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Zucker BakeryAddress and Info
Chef Zohar Zohar’s quaint bake shop pays tribute to a variety of international treats modeled after old family recipes, from bite-sized Argentinian alfajores (dulce de leche cookies) to Israeli shoshanim (chocolate sticky bun “roses”). The mismatched furniture and wooden pastry cases give the space a charming, homey vibe, but Zohar’s pedigree -- she worked at Daniel and Bouley before turning to baking full-time -- guarantees that each cookie and bun is produced with fine-dining skill.
Battery Park City
FPBAddress and Info
Francois Payard is more than just a macaron master (though you shouldn’t ignore his chewy French cookies, especially when they get turned into ice cream sandwiches in the summer) -- the third-generation pastry guru also knows his way around all sorts of fancy cakes, tarts, and truffles, which you can get at his eponymous shop near the Hudson River.
Lady M ConfectionsAddress and Info
This Bryant Park cake boutique got its start 12 years ago when founder Ken Romaniszyn set out to open a pastry shop that fused Asian flavors (Romaniszyn is half-Japanese) with classic French technique. From there, Lady M’s now-iconic mille crêpes cake was born, a cloud-like confection that layers 20-plus paper-thin rounds with airy whipped cream. Flavors range from classic vanilla to green tea to seasonal offerings like passion fruit, all of which are -- in true Japanese tradition -- subtly sweet.
Sullivan Street BakeryAddress and Info
Famed breadmaker Jim Lahey isn’t just a pro when it comes to rolls and loaves -- his bakery also sells pizza served crispy and by-the-slice, with toppings like shredded potato or cauliflower, as well as pillowy, nearly greaseless bomboloni: Italian donuts filled with tart jam, chocolate or, the true standout, lemon-scented vanilla cream.
New Kam Hing Coffee ShopAddress and Info
Chinatown has no shortage of bakeries, but only one consistently cranks out eggy, airy sponge cakes for just 75 cents. Though New Kam Hing has started to play with trendy flavors like matcha and pumpkin spice, none match up to the angel food-like original.
Bouchon BakeryAddress and Info
There’s no doubt that chef Thomas Keller can do French food. But his take on American classics is the surprise hit at Bouchon. Alongside traditional Francophile favorites (like macarons and croissants), you’ll find the elegant homemade TKO (short for Thomas Keller’s Oreo): scallop-edged dark chocolate cookies filled with white chocolate cream. Keller’s also got his own take on Hostess’ Ho Hos -- a chocolate roll cake with a crackly chocolate shell, and a twist on Nutter Butters -- two peanut-studded discs held together by peanut butter-infused cream.
Dessert Club, ChikaLiciousAddress and Info
A more casual spin-off of chef Chika Tillman’s dessert bar -- known for upscale, plated sweets like the signature Fromage Blanc Island "Cheese Cake" -- this pint-sized shop specializes in homey yet innovative sweets like the Dough'Ssant (a take on the donut-croissant hybrid), a wonderful s’mores cupcake, and soft serve that you can now get in sugar-dusted churro cones.
Maison KayserAddress and Info
It was only a matter of time before renowned French baker Eric Kayser’s rapidly expanding empire made its way to New York, bringing with it crusty baguettes, eclairs, and croissants. The loaves served at Kayser’s New York City locations (there are 10 and counting) are a true French-American lovechild -- the organic flour comes from upstate New York, but the high-quality butter hails from France.
Make My CakeAddress and Info
Aliyyah Baylor proudly carries on her family's baking tradition at this Uptown cafe. Featuring recipes passed on from Baylor's grandmother, Josephine "Ma" Smith, Make My Cake does Southern bakery classics like an intensely chocolate-y red velvet cheesecake imbued with sweet potato, and a German chocolate cake that triumphed over Bobby Flay's in an episode of Throwdown.
Underwest DonutsAddress and Info
You don’t need to own a car to visit the West Side Highway Carwash -- just an appetite for all things fried and glazed. Nestled inside a narrow passageway adjacent to the scrubbing machines, you’ll find former Chanterelle sous chef Scott Levine’s cake-donut operation, where an automatic donut robot churns out incredibly tender rounds dipped in glazes like brown butter, passion fruit, and jasmine green tea.
