Recently two of my cousins were talking to me about coming to NYC so I could take them on a dessert walking tour. An early planner as always, I started jotting down a few notes and came up with this itinerary. Now the walking part is possible, as I have done similar walking plans myself, but I’m just not sure you can consume this much amazing sugary sweetness and survive. I sure love a challenge though!
I will start from Penn Station, because that’s where I always arrive in the city. There are actually some nice sweets to have in the station itself – but look away! We will need to pace ourselves. Walk down 8th ave. to 23rd street. Head east and you will soon be at Doughnut Plant. These are the best doughnuts in the city. Don’t get more than two to share, though – it’s going to be a long day.
Next we will hit Eataly, near Madison Square Park. Too many yummy things here to mention, but we are stopping for a nice espresso, which they serve with these delicate little cookies they have imported. Let’s make friends friends with the barrista, shall we? He really knows his stuff and perhaps we’ll score some extra cookies to take home. No time to dawdle, though, the caffeine is kicking in and we must press on…
Down Broadway now to the Union Square Marketplace. Lots and lots of stalls full of goodies – perhaps we should purchase a veggie or two to assuage our guilt? Stick it in your pack to eat tomorrow. Our destination is the holiday market which opens November 16th. It’s a great place to pick up some holiday gifts and to eat that the Wafel and Dinges stand. Nothing says the holidays like a liege wafel with spekuloos spread!
A sit down is in order at this point, so it’s right across the street down Broadway to Max Brenner for some cocoa to warm up. This might not be the day to have their chocolate pizza, because it might cause us to pass out cold and sleep for the rest of the day. But we can look at it and sigh.
Take 12th street down to 1st ave, hang a right and we’re at Momofuku Milk Bar. I’m obsessed with this place. We must get some compost cookies, full of chips and pretzels and potato chips and a million other things. Perhaps we could even squeeze in some of their awesome soft serve if the flavors interest us this week. Right now their main flavor is green apple cheddar. I have some mixed feelings about that. But that’s ok – because our next stop is the best soft serve in the city!
Let’s head down to the East Village to the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop. I just talked about it in my last post so I won’t go on and on, although I could. Since we are in the neighborhood, lets try the new Prohibition Bakery for some boozy cupcakes! What could be wrong with that idea?
Now it’s time to stumble down to the Lower East Side to where NYC sweets started for me – Babycakes. When I first moved to the area I wasn’t eating much processed sugar (how times have changed!) and my first walking tour was to come straight to this place to try some of their vegan, low sugar, occasionally gluten free products. They can stand up to any over the top sweets we’ve tried so far and perhaps, for one second, we’ll feel just a little less guilty.
Up to Prince Street now for Rice to Riches. This place has over 20 different flavors of rice pudding and toppings you can add to them – starchy heaven!
But wait! There’s more! Now we will head west to my favorite chocolate of all time, Vosges in Soho. This is the worlds best chocolate as far as I am concerned, as as many will tell you, I have done the definitive taste test. The good news for us is that just one or two of their amazing and unusual truffles will do. It’s also time for another cup of cocoa – perhaps this time Vosges’ famous Bianca Couture Cocoa – white chocolate with lemon myrtle, lavender and vanilla. Don’t forget to stick out your pinky!
As we start to wind our way back north, it’s time to stop near Washington Square Park – a nice place to rest our feet and try to balance out our blood sugar. You know what would hit the spot right about now? Peanut butter! We are just a few steps away from the Peanut Butter and Co. shop. If I get a grilled peanut butter sandwich with bananas and honey, will that count as a balanced meal? Today it will!
We will end this insulin blasting foray at the Chelsea Market. There are a million great places to have sweets here – practically a tour in and of itself. For today, though, I suggest an ice pop at People’s Pops. Just to clense the palate and refresh us. Then we can shop for prizes to take home!
Can it be done? I’d love to find out! Why don’t you join me?