Hottest Dessert Spots in NYC

Skip the diet for a few days and check out some of the hottest desserts in New York City. Whether you are a tourist or a NYC resident, these dessert hot spots should be a must on your to-do list this summer!

New York City is full of decadent dessert places on every corner, but it takes a committed sweet tooth to really find those top rated dessert restaurants. We here at Celebrations.com have researched to find some of the best dessert hot spots in NYC. All of us here cannot wait to stop by each one!

While some of the restaurants that made our list are well-known and usually big tourist traps, like Serendipity III, others are hidden treasures that you should definitely discover. Whether you are visiting the big apple for a weekend or a New York City resident, everyone should make it a summer goal to try these 7 NYC dessert hot spots. Forget the diet for a couple days and grab a fork!


  • Serendipity III

    Tourists flock to Serendipity III just to taste their delicious frozen hot chocolate. I have to admit, even though I am no tourist, I have waited over an hour to be seated at Serendipity III! There is something about this dessert that just screams New York. Maybe it is because the restaurant is featured in many movies, like the movie Serendipity!

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  • Crumbs Bake Shop

    With over 20 bakeries in New York, Crumbs is becoming one of the biggest cupcake hot spots in the city today. Crumbs Bake Shop began in New York City in 2003 and has grown exponentially! Today they bake more than 50 varieties of cupcakes every day. Tourists and residents of NYC must stop by Crumbs at some point in their life...there is sure to be a flavor for every member of the family.

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  • Dominique Ansel Bakery

    We all know this soho bakery because of its latest invention, the cronut. While other bakeries around the world have tried to recreate this dessert phenomenon, no one has succeeded. The cronut is the perfect blend of flaky croissant layers and creamy doughnut insides. People will line up outside the Dominique Ansel Bakery for hours just to get a taste of this savory treat!

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  • The Chocolate Room

    The name of the shop says it all: chocolate…what could be better? This New York hidden treasure features the greatest chocolate desserts from brownie sundaes to chocolate layer cake. Every chocolate lover should put this dessert hot spot on their list of places to eat! If you cannot make it to the actual store though you can also order their famous brownies and chocolate sauces online.

  • Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

    This hidden treasure is considered one of the best ice cream places in Manhattan! I would recommend everyone in the area stop by, especially during those hot summer months to come, and get a scoop of ice cream. Chinatown Ice Cream Factory is known for both their traditional flavors like vanilla or mint chocolate chip, but they also have exotic flavors as well! Exotic flavors include zen butter, green tea, ginger, and almond cookie.

  • ChikaLicious Dessert Bar

    This decadent dessert shop located in the East Village will satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. They feature both popular desserts and seasonal ones and have a prix fixe menu so people can get a little taste of everything. Some say they have the best macaroons while others are huge fans of the ice cream filled éclairs.

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  • Rice to Riches

    I first discovered this place in high school and have been in love with it ever since. This NYC hot spot is an entire restaurant with just one dessert: rice pudding. With over 15 different flavors this restaurant will make everyone a rice pudding lover.

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