Épicerie BouludAddress and Info
As if breadmaking wasn’t already a difficult skill to master, Francois Brunet has taken it to a whole new level of artistry. The Parisian bread maker joined the Boulud family in 2014 after working for another French powerhouse, Joël Robuchon, in Las Vegas, and has made his mark on the New York City pastry scene with crusty baguettes, tangy sourdough loaves, and a flaky raspberry-chocolate croissant that requires three full days of prep.
Lower East Side
Petee's Pie CompanyAddress and Info
If the smell of fresh-baked goods doesn’t draw you through the door of Petee Paredez’s namesake bakery, the promise of the best damn pies in town should. There’s a little something for everyone here -- from salty chocolate chess, to wild blueberry, to a luscious coconut cream -- all made with local, organic ingredients and built on all-butter crusts.
High Street on HudsonAddress and Info
Since opening at the end of 2015, the Philly spin-off has been both a critical and Instagram darling thanks to its piled-high breakfast sandwiches and baked goods. Chefs Alex Bois and Sam Kincaid lead the bread and pastry teams, respectively, and have developed plenty of new items for the NYC outpost (crepe cake, loaves using local grains) to go with older favorites (red eye danish, molasses, and corn miche).
Bibble & SipAddress and Info
It may not be the hottest ticket in town, but there’s still a perpetual line snaking out of this charming Theater District cafe. The creative latte art (think winking alpacas) and cream puffs may be Insta-famous, but there are other stars in the pastry case, too, including the Earl Grey banana bread and brûléed egg tarts.
Milk BarAddress and Info
Years before mash-up desserts became the trend du jour, Christina Tosi was turning nostalgic childhood flavors and leftovers into cereal milk and cake truffles. The James Beard award-winner has built a growing Milk Bar empire, securing collaborations with fashion insiders like Karlie Kloss and even a judging spot alongside Gordon Ramsay on MasterChef. Her sweets continue to shine -- Tosi’s famed Crack Pie, with its crunchy oat crust and buttery filling, truly gets addictive with every bite, as do the rest of her offerings, from the chewy blueberry and cream cookie to the savory bagel “bomb.”
LafayetteAddress and Info
At NoHo’s French brasserie/bakery Lafayette, pastry maven Jennifer Yee imbues traditional French offerings with a touch of whimsy, resulting in birthday-cake macarons, butterscotch coffee eclairs, and other fanciful sweets. When warmer weather rolls around, don’t miss her grown-up push-pops, one of which is packed with the aforementioned macarons.
Little Cupcake BakeshopAddress and Info
Stepping into this cheery corner bakery is a little like walking into the ones of your childhood dreams. Retro chalkboard menus and black-and-white tiled flooring match the extensive list of all-American desserts, ranging from pies to brownies to a triple-layer Brooklyn Blackout Cake that’s about as decadent as chocolate cakes get.
Sadelle'sAddress and Info
You may not expect a bagel and lox place to make it onto a best bakeries list, but Melissa Weller’s chewy rounds are truly exceptional. The former Per Se baker has obsessively tweaked her recipe, first slinging the burnished, almost crunchy bagels at Smorgasburg before teaming up with Major Food Group (Carbone, Parm, etc.) to open this modern appetizing store. Like MFG’s other restaurants, Sadelle’s takes the concept up a notch, with smoked fish and schmear served on grand towers usually reserved for seafood. Weller, a 2016 James Beard award nominee, is equally skilled at the sweet stuff, notably the chocolate-dipped babka and sea salt-sprinkled sticky buns.
Arcade BakeryAddress and Info
A nondescript office building in TriBeCa houses one of the city’s worst-kept secrets: a bakery that excels in everything it touches, from classic French viennoiserie, to Jewish babka, to individually sized pizzas available only at lunch. Oh, and it’s only open on weekdays, so you’d better get those out-of-work excuses ready.
