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Best Snacks in New York City: Ten Sweet Spots for Dessert

You'll want to take a bite of these sweet treats!

Everyone loves dessert, no matter the time of day. Whether it's a cookie fresh from the oven or the sweetest ice cream on a hot day, you can't say no when a craving crosses your mind. In a place as big as New York City, you're bound to find just the dessert you want. There are shops of all types scattered throughout its boroughs that are just waiting for you to take a bite.

Schmackary's

Schmackary's is the perfect destination for when you're craving cookies before a Broadway show. Located in Hell's Kitchen, the shop specializes in classic cookie flavors and brand-new ones. They round out their flavors each week and have a particular schedule for when they'll be served. If you're looking to try something different, try their "Maple Bacon," "Blueberry Cobbler" and "Sch'mores" cookies. You can also never go wrong with classic chocolate chip and "Funfetti" cookies. Their flavors change with the seasons, so if there's one you're craving, you'll have to get them while they're fresh from the oven. 

Cookies From Schmackary's New York | WhereTraveler
Cookies From Schmackary's (©Jonny Polizzi)

Spot Dessert Bar

One of the more unique dessert shops in New York City is Spot Dessert Bar. Located in NoHo, this Thai-inspired shop offers desserts that you would never have thought possible of being created. One of its stand-outs is its different ice cream flavors, such as "Matcha Green Tea" or "Black Sesame." They also serve treats made in unique shapes. There's a cheesecake topped with berries that resembles a potted plant called "The Harvest," a pan-baked marshmallow cookie called "Cookie Camp," and a chocolate mousse cake covered in pistachio and apricot crumbs called "Chocolate Forest." Add a bubble tea or coffee to your meal, and you'll have one dish that hits the spot. 

Assorted Sweets at Spot Dessert Bar New York | WhereTraveler
Assorted Sweets at Spot Dessert Bar (©Mark Lee)

Grace Street Coffee & Desserts

Grace Street Coffee & Desserts is one of the many dessert shops in New York City that gives you sweet tastes from around the world. Its location in Koreatown helps put it on the map as a Korean-style dessert shop. A popular dish is their "Shaved Snow," a multi-layered tower of ice. You can get it in fruity flavors like "Mango Madness" and "X.O.X.O." or chocolate-like "Cookie Monster." They also serve a "Basque Burnt Cheesecake" and traditional Korean desserts like the "Ho-Dduk," another name for a Korean donut. Top off your dessert with your choice of milk tea, boba tea or one of their traditional drinks.

Eileen's Special Cheesecake

If you like a tiny bit of New York City history with your dessert, there's a shop in Lower Manhattan with the answer for you. Eileen's Special Cheesecake is a family-owned dessert shop that's been around since 1974. Like the name says, their specialty is the family cheesecake recipe. Each cheesecake is served with a graham cracker or chocolate cookie crust, and they come in a wide range of sizes. You can get classic flavors like chocolate or strawberry, or you can try something different like salted caramel or pumpkin. If cheesecake isn't for you, don't worry. They also sell other dessert favorites like chocolate chip cookies, cannolis and rugelach. 

Assorted Cheesecake Selection From Eileen's Special Cheesecake New York | WhereTraveler
Assorted Cheesecake Selection (Courtesy Eileen's Special Cheesecake)

Bibble & Sip

One of the cutest dessert shops in New York City belongs to Bibble & Sip. This bakery in Hell's Kitchen offers Asian-flavored treats with a French twist. This shop's adorable alpaca mascot and the desserts styled to resemble it make this shop stand out. One of their specialties is tiny mousse cakes shaped to look like an alpaca's face or fleece. They also serve the "Lucky Alpaca," a macaron made of milk chocolate and white chocolate ganache. If alpacas aren't for you, don't worry. They serve traditional desserts with a unique spin on them as well, such as a croissant topped with all types of seasoning and a chocolate chip cookie infused with earl grey. 

Samoas Tarts From Bibble & Sip New York | WhereTraveler
Samoas Tarts (Courtesy Bibble & Sip)

Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery has offered a classic dessert taste to customers since it opened its doors in the West Village in 1996. They're known for their cupcakes, as they provide a different flavor each week that only lasts for a limited time. Some of their recent flavors include a honey graham-flavored "S'mores" cupcake, the Nutella-filled "Chocolate Hazelnut Banana" cupcake and the "PB&J" which resembles the famous sandwich. If you're not looking for a cupcake, they also offer monthly banana pudding flavors, pies, and wafer cakes called "Icebox Desserts." 

Butterscotch Banana Pudding Cupcake From Magnolia Bakery New York | WhereTraveler
Butterscotch Banana Pudding Cupcake (Courtesy Magnolia Bakery)

Kitsby Dessert Bar

If you're looking for a variety of desserts, there's a shop in Brooklyn that has the answer for you. Kitsby Dessert Bar offers classic treats and fresh, new flavors that are sure to bring everyone together to enjoy. Try one of their lava cakes and get the perfect combination of sweet and savory. They also serve a variety of French and Asian desserts, from crème brûlée to matcha yuzu cake. If you like what you eat, you can bring the flavor home with you! Kitsby Dessert Bar also sells dessert kits so you can make their famous cookies, cream puffs, and more in your own kitchen. 

Salted Egg Lava Cake From Kitsby Dessert Bar New York | WhereTraveler
Salted Egg Lava Cake (Courtesy Kitsby Dessert Bar)

Sweet Moment

While it may sit in Little Italy, Sweet Moment brings international dessert flavors to the table. Their specialty is "Bingsoo," a tower-like cake made of milk-shaved ice. If you're looking for a fruity "Bingsoo," try a strawberry or mango and cheesecake flavor. For something a little sweeter, there's "Choco Oreo" and tiramisu. They also offer dessert waffles with various toppings such as Nutella, ice cream or both! Once you pair your dessert with a coffee or their specially-flavored milk teas, it's sure to be a truly sweet moment. 

Strawberry Bingsoo from Sweet Moment New York | WhereTraveler
Strawberry Bingsoo (Courtesy Sweet Moment)

Max Brenner

If you're looking for a stylish, upscale dessert, look no further than Max Brenner. This shop in Union Square doubles as a classic American restaurant where you can top off your meal with some chocolate. They're known for their "Classic European Fondue," where you can dip pieces of fruit and even cookies into your choice of chocolate fondue. They'll even turn your meal into a chocolate dish, and you always have your choice of flavors. Top off your waffles with some chocolate ganache a la mode, or try their "Chocolate Chunks Pizza," a dessert made of pieces of melted chocolate and your choice of toppings. If you want to take some chocolate home with you, there's a gift shop inside where you can buy chocolate sets for every theme.

Amorino

If you're looking for a sweet treat that's good for you, too, look no further than Amorino. They specialize in gelato made from organic, vegan and gluten-free ingredients. Each serving comes shaped like a rose, so it almost looks too good to eat. They come in a variety of flavors such as the tangy "Pineapple & Yuzu," sweet "Refreshing Jasmin" and "Stracciatella" that will make the tastes of Italy come alive for you. Each gelato can even be paired with a unique macaron that will take your tastebuds on a European getaway.