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Nov 13, 2013 04:12 PM

Dessert Tour?

My fiancee is a dessert fiend. I'd like to surprise her for birthday by taking her on a dessert tour. Any recommended tours out there? If not, any noticeable places to go for maybe more of a custom thing? Thanks!

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  1. Day time or night time? Are you thinking speciality shops and bakeries (which tend to close early) when you say dessert tour?

    Be aware that a stop on a food tour may be a paid appearance... That is, the shop is on the tour not because it is unique or special in any way, but because the tour operator is getting a kick back from the store proprietor.

    Here I think many CHers prefer self-guided tours, to be taken at your own pace. Here is a walking tour of the West Village which includes many sweets shops:

    A West Village food crawl

    You could also expand it to Soho for Kee's and Dominique Ansel.

    Really it depends on what kind of desserts she likes: cakes, cookies, pie, chocolate, doughnuts...

    Any specific flavors or ingredients she lives like fruits, teas, herbs?

    3 Replies
    1. re: kathryn

      Thanks Kathryn! Based on your questions, a few bullet points:

      • Her dessert preferences in order: ice cream, ice cream, ice cream, chocolate, cake, unique desserts.
      • Daytime is preferred since her birthday falls on Valentine's Day and I'd like to take her to dinner at night
      • It might be cold, so maybe a warm option might be in order

      Self-guided tour seems cool! I'll check it out for sure. Thanks again!

      1. re: methodosis

        So spots like Otto, Grom, Victory Garden, Big Gay Ice Cream?

        Have you ever done the sorbet/gelato samplers at Babbo or Craft?

        Grom does amazing hot chocolate, too, it's essentially melted gelato.

      2. re: kathryn

        Kee's sells ice cream at her 315 W 39th St location. Super premium, very decadent.

      3. Chikalicious

        For ice creams and the like, here are winter options near or in the East Village that would group nicely....
        (In no particular oder)
        Shake Shack custard
        Sundaes and Cones
        Ti Amo
        Mo Gelato
        Van Leeuwen
        Lulu's Sweet Apothecary
        People's Pops (if it's still there?)
        Luca & Bosco at Essex Market (if there?)
        Il Laboratorio

        Melt in the LES for Ice Cream sandwiches
        Meatball Shop also has ice cream sandwiches.
        Jaquess Toress is on the West Side, but has great ice cream sandwiches.

        Victory Garden is a detour but interesting goat's milk soft serve.

        Ample Hill or Oddfellows Ice Cream in Brooklyn are the best detours of them all.

        Public used to offer a dessert flight. WD-50 has offered a dessert tasting menu.

        4 Replies
        1. re: sugartoof

          WD-50 no longer has a dessert specific tasting menu. You can "make your own" by ordering a la carte at the bar, though.

          1. re: kathryn

            The OP should also consider that option for any restaurant known for good desserts. Go somewhere and order every dessert on the menu.

            As for chocolate cake, Strip House has that famous layered cake for two. It wasn't nearly the same the last time I tried it (smaller, less layers), but still decadent.

            1. re: sugartoof

              Never thought of a dessert tasting menu or just going to a restaurant for dessert. Great idea! Something else I'll look into!

              1. re: methodosis

                Dessert tasting menus:

                There aren't that many in the city, but there are a few here and there. The all-you-can eat dessert bar during Sunday brunch at Benoit might be up your alley as well.