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8 Mouth-Watering Desserts You Can Only Get in New York

These New York City exclusive desserts are out of this world.

Satisfy your sweet tooth in NYC with a dessert worth writing home about.

Some cities have exotic animals. Some have exotic architecture. Here in the Big Apple, we have exotic desserts. If you’re looking for novel ways to satisfy your sweet tooth, we’ve got your back. While we can’t guarantee that there won’t be a line at our favorite spots for unconventional desserts, we can guarantee it’ll be worth the wait.

1. Cronuts, Dominique Ansel Bakery

Is it a croissant? Is it a doughnut? Who cares, it’s delicious! The cronut craze, now a worldwide phenomenon, was first conceived at New York’s Dominique Ansel Bakery. Chef Ansel is responsible for countless hybrid food concoctions, like corn-flavored ice cream, but none have enjoyed quite the enduring popularity of the cronut. To snag one, we recommend lining up an hour before the bakery opens — or placing a preorder online.

The Dominique Ansel Bakery is located at 189 Spring St, Manhattan.

2. Doughnut Ice Cream Sandwiches, Holey Cream

Build your perfect dessert from the doughnut-up at this hole-in-the-wall bakery. First, choose from an array of cleverly named doughnuts; our favorite is the Dirty Devil, featuring vanilla icing and a cake crunch topping. Then, the doughnut is sliced in half and filled with your choice of ice cream. Customizing your dessert has never been so fun — or so Instagram-worthy.

Holey Cream is located at 796 9th Avenue, Manhattan.

3. Cereal Milk Ice Cream, Milk Bar

Milk Bar’s most famous dessert is infused with one very specific flavor: the milk left over in the cereal bowl. The brainchild of Momofuku Pastry Chef Christina Tosi, the bakery toasts corn flakes, steeps them in milk, and strains the milk to achieve that distinct flavor. For the full experience, top off your soft-serve with crystallized corn flakes. The bakery also sells jugs of pure cereal milk to-go.

Milk Bar has locations scattered all over NYC.

4. Over-the-Top Shakes, Black Tap

It’s easy to see why these multi-story milkshakes quickly rose to fast-food fandom. With 12 different varieties to choose from, each milkshake is stacked with exotic toppings like cake, cotton candy, and chocolate chip cookies. You can even finish your milkshake off with a cronut — it doesn’t get any more New York than that.

Black Tap has locations all over New York.

5. Milk and Cookie Shots, Dominique Ansel Bakery


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With this incredibly innovative spin on a classic dessert, the Dominique Ansel Bakery does it again. Cookies are served in the shape of shot glasses, and milk is poured right in. From there, you know the drill — bottoms up!

The Dominique Ansel Bakery is located at 189 Spring St, Manhattan.

6. Matcha Macarons, Macaron Parlour


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Matcha green tea has swept the nation’s caffeine lovers off their feet, but you’ll have to venture to NYC to try matcha macarons. With flavors ranging from earl gray to “cheetos,” New York’s Macaron Parlor is known for its unconventional treats.

Macaron Parlour has locations in the East Village and Upper West Side.

7. Frozen S’mores, Dominique Ansel Bakery


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Dominique Ansel is featured on our list three times for a reason: the man is king of kooky food concoctions. This updated version of a campfire classic features an ice cream core encrusted with wafer cookies and topped with frozen marshmallow. For a finishing touch, the frozen s’mores are gently torched to ooey, gooey perfection.

The Dominique Ansel Bakery is located at 189 Spring St, Manhattan.

8. Rainbow Bagels, The Bagel Store

Move over, cronuts. While not technically a dessert, New York’s next big “holey” fad is here: the rainbow bagel. In addition to conventional toppings, these brightly colored bagels can be garnished with funfetti cream cheese and sprinkles. If you’d rather forego the rainbow, you can order custom treats in any color you like.

The Bagel Store is located at 754 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn.

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