Sweet Treats

Cookies, Cakes, Pies, and more! We are two gals with a sweet-tooth, seeking out the best that New York City has to offer! We love finding new places that offer any sorts of tasty treats, and luckily NYC is boiling over with tons of yummy options! Check out our favorite sweet stops, and Contact Us if you have any recommendations of your favorite places so we can add them to our Sweet Treat Bucket List!

 
 
Image by Samantha McHenry, Black Tap Birthday Cake Milkshake, 2018.

Image by Samantha McHenry, Black Tap Birthday Cake Milkshake, 2018.

Black Tap

Black Tap is famous for it's milkshakes, and boy did it NOT disappoint! We got the Cookies and Cream Oreo Milkshake (Sara) and the Birthday Cake Milkshake (Samantha). Pro tip: make sure you bring your bud with you to help you finish this milkshake, they are definitely meant to be shared! These sweet treats will have you on a sugar high for the rest of the week! 

Featured on the Vlog: Week 2


Levain Bakery

Levain Bakery has quickly risen to be one of our favorite shops in New York City. These cookies are unlike any other - crunchy on the outside, and gooey on the inside. This bakery has three locations all over the Upper West Side, and the lines are constantly out the door and down the street! Hurry to the location nearest to you, you don't want to miss out on this one!

Featured on the Vlog: Week 3

Image taken from Google Images, Levain Cookie, 2018.

Image taken from Google Images, Levain Cookie, 2018.

 

Image taken by Sara Kreski, Magnolia Bakery - 2018.

Image taken by Sara Kreski, Magnolia Bakery - 2018.

Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia was a surprise to us, and we have jumped head first into the sweet treats over at this sweet shoppe! Located in the Upper West Side, this bakery specializes in homemade banana pudding and other sweet goodies. The lace curtains that line the windows match it's sweet, timeless feel and heavenly aroma. We love the banana pudding, cupcakes, cake, and muffins best. This bakery is one that should not be missed! 

Featured on Vlog: Week 4

 

Skaneateles bakery

While this sweet treat shop lies a little bit outside of the NYC limits, it is definitely a must-stop shop if you are in the state of New York. Located in Upstate New York on one of the Fingerlakes, Skaneateles Bakery specializes in glazed cinnamon sugar donuts! They also have delectable cinnamon rolls, blueberry and raspberry muffins, and MORE! Some of the locals also would argue that this sweet shoppe is home to the best coffee in the state of New York. Now THAT is something worth stopping for! 

Featured on Vlog: Week 8

Image taken from Google Images, Skaneateles Bakery - Skaneateles, NY 2018.

Image taken from Google Images, Skaneateles Bakery - Skaneateles, NY 2018.

 
Image taken from Google Images, Peacefood Cafe and Bakery, 2018.

Image taken from Google Images, Peacefood Cafe and Bakery, 2018.

peacefood

Peacefood is a Vegan Bakery and Restaurant that has any vegan under the sun that you might be craving! We tried their brownies and let me tell you - they were downright delicious! Award winning in New York City, these vegan brownies are a must-stop for a healthier alternative to your usual sweet treat. We also tried their smoothies, which were delectable! Refreshing, light, and tasty - Peacefood has it down!

Featured on Vlog: Week 6

 

Hamilton Bakery

A unique bakery located off of 146th St and Broadway, this is a must-stop for any Hamilton Fans! This quaint coffee shop/cafe/bakery boasts menu items named after famous founding fathers and other characters found in Hamilton the Musical. We personally recommend their nutella-fudge cinnamon rolls - as it is truly life changing! 

Featured on Vlog: Week 9

Image taken from Google Images, Hamilton Bakery, 2018.

Image taken from Google Images, Hamilton Bakery, 2018.

 
Image taken by Sara Kreski, The Pint Shop, August 2018

Image taken by Sara Kreski, The Pint Shop, August 2018

The Pint Shop

What a FUN place to stop when visiting NYC! Not only is it one of the most instagrammable, it is also one of the most FUN! There are so many different things to try and see and do when visiting this pop up shop! But go early - and go fast - it won’t be there for long, and the lines are always around the block! 

