From the Bronx to Brooklyn, NYC has some of the best cakes and cookies you’ll ever try. Did your favorite make the list? Below you’ll find a compiled list of some of the best bakeries in the Big Apple.
Golden Glow has been a part of my life since I was a kid so I’ve decided to put it first. As far back as I can remember Golden Glow pastries made their way to family functions and parties. The place is such a hit that on special dates like Christmas Eve, the line wraps around the corner before it even opens. If it seems like a giant factory from the outside, that’s because it is- this manufacturer provides their treats to other bakeries throughout the city but they also have a small retail shop where you can pick up a selection of the most delicious rainbow cookies and cannolis as well as sugar free options. Golden Glow opened in 1954 and has been serving the Bronx ever since. You can call to place an order but the best way to get your sugar fix is to just stop by for the freshest cookies baked every day. (Pro tip- Get the RAINBOW COOKIES).
Address: 1844 Givan Ave, Bronx
Another Bronx classic is Artuso. Their cannoli “flats” are a super fun addition to any party and are definitely a crowd-pleaser with that delicious ricotta dip. They’ve been in business for over 65 years in the Bronx’s Little Italy.
Address: 670 East 187th Street, Bronx
Dominique Ansel has made waves in the elite pastry world with the creation of the “cronut.” Their NYC location opened in 2011 and since then, Ansel was named the World’s Best Pastry Chef by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards and the brand has expanded to Los Angeles, London, and Tokyo.
Address: 189 Spring Street between Sullivan and Thompson
Dana’s is the place to go for French Macarons. The “it” pastry brought her fame and her scrumptious rainbow black and white cookies brought her an even more loyal following. You can order a batch of your favorite for delivery, head to their HQ in New Jersey or take a trip to “The Mac at Dylan’s Candy Bar” for your fix.
Ferrara is a Little Italy classic. The cafe was established in 1892 and has been making some of the best Italian pastries ever since. Don’t be fooled- people may say that this is a tourist trap but it’s really not, it’s a fun place to go with the fam and it’s not as expensive as some of the other touristy places in Manhattan’s Little Italy.
Address: 195 Grand Street
This Argentinian bakery in Queens is one of a kind. Their menu online is in Spanish but even if you don’t speak, you’ll be fine once you enter and see the selection of Latin American pastries and empanadas. Try the cuernitos and la rosca. This place is cash only so don’t forget your wallet!
In April of 2016, mother and daughter team Sarah and Dahlia Silverman opened Cupcake Market. Since then, it has gained immense amounts of popularity due to their “face cookies” representing pop culture icons and political players. Taking a bite of these Instagrammable and delicious treats will be one of the highlights of your week.
Address: 74 East 7th Street
In 1996, Magnolia Bakery opened its first location on a quiet street corner in the heart of New York City’s West Village. In 2007, the original owner passed her oven mitts to Steve and Tyra Abrams. Since then, the brand has been expanded from the bakery in the West Village to locations worldwide. In addition to their locations all over, you can also place orders online. The iconic mint green locale screams “cute” and their cupcakes are a nice way to surprise your friends and family with a treat any time of the year.
Address: 401 Bleecker Street and W. 11th Street
Prohibition Bakery is a basic bitch’s dream. Founded in 2011, Prohibition Bakery is New York City’s original alcoholic cupcake shop. They offer delivery and catering throughout NYC and the surrounding areas. The mini cupcakes are adorable and are great for a girls night or party. Unfortunately, they’ve recently closed their storefront but you can place your order through their website or by calling.
Almondine Bakery was established in 2004 in Dumbo by an artisan French baker. They specialize in breads and cakes. Pick up a loaf and let out your inner Parisian for a picnic in the park!
Address: 85 Water Street, Brooklyn