Breads BakeryAddress and Info
We all have Breads to thank for kickstarting New York City’s babka resurgence. Led by Israeli-born, Danish-trained baker Uri Scheft, the Breads team introduced us to the famed loaf in 2013, breathing new life into the Jewish deli staple by opting for laminated dough (traditionally used for croissants) studded with both dark chocolate chips and Nutella. Each braided babka is finished with a brush of simple syrup to help form a crackly crust that adds extra texture and traps in moisture. Breads isn’t just a one-trick pony, though -- other winners include the rugelach, as well as the buttery, flaky cretzel (yes, that’s croissant plus pretzel).
Upper East Side
Two Little Red HensAddress and Info
The UES’s Two Little Red Hens is the place for made-from-scratch American desserts that you can eat at a leisurely pace. No crazy lines or over-the-top hybrids here -- just dependably delicious cupcakes, pies, and one creamy graham cracker-crusted cheesecake. You’re more likely to see regulars sipping coffee and reading newspapers in the brick-lined shop than MacBook-toting freelancers -- a true rarity in New York City.
Upper West Side
Levain BakeryAddress and Info
Should you finish one of the hefty, hockey puck-sized cookies from Levain by yourself? Probably not. Have we been guilty of doing exactly that? Absolutely. That’s because when it comes to these gooey, chocolate chip- and walnut-studded treats, self-control does not exist.
Dominique Ansel KitchenAddress and Info
The almighty Cronut creator followed up his mash-up pastry heard ‘round the world with another novel concept: made-to-order desserts. Matcha-dusted beignets are fried fresh, chocolate mousse is folded by the order, and lemon tart filling coaxed into custard form à la minute. By night, the production kitchen transforms into U.P., an intimate multicourse tasting where Ansel -- with help from executive pastry chef Karys Logue -- returns to his fine-dining roots.
1. Zucker Bakery433 E 9th St, New York
2. FPB210 Murray St, New York
3. Lady M Cake Boutique36 W 40th St, New York
4. Sullivan Street Bakery236 9th Ave, New York
5. New Kam Hing Coffee Shop118 Baxter St, New York
6. Bouchon Bakery10 Columbus Cir Fl 3, New York
7. Dessert Club, ChikaLicious204 E 10th St, New York
8. Maison Kayser Flatiron921 Broadway, New York
9. Make My Cake121 Saint Nicholas Ave, New York
10. Underwest Donuts638 W 47th St, New York
11. Épicerie Boulud1900 Broadway, New York
12. Petee's Pie Company61 Delancey St, New York
13. High Street on Hudson637 Hudson St, New York
14. Bibble & Sip253 W 51st St, New York
15. Momofuku Milk Bar Midtown15 W 56th St, New York
16. Lafayette380 Lafayette St, New York
17. Little Cupcake Bakeshop30 Prince St, New York
18. Sadelle's463 W Broadway, New York
19. Arcade Bakery220 Church St, New York
20. Breads Bakery18 E 16th St, New York
21. Two Little Red Hens1652 2nd Ave, New York
22. Levain Bakery167 W 74th St, New York
23. Dominique Ansel Bakery189 Spring St, New York
At this pint-size bakery in the East Village, small-batch pastries -- inspired by Israeli, North African, European, and even Argentinian recipes -- pack the display cases. Bite-sized alfajore cookie sandwiches, chocolate babka, and rugelach are all on the menu, which also includes savory options like matzoh ball soup and potato knishes. The shop fits a few tables, and though there isn't an outdoor seating situation per se, there's usually a singular table on the sidewalk for one lucky customer. Be sure to try the Roses cinnamon bun -- the house speciality is swirled with chocolate, and is sometimes available in date, halva, or almond-brown sugar varieties.
Francois Payard has been making pastries since he was a child in his grandfather's bakery, so it's no wonder his eponymous French bakery has reached international chain status. At the Battery Park outpost of FPB, the rustic-themed branch of his empire, you'll find the macarons that he's famous for as well as sandwiches on crispy baguettes, croissants, and beautifully-decorated pastries that Marie Antoinette would die for.