Featured on Vlog: Week 12

 

Waffles and Dinges

It all started with a ‘68 Chevy Truck roaming the streets of NYC. "Wafels & Dinges' mission shall be to give America's “Belgian waffles” a serious upgrade”… This is one of the best desserts (or breakfasts!) in all of NYC! You can get a waffle with any kind of topping you can imagine - the opportunities are endless. Your stomach will thank you for stopping here. 

Featured on Vlog: Week 11

Image Taken by Sara Kreski, Waffles and Dinges, August 2018

Image Taken by Sara Kreski, Waffles and Dinges, August 2018

 
Photo taken by Sara Kreski, M&M World, May 2018.

Photo taken by Sara Kreski, M&M World, May 2018.

Times Square M&M's World

Any chocolate lover's dream, this sight provides an experience that leaves you like a kid in a candy store - literally! A feast for the senses, this establishment is a treat to be seen, tasted, smelled, and experienced! Visitors can purchase candy, apparel, merchandise, and more! Take a trip to see your favorite M&M characters in Times Square! 

Featured on Vlog: Week 2

 

Three Layer Cake Recipe

Interested in baking a three layer cake? Check out the giant vanilla cake we made - from scratch - on our Half Birthday! Recipe found in the link below!

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Photo by Samantha McHenry, Three Layer Cake, August 2018.

Photo by Samantha McHenry, Three Layer Cake, August 2018.

 
Photo edited by Samantha McHenry, August 2018.

Photo edited by Samantha McHenry, August 2018.

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies

Interested in making your own? We have discovered the BEST chocolate chip cookie recipe! Try it out for yourself and let us know what you think! Link to recipe below!

 

The Sweet Shop

Looking for the sweetest establishment on the Upper East Side? Look no further than the NYC Sweet Shop! They have some awesome unique ice cream flavors and every kind of candy you can imagine. You also feel like you’re taking a step back in time when you walk into this vintage shop. Great for kids and adult kids-at-heart!

Photo by Sara Kreski, The Sweet Shop, September 2018.

Photo by Sara Kreski, The Sweet Shop, September 2018.

 
Photo taken by Sara Kreski, Protein Bakery, September 2018.

Photo taken by Sara Kreski, Protein Bakery, September 2018.

The Protein Bakery

Are you on a health and fitness routine that doesn’t have much wiggle room for sweet treats, but you constantly find yourself craving a little dessert now and then? Look no further than the protein bakery near Union Square! Their treats are also great for any gluten-free, dairy-free, or vegan sweet treat fanatics! (The best part - they taste just like any other delicious sweet treat - you can’t even tell that they’ve been made “healthy”!)

 

Chip NYC

Chip NYC quickly rose to one of our favorite sweet stops in NYC! It rivals Levain Bakery for top cookie in the entire big apple! What a feat! If you find yourself in Chelsea, be sure to check out this cookie! (and for those of you who like strawberry shortcake - you have GOT to try their strawberry shortcake cookie!)

Featured on Vlog: Week 20

 
Photo taken by NYC Stranger. Pain d’Epices, November 2018.

Photo taken by NYC Stranger. Pain d’Epices, November 2018.

UWS French Pastry Bakery - Pain d’Epices

We LOVED this sweet treat, found right in our own backyard! The Pain d’Epices bakery is a perfect stop for those searching for traditional french pastries. Both of the treats we tried were delectable! AND - good news for all of our gluten free / dairy free friends! They are currently renovating their UWS location to be a gluten free/diary free bakery! So check back in Summer 2019 to try more of their delicious treats!  

Featured on Vlog: Week 21

 

Baking an Apple Pie 

After picking so many apples, we decided that it would be fun to try to bake most of them into an apple pie! This was the perfect fall treat. Check out the recipe we used in the link below!

