NYC’s Most Undeniably Delicious Fall Desserts

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Pumpkin spice cake & cupcakes // Magnolia Bakery

Though most of us are probably still wondering where summer went, fall is a greatly anticipated season. Who doesn’t love the crisp air, leaf peeping, sweaters, Halloween and, of course, all the wonderful, warming flavors that come along with this change in season?

That’s right, I’m talking about pumpkin spice and everything nice.

So for all you dessert lovers, here’s a round-up the best fall desserts being offered throughout the city. Make sure to get your fill—peppermint season (winter!) will be here before you know it.

Magnolia Bakery

As one of NYC’s most iconic bakeries, Magnolia Bakery goes all out in showcasing the sweetest seasonal flavors of fall.

This cozy bakery will be offering its traditional pies that include an apple crumb, pumpkin praline pie or black bottom pecan, as well as its seasonal cupcakes in flavors that include harvest apple with cranberries, raisins and pecans, topped with a caramel meringue buttercream.

Moreover, there will be a whole slew of pumpkin desserts offered such as pumpkin spice cake and cupcakes with dried cranberries and spices, topped with caramel cream cheese icing, pumpkin cheesecake made with a gingersnap pecan crust and a pumpkin pecan bar with a spiced pumpkin pecan filling on a brown sugar shortbread crust.

Ring Ding Bar

Ring Dings are a modern spin of the classic 1960s snack cakes. Initially launched at TriBeCa’s, Duane Park Patisserie in the summer of 2016, these heavenly handheld cakes are made from scratch by acclaimed chef, Madeline Lanciani.

Using all natural ingredients, they come in flavors that range from dulce de leche and French toast to pistachio raspberry and lemon crème.

Fall seasonal flavors will include pumpkin pie with pumpkin pie spice cream filling and pumpkin colored white chocolate for the month of October as well as ginger spice with old-fashioned Ginger molasses cake, vanilla cream filling and dark chocolate icing for November.

Momofuku Milk Bar

From the masterminds behind cereal milk soft serve and the appropriately named crack pie, comes fall favorites pumpkin pie cake truffles and pumpkin pie cake.

Take a bite out of a pumpkin pie cake truffle and there’s a high chance you won’t be satisfied with any regular ol’ pumpkin pie ever again. Enjoy the flavors of crumbled spiced pumpkin cake mixed with pumpkin milk, which is then coated with white chocolate and rolled in spiced pie and graham cracker crumbs.

If you need larger scale pumpkin pie cake deliciousness, order the pumpkin pie cake which is a spiced pumpkin cake layered with graham cracker cheesecake and rich pumpkin ganache, topped with candied pumpkin seeds and pie crumbs!

Gotham Bar and Grill

Every first day of fall, Pastry chef Ron Paprocki brings back his famed apple tarte tatin. With each tart baked to order, the beautiful creation is a flawless dessert that incorporates caramelized Braeburn apples within a buttery, flaky puff pastry.

Topped with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream and there you have the quintessential fall indulgence. Look forward to plump bites of apple and an unparalleled flavor combination of burnt brown sugar and butter.

Loews Regency New York Hotel

This luxurious mid-town hotel recently launched Flavors NYC, an experience that allows guests to taste hyper-local culinary flavors without ever needing to leave the property. Featured on its fall menu is West Village bakery, Mah Ze Dahr’s brown butter apple tart made with honey crisp apples.

These seasonal apples are enveloped in brown butter and then dressed with an oat pecan streusel. Be sure to top it with a scoop of vanilla gelato. Not into fruit desserts? Order a cookie plate that include maple pecan and ginger snap cookies.

Mastro’s Steakhouse

Despite possibly being dangerously stuffed by the end of your meal, insist on leaving room for dessert. Maestro’s dessert offerings include a sweet, slightly tart cherry crisp with Bing cherries cooked with sugar and almond extract, topped with a buttery pecan streusel and served warm with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream on top.

Another decadent option? Its signature warm butter cake.

