Gallery: Muffins We Love in NYC

Muffins at Blue Sky Bakery (around $2)
Muffins at Blue Sky Bakery (around $2)

There are many kinds of muffins in this world: some oversweet and over-oily, some tasting more like cupcakes, some joyless vehicles for chunky whole grains. But we've found that Blue Sky Bakery in Park Slope strikes the perfect balance of virtuous and delicious. Whether they're bran-based or paler, most of the muffins have sparing sugar tops and soft fruit cores—you won't find blueberries, or bananas, or rhubarb studded evenly all the way through, but hiding in a gooey center.

Blue Sky Bakery: 53 5th Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11217 (map); 718-783-4123

[Photo: Maggie Hoffman]

Olive Oil Muffin at Maialino ($4)
Olive Oil Muffin at Maialino ($4)

See the little guy in the middle? That's the olive oil muffin. Tender with a sticky moist top, crunchy on the edges, it's positively saturated in olive oil, but not at all heavy; every other item in this basket is just as tasty.

Maialino: 2 Lexington Avenue, New York NY 10010 (map); 212-777-2410; maialinonyc.com

[Photo: Robyn Lee]

Peels Muffin at Peels ($2.50)
Peels Muffin at Peels ($2.50)

It blends rosemary with nutty buckwheat, and finishes with the zesty flavor of preserved lemons.

Peels: 325 Bowery, New York NY 10003 (map); 646-602-7015; peelsnyc.com

[Photo: Ashley Muir Bruhn]

Muffins at Ted and Honey ($2-3)
Muffins at Ted and Honey ($2-3)

The muffins at Ted and Honey in Cobble Hill have a nice pinchable bulge and a wonderfully delicate crumb that will get any morning off to a good start. There is a rotating array of choices, but on any given day you can nab lemon blueberry, banana dark chocolate chip, or a lemon poppy seed with a zingy lemon glaze. One of our favorites is the Morning Glory, heavy with healthy things like carrots, apples, zucchini, bran, raisins of all colors (well, yellow raisins and raisin-colored raisins) and pecans.

Ted and Honey: 264 Clinton Street, New York NY 11201 (map); 718-852-2212; tedandhoney.com

[Photo: Robyn Lee]

Spice Muffins at ABC Kitchen ($3)
Spice Muffins at ABC Kitchen ($3)

It's a stout muffin, moist and outfitted in a crunchy oat-kissed streusel topping, fragrant with cinnamon and nutmeg. Don't expect a light, fluffy muffin, as this is more on the dense side—hearty, and fantastically satisfying. Stop by ABC's to-go counter to pick one up.

ABC Kitchen: 35 East 18th Street, New York, NY 10003 (map); 212-475-5829; abchome.com

[Photo: Kathy YL Chan]

Apple Streusel Muffin from Lulu Cake Boutique ($2.75)
Apple Streusel Muffin from Lulu Cake Boutique ($2.75)

Delicious in the way of coffee cake, with just the right balance of crumbly, buttery streusel and tender-crumbed muffin.

Lulu Cake Boutique: 112 Eighth Avenue, New York NY 10011 (map); 212-242-5858; chelsea.everythinglulu.com

[Photo: Robyn Lee]

Muffins at Van Leeuwen (around $3.00)
Muffins at Van Leeuwen (around $3.00)

While muffin flavors change often at Van Leeuwen, we've been quite happy with the carrot currant muffins (with chewy, caramelized edges) and the sweet, cider-spicy apple vanilla.

Van Leeuwen: multiple trucks and storefronts; follow on Twitter

[Photo: Robyn Lee]

Muffins at Locanda Verde ($3.75)
Muffins at Locanda Verde ($3.75)

There's not a single item, past or present, on the Locanda Verde pastry counter we wouldn't recommend. Though pastry chef Karen DeMasco's creations change often, we're particularly fond of the lemon-fennel (its delicate crumb flecked with fennel and sprinkled with zest) and the blueberry-polenta muffin (the surface is lightly dotted with sugar crystals, and the polenta brings about a moist, almost nutty crunch).

Locanda Verde: 379 Greenwich St, New York NY 10013 (map); (212) 925-3797; locandaverdenyc.com

[Photo: Kathy YL Chan]

Little Miss Muffin 'n Her Stuffin ($2)
Little Miss Muffin 'n Her Stuffin ($2)

For name alone, Little Miss Muffin deserves a shout-out. There's nothing subtle or delicate about these muffins: they're softball-sized and sweet and, as Kathy YL Chan once said, "greasy in a good way." But they've got soft, cakey interiors and awesome crusty edges; they're honest and soul-satisfying. And they're such nice people, you really do find yourself wanting to stop in each morning.

Little Miss Muffin: 174 Park Place, Brooklyn NY 11238 (map); 718-857-4963

[Photo: Kathy YL Chan]

Morning Glory Muffin at Stumptown ($3)
Morning Glory Muffin at Stumptown ($3)

Coconut adds flavor and moisture to this not-too-sweet breakfast treat, flecked with carrot and three different kinds of raisins. Baked by The Breslin next door, it tastes so wholesome you might even be able to claim it's healthy. And muffins always taste better with the right coffee to wash them down.

Stumptown at the Ace Hotel: 20 West 29th Street, New York NY 10001 (map); 212-679-2222

[Photo: Kathy YL Chan]

French Breakfast Muffin at Trois Pommes ($2.25)
French Breakfast Muffin at Trois Pommes ($2.25)

Like a cake doughnut, in muffin form, it had a firm outside crunch and a dry, but somehow appealing, crumb, with a generous sugar coating and elusive whiffs of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Trois Pommes: 260 5th Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11215 (map); 718-230-3119; troispommespatisserie.com

[Photo: Carey Jones]

Chocolate Coffee Cake at Jeffrey's Grocery ($4)
Chocolate Coffee Cake at Jeffrey's Grocery ($4)

Is this a muffin? Well, it's baked in a muffin tin, so we can pretend. The chocolate in this Chocolate Coffee Cake is a subtle flavor, most pronounced on the cake's crust, and visible in a very thin ribbon that runs through the middle. The muffin tin helps the cake attain the perfect texture—light and fluffy on the inside, crisp on the outside. In a word: delicious.

Jeffrey's Grocery: 172 Waverly Place, New York NY 10014 (map); 646-398-7630; jeffreysgrocery.com

[Photo: Ashley Muir Bruhn]

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