It’s hard to walk down the street in New York City without passing a bakery. We’ve narrowed down our favorite spots so you know where to go when you’re craving a pastry, cookie, brownie, or cake. These are the best NYC bakeries in 12 different Manhattan neighborhoods. So throw away any shred of self-control you may have and indulge in some serious carbs!
41 East 78th St. New York, NY 10075
This Bryant Park cake boutique got its start 12 years ago when founder Ken Romaniszyn set out to open a pastry shop that fused Asian flavors (Romaniszyn is half-Japanese) with classic French technique. From there, Lady M’s now-iconic mille crêpes cake was born, a cloud-like confection that layers 20-plus paper-thin rounds with airy whipped cream.
236 9th Ave. New York, NY 10001
Chelsea is home to the pillowy, nearly greaseless bomboloni baked at Sullivan Street Bakery. These Italian donuts filled with tart jam, chocolate or lemon-scented vanilla cream are something of the sweetest dreams.
10 Columbus Cir. Fl 3 New York, NY 10019
Bouchon Bakery offers meticulously executed classic French pastry alongside some decidedly non-French—but fun—interpretations of iconic American sweets. On the classic side, don’t miss their kouign-amann with its sweet and crunchy caramelized crust. On the fun side, you’ll find the elegant homemade Thomas Keller’s Oreo: scallop-edged dark chocolate cookies filled with white chocolate cream. Whether you choose classic or kooky, Bouchon is known for meticulous attention to detail, the kind you expect to find at a fine dining restaurant, not a neighborhood pastry shop.
123 E 7th St. New York, NY 10009
From the moment you walk in, you feel at home in this tiny, sweet smelling cupcake shop. Shocking-pink floral wallpaper covers one wall in the otherwise demure, white space, and waiting customers linger at the counter with tasting sticks to sample frosting flavors like key lime, pumpkin, raspberry, or blueberry. An added layer of cuteness- they offer cupcake classes that I am dying to take during my next trip to New York!
921 Broadway New York, NY 10010
It was only a matter of time before renowned French baker Eric Kayser’s rapidly expanding empire made its way to New York, bringing with it crusty baguettes, eclairs, and croissants. The loaves served at Kayser’s New York City locations (there are 10 and counting) are a true French-American lovechild — the organic flour comes from upstate New York, but the high-quality butter hails from France.
121 St. Nicholas Ave. New York, NY 10026
There’s a reason why Make My Cake made an appearance on the season finale of 30 Rock a few years back: it’s red velvet cake and cupcakes are to die for!
LOWER EAST SIDE
61 Delancey St. New York, NY 10002
If the smell of fresh-baked goods doesn’t draw you in, the promise of the best pies in town should. There’s a little something for everyone here – from salty chocolate chess, to cherry crumb, and maple whisky walnut — all of Petee’s pies are made with local, organic ingredients and built on all-butter crusts.
80 Spring St. New York, NY 10012
Balthazar’s transports you to Paris with its divine pastries and refined decor. Order an almond croissant or the brioche french toast and enjoy the ambiance.
220 Church St. New York, NY 10013
Out of an unassuming corner of a downtown office building’s entry hall, Arcade Bakery is producing some of the finest baguettes and viennoiserie in New York City.
UPPER EAST SIDE
1652 Second Ave. New York, NY 10028
Two Little Red Hens is the place for made-from-scratch American desserts that you can eat at a leisurely pace. No crazy lines or over-the-top hybrids here — just dependably delicious cupcakes, pies, and one creamy graham cracker-crusted cheesecake.
UPPER WEST SIDE
167 W. 74th St. New York, NY 10023
If you’ve ever walked by Levain Bakery headquarters in the Upper West Side you’ve probably seen the line that stretches down the block. There’s a reason for it: their cookies. Each one of the hefty, hockey puck-sized cookies from Levain is perfectly crunchy on the outside, warm and gooey on the inside.
243 Bleecker St. New York, NY 10014
The best bakery to satisfy a cannoli craving is at Pasticceria Rocco in the West Village. This Italian pastry shop has been serving up their world famous cannoli since 1974. Each shell is stuffed with their special ricotta filling only after ordering, assuring you the freshest and most flavorful bite each time. Don’t forget about their other Italian delicacies like their Tiramisu Cup, Pasticiotti Custard, or various types of Biscotti.
189 Spring St. New York, NY 10001
You can’t talk about bakeries without making mention of the almighty Cronut creator: Chef Dominique Ansel. Ansel has followed up his mash-up pastry heard ‘round the world with another novel concept: made-to-order desserts. Matcha-dusted beignets are fried fresh, chocolate mousse is folded by the order, and lemon tart filling coaxed into custard form à la minute.