Andrew Zimmer
Andrew Zimmer
Andrew Zimmer
Andrew Zimmer
Andrew Zimmer
Andrew Zimmer
Andrew Zimmer
Andrew Zimmer
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1. Fika 2211 Broadway, New York, NY 10024 (Upper West Side)

With nine different locations around NYC, Fika is a definite go-to for fresh coffee (made with traditional Swedish slow-roasting techniques), and fine chocolates and pastries.

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2. Bouchon Bakery Cookies 10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023 (Midtown West)

Thomas Keller's bastion of lady-pleasing treats is celebrating love with devourable action like devil's food Cupid Cupcakes w/ passion fruit caramel center; shortbread Expression cookies with candy-heart phrases; and heart-shaped everything.

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3. The City Bakery 3 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011 (Union Square)

This bakery-cum-farmers market is an exceptional place to dive into to get away from the bustle of Union Square. They're acclaimed for their hot chocolate, but are still front-runners in mostly everything.

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4. Empire Cake 112 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011 (Chelsea)

This pastry shop features custom and specialty cakes of all varieties, from traditional wedding cakes, to one-of-a-kind birthday cakes, as well as cookies, brownies, snack cakes, muffins, and more.

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5. Little Miss Muffin 'n' Her Stuffin' 768 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

This unassuming little Trini spot along Washington Ave in Prospect Heights specializes in homemade meat patties native to the Caribbean. From jerk chicken to spicy beef, the meat stuffed into these pastry patties are packed with flavor. There are plenty of daily specials from a roster of Caribbean standards in addition to a bakery case of sweets, like rich and dense cookies. The incredibly fast and friendly service attracts repeat customers despite the minimal seating and bare-bones interior.

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6. Blue Sky Bakery 53 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217 (Park Slope)

This Park Slope bakery makes some of the best confections around, specializing in muffins and cupcakes that are made from scratch using locally sourced ingredients.

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7. Ted & Honey 264 Clinton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (Cobble Hill)

Ted & Honey is a great place to go and start your day, whether it be with an iced coffee and a muffin to go, or a sit-down, two-course brunch with unlimited mimosas and micheladas.