Faces of 5F: Meghan’s Sweetest New York City Secrets
In my initial interview with the judges of Lucky and Bergdorf’s “Faces of 5F” competition, I shared a few of my many passions: entrepreneurship, technology, fashion, and last but certainly not least, DESSERT! Yes, I have an undeniable sweet tooth that drives me to search for premier mounds of tasty sweets in and around Manhattan.
When I first moved to the city, I learned to navigate the unfamiliar streets and neighborhoods through food, more specifically sweets. A couple of days a week after work, I’d travel to a variety of locales in search of the crème de la crème of decadence and confectionary goods. With that gluttonous confession, I’m posting my insiders list to some of NYC’s sweetest delicacies:
Babycakes: A decadent haven for vegan and gluten-free baked goods.
* Try: cupcake tops and chocolate cookie sandwiches.
Billy’s Bakery: An institution for baked and sugary confections.
* Try: The icebox cake.
Casa Lever: Among New York’s best restaurants, the interior features a pop-art Mecca of Warhol’s, retro booths, and red tables.
* Try: Authentic Italian gelato, Tiramisu and Gianduia cake.
David Burke Townhouse: A whimsical American restaurant set in a beautiful New York townhouse.
* Try: Cheesecake lollipops.
Dylan’s Candy Bar: Three floors of candy and confections.
* Try: Cookie Mess ice cream and Dylan’s Chilin’s frozen chocolate drink.
Eleven Madison: An incredibly memorable restaurant sure to impress the most discerning foodies.
* Try: Foie Gras crème brûlée.
Emack & Bolio’s: An ice cream shop with a lot of character.
* Try: Grasshopper Pie, Cake Batter, and Deep Purple Cow ice cream flavors.
Levain Bakery: Specializing in the most divine cookies in the world.
* Try: Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies and Cinnamon Buns.
Lupa: A Mouth watering Italian restaurant in the heart of Soho.
* Try: Tartufo.
Mille-Feuille: A little piece of my beloved Paris in the heart of Greenwich Village.
* Try: French Style Macaroons and The Praline Filled Brownie.
Minetta Tavern: One of New York’s trendiest restaurants.
* Try: Coconut Cake.
Momofuko Ko Milk Bar: A great place for a self-proclaimed foodie. David Chang delivers sweet and savory desserts through an artistic palate.
* Try: The Compost Cookie and Cereal Milk Frozen Yogurt.
Sockerbit: A Scandinavian Candy store located in the West Village.
* Try: Raspberry Gummy Treats and Sour Candy.
The Sweet Life: An old fashion candy store with a very extensive selection of all types of candy, including some imports and vintage candies rarely sold. It’s every sweet tooth’s dream come true.
* Try: Chocolate Covered Apricots and Lust Bars.
Sugar Sweet Sunshine: Moist delicious classic cupcakes that rival even the most popular bakeshops in NYC.
* Try: A Red Velvet Cupcake and the Chocolate Chip Extravaganza Pudding.
Two Little Red Hens: This little bakery spits out some of the best-baked goods in all of Manhattan.
* Try: The Brooklyn Blackout Cupcake.
Vosges Haute-Chocolate: Offers high-end chocolate and chocolate-themed products with beautifully inventive flavors.
* Try: The Barcelona Bar.
- Meghan, Faces of 5F