Dessert Trolley at The Modern
I can't help but smile whenever I see this photo of The Modern's dessert trolley. So many sweets to choose from! And yes, you can have one of each if you desire (that's what I did). Banana pâte de fruits! Carrot marshmallows! Chocolate-hazelnut stroopwafels! The world is yours.
Avocado Ice Cream at Sundaes & Cones
Best avocado ice cream in the city, hands down. They don't skimp on the fresh avocados; each spoonful is buttery with a subtle, almost savory finish. You can taste a touch of lime, but it's avocado that plays center stage. Forget ordering it by the scoop, I go by the pint.
Banana Mille-Feuille at Lady M
I've said it a million times, and only because it is true: I love everything at Lady M. But if forced to pick just ONE favorite dessert here (nearly impossible!) it would be the Banana Mille-Feuille. Fresh bananas coupled with soft whipped cream and vanilla bean custard, and everything nestled within seemingly endless layers of housemade puff pastry.
Snow Clouds at La Boîte Biscuits & Spices
If you have not visted La Boîte Biscuits & Spices yet...go now. Run! And come back with Snow Clouds if they're available. Created by Lior Lev Sercarz and dusted with powdered sugar, each flaky biscuit harbors an interior of ripe dates. It's melt-in-your mouth light and rich with a proprietary blend of nuts and spices. The cookie lineup changes all the time, but it remains a beautiful thing.
Dessert Tasting at Per Se
A $65 five-course all-desser tasting menu at Per Se is a downright bargain. The sweets change often, but you can count on delicate pineapple cornets and Per Se's coffee and donuts making an appearance. Above was my favorite dish from our vist: matcha-dusted poached meringues with white tea foam.
Madelines at Dominique Ansel Bakery
Like Lady M, Dominique Ansel Bakery is one of those places where I love everything. The seasonal dessert creations are eye catching wonders, and you can't leave without a cookie in your pocket for later. My all-time favorite item? Mini-madelines. They are baked to order, lemony with a crisp, browned exterior dusted in sugar. Fluffy bliss all the way through.
Olive Oil Cake at Abraço
There are now many olive oil loaves and cakes in the city. But Abraço was the first. And they are still the best. Thick cut, luxuriously dense and moist. Just barely sweet with the flavors of olive oil coming through clean and clear.
Baked Alaska at DBGB
Only a few places in NYC offer baked alaska. DBGB's is my favorite of the bunch, doing versions that changes each season. Currently it's a Black Forest Baked Alaska with sour cherry sorbet, vanilla, and chocolate ice cream. It's sealed with a billow of meringue and then flambéed with kirsch. Tableside, of course.
Rice and Olive Oil Gelato at L'arte del Gelato
And if you're going to have olive oil cake, you must have olive oil gelato. Go to L'arte del Gelato (the 75 7th Avenue South location) and order a large cone with half olive oil gelato and half rice gelato. The two are wonderful alone, but together? Heaven. The latter is like an aborio rice pudding churned into gelato form, and the olive oil is silky smooth. (If you want a richer, more savory olive oil gelato, visit Otto).
Afternoon Tea in NYC
Afternoon tea: not a frou frou pastime, but something everyone should embrace. Scones! Tea sandwiches! Miniature sweets! How could you resist miniature sweets? Especially when paired with hot tea. I'll continue checking out all the afternoon tea spots in town to find you the best of NYC. For now, here are eight can't-miss options.