Lady M isn't a bakery, it's a cake boutique. Across the street from Bryant Park, the Midtown location is a bare and minimalist shop whose display cases are stack with French-inspired pastries (think fruit tarts and chocolate mousse). The boutique's claim to fame is the Mille Cake, a layered cake made with thin crepes and pastry cream. The masterpiece (available in plain, green tea, and seasonal flavors) is almost too pretty to eat.
Born and bread in Soho back in the early nineties, Sullivan Street Bakery has since expanded above 14th street with its Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen outposts. Owner Jim Lahey is known for his Italian-inspired artisanal bread -- think ciabatta, oval Pugliese loaves, and sweet brioche rolls. Lahey's interest in Italian baking also extends to pizza dough, and his bakery sells crispy pizza by the slice with toppings like shredded potato or cauliflower.
This Chinatown coffee shop and bakery sells traditional Chinese sweets and drinks like Thai iced tea and Hong Kong-style hot milk tea. It's especially known for its airy, melt-in-your-mouth sponge cake -- the original flavor is akin to angel food cake and has a slightly egg-y taste, but trendy and seasonal iterations are available as well, like matcha, coconut, strawberry, and pumpkin spice. Like all Chinatown gems, New Kam Hing is cheap.
Thomas Keller's bakery and cafe on the third floor of the Time Warner Center serves an all-day menu of French-American food like cheese and charcuterie plates, croque madame sandwiches, and daily quiches. The bakery counter offers a mix of fine French pastries and macarons, as well as Keller's signature Americanized treats like the Thomas Keller Oreo (TKO) and oatmeal pecan cookies. The open, tourist-free space overlooks Columbus Circle.
This unfussy, East Village bakery is a spin-off of Chef Chika Tillman's dessert bar. What the shop lacks in size, it makes up for in aroma, and you can quite literally smell the buttery confections down the block. While Dessert Club doesn't offer the same plated signatures as Tillman's Dessert Bar, it does bake equally innovative sweets like the donut-croissant hybrid Dough'ssant, cream puffs, lava cake, and more mini desserts.
Ever since Parisian breadmaster Eric Kayser brought his bakery empire to New York in 2013, his brand has shown no signs of slowing down. The boulangerie-slash-patisserie is stocked with authentic French baguettes that Parisian expats rave about as well as decadent pastries like sugar-dusted almond croissants and pristinely-frosted éclairs. Aside from a grab-and-go counter, the Flatiron location of Maison Kayser has a full-service restaurant open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner -- and outdoor seating!
What started out as a home-based holiday cake business is now a full-blown retail bakery helmed by owner Aliyyah Baylor, whose Southern comfort recipes are carried down from her grandmother, Josephine "Ma" Smith. The menu will make any sugar addict weak in their knees with its selection of buttercream-frosted cupcakes, cheesecakes, cookies, pies, and pastries. Layer cakes are definitely the speciality though, like the German chocolate cake with coconut and pecans or the critically-acclaimed red velvet.
An unlikely spot for a donut shop, Underwest operates out of the Westside Highway Car Wash, lodged in a nifty little hallway that cooks up all kinds of glazed, sugared, and old-fashioned fried dough confections. The donuts are the work of Scott Levine, a former Chanterelle sous chef, whose father-in-law is part owner of the car wash.
Daniel Boulud's Lincoln Center cafe-slash-market serves an all-day menu of upscale but light French fare like tuna niçoise salad, quiche, and baguette sandwiches. The breakfast menu includes a stunning egg and ham sandwich with béchamel and gruyere plus stick-to-your-gut staples like oatmeal and chia seed parfaits. At night, Epicerie Boulud transitions into a wine bar with daily oysters and nightly specials.
When it comes to pie, there's no place like Petee's. Petee Paredez's namesake bakery on the Lower East Side whips up some of the best pies in town, from seasonal fruit varieties like strawberry rhubarb and blueberry to the creamy and crumbly like salty chocolate chess and and bourbon pecan. Petee's house-made repertoire also includes airy cinnamon rolls and some good ol' New York cheesecake.