In addition to a ton of butter within the traditional yellow cake, a cream cheese cheesecake mixture is placed on top before getting baked off all at once. Just prior to arrival at your table, sugar is poured on top of the cake, caramelized with a torch and finally, topped with ice cream.

Gristmill Farm

Situated in the center of Brooklyn’s Park Slope, head to the seasonal eatery Gristmill Farm for its freshly churned sweet corn ice cream. This farm-to-table focused restaurant frequently changes its menu based on what locally sourced ingredients are available.

That said, you can count on corn ice cream to be incorporated throughout dessert menu with items like the corn and nectarine sundae with blueberry jam, pie crust and black pepper honey whipped cream in rotation.

Rider

Located within Williamsburg, Rider is a trendy, bi-level American bistro that serves an eclectic range of cuisine. Its dessert menu is no exception. If you’re in the mood for a fall-ish sweet treat that isn’t your average pumpkin spice dessert, head here.

Rider features a peas + carrots dessert with carrot cake Swiss roll, cinnamon toasted spelt and pea ice cream and a tahini semifreddo with miso caramel, ginger snap, honey crisp apple and sesame seeds.

Bistro Chat Noir

Upper East Side’s Bistro Chat Noir is an NYC landmark townhouse turned French bistro conveniently located nearby Central Park. Anyone that’s been in NYC during the fall knows that few things are more perfect than strolling through the park while the leaves are all shades of red, orange and yellow.

Pop in post-park stroll and warm up with a harvest crepe dessert trio. Enjoy three total crepes filled with Nutella, caramel sauce and orange zest; sweet potato puree, cinnamon and crème fraiche; and lastly pumpkin maple puree and caramelized apples.

Gallow Green 

Unlike other rooftop bars in NYC, Gallow Green, located in the McKittrick Hotel, (the home of the immersive theater piece “Sleep No More,”) is a magical getaway year-round. During spring and summer, Gallow Green is a secret garden set in an abandoned train station in Scotland.

In the fall and winter, it transforms into The Lodge at Gallow Green, a cozy winter wonderland complete with ski chalet vibe and mountainous cabin-themed décor.

New to Gallow Green’s menu this month is the classic apple strudel made with Gala apples baked in puff pastry with butter, sugar and cinnamon.

Kingside

On the street level of Viceroy Central Park New York resides Kingside, a dynamic seasonally driven restaurant that serves New American classics. This fall, the dessert menu features a caramel pudding with Bourbon whipped cream, popcorn, ice cream and pretzel crumble.

Healthy At-Home Alternatives

Luckily for those attempting to stay healthy this fall, there are a few sweet, yet wholesome treats to satisfy your cravings. For those that love snacking, try out Blue Diamond‘s seasonal Pumpkin Spice almonds which are packed with everyone’s favorite fall flavors.

If you’re a fan of creamy yogurt, noosa yoghurt recently launched an array of favorite autumn flavors including the maple ginger, with crunchy granola, gingersnap streusel and candied ginger, pumpkin, with real pumpkin puree and a touch of clover wildflower honey, along with the all-American apple, which is basically apple pie without the crust.

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Dessert Alert | Spot Dessert Bar

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WHERE
13 St Marks Place (basement level)
New York, NY 10003

WHAT
Spot Dessert Bar is the perfect place to enjoy many desserts at once (as it should be). Known for its innovative and decadent creations, Spot features seasonally inspired dessert tapas. The end result of infusing your favorite Asian flavors with the commonly seen desserts like tiramisu or cheesecake? Miniature sweet works of art. Sadly, I haven’t had the chance to taste each one, but I did experience the signature Chocolate Green Tea Lava Cake. This warm, dark chocolate lava cake is filled with a indulgent green tea ganache that oozes out of the rich cake with your first scoop in. The cake is dusted with green tea powder and served with a side of green tea ice cream and a thin butter cookie.spot2

GO or NO?
Definitely go. Bring two or three friends so you can have an excuse to order multiple things to “share”. The atmosphere is friendly, clean and cozy so you can chill with your friends leisurely as you try out all the fun, unique combinations of dessert tapas offered.

