1. Butter Lane
Among several small shops in the East Village’s 7th Street is Butter Lane Cupcakes. Their sea salt chocolate frosting on vanilla cake is a must try. The buttery and rich frosting is so good that you can purchase them in small cups, called frosting shots.
Take one of their cupcake classes or stop by for a cupcake- they don’t use artificial coloring and only use natural ingredients.
2. Fay Da Bakery
In Chinatown’s Mott Street, stop by Fay Da Bakery. Serve yourself in this bakery by grabbing a tray and picking a few buns to try. The sweet buns are lightweight with different toppings and fillings- some with Asian inspired flavors. For fans of the purple root taro, don’t miss their pureed taro filled bun and taro flavored tapioca shake, aka bubble tea.
3. Nita’s European Bakery
This family owned bakery found in Sunnyside, Queens is a favorite among locals. They’re known for their Romanian treats of cookies, cakes and individual pastries. Their specialty cakes, including one with chocolate and raspberry layers is fit for any special occasion.
4. Laduree SoHo
The newer of two Laduree locations in New York City is located in SoHo. The internationally known French bakery’s famous macarons can also be tasted here. Pick out a few to put in an iconic box with a ribbon or have a meal and or tea at their restaurant.
5. The City Bakery
The second floor of the City Bakery in the Flatiron Bakery, overlooking the counter and entrance provides a perfect place to people watch and enjoy a pretzel croissant. It’s fluffy and buttery like a croissant but salty like a pretzel with sesame seeds on the outside. The visit won’t be complete without the hybrid pastry and a cup of thick hot chocolate.