miss this experience.
It’s one from the bucket list of dessert places. Share with your loved ones if you must.
(PS: There’s a S’MORES Frozen Hot Chocolate too, with toasted marshmallow melting onto a block of choc. Which to choose?)
Saying that, I’ve got it on good authority that ALL the desserts are to-die-for, especially those that involve chocolate fudge or chocolate sauce.
Want a peek at the menu?
How to find Serendipity 3 in New York
Address: Located at 225 E. 60th St, New York, between Second and Third Ave
Reservations: 212-838-3531 between 10am and 6pm
- Sunday to Thursday 11:30am to midnight.
- Friday and Saturday 11:30am to 1:00am.
Hot off the press: You can even buy Serendipity Frozen Hot Choc mix to take home so you can recreate this classic NYC experience with your friends and family too!
No.4: DYLAN’S CANDY BAR
The kids will LOVE you forever if you take them here, especially if you set a budget for each one and let them go wild to choose their favourite sweet treats for an after dinner dessert.
Today is NOT the day for quitting sugar.
Nor it is a day for monochrome or minimalism.
Dylan’s is all about bright rainbow colour explosions, like a super firework display.
It’s Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory on steroids.
Keep your sunnies close by.
Dylan’s Candy Cafe
Book a reservation at Dylan’s Candy Café, with dessert pizza, super sundaes, ice-cream ‘chillin’s’ and FUN-due to share.
To counter balance all that sweet, there’s salad and melts galore.
Dylans Candy Shop
(And find details of where it is, how to get there, and opening hours)
No. 5: SPOT DESSERT RESTAURANT
Spot Dessert bar has an innovative and never-before-seen menu with an array of tapas desserts inspired by Thailand.
Very quickly, this dessert cafe became the go-to spot for sweet lovers in New York.
Try these signature dishes by Iron Chef Ian Kittichai first:
- Green Tea Lava cake
- Golden Toast
- Mango Tango
- Cookie Camp
- The Harvest
Address: SPOT ST. MARKS Flagship store is at 13 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003
Telephone: (212) 677-5670
- Sunday to Wednesday, 12pm-12am
- Thursday to Friday: 12pm-1am
- Saturday: 1pm-1am
No. 6: MAGNOLIA CUPCAKES
Made famous by Carrie and her Sex and the City friends, this classic American bakery is best known for decadent cupcakes but also bakes classic American baked goods.
The first store opened in 1996 in New York City’s West Village, but now there’s Magnolia Bakery shops around the world, from Los Angeles to Mexico City, Abu Dhabi to Manila.
Everything is baked on the premises from scratch, every single day of the year, using top quality ingredients.
Classic cupcakes include:
- buttercream, and
- red velvet.
Speciality cupcakes include:
- peanut butter & jelly
- devil’s food, and
Not a fan of a cupcake?
- a fruit pie
- flourless chocolate cake
- icebox bars
- brownies, or this epic concoction below.
THE Magnolia Bakery’s Famous Banana Pudding!
Small ones start from $4.50.
Magnolia Bakery Cafe
Address: 401 Bleeker Street and W. 11th Street, New York.
- Sun.-Thur.: 9:30am – 10:30pm
- Fri.-Sat.: 9:30am – 11:30pm
Website: Click here
MORE Magnolia Bakery locations in New York
- Upper West Side
- Grand Central Station, and
- Rockefeller Center
You can also order a dessert delivery.
No.7: WAFELS & DINGES
The best waffles in New York, with the best branding, and fun staff.
Keeping New Yorkers happy and well fed since 2007.
Click here for locations of Wafels and Dinges food trucks.
Check back soon for more of the BEST Dessert Places in NYC!
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