Featured on Vlog: Week 22

 
Photo taken by Nona Landers. The Plaza Hotel, October 2018.

Photo taken by Nona Landers. The Plaza Hotel, October 2018.

High Tea at the Plaza

The Palm Court at the Plaza Hotel offers one of the most sophisticated dining options in the city! We went to High Tea at the Plaza and had the opportunity of trying a sample tea cart of all of their delicious sweet treats. It was the perfect choice with our group so that we were able to try all of the different treats The Plaza had to offer! 

Featured on Vlog: Week 22

 

Ben and Jerry’s - Times Square

Ben & Jerry’s rang in the 15th Anniversary of Wicked with Glinda and Elphaba ice cream sandwiches, and gosh they were delicious! You can never go wrong with a classic Ben & Jerry’s treat! 

Featured on Vlog: Week 23

Photo taken by Sara Kreski. Ben & Jerry’s, October 2018.

Photo taken by Sara Kreski. Ben & Jerry’s, October 2018.

 
Photo by Samantha McHenry. Schmackary’s Cookies, October 2018.

Photo by Samantha McHenry. Schmackary’s Cookies, October 2018.

Schmackary’s 

Schmackary’s is perhaps one of the most infamous cookies to be found in all of NYC - especially throughout the Broadway Community! Coined Broadway’s favorite cookie, you can often find many Broadway stars visiting the shop, getting these cookies delivered to their dressing rooms, or on special occasions — working behind the counter to raise money for BCEFA! We loved their pink and green Wicked cookies to celebrate the 15th Anniversary!

Featured on Vlog: Week 23

 

Baked by Melissa

This was one of the biggest surprises on our sweet treat adventures. We came in not knowing anything about Baked by Melissa, or even what kind of sweet treats were offered! To our surprise, this sweet shop specializes in mini cupcakes and macaroons! They are the cutest sweet treat we’ve found! (And their Wicked cupcakes for the special anniversary were TERRIFIC!)

Featured on Vlog: Week 23

Photo taken by NYC Stranger. Baked by Melissa, October 2018.

Photo taken by NYC Stranger. Baked by Melissa, October 2018.

 

Milk Bar  

At Milk Bar, there is a life-changing treat that is only available seasonally — the THANKSGIVING Croissant! Let me just tell you — if you are a savory tooth like Sara, this is a sweet treat with your name on it! Jump on down to the Milk Bar bakery to snag one of these during the month of November! (Added plus — this shop specializes in ice cream and other goodies that taste like cereal milk! That’s the milk left that’s soaked up all the goodness of your sugary cereal at the end of the bowl. How fun is that?!) 

Featured on Vlog: Week 24

 

Bubby’s Pie 

We googled “Best Pie in NYC” and on four different cites, this restaurant was consistently listed at the top! We agree! It was delicious and should be a must-stop for any pie lovers out there! (They also have terrific brunch and southern homestyle cooking — know if you try some of their famous traditional home cooking!) 

Featured on Vlog: Week 25

 
Photo taken by Samantha McHenry. City Bakery Hot Cocoa, December 2018.

Photo taken by Samantha McHenry. City Bakery Hot Cocoa, December 2018.

City Bakery NYC

Looking for the BEST hot chocolate?! We found it at City Bakery NYC! However - we will warn you - it’s SO thick and rich, be sure to take a friend and share it! It is the perfect wintry afternoon treat. 

Featured on Vlog: Week 26

 

Cupcake Market 

Okay y’all — the secret is coming out. We think this is our favorite Cupcake to be found in NYC so far! SO GOOD! Their hours are limited, so be sure to go when they open — the cupcakes go fast! They’re also so fresh and warm if you get there and get them right at store opening — they’re fresh out of the oven, baked that morning! The Cupcake Market also specializes in face cookies, so if you’re into Ruth Bader Ginsburg or Obama’s face on a cookie, this is the place for you! You can also customize a face cookie with your own face or face of a loved one, so mark down that gift idea! 

