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!
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?
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!
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
Lulu's Sweet Apothecary
People's Pops (if it's still there?)
Luca & Bosco at Essex Market (if there?)
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.
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.