Slideshow: Kathy YL Chan's Top 10 'Sugar Rush' Sweets in NYC

Dessert Trolley at The Modern
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.

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The Modern: 9 West 53rd Street Street, New York 10019 (map); 212-333-1220; themodernnyc.com

Avocado Ice Cream at Sundaes & Cones
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.

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Sundaes and Cones: 95 East 10th Street, New York, NY 10003 (map); 212-782-3890; sundaescones.com

Banana Mille-Feuille at Lady M
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.

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Lady M Confections: Multiple Locations; ladym.com

Dessert Tasting at Per Se
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.

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Per Se: 10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019 (map); 212-823-9335; perseny.com

Madelines at Dominique Ansel Bakery
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.

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Dominique Ansel Bakery: 189 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012 (map); 212-219-2773; dominiqueansel.com

Olive Oil Cake at Abraço
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.

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Abraco: 86 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10003 (map); 212-388-9731; abraconyc.com

Rice and Olive Oil Gelato at L'arte del Gelato
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).

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75 7th Avenue South, New York NY 10014 (map); 212-924-0803; lartedelgelato.com

Afternoon Tea in NYC
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.

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