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Dessert Alert | Michel et Augustin Two Kooky Cookies

melty-middle-praline-toasted-almond-iiAs most of my friends and readers know, I consider myself a dessert connoisseur. With that said I’m almost shocked I hadn’t tasted Michel et Augustin Two Kooky Cookies before just recently. Chances are you’ve seen these goodies around New York — they can be found at Whole Foods, Starbucks and Union Market to name just a few locations. For those of you that don’t know, Michel et Augustin is a French cookie company that entered the United States after over a decade of successfully satisfying the sweet tooth of people around the world.
melty-middle-praline-toasted-almondRecently GRiD-NY had the opportunity to speak with Michel et Augustin’s Communications Director in the U.S., Lily Dionne-Jermanovich on the future of Michel et Augustin in the states. Their mission is to “spread the French pastry know-how across the universe,” told Dionne-Jermanovich. “We want to be the first company to be made up of 100 percent pastry-certified kooky cookies (our staff) and we launched our first class on Nov. 21.” Two lucky New Yorkers were offered spots in this exclusive 27-week pastry class to prepare for the official French pastry exam in June 2017.
banner-bakingTo clarify, when they say pastry certified, they mean actually getting the certificate from France, known as CAP, or professional aptitude diploma. This requires a 78-hour curriculum, lots of practice and an exam administered by the French state. Serious business.

Chocolate lovers will adore the Super Cookies with melty middle which comes in two decadent flavors: dark chocolate, caramel and pecans and milk chocolate and hazelnuts. If you’re feeling particularly indulgent, warm them up and devour with a glass of milk or some ice cream. Personally, I love grabbing the to-go packs of the buttery cookie squares whenever I spot them at the store. My favorites include the milk chocolate, caramel with a pinch of sea salt — I can never get enough of the sweet n’ salty combination — and the lemon meringue which reminds me of lemon squares that I loved as a kid.
super-cookie-sky-linemelty-middle-1If you have yet to taste these fabulously authentic French baked treats, Michel et Augustin hosts an Open House at the “banana farm” in Brooklyn every 1st Thursday of the month. Think: cookies on cookies on cookies! As always, the event is free and not only do you get to taste the cookies, but you can also preview upcoming recipes, listen to music and mingle with likeminded cookie lovers. The Banana Farm New York is located on 98 4th street in Brooklyn and the event goes from 6:53 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. I’ll be there this Thursday (Dec. 1) so definitely holler if you’ll be checking it out too!

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Events | Dessert Goals 2016: The Sweetest Festival in NYC

Here’s a recap of all the sugary excitement that went down at New York City’s first ever dessert festival.
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New York City officially had its first all-dessert festival last week. Dessert Goals 2016 was the first of its kind and a huge success. The event was organized by two friends who were perplexed as to why no dessert fest existed: Miraya Berk, the founder of Pop Productions (a boutique events studio), and Liang Shi, creative director and experience designer of  clients such as Forbes to Conde Nast.

The event was a sugar-fiends’ dream. With pop music throwbacks in the background, the festival allowed each excited attendee to have a designated hour and a half to try all the dessert they pleased. Each vendor churned out picture perfect creations for people to taste — and to photograph, of course — and each vendor was more than happy to talk about their creative process, how their dessert came to be, and what inspired them.
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Aside from filling up on sugar, those that bought tickets to specific workshops were able to learn from the best experts in the dessert and social space. Dessert photo styling, tips on taking unbelievable food pictures and how to make a living off your blog or Instagram were just several of the workshops offered.

