One of the things I was most excited about for our NYC trip was the dessert shops. I had seen so many beautiful pictures of cakes, waffles, doughnuts, etc… and I couldn’t wait to try them all myself! Even though S isn’t a dessert-lover, we hit up a pretty good number of shops on our trip – it’ll probably take a couple of posts just to cover them all. So, without further ado…
Our very first stop in NYC was Doughnut Plant, with a location conveniently close to our hotel! I believe they are famous for their cake doughnuts.
I loved this doughnut-pillow-decorated wall! I asked S if we could have one in our apartment. He said no, but I’m still convinced that I can make this happen.
We ordered a tres leches cake and a matcha green tea cake doughnut, and a crème brûlée “doughseed”, or filled doughnut. Someone had recommended the square filled ones, but we weren’t that interested in the flavors. I really enjoyed these doughnust, which were fluffy and had a really nice flavor. I loved the filled crème brûlée one and wish that I had come back more times during the trip.
Doughnut Plant (Locations throughout NYC)
Next up, Magnolia Bakery, which is pretty famous for their cupcakes, but we were there for another purpose…
…Banana pudding! It doesn’t look pretty, it’s not the same as the Southern-style banana pudding that I make with the meringue top and Nilla wafer cookies, but it was still gosh darn delicious. The pudding had a creamy consistency, and it was mixed in with bananas and yellow cake. I missed the crunch from the usual wafer cookies, but this was still quite yummy. S says that this was one of his favorite desserts of the trip. There’s a location in Los Angeles, too, which we’ll have to hit up on our next LA trip.
Magnolia Bakery (Locations throughout NYC)
Another popular recommendation to me was Wafels and Dinges, the “original” Belgian waffle truck (in quotations because I’m actually never really sure whether something is actually the original or not). In addition to food trucks that are all over the city, there’s a stand in the middle of Bryant Park, which we happened upon – and so, I bought a
I kept it simple, with a dusting of powdered sugar and maple syrup (S can’t eat a waffle or pancake without it). It’s slightly chewier than a typical waffle, and the edges are more crispy. I preferred this over a “normal” waffle, though S still like the fluffy waffles more.
Wafels and Dinges (Locations throughout NYC)
Last one I’ll share in today’s post is not technically a dessert, but it was something sweet that I had after a meal, so to me it counts.
We had lunch at Eataly, which was a disappointment compared with our really wonderful Eataly experience in Chicago, but to make up for the disappointing pasta I ordered an espresso specialty drink from Caffe Lavazza.
This is the “spumina”, which is espresso topped with hazelnut mousse. The espresso was quite intense, and the hazelnut mousse was ever so creamy and airy, and its sweetness balanced out the dark roasted espresso so nicely. In the end, I actually had some mousse left over after finishing the espresso, and my friend scooped it into her own coffee as a creamer/sweetener because we couldn’t let a morsel of that delicious hazelnut foam go to waste (though it was too sweet to consume on its own, unfortunately. Otherwise I would have gobbled that up like ice cream). This definitely redeemed my Eataly meal.
Caffe Lavazza / Eataly
200 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10010
Well, I can certainly say that we snacked well in New York. Hope you’ve enjoyed this recap! Stay tuned for part two, coming soon!