From marshmallow apples oozing liquid caramel to decadent red velvet cakes and whisper light coconut cakes to gigantic, golden honey toast, desserts in this city seem to only get better and even more delicious with each passing year. Click through for my picks of the top ten Sugar Rush sweets of the year.
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Wow was the first word that came to mind when the Golden Toast ($8.75) arrived at our table. We've seen versions of it at bubble tea parlors, but this one tops them all.
Since the last time we checked out the cupcake scene in New York City, a bunch of new shops have opened up. So today, here are eight cupcake spots we love that have opened since our last crazy tour of cupcakes in the city. From chocolate and vanilla to much crazier flavors, we've got 'em all.
For this Valentine's they're putting out a special edition red velvet cupcake ($2.75) with whipped cream cheese frosting and cake crumbles to top.
There's a season for everything, and the first few months of each year are the season for warm chocolate desserts. From the silky hot fudge that tops ice cream sundaes and soft-serve filled eclairs, to molten chocolate cakes (and one with a molten green tea-white chocolate interior!), we've got you covered. Check out nine warm chocolate desserts we love this winter.
If you're like me, deep down, you know that Santa Claus is real without a shred of doubt in your heart. (It simply makes sense that an immortal yet overweight elderly man would have the back strength to slide down a chimney and deliver presents to all 7 billion of us in a single night.) If you're a naysayer, just know that you're rebuking one of your own—Kris Kringle is a food lover, and his voracious appetite for hours-long nocturnal cookie-and-milk binges proves it. Holiday season is cookie season, and in this city, night owls can take advantage of bakeries offering twilight confections.
Ian Chalermkittichai is the new chef of Spot Dessert Bar in the East Village. He's done wonders with the new menu, keeping a few favorites, but introducing a whole new line of plated desserts (and also a savory brunch on the weekends).
Before the season ends, stop by Spot Dessert Bar for their signature watermelon drink ($4.50) which couples fresh watermelon puree with a few Asian-inspired twists. They blend the cut fruit with a brisk, iced black tea and turn it into a boba drink loaded with tapioca.
From a decadent slab of coconut milk-soaked cake to a favorite Thai dessert of mango and warm sticky rice, coconut plays an integral role in so many desserts we love. Here are our five of our favorite coconut desserts; let us know if we've missed yours!
It's not just any flourless chocolate cake. This one from Spot Dessert Bar in the East Village comes with a white shower of coconut snow, a clean (though plenty bold) flavor concoction made from a seemingly simple base of coconut milk and water.
I've always thought the ice creams at Spot Dessert Bar, often overshadowed by "dessert tapas," deserve a little more attention. They come in flavors like Vietnamese Coffee, Condensed Milk, Green Tea, and, of course, Ovaltine. It's the latter I've been craving, either to-go or to stay when it's quiet in the afternoons.