One thing that’s known about myself across the board, is that I love dessert. The words, “dessert first” have never rang truer with any other individual. With that in mind, it’s safe to say that Dessert Goals was one of the best days of my life as a New Yorker (I’m from San Francisco). Described as, “a day of celebration, indulgence, discovery and deliciousness,” this dessert fest now marks another honor: the day Chelsea Davis ate her weight in sugar. #sorrynotsorry.
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As you enter Dessert Goals, you walk through The Hall of Affirmations, which includes signs such as, “Treat yo self” and “Life’s too short. Eat dessert first.” If you had any hesitation on whether or not you should eat as much dessert as possible, you didn’t after taking ten steps into the venue!

The event space was decked out to make it the sweetest experience possible. Inflatable larger-than-life doughnuts were floating around, old fashioned jars filled with classic candies adorned one wall, Instagram-worthy backgrounds were everywhere, and there was an excited buzz throughout the entire space. But maybe that was because everyone was also sugar-high?
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In addition to 21 of the most innovative dessert vendors in New York, Dessert Goal also had a variety of really thoughtful additions to the event. Outstanding extras included: free candy at the candy shop; free French press coffee and lessons courtesy of Bodum and Intelligentsia; and — for all the bloggers, influencers, photographers and fellow dessert enthusiasts — an Instagram garden, which is exactly what it sounds like. This dessert oasis is specifically designed for snapping pics of your vibrant, over-the-top sweet treats, complete with various backdrops and prop-desserts whose purpose is to be photographed.

Those needing a palette cleanse could head to the roof top for a sugar break at the salt bar (indulging is all about balance) and an adorably hip vintage ice cream lounge presented by The Dobbins St. Vintage Co-Op. Skyline views, fresh air, giant ice cream-shaped pillows, and baby pineapple plants were just a few things that made the roof top extra special.

The carefully curated mix of vendors offered a huge range of dessert styles. From the epic 1950’s-style Hong Kong egg waffles from Wowfulls, stuffed with ice cream and topped with goodies like mochi, strawberries and pocki; and Mini Melanie’s opulent gemstone dessert truffles and decadent mini cakes; to Taiyaki’s fish shaped waffle cones stuffed with red bean and topped with matcha soft serve ice cream; and the always-classic, Cookie DO cookie dough mixed with whatever sweet extras your heart desires, there was something for every taste preference.
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Heard of artisanal twinkies? Neither had we until we tried Jae NYC Eats’ Twinkie-inspired “Cakies” in flavors like halo-halo — Pandan, Jackfruit and Ube. This was a thrilling discovery! There was #BAONANAS’ banana pudding, which gave Magnolia’s Bakery a run for its money with its leche-flan inspired base with flavors that include lychee-rose with strawberry.

Bittles’ breakfast cake bites were another unique dessert that festival-goers enjoyed. These cake bites are infused with your favorite breakfast cereals and treats — like poptarts.
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Perfect coffee pairing bites included the one and only, Doughnut Plant, which offered a variety of Fall inspired flavors such as candy corn, filled with corn pudding and good ol’ pumpkin spice. Also fabulous, were Joey Bats’ flakey, creamy, and rich Portuguese egg tarts.
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For ice cream aficionados, Noona’s Ice Cream was scooping Korean-inspired flavors like salted peanut butter + banana caramel, toasted rice, matcha + dark chocolate and whiskey + bacon.  In addition, Mochidoki was serving chewy, mochi-wrapped balls of ice cream in inventive flavors like mango Thai basil, black sesame and pumpkin cheesecake.

This year’s Dessert Goals sold out in a hurry. If you couldn’t snag a ticket this time around, at least now you know it’s totally worth it!

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Welcome to Sugar Factory, the Real Life Candyland of Your Dreams

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Dessert fiends of all ages will get sugar high on the outrageous sweet treats and drinks this spot has to offer.

For the ultimate sugar rush, head to the recently opened real-life candyland: Sugar Factory. Whether celebrity spotting, hanging out, or simply in the mood to devour sugary, brightly colored goodies of epic proportions, this is the place to go. The recently opened Sugar Factory in Row NYC Hotel, has an energetic, lively, and fun atmosphere with décor that includes crystal chandeliers and pictures of famous, candy-loving celebs adorning the walls.

