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Top Desserts in NYC: 2010 Edition

Got a sweet tooth? Pinkberry not cutting it? Not to worry. From chocolate shops, to cupcake stands, to roving dessert trucks, there's no shortage of ways to indulge your cravings in this town. Below, find our picks for the best dessert spots in NYC. - Kelly Dobkin

Café Sabarsky


Wallse offers modern interpretations of Austrian classic desserts. (photo courtesy of


1048 Fifth Avenue (near 86th Street)
New York, NY 10028
(212) 288-0665

The decadent desserts at this Viennese café range from chocolate tortes, to apple strudel, to cheesecake. Whipped cream-topped coffee and other confections arrive delicately presented on a silver tray at this café-by day, restaurant-by night.


203 East 10th Street (@2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10009
(212) 995-9511
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Chika Tillman's meticulously-crafted desserts change almost daily at this tiny E. Village shop where lines are likely to snake out the door and down the block. Check out the three course dessert prix-fixe for just $14 that includes an amuse bouche, one dessert, and petit fours.

Dessert Truck (roving)


The dessert truck may rove, but it also has a more permanent storefront on Clinton Street. (image courtesy of


University Place near 8th street
New York, NY

Store front:

6 Clinton Street
New York, NY 10002
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Created by a former Le Cirque pastry chef, the ingenious Dessert Truck is a gourmet dessert purveyor on wheels. While the Truck had a brief hiatus this year due to some permit snafus, it is back on its wheels serving up desserts like crème brulee, bomboloni, hazelnut pot de crème, and more.

The Doughnut Plant

379 Grand St (@Norfolk St)
New York, NY 10009
(212) 505-3700
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Following the recipes of three generations of doughnut-makers, Mark Israel started the doughnut shop in 1994. Binge on peanut butter and jam, Valrhona Chocoalte, Tres Leches, and other ridiculously delicious doughnut varieties at this Lower East Side mecca of doughnut.


103 West 77th Street
New York, NY 10024-6909
(212) 362-3800
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While Dovetail is primarily a savory eatery, the desserts created by pastry chef Vera Tong are not to be missed. The dessert menu is constantly changing and includes dishes like brioche bread pudding, peanut butter mousseline, and pumpkin panna cotta.

Jacques Torres Chocolate

66 Water Street (btw Brooklyn & Manhattan Bridges)
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 875-9772
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This legendary pastry chef and chocolatier's DUMBO chocolate shop is the closest you can might get to a romp inside Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. With dozens of chocolates, bars, brownies, and Jacques's famous hot chocolate, you'll leave this shop on a permanent sugar high.

The Village Tart

86 Kenmare Street (@Mulberry Street)
New York, NY 10012
(212) 226-4980
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From famed pastry chef Pichet Ong, comes this charming Nolita tart shop serving up sinful desserts like Nutella skillet tort, dark chocolate espresso tart, and back forest coffee cake.

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