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You’re walking through an unfamiliar neighborhood when all of a sudden that feeling strikes. No, not the one where you think you’re being followed. You just really need something sweet. But you haven’t spent much time in these parts, so you’re not sure where to sate your craving. What do you do? Consult our guide to NYC’s best sweet treats by neighborhood, of course.

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1. Union Square: Breads Bakery

What to get: The chocolate babka.

18 E. 16th St.; 212-633-2253 or

2. Midtown East: Café M Studio

What to get: A green-tea macaron.

315 Fifth Ave.; 212-213-8392 or

3. Midtown West: Schmackary’s

What to get: A strawberry-rhubarb cookie.

362 W. 45th St.; 646-801-9866 or

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4. Soho: Dominique Ansel Bakery

What to get: A Kouign Amann.

189 Spring St.; 212-219-2773 or

5. Upper East Side: Canelé by Céline

What to get: A canelé, a small pastry with a custard center and caramelized crust.

400 E. 82nd St.; 646-678-4124 or

6. Astoria: WAVEthai

What to get: The fried ice cream. 

21-37 31st St.; 718-777-6789 or

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7. Williamsburg: Bakeri

What to get: The Gâteau Basque, an almond-scented pastry filled with vanilla bean cream and fresh fruit.

105 Freeman St.; 718-349-1542 or

8. Lower East Side: Ice and Vice

What to get: The buttered-popcorn ice cream with toasted raisins and chocolate flakes.

221 E. Broadway; 646-678-3687 or

9. Washington Heights: Esmeraldo Bakery

What to get: The pastelitos de guayaba, buttery puff pastries filled with guava paste. 

538 W. 181st St.; 212-543-2250

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10. Flatiron: The City Bakery

What to get: The hot chocolate.

3 W. 18th St.; 212-366-1414 or

11. Clinton Hill: The Good Batch

What to get: A stroopwafel, two thin waffle cookies filled with caramel.

936 Fulton Street; 718-622-4000 or

12. Forest Hills: Eddie’s Sweet Shop

What to get: An old-fashioned ice cream sundae.

105-29 Metropolitan Ave., Queens; 718-520-8514

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13. Park Slope: People’s Pops

What to get: The cherry-limeade shave ice.

808 Union St.; 347-850-2388 or

14. Little Italy: Caffé Roma

What to get: A sfogliatella, a shell-shaped, cream-filled pastry.

385 Broome St.; 212-226-8413

15. Fort Greene: Dough

What to get: A passion fruit doughnut. 

448 Lafayette Ave.; 347-533-7544 or


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16. Upper West Side: Levain Bakery

What to get: A dark-chocolate peanut-butter-chip cookie.

167 W. 74th St.; 212-874-6080 or

17. Chinatown: A-Wah

What to get: A tang yuang, a rice-flour dumpling filled with black sesame paste.

5 Catherine St.; 212-925-8308 or

18. The Bronx: Concourse Jamaican Bakery 

What to get: The carrot cake. 

242 E. 167th St.; 718-681-4015

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19. West Village: Sockerbit

What to get: The biggest bag of Scandinavian candy you can hold.

89 Christopher St.; 212-206-8170 or

20. East Village: Peacefood Café

What to get: The vegan chocolate-chip-cookie sandwich with chocolate filling.

41 E. 11th St.; 212-979-2288 or

21. Brooklyn Heights: Lassen & Hennigs

What to get: A black-and-white cookie. 

114 Montague St.; 718-875-6272 or

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22. Jackson Heights: La Nueva Bakery

What to get: An alfajor, a South American cookie sandwich filled