Back in July Dan and I spent a long weekend in New York City. It has become somewhat of a tradition for us- this is now the fourth year in a row that we have gone. I love walking around the city and of course checking out the local bakeries. After four years of exploration, I finally have a good idea of the best bakeries in the city. Today I am sharing a few of my very favorites with you all.
After checking into our hotel, we immediately headed up to Columbus Circle and stopped at Bouchon Bakery. Bouchon has the best macarons. Now I would choose a chocolate chip cookie over a macaron any day, but the vanilla macarons at Bouchon are seriously amazing. I also had to try a funfetti macaron- so fun! Dan decided to sample the homemade Oreo and gave it two thumbs up.
Along the way we stopped at Baked by Melissa, a little bakery that sells mini cupcakes. I love the concept behind this bakery- you can easily get your cupcake fix without spoiling your appetite. My favorite was the chocolate chip pancake cupcake.
Since we were not too far from the Upper West Side, we decided to continue walking and check out Levain Bakery. Levain’s location is definitely a little out of the way. I had always wanted to try their cookies, but never made it that far up in previous trips. However, Levain is a must for all cookie lovers- their incredibly thick cookies are worth the long walk.
Not only are Levain’s cookies thick and chewy, but they are served warm and packed with melted chocolate chips. Talk about cookie perfection.
Magnolia is probably most famous for their vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting. So simple, but so good. I also love the simple swirl they do on top of their cupcakes.
My favorite is probably the red velvet cupcake. The whipped vanilla frosting is so, so good.
If I had to pick my favorite treat in New York City, it would definitely be this pretzel croissant from City Bakery. I can’t even describe how amazing it is- you just have to go and see for yourself.
As much as I love re-visiting my favorite bakeries, I also love finding new favorites. On this trip Dan and I went to Chelsea Market for the first time. It is now one of my favorite places in the city. There are fewer tourists than there are in other parts of the city and I love exploring all of the bakeries and little shops. Whether you are looking for baked goods, fresh cheese, fresh meat, nuts, spices or teas- you will find it all at Chelsea Market.
I couldn’t resist stopping at Eleni’s Cupcakes before we left Chelsea Market. I loved their chocolate cupcake- so delicious! And how cute are their frosted sugar cookies? You know we had to take home a few to sample.
On our last day in the city, we decided to check out Doughnut Plant. Since I somewhat miscalculated its location, it ended up being a long walk to get there. But it was definitely worth the walk. They have tons of fun flavors to choose from- my favorite was the carrot cake doughnut.
I seriously wish there was a Doughnut Plant in Boston. The Valhrona chocolate doughnut was also really rich and tasty.
Finally, I need to tell you about Two Little Red Hens, located in the Upper East Side. Although it is a little out of the way, we always find a way to stop there and pick up a chocolate cupcake. It is honestly one of the best cupcakes I have ever had.
So there you have it- my favorite bakeries in New York City. Now you tell me, what are your favorites? Am I missing anything good?