Featured on Vlog: Week 33

Image taken by Sara Kreski, Cupcake Market 2019.

Image taken by Sara Kreski, Cupcake Market 2019.

 
Image taken by Samantha McHenry - photo of Sara Kreski Celery Juicing, 2019.

Image taken by Samantha McHenry - photo of Sara Kreski Celery Juicing, 2019.

Celery Juicing

Not quite a sweet treat, but something definitely worth sharing! Sara found this by way of the medical medium. It’s a great way to up your health game, and rid your body of toxins! If you’re interested in hearing more after reading the article linked below, give us a holler because Sara LOVES discussing the positives of Celery Juicing! 

Featured on Vlog: Week 33

 

Mango Mango

We stumbled into Mango Mango very spontaneously, and are so glad we did! Sometimes it is so great for the soul to try something outside of your comfort zone, and we are so glad we did with this sweet treat place! We couldn’t read the menu, but we ordered a variety plate and loved every bit of it! It was so fresh and refreshing! 

Featured on Vlog: Week 34

Image taken by Sara Kreski, Mango Mango in Chinatown Manhattan, 2019.

Image taken by Sara Kreski, Mango Mango in Chinatown Manhattan, 2019.

 
Photo of Dylan’s Candy Bar by Samantha McHenry, 2019.

Photo of Dylan’s Candy Bar by Samantha McHenry, 2019.

Dylan’s Candy Bar

A heaven for any children that might be coming to visit NYC, or any candy lover that is a kid at heart, this is a candy store on steroids! What a feast for the senses - the eyes, nose, and tastebuds! They also have great seasonal rotations, so be sure to go back around holidays to see their new options all year long! 

Featured on Vlog: Week 35

 

Serendipity 

Just like the movie, Serendipity, this place is straight out of a movie! Serendipity holds the Guinness World Record for the most expensive commercially available Ice Cream Sundae, Hot Dog, and Cheeseburger! WOAH! (the Golden Opulence Sundae is $1,000 and gets ordered about once or twice a month, on average!) We love their famous Frozen Hot Chocolate, which is to die for. But don’t worry, that is not anywhere near $1,000! Samantha also loves their Mac and Cheese - check it out! 

Featured on Vlog: Week 36

Image taken by Samantha McHenry, Serendipity menu, 2019.

Image taken by Samantha McHenry, Serendipity menu, 2019.

 
Image taken by Sara Kreski, Carlo’s Bake Shop in Times Square Manhattan, 2019.

Image taken by Sara Kreski, Carlo’s Bake Shop in Times Square Manhattan, 2019.

Carlo’s Bakery

Carlo’s Bakery was made famous from the hit TLC TV show “Cake Boss”! All of Buddy’s famous cakes, cannolis, muffins, cookies, and other sweet treats are on full display in this colorful bakery, located just off of Times Square! 

Featured on Vlog: Week 37

 

Van Leeuwen’s Ice Cream

Van Leeuwen’s has quickly risen to be one of our favorite ice cream shops in the city. They make all our ice cream from scratch in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The Classic scoops are crafted with nothing more than fresh milk and cream, cane sugar, and egg yolks. The Vegan scoops are made with housemade cashew milk, organic coconut milk, organic extra virgin coconut oil, organic cane sugar, pure cocoa butter, and organic carob bean. Both recipes result in rich, decadent, naturally perfect ice cream.

Featured on Vlog: Week 39

Image of Sara Kreski and Van Leeuwen’s Ice Cream, taken by Jenni Johnson Photography, 2019.

Image of Sara Kreski and Van Leeuwen’s Ice Cream, taken by Jenni Johnson Photography, 2019.

 
Image taken by Samantha McHenry, Midtown Dough Donuts, 2019.

Image taken by Samantha McHenry, Midtown Dough Donuts, 2019.

