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Aug 29, 2013 10:45 AM

texas girl lookin' for sweet treats

I will be spending 5 days in NYC in September with my fellow pizza coworkers on our annual nyc pizza tour.

Because of the salty pizza I'll be consuming 4+ times a day, I need to find balance and satisfy my sweet tooth (teeth).

In addition to hitting up doughnut plant and getting my hands on a cronut, I'd love to try lesser known bakeries to get the full nyc experience.
(please don't suggest Magnolia)

I'll be staying in the LES, but I'm open to all boroughs!

Thank you!

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  1. Oops - my brain isn't working this morning. I read LES as East Village in my head.

    If you ARE in East Village, check out:

    Chikalicious - either the dessert club (order at counter, sit down at booth or take out) or the dessert bar across the street (more sit down style and more expensive). I love their baked apple crisp and strawberry shortcake.

    Also you could walk into Momofuku Milk Bar and grab some of the sweets! Their cookies are amazing :)

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    1. re: bobabear

      Note that each Momofuku Milk Bar has a slightly different menu--the soft serves aren't all the same, for example.

    2. Since your doing a pizza tour I assume you'll be going to Keste, John's and/or Joes. Right near those you could try a cannelle at Boise Tea Parlor, Pignoli's at Rocco's and gelato at Grom.

      For chocolates I highly suggest a stop at Chocolat Moderne. It's tucked away on the 9th floor of an office building but so worth it for their incredible hand painted bon bons. The flavors are incredible and the staff couldn't be sweeter.

      Cake Truffles and Crack Pie at Momofuku Milk Bar are always a treat and don't forget to have a Macaron on the UES at Laduree or the amazing Crepe Cake at Lady M. Enjoy!

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      1. re: roze

        Near/on Bleecker St there's also Royce Chocolates from Japan, Biscous Ciao macarons, salted caramel goat milk soft serve from Victory Garden, baked goods at Amy's Bread, Murray's Cheese (which carries various sweets, like Mast Brothers chocolate bars, Beurre & Sel cookies, etc), in addition to Cones, Big Gay Ice Cream, and Grom.

        London Candy Co also just opened on Bleecker St, with British candy and Stumptown coffee.

        And Bien Cuit is a short walk away.

        If you're a real chocolate person, the Kee's in Soho isn't too far either.

        And you can get some Two Little Red Hens and Balthazar items at Dean & Deluca.

        1. re: kathryn

          Bien cuit is closed for now...due to damage from flood so they say...I am gonig to check out their Brooklyn shop today. Can't wait until I taste their baguette and other goodies.

          1. re: kathryn

            Are you a fan of Royce Chocolates? I find them a little too sweet for me and the texture almost "too" creamy if that's possible. Especially the white chocolate, almost makes me gag with sweetness.

            I tried Maison du Choclat's "extreme" and I thought it was very balanced in texture, sweetness and flavor. I still prefer Kee's overall.

            1. re: Pookipichu

              I wasn't a fan of Royce chocolate at all. I thought it tasted similar to Japanese chocolate sold in supermarkets.
              I tasted their milk chocolate and thought it wasn't rich enough(creamy but not rich) and had very light taste. Of course chocolate at Mison du Chocolat is to die for.

              1. re: Monica

                I haven't tried their milk chocolate but I've had their white, dark and maccha.

                The white chocolate was so sweet I literally could not tolerate it. All of them have this ultra creamy texture that is so smooth it's strangely off-putting to me.

        2. Get a pistachio cupcake at Sugar Sweet Sunshine (on Rivington, on the LES). Started by two Magnolia alums—I think they're what Magnolia was when it was at its best. Plus, at $1.75, the cupcakes are still cheap.

          Also LES: Laboratorio del Gelato and Economy Candy are must-stops.

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          1. re: loratliff

            Irrespective of the stupidity of the cupcake craze, Sugar Sweet Sunshine is worth a visit, particularly if you're staying on the LES. I was not aware of the Magnolia connection, and I'm glad I wasn't or I might never have tried it, but it's the anti-Magnolia, serving up a great product in a down-to-earth setting at a reasonable price.

            1. re: Blumie

              Also a big fan of sugar sweet sunshine here- perfect frosting to cake ratio

            2. re: loratliff

              "I think they're what Magnolia was when it was at its best."

              Pricing is the only thing in common. Magnolia's cake was more like a corn bread, and the icing was always sweet and thick.

              Sugar Sweet Sunshine are all around better. I wouldn't consider them a gourmet cupcake however.

              1. re: sugartoof

                Well, I personally find them very similar to Magnolia. The icing is almost identical (except that Magnolia's icing is often stale, IMO).

                And pricing... Not even comparable. A cupcake at SSS is $1.75 versus $3.50 at Magnolia?

                1. re: loratliff

                  When Magolia was at it's best, the cupcakes were a lot cheaper.

                  I prefer Sugar Sweets icing.

                2. re: sugartoof

                  ...doesn't SSS admit to making box-based cupcakes? I think they are terrible, personally. Gritty icing. Two Little Red Hens and Sweet Revenge plus Dessert Club Chicalicious put them to shame.


                  1. re: uhockey

                    Really? I think I've made that accusation about them before, but I figured it was more a fluke that they were just approximating a Duncan box. That would be really hilarious. Mind you, there are some cupcake shops that would do well to just stick to a mix.

              2. Lady M
                Two Little Red Hens
                Minamoto Kitchoan

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                1. re: Riverman500

                  I second Minamoto Kitchoan if you like Japanese sweets, or would like to get to know them. I love their sakura mochi, which are chewy, sweet bean paste-filled rice dumplings, wrapped with slightly salty cherry leaves.
                  Kyotofu is wonderful too.
                  Also, Paris Baguette in Korea Town for an Asian twist on French pastries. The one in Flushing is better, but I have a feeling you won't be heading to Flushing for pizza.

                    1. re: kosmose7

                      Kyotofu Midtown west is closed? wow...

                      1. re: Monica

                        They are retail now. I tasted their products at Whole Foods.

                    2. re: Riverman500

                      Tried Lady M for the first time on Saturday, and fell in love with the classic Mille crèpe!

                      1. re: ellenost

                        The banana chocolate and green tea crepes are very yummy too :)

                    3. I copied part of a previous post I wrote--it gives you a little more information than you wanted. Enjoy your trip.

                      Il Cantuccio is an Italian (Tuscan) café that uses entirely authentic recipes when preparing their biscotti, bread, pizza, and focaccia menu items (including Italian sandwiches). They produce baked goods that are of superior quality. The biscotti and cookies will cost you about $1.25 each(they weigh the items and sell them priced per pound). They give generous samples of biscotti, cookies, focaccia, and on weekends samples of their wonderful Italian airy donuts(donuts are only available on Sat & Sun). There are wonderful variations on focaccia with everything from pizza to toppings of tomatoes and olives, sandwiches too. This place makes a very traditional cappuccino that puts most places to shame. The staff is very friendly. They offer outside seating but I didn't go outside.

                      Il Cantuccio is located in the West Village (91 Christopher St) just down the street from the subway (Christopher St. - Sheridan Sq (1, 2 subway). The location near the corner of Bleecker St. allows you to walk down Bleecker where there is an Amy’s Bread and Pasticceria Rocco’s. Several ice cream or gelato stores are in the area too.

                      Additionally, for a classic NY Slice of pizza, you are near Joe's Pizzza (7 Carmine Street)--just around the corner and across the street from a nice park with plenty of shade and benches(Father Demo Square) at Bleecker and Carmine.

                      Since you are in the LES, check out a hole in the wall pizza place called Stanton Pizza (127 Stanton St).