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What is your favorite dessert place in Manhattan?

So I have been living in NYC for several months and have tried numerous dessert places (Levain bakery, Lady M, Rice to Riches, Momofuku Milk Bar, Doughnut Plant, Magnolia Bakery, Wafels & Dinges) and I am always on the hunt for new desserts to try. What are your favorites?

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  1. For me, it has changed over the years, but right now? Dominique Ansel Bakery!

    1. I love Benoit for classic French desserts. During Sunday brunch you can have unlimited desserts for $18!

      1. Try:
        Michel Richard in the Palace Hotel

        1. try dough'ssant(sp??) from Chikalicious.
          One of my favorite desserts for me right now.
          and passion fruit macarons from Maison du macarons.

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          1. re: Monica

            Dough'ssant?? Is that like the cronut? That is the reason I picked Dominique Ansel Bakery - it really is something special! I wonder if I should be a true CH and buy one from each shop and taste them side by side (it will be for research purposes, of course)

            1. re: acssss

              I haven't tasted cronut from Dominique Ansel bakery yet but I have heard and read that doughssant is actually better than cronut. I recently had creme brulee doussant and I thought I died and went to heaven. Try both and tell us which you like better.

              1. re: Monica

                Monica, you know they sell doughssant at Treehaus, right?

                1. re: coasts

                  haha, yes, I get all my chikalicious goodies from treehaus. I haven't been to the actual chikalicious in years.

              2. re: acssss

                I have yet to try a cronut, but regardless the chikalicious one is amazing in its own right

            2. Spot Dessert Bar in the East Village. It's quite small and crowded most of the time but that Smoked Coconut Cheesecake mmmmmm.

              1. Two little red hens- whatever they have chocolate that day

                City bakery- highlights for me are their chocolate chunk cookie and the pretzel croissant, about twice a year i get their insane hot chocolate

                Bouchon bakery- the "better nutter" pb sandwich cookie, and the classic macaron flavors

                Buttercup bakery- in the morning sometimes they have muffins- very mom made them style. I also like the cake slices (fyi they're huge), hummingbird is my go to

                Grom- the hazelnut and pistachio are favorites

                Peter Pan Donuts- in greenpoint, brooklyn but must mention- best donut i've had in nyc, perfectly light and eggy french cruller

                1. I like Takahachi Bakery downtown for their Japanese desserts and pastries. Their souffle cheesecake is heavenly. Am also a fan of Dominique Ansel Bakery, Two Little Red Hens, Francois Payard, Birdbath, Sprinkles, Molly's and Milk Bar.

                  That said, I actually prefer restaurant desserts over specialty dessert shops such as Spot or Chikalicious. The NoMad, Locanda Verde, The Dutch (pies), Gramercy Tavern, L'Apicio and L'Artusi make some of my favorite desserts in the city.

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                  1. re: zeeEats

                    I'll second Takahachi Bakery, especially for their maron pie( a chestnut pastry).
                    I also second Peter J on Minomoto Kitchoan, I love this place.
                    Chikaicious I've been to a few times and it was great but for some reason I haven't gone back in a year.
                    Amorino is my favorite gelato place and I go there weekly. Del Arte Gelato(7th ave south) has a new name the gelato seems better than before.
                    Dominic Ansel has some really good stuff.
                    I used to go to Pig and Khao just for halo halo, but I stopped going there since the original chef/owner left.
                    As far as Middle Eastern pastries, Cedars Bakery in Sunset Park is the best IMO.

                  2. Bathazar Bakery
                    Minamoto Kitchoan
                    Yura on Madison
                    Lady M

                      1. Lady M, Levain, Milk Bar, Dessert Club ChikaLicious, Macaron Parlour, Laduree, Bisous Ciao.

                        1. I have a weak spot for Viennese pastries so Café Sabarsky is always high on my list. Ladurée macarons are great for traditional flavors, but I also like the creative ideas at Macaron Parlour. Occasionally I'll get a hankering for sesame balls or layered rice cake (sapin-sapin) which prompts a trip to Mei Li Wah if I don't feel like going to Queens.

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                          1. re: JungMann

                            Yes, Sabarsky! i never seem to think of it unless i'm at the Met.

                          2. I am going to throw in Il Laboratorio del Gelato, Kees and Maison du Chocolate in addition to the great ones already mentioned on this board.

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                            1. I've enjoyed a couple of things (almond croissant, babka) at Breads Bakery, but I wonder if anyone can suggest a Greek dessert place in Manhattan...

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                              1. re: BuildingMyBento

                                I haven't been able to find good Greek pastries in Manhattan, you're better off going to Artopolis in Queens if you don't mind hopping on the subway.

                                1. re: Pookipichu

                                  Have you been to Al-Sham Bakery or Laziza Pastry Shop? I agree that the baklava in New York is in pretty bad shape (Güllüoğlu used to be a diamond in the rough but has been disappointing lately) so I've meant to try these two Astoria bakeries for the not-too-sweet style of Middle Eastern baklava. I hear Artopolis and Titan Foods are very syrupy, though I'll probably give it a try while I'm there.

                                  I used to stop by Poseidon pretty often for tiropita when I lived on the West Side, but nothing there has really warranted a crosstown trip since I moved.
                                  I used to go to Poseidon when I was on the West Side and I think it's charming, but it hasn't warranted a trip crosstown for me when I get better phyllo pastries from Mama Gyro nowadays.

                                  1. re: JungMann

                                    I haven't been to Al-Sham or Laziza. For Middle Eastern pastries I usually go to Brooklyn. The main reason I go to Artopolis is because of melomakarona/finikia. Their galaktoboureko is excellent too. Everything just has amazing quality considering the quantity they produce. Their baklava is definitely sweet but no sweeter than the various Middle Eastern bakeries I've tried in Brooklyn.

                                  2. re: Pookipichu

                                    +1 for Artopolis in Queens. Nice quality and huge and varied selection. And you can even sit at a table to enjoy your food with a coffee.

                                  3. re: BuildingMyBento

                                    There's a pretty good Greek bakery in Hell's Kitchen. They don't have the biggest selection but the goodies are always fresh.


                                    1. re: zeeEats

                                      I've been to Poseidon and it's bleh in my opinion. Their finikia recipe tastes off. The quality of their ingredients is not great. If you get a chance to try Artopolis, I highly recommend it over every Greek bakery in Manhattan.

                                      Just read some of the yelp reviews and confirms my skepticism of yelp. I grew up with homemade Greek food, Poseidon is not completely awful but definitely not a great representation of Greek sweets, it's like a Greek Veniero's.

                                      1. re: zeeEats

                                        Cheers again for your help, zeeEats!

                                        Good to see that you're on top of buttery and Greek desserts!

                                    2. Sometimes I just gotta have me a cupcake from Sugar Sweet Sunshine.

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                                      1. re: Blumie

                                        along the same lines, sometimes (esp. during the summer months) I just gotta have me a Mister Softee soft serve cone.

                                      2. One of my favorite repeat is Colicchio & Sons, my last visit, the chef made key lime doughnuts with coconut milk ice cream.

                                        1. I like Levain as well as Grom. Though Grom is on the pricier side, they serve excellent gelato.

                                          Beard Papa's on the UWS is great for crème puffs.