On the border of the Meatpacking District and the West Village, High Street on Hudson is a spin-off of Philadelphia's High Street on Market bakery and restaurant. The all-day spot is known for its artisanal bread, baked goods (like the red eye danish), and breakfast sandwiches, but its lunch and dinner menus are equally appealing. The space includes a take-out counter (perfect to grab a pastry in the morning or a pastrami-on-rye at lunch), and a full-service dining room.
This teeny cafe in Midtown emulates a homey, comfort atmosphere with its menu of gourmet coffee and breakfast pastries. All of the baked goods, down to the granola and the marshmallows, are made in-house, as is the latte syrup. As if the cute factor couldn't be upped enough, the whole shop is alpaca-themed.
The Midtown outpost of Milk Bar serves all of Christina Tosi's infamous (and truly addicting) sweet treats: crack pie, compost cookies, birthday cake truffles, cereal milk soft-serve, plus more creative desserts in which sugar is guaranteed to be the main ingredient. We're not complaining though, especially since this location is sleeker and bigger than the East Village original.
Chef Andrew Carmellini's upscale bakery and cafe serves traditional French fare like Croque Madame and escargot in a bright, airy and elegant dining setting. The wine list offers a varied collection of French bottles, and the servers are extremely knowledgeable, so ask for a recommendation if you're unsure of what to order. Lafayette is also one of the greatest spots for people-watching, especially if you opt for al fresco seating.
Everything about this Nolita bakery feels like it belongs in a movie, from the pink and white corner sign to the black-and-white tiled floors. The menu (displayed on a retro chalkboard, by the way) is filled with all-American desserts like red velvet cupcakes, peanut butter & jelly layer cake, oatmeal butterscotch cookies, and blueberry cheesecake, plus gluten-free and vegan varieties. There are a few tables inside, most of which are filled with tourists fueling up after a day of shopping in Soho.
During the daytime, this elevated Jewish bakery and appetizing restaurant from Major Food Group serves hand-rolled bagels that are of the highest quality: they're parboiled with barley-malt syrup and rise slowly in the oven before taking their crisp, compact shape with a glossy finish. While the bagel sandwiches, like house-cured salmon on an everything bagel made with fennel, are what you’re here for, the homemade babka, cheese blintzes, and sticky buns certainly hold their own at brunch. In the evening, Sadelle's transforms into an candlelit brasserie, featuring a menu that puts an emphasis on freshly baked bread and fish entrees, as well as traditional Russian caviar and vodka.
Seemingly hidden inside an office building in TriBeCa, this hidden gem of bakery churns out great croissants & coffee in the mornings -- but by lunch you can expect to find flatbread pizzas and sandwiches on homemade bread as well. It's only open on weekdays, so you'll have to get your fresh bread elsewhere on Sunday mornings.
Right off of Union Square (and with a second location on the Upper West Side), Breads bakes sweet and savory bread, pastries, and cakes on-site. The bakery is most known for its braided chocolate babka loaves that burst with ribbons of chocolate-hazelnut spread. Breads is also a good option for a grab-and-go midday meal -- the lunch menu features cheese and smoked fish sandwiches, plus soup and salad.
Cake is king at this neighborhood bakery on the Upper East Side. Cherry cheesecake, blackout chocolate cupcakes, and carrot cake are just some of the crowd-pleasing desserts made fresh daily at Two Little Red Hens. Arrive early for a piece of the action as the tiny shop's inventory is often sold out late in the day.
This tiny bakery on the Upper West Side has been a New York City institution since it first opened in 1995. Levain sells fresh baguettes, quick breads, and other baked goods, but it's the thick and gooey cookies that draw a line out the door most days of the week. Weighing in just under a half-pound each, the giant cookies come in rich flavors like walnut chocolate chip, dark chocolate peanut butter, and oatmeal raisin. They taste best when fresh out of the oven, and they usually are.
Master pastry chef Dominique Ansel’s eponymous SoHo bakeshop is best known as the birthplace of the Cronut, a croissant-doughnut mash-up that attracts lines of tourists every morning. There’s a limit of two Cronuts per customer, but luckily the hybrid pastry isn’t all Ansel has in store. The shop sells bite-size fruit tarts, rich chocolate cookies, and Ansel’s other signature sweet, the kouign amann.