[Photograph: Kathy YL Chan]

Some might deem the vegan Sesame Banana Cake ($4) at City Bakery too healthy or wholesome, but that's exactly why I love it. The tall rounds are hearty and tender, packed with slices of dried bananas, and could easily double as a meal. Sesame seeds are offered in abundance, each bite simultaneously crumbly and moist, sweetened with agave. And while you're there, don't forget about Peanut Butter Cookies. At $.75 apiece, they're the best deal at City Bakery. Tidy, intense little mounds, purposely under-baked and literally melt-in-your-mouth.

City Bakery

3 West 18th Street New York, NY 10011 (map)

About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan blogs at Kathy YL Chan, where she chronicles her eats and travel adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.


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