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The only way Sugar Factory could be better, was if the entire store was edible, a la Willy Wonka. I would be the only one with 24/7 access, of course.

Vibrant, candy-stuffed bins line the entire store; huge, swirly rainbow pops are everywhere; nostalgia-inducing candies such as Pez and pop rocks are for sale; and Sugar Factory’s signature creations — think chocolate-covered Oreos, fudge-covered pretzels, and frosting-dipped Rice Krispies treats — beg to be eaten. Not to mention the entire section of the store dedicated to various pastries, cakes, cookies, and cupcakes.

You can’t miss out on Sugar Factory’s famed goblets, either. These goblets are 60 ounces of sugary insanity. The signature goblet that I tried was the lollipop passion — “a true taste of the tropics.” It tasted amazing. Imagine melon, coconut, and pineapple flavors combined with a Slurpee on steroids, and (to put it even more over the top) it’s garnished with huge lollipops and finished with liquid nitrogen to transform the dessert drink in to a bubbling cauldron. They have a variety of goblets that all vary in flavor profiles, but all deliver on the O-M-G factor.

Ice cream and gelato are also offered, as are sugar cones dipped in chocolates, candies, and cookies to bring your scoops to the next level. For creamy beverages, you can also order old fashioned milk shakes.
IMG_23586You can get “real” food here, too (although, I’m perfectly happy eating desserts all day). Sugar Factory offers a huge selection of pancakes, waffles, crepes, and French toast, which are all arguably dessert in a way. But with options like red velvet pancakes, s’mores crepes, and banana split waffles, why would you pass up any excuse to eat these tasty monsters?

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Dessert Alert | ViVi Bubble Tea

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WHERE
ViVi Bubble Tea
205 Allen St. New York, NY 10014
(Allen St. + E. Houston St.)

WHAT
Noticed the works of (bubble tea) art blowing up Instagram lately? Wonder what these glorious creations are? Say hello to the bubble tea float, only available at the Lower East Side location! Essentially it’s a combination of tapioca pearls + pudding + Oreos + red bean + ice cream, which is then topped with a beautiful cloud of cotton candy, sprinkled with pop rocks, and finally, finished off with a nice dose of liquid nitrogen to get things poppin’ (and smokin’ – literally!).

Drink flavors include taro — and all time favorite of mine — matcha, green tea, black tea, and chocolate. My final creation was a taro, cookies and cream, pretty-in-pink dream! This dessert beverage even comes with a shot of extra drink and whipped cream to pour in to your jar once you squish (and/ or eat) the cloud of sugar.

GO or NO?
This is a cotton candy revival. Who knew cotton candy was superb in pearl drinks? Plus with ice cream and Oreos? If you’re in the area, it is strongly advised you pop in! If you’re a cotton candy hating monster, don’t worry. ViVi has an extensive list of bubble tea flavors that range from strawberry or almond milk tea, to lychee or mango slushees, to even specialty drinks such as red, yellow, or black “Moo Milk,” though I’m still unsure what that is exactly. You can’t go wrong.

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NYC Spotlight | Sugartooth Tours

IMG_0345If you’re anything like most New Yorkers, getting around in the summer on hot, sticky subways is not ideal. Why not explore on foot? Discover the best cupcake and ice cream spots in the city with Sugartooth Tours, which is now (through the end of summer), offering two sugar-fueled walking tours of the city’s trendiest areas to explore.

There are new places popping up constantly all over New York City, so whether you’re a native or just here on vacation, try out all the latest sweet treats that you’ve seen blowing up your Instagram feed! With the options of either the Downtown Village to Village Cupcake Crawl and the Ice Cream Summer Sundays Frozen Treats Tour, you’re guaranteed to end the day full and satisfied with your day of dessert adventures.

This year’s Downtown Village Cupcake Crawl ventures through the East Village and West Village while eating cupcakes and even creating your own along the way. If you’re more of an ice cream person, the Ice Cream Summer Sundays tour features stops in Union Square, Little Italy, and Soho.

