For those who know me, you know that I have an insatiable sweet tooth. A day doesn’t go by without at least one bite of chocolate. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to satisfy my sugar cravings living in New York City where there’s a cupcake bakery or Duane Reade (don’t doubt the power of a Milky Way) on every corner, so today I’m sharing my five favorite city sweets!
Favorite Cupcake: Two Little Red Hens
Ah cupcakes, quite the controversial treat of late, after this WSJ article stating that the cupcake market is bust. But I don’t care what the stock market says, cupcakes will always have a place in my heart. With so many cupcake bakeries in NYC (and having visited so many of them), it’s hard to pick just one, but Two Little Red Hens takes the cake (pun intended). Their Brooklyn Blackout cupcake is a chocoholic’s dream: dark chocolate cake filled with chocolate pudding and topped with fudge frosting. So fudgy, so moist, so decadent. Gimme, gimme, gimme!
Favorite Milkshake: Ronnybrook Milk Bar at Chelsea Market
I used to love McDonald’s vanilla milkshakes, but after having my first and very disappointing Shamrock Shake experience this year, I don’t think I could ever do a McD’s shake again. Thank goodness for Ronnybrook Milk Bar. They use their ultra creamy ice cream to custom blend any combination of flavors for your milkshake. I opt for mint chip ice cream with a chocolate chip cookie blended in (à la DQ Blizzard, anyone?). So refreshing and somehow light tasting (compared to the fake syrupy taste at McDonald’s), I could easily house three of these in one sitting.
Favorite Cookie: Levain Bakery
Levain is somewhat of a New York institution (and a big tourist attraction unfortunately). Their baseball-sized cookies are so chewy and slightly undercooked in the middle – just how I like ’em. I love that they keep it simple with just a few flavors: dark chocolate with chocolate chips, oatmeal raisin, dark chocolate with peanut butter chips, or my personal favorite, chocolate chip walnut. Levain also ships anywhere, so their cookies make great gifts for out-of-towners!
Favorite Pie: Bubby’s
Bubby’s is actually a restaurant, not a bakery, but their pie is crazy good. It’s quite pricey, so their pies would best be suited for a special occasion, but definitely worth the splurge. My coworkers got the peanut butter chocolate pie for my birthday last year, which was a more than welcome switch from the typical birthday cupcakes. It was like eating a fluffy peanut butter cloud. I’d like to sleep on a fluffy peanut butter cloud every night.
Favorite Frozen Yogurt: 16 Handles
Urgh, a chain. I know, I’m so annoying. BUT 16 Handles really does have the best frozen yogurt I’ve ever tried. Of course I’d rather have a scoop of homemade ice cream, but since NYC ice cream really doesn’t have the same allure (or taste) as New England ice cream, I’ll settle for frozen yogurt. And really, that’s not settling by much. 16 Handles froyo has the best creamy texture and most flavor of any froyo chain I’ve tried by a landslide. Froyo aside, the toppings bar is really where it’s at. There’s no better way to release your inner 7 year old than by topping off your already overflowing cup (cookies & cream, peanut butter, salted caramel for me) with Heath bar, clodhoppers and rainbow sprinkles!