NYC GUIDE

The Best Dessert in NYC

Satisfy your diabetes craving with my favorite dessert places.

Chris Klemens

If you couldn't tell by my voluptuous body, I love dessert.

In New York City, there are so many amazing options for food, especially when it comes to dessert. Between the bakeries, ice cream shops, and unique dessert spots that only exist in New York, there won't be a single person that is left unsatisfied. These are the places I take friends and family to get dessert when they are in town because they are THAT good.

I will be updating this frequently as I try new places, so always check it if you're coming to town!


1. Momofuku Milk Bar

Momofuku Milk Bar is a no brainer. I am addicted to their cereal milk soft serve with cornflake crunch, which is probably their most popular item (along with the birthday cake and crack pie). I get Momofuku Milk Bar probably, on average, 3 times a week because it's THAT GOOD. They have locations throughout NYC (and also in a few other cities!!), and one day, I could only dream of going to all of them.

My pick: The crack pie, the birthday cake, and cereal milk soft serve with crunch

2. Chloe's Soft Serve Fruit Company

Chloe's is incredible. Not that it matters to me, but it does to a lot of my friends, it is 100% natural, non-dairy, free of fat, sodium, cholesterol, glutens, and all 8 major allergens. I go there because it's so good and I feel like it's healthier than a lot of other dessert options (but that could very well be just me lying to myself) without hurting my wallet.

My pick: The mango or chocolate soft serve with toppings

3. Magnolia Bakery

This is such an obvious one, but it's so good. To me, their cupcakes are tied for first with best in the city. Everyone RAVES about their world famous banana pudding, and as someone who doesn't love fruity desserts, it's on another level of delicious. They have a few locations sprinkled (what a solid pun) throughout the city. A definite must have for cake/cupcake lovers!

My pick: Any of their cupcakes and the banana pudding

4. Holey Cream

Holey Cream was one of those Instagram food trends that BLEW up, but it's totally legit. My friend lives 3 blocks away from it, which is frightening on many levels. They have everything from donuts, ice cream, gelato, cupcakes, and of course, donut ice cream sandwiches, which are phenomenal. It's located between 52nd and 53rd Street on 9th Ave.

My pick: The doughnut ice cream sandwich (any customization you want)

5. Butter Lane

Located in the East Village, Butter Lane is what makes Magnolia Bakery's cupcakes tied for first. These cupcakes are CRAZY good. What I love is the cake and icing combo is totally customizable, meaning you can pair any cake with any of their icings, which are both phenomenal. You can also take classes here, which is great for any parties or group activities. The staff is also SUPER friendly!

My pick: Caramel on banana, maple pecan on vanilla, and a classic vanilla on vanilla

6. Pepolino

Pepolino is an Italian restaurant just below Canal Street in Tribeca. It technically is a place to get actual Italian food (WHICH IS INSANELY GOOD), but their cheesecake is the best cheesecake I have ever eaten. Because of this, I had to obviously add this to the dessert list because you will NOT be sorry. I highly recommend eating dinner here and then getting the cheesecake for dessert. You're welcome in advanced.

My pick: A slice (or entire pie) of their ricotta cheesecake

7. Dough

If you are someone that loves a good doughnut, Dough is for you. Their famously thick and fluffy doughnuts are perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth, and with their unique range of flavors, you're bound to find a sweet treat that will send you and your tastebuds into another galaxy. They have locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, so there is no excuse getting your Dough fix.

My pick: Nutella filled, hibiscus, lemon poppy, and mocha-almond crunch

8. Rice To Riches

I was never someone to like rice pudding. However, I went to this rice pudding dessert spot in the Lower East Side, and everything changed. Between the funny signs in the window and store and the funny flavor names, Rice to Riches is like the Pinkberry of rice pudding. If you're looking for a super cute and Instagram-able dessert, this may not be the place because rice pudding photographs not so well, but if you're looking for a delicious dessert, this is a must-go. Tip: If you are stumped on which flavor to order, ask for samples!

My pick: Almond Shmalmond flavor with cinnamon crumble topping


If you have some dessert spots in NYC you love and that I should try, let me know!