Since it’s the middle of summer, I opted for the ice cream tour — easy decision. After meeting up at Union Square with our lovely (and extremely knowledgable) tour guide, our group head to our first stop: Chloe’s Fruit.

This was perhaps the healthiest of everything I devoured that day. These fruit pops come in a variety of flavors that included the usual suspects (raspberry, mango, banana…). Using only “fruit, water, and a touch of organic cane sugar,” these pops were refreshing and light. I chose the strawberry pop, dipped in dark chocolate, and rolled in coconut flakes.

From there we hit up Sundaes and Cones which has a crazy variety of custardy, thick flavors that range from the unusual — think wasabi, corn, and lavender — to the classics like pistachio and cookie dough. My favorites happen to be the more unusual flavors: taro, black sesame, and avocado.

Next we had a nice sit-down ice cream sandwich break at Davey’s. I had two glorious, freshly baked chocolate chip cookies with speculoos chocolate chip ice cream sandwiched in between them, rolled in pretty sprinkles. The cookie was buttery, soft, and chewy on the outsides. Many split their desserts. I was not one of those people.

We then headed to the adorable Odd Fellows Ice Cream Co. for some scoops of innovative flavors. I chose the creamy, rich buttermilk honey blueberry. Buttery, fruity, and sweet — I loved it. Next time I’m definitely getting their famed, OddPockets, “a warmed-up version of an ice cream sandwich using brioche bread that’s stuffed with ice cream and toppings then heated on a panini press.” Holy moly.

As we made our way to Little Italy, we stopped at Rice to Riches. Yes, I know it’s not ice cream — but with flavors like hazelnut chocolate bear, key lime love letters, and play it again butter pecan, how can you really object? Sure, it’s not very visually appealing, but beauty is only skin deep! Plus, they have signs like “no skinny bitches” and “eat two rice puddings and a sensible dinner.” Everyone wins.

And our last stop was the little authentic Italian sweet shop just outside Little Italy, M’O IL Gelato. Despite being filled to the brim with ice cream (physically),  you can bet I finished my entire helping of creamy, refreshing coconut gelato.

The Downtown Village to Village Cupcake Crawl runs Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. starting June 11th, while the Ice Cream Summer Sundays Frozen Treats Tours runs Sundays at 1 p.m. now through August 28. For more info, click here.

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Dessert Alert | Cookie DŌ NYC

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For the delicious trifecta of salty, sweet, and chocolate-y, get a cup of Sweet Summertime available in May only. {Cookie DO Confections}

Despite chilly New York City temps, nicer weather will soon be upon us! Like the saying goes: April showers brings May flowers (and sunshine and rooftop season)! Moreover, with summer comes graduations, parties, vacations, Mother’s and Father’s Days, my birthday (the 14th!), and plenty of other reasons to celebrate.

One of my favorite dessert spots, Cookie DŌ NYC, has just launched what could be my favorite flavor yet: Sweet Summertime. It’s sweet, salty, crunchy, and chewy. With toasted marshmallow fluff, chocolate-covered potato chips, and handfuls of M&M’s all enveloped in a classic cookie dough, it’s essentially everything you ever wanted in a dessert, all in one brightly colored package.

Sweet Summertime is a new flavor that was created in collaboration with Spoon University. For a limited time, DŌ NYC is offering 15 percent off this creation (which comes in 16 oz. or 32 oz. sizes) using the code SPOONU. This creation is only available this month, so get some. If you’re already posted at home, or, say, stuck in the library studying for finals, have it delivered to you!

Dough comes in 20 handcrafted flavors, which include Heavenly, a glorious mix of sugar, Nutella, chocolate chips, and salted caramel bits; Confetti, which is a concoction of classic dough, chocolate and white chocolate chips, and, of course, sprinkles; and Nuts for Nuts, which is an indulgent combo of peanut butter, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and Reese’s Pieces.

