Satisfying Your Sweet Tooth in New York City


In the mood for something sweet after taking in the sights and sounds of New York City? We’ve got you covered! These four dessert stops are must-sees for anyone with a sweet tooth.


Levain’s cookies are half a pound of baked deliciousness.
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Since its opening in 1995, Levain Bakery has become famous for its warm and gooey extra-large cookies. Each Levain cookie weighs in at just under half a pound, so be sure to grab a tall glass of milk. The most popular flavors include chocolate chip walnut, chocolate chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin. Look for Levain Bakery’s original store front on the Upper West Side. Check out all of the cookies and more here.


Milk Bar has seven locations in New York scattered across Manhattan and Brooklyn, so you’re bound to find one when you’ve got that dessert craving. Milk Bar offers a variety of iconic desserts, from cookies to ice cream to some dreamy-looking layer cakes. One of its most famous concoctions is their cereal milk™ soft serve, served in a cup or cone and surrounded by corn flakes. Want to take some treats to go? Grab a box of their cake truffles to snack on later. Check out all of their droolworthy desserts here.

Mr. Softee trucks deliver soft serve and happiness.
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Mister Softee is a NYC staple in soft serve ice cream. They have three brick-and-mortar store fronts in New York and over 600 trucks in 15 states across the country. Famous for their catchy jingle, they’ve been serving ice cream to treat lovers since 1956. Simplicity is key with Mister Softee – get a cone of chocolate or vanilla soft serve and top it with some sprinkles. Rather sip something? Get a mouthwatering milkshake. Check out Mister Softee’s history here.


With locations across the globe, Magnolia Bakery began with humble roots in the West Village of New York City. Magnolia Bakery is like visiting your grandmother’s kitchen – warm and inviting and full of delicious treats to satisfy your inner child. Magnolia’s famous staple is their cupcakes. From their classic cupcakes (vanilla, chocolate, red velvet) to their monthly specials, there is a cupcake for everyone. Specialty cupcakes like the banana chocolate – banana cake with chocolate buttercream – or the devil’s mocha – devil’s food cake with mocha buttercream – give you an idea of what flavor combinations you can look forward to. You can find Magnolia Bakery’s daily cupcake calendar here.

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