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Updated: Jun 19
Dining out in New York City is expensive. So when I decide to spend $7 on a small dessert, I want to make sure it looks just as good as it tastes. Below are my top 10 favorite dessert shops in New York. These restaurants not only taste amazing, but also look good enough to post on Instagram.
159 Mott Street, New York, NY 10013
Milk & Cream Cereal Bar is #1 on my list of NYC dessert places because it is the most delicious ice cream I have ever tasted. Customers choose from one of 17 cereals that will be blended into their ice cream. Then customers choose from a long list of toppings and drizzles. I typically choose fruit loops mixed with vanilla ice cream. Then I add blueberries and strawberry sauce.
Don't worry - if you are indecisive you can choose from a list of their signature combinations rather than making your own.
After discovering Milk & Cream with my roommate, I took my co-workers, family, and my friends from Bulgaria there to try the amazing ice cream for themselves. Aside from the tie dyed cups and the colorful cones, the building itself is also Instagrammable with small TVs playing cartoons and neon lights. This led to all of my friends having a full blown photoshoot with their new favorite ice cream.
177 Lafayette St, New York, NY 1001
The Flour Shop is the best place to go to enjoy rainbow themed desserts. Although the shop is best known for their explosion cakes, the bakery also sells mini rainbow push pops for customers looking to have just a taste.
I would recommend going to the Flour Shop on a weekday to avoid the crowds so you can take photos next to their rainbow decor.
189 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
Dominique Ansel first launched their iconic watermelon soft serve in Tokyo. After its great success, the bakery decided to sell it for one weekend in New York City. Once again, the watermelon soft serve proved to be so popular that they began selling it two times a week at the New York Location.
Although I highly recommend going to the bakery solely for the watermelon soft serve, Dominique Ansel offers enough baked goods to satisfy everyone's sweet tooth. On days they do not offer watermelon soft serve, I like to get the cronut - a croissant mixed with a donut!
4. Taiyaki NYC
119 Baxter St, New York, NY 10013
Almost anyone can turn their ice cream from Taiyaki into an Instagram worthy post. Taiyaki became a popular ice cream joint almost overnight due to the unique fish shaped ice cream cone. Dying to try the cone, my sister and I planned her day trip to New York City around Taiyaki.
When you are visiting NYC, make sure to stop by one of their locations in Chinatown, Williamsburg, or Flushing. Taiyaki usually has a stand at Gov Ball, too!
241 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003
I discovered Snowdays on my way home from the East River Running Track. After finishing my summer workout packet (shoutout Lafayette Lacrosse) I was craving something cold and sugary. I walked into Snowdays with no expectations and ordered one of their signature shaved creams. I added some toppings and a drizzle and headed home.
The second I finished my blue tub of ice cream, I told my roommate, Grace, that we have to go back ASAP. As I expected, Grace loved the shaved cream just as much as I did. It became tradition to stop by Snowdays after a long workout!
6. Milk Bar
251 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003
Milk Bar is guaranteed to make any picture perfect food list given the brand's pink aesthetic. Originally known for their legendary cakes, Milk Bar created cereal milk infused ice cream that is out of this world.
If you are looking for a treat to send someone who does not live in a city with a Milk Bar, I would suggest sending them one of Milk Bar's cake truffles or cookie tins.
125 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009
Since the exterior of Big Gay Ice Cream shows unicorns licking rainbow ice cream, it is easy to snap a Instagram picture here. Big Gay Ice Cream usually has a line out the door but the servers are able to get through the line quickly.
My go to order at Big Gay Ice Cream is vanilla soft serve with a balsamic glaze. If balsamic on ice cream sounds gross to you, I would recommend the "Dorothy," which is an ice cream version of a dulce de leche.
37 Prince Street, New York, New York, 11354
KULU sells Asian fusion desserts such as crepes and bubble teas. My absolute favorite dessert from KULU is the Hong Kong Bubble Waffle. Since I love strawberry ice cream, I always order the "Pinky Rose" combination.
Even though the restaurant is small, they did a great job branding themselves and created a picturesque atmosphere.
550 LaGuardia Pl, New York, NY 10012
The first day I moved into my NYU dorm, I went to Cookie Dō and ordered a large pink cone filled with sugar cookie dough. I was dying to go to Cookie Dō because I enjoy cookie dough more than the cookie itself. After my first bite, I knew this was going to be one of my favorite dessert places.
For the rest of the summer, I popped into Cookie Dō and bought large containers of it to keep in my dorm room. The sugar cookie dough still remains my favorite but when I am looking to change things up, I also love the dunkarōo cookie dough.
10. Baked by Melissa
63 Spring St, New York, New York 10012
Office birthday parties aren't complete without Baked by Melissa's famous mini cupcakes. The bite sized cupcakes are popular for their unique size but they continue to sell so many because the taste is incredible.
I lived three blocks from a Baked by Melissa in New York and would always stop in to get "just one" to satisfy my sweet tooth.