Each new month comes new seasonal flavors such as Spring Cake Batter, featuring cake batter dough, sprinkles, and white and milk chocolate chips; and the Fruity Mac Attack, featuring a colorful mix of Fruity Pebbles, sprinkles, and Fruity Cereal Macarons.

With the option to be gluten-, dairy-, grain-, and nut-free, and vegan, Cookie DŌ NYC has something for everyone. Except sugar-free options, which would be just silly.

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Dessert Alert | Mission Pie

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This inviting and caring neighborhood bakery turns out heavenly pies like none other. {Mission Pie}

This inviting and caring neighborhood bakery turns out heavenly pies like none otherYou’d be hard pressed to find an establishment that stays truer to its core values than Mission Pie, the pie heaven located in the sunny Mission District of San Francisco. Since 2007, this charming spot has been baking up a glorious selection of pies, muffins, galettes, quiches, 7-grain cereals, pot pies, and soup and salads, for those trying to eat a bit healthier. They also offer coffees and teas to accompany your baked goods. In addition, they sell local artisanal products like jam and honey to take home.

Each freshly baked pie consists of a flakey and handmade pastry and ripe, naturally sweet fruits, all chosen based off of what’s in season.  The crust — which is more akin to a croissant, than a traditional crust — is made of pure butter, 1/3 white and 2/3 wheat pastry flour, and rolled by hand. Flavors include apple raspberry, shaker lemon, rhubarb chess, pear blueberry, and banana cream, and these are just a few flavors currently in season. These slices are insanely delicious with a dollop of ice cream or whipped cream (or if you’re me, with both).

Mission Pie’s goodies are made with the best ingredients out there and are locally sourced from farms and produce distributors in the area. It’s a green-certified bakery and it even has an adorable communal sidewalk garden its staff and the surrounding neighbors tend to. Another thing that’s awesome about this welcoming eatery is that the decoration featured is actually created by community artists.

With its cozy and inviting atmosphere, vibrant flower vases, ornate yellow wallpaper, an incredible just- baked pie aroma, and genuinely friendly staff, this is dessert spot is one of my favorites in San Francisco.

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Dessert Alert | Lady M Confections

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Where
Lady M Confections
(Bryant Park Boutique)
36 West 40th Street
New York, NY 10018

What
Lady M Confections is famous for its decadent, handmade cakes, and most notably its glorious Signature Mille Crêpes. This golden beauty is made of 20 paper-thin, handmade crêpes, alternately layered with a light, sweet, and custardy pastry cream, which is then delicately caramelized on top. This signature cake also comes in a variety of flavors, all of which are outstanding. It is perfection.

Lady M offers a green tea infused flavor, topped off with a glowing layer of green tea powder; a strawberry version, incorporating fresh strawberries into the cream between each impossibly thin crêpe; a refreshing, citrusy lemon option, finished off with a nice coat of powdered sugar;  the Plaza Food Hall-exclusive chocolate and banana mille crepes; a rich, cocoa powdered chocolate crepes-on-chocolate cream offering; and finally a dreamy coconut mille crêpes, with coconut flakes incorporated into the cream which is also infused with almond flavor and a hint of coconut rum.

Lady M also features a selection of chocolate cakes, such as the Gateau au Chocolate topped with dark chocolate ganache and a gold shimmer; a variety of pastries and eclairs; and other seasonal masterpieces, such as the banana mille feuille which features a flakey, puff pastry, whipped cream, and layers of vanilla sponge cake.

GO or NO
Definitely go, but try to during non-peak hours, as this place fills up fast. It’s worth the wait though. Once you step into this all-white interior, you’ll feel like royalty while sipping on tea and indulging on cakes in the modern and impeccably tasteful sweet shop. You can tell how much work is put into each of these creations from the very first bite. As you taste the multiple, soft layers of crepes in between the fluffy cream layers, you just know it took a good deal of time and effort to create such a delicate, quality cake. It’s not too heavy and doesn’t make you feel guilty after indulging in a piece (whether or not it should!) I absolutely loved my piece of heaven and chose to pair it with an aromatic rose petal latte.

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