Dough Donuts

Dough's menu is carefully curated to bring customers a selection of flavors and textures to satisfy different tastes and cravings. Their doughnuts are made with a brioche-type dough prepared in small batches throughout the day so our customers can always get the freshest doughnuts possible! They offer many different flavors and try to keep our most popular available year round while others rotate and change seasonally. While they are working on bringing lots of new types of doughnuts including cake doughnuts and churros, they invite you to try our deliciously addictive Doughkas as the newest addition to our menu. Inspired by the Babka, twisted yeast loaves of Eastern European Jewish tradition, Doughkas are made with our signature doughnut dough.

Featured on Vlog: Week 40

 

Homemade Cinnamon Roll Recipe

This is one of our favorite recipes for homemade cinnamon rolls! What makes this recipe so special you ask? There’s a secret ingredient - after the dough’s second rise, we pour whipping cream over the top of the dough before we bake them, making them even more moist and gooey than any other cinnamon roll recipe! 

Featured on Vlog: Week 40

 

Four & Twenty Blackbirds

This sweet pie shop was started by two sisters who have a heart for local, fresh, organic ingredients and great baking skills! They bake all of the pies from scratch all day long, and this place is always popping! We cannot recommend this place more highly for all of you pie-lovers out there! They have three locations, be sure to check out the one closest to you! 

Featured on Vlog: Week 42

 

Flour Shop

Flour Shop’s baker and Flour-ist, Amirah Kassem, is an artist at heart and cake is her medium. But she didn’t learn her skills in culinary school. Instead, Amirah grew up baking and sculpting with her mother in Mexico, where she discovered an appreciation for fine ingredients—and mastered the art of multi-sensory experiences. Today, her food-based installations have been exhibited everywhere from private settings at the Whitney Museum to 64-foot edible hallways at the Brooklyn Museum; while her fondant-free creations have also caught the attention of Vogue, Harper’s BAZAAR, and every fashion party in NYC.

Featured on Vlog: Week 43

Image of Sara Kreski and Flour Shop, taken by Samantha McHenry. Manhattan, 2019.

Image of Sara Kreski and Flour Shop, taken by Samantha McHenry. Manhattan, 2019.

 

Alice’s Tea Cup

New York City’s most whimsical tea house! Founded in 2001 by sisters Haley and Lauren Fox, Alice’s Tea Cup strives to provide an unparalleled, magical experience for our guests, with no shortage of scones, tea sandwiches, hundreds of teas, and most importantly… fairy dust!

Featured on Vlog: Week 44

 

Holey Cream

We will be honest - we did not entirely care for this place, and do not recommend it. If you go, just know that we did not recommend it. 

Featured on Vlog: Week 44

 
Image taken by Samantha McHenry, Peter Pan Bakery Brooklyn, 2019.

Image taken by Samantha McHenry, Peter Pan Bakery Brooklyn, 2019.

Peter Pan Bakery 

Peter Pan Bakery was established more than 62 years ago in the then predominately Polish neighborhood of Greenpoint (and Polski Meat Market still holds court across the street), when the Dodgers still called Brooklyn home. It would be hard to fathom the shop existing anywhere else in the city. It's a neighborhood spot that locals hold dear, a place that new residents go as a rite of passage, and a tasty destination for those not lucky enough to live close by.

Featured on Vlog: Week 45

 

Billy’s Bakery

The owners met in school about 25 years ago and have been providing delicious moments and treats as our local neighborhood bakery. Each day at Billy’s, everything is still made from scratch. From their (pretty well known) Icebox Cake to our (pretty darn well known) Red Velvet Cupcakes—it’s as real as their grandmothers used to make. For them, that smell when you walk into a real local bakery is almost as important as the taste. And they’re never going to lose that. For Billy's, it's all about real ingredients, authentic recipes, and real people making it happen. Stop by their shops in Chelsea, Tribeca, Upper West Side or the Food Hall at The Plaza Hotel.

Featured on Vlog: Week 46

Image taken by Samantha McHenry, Billy’s Bakery UWS, 2019.

Image taken by Samantha McHenry, Billy’s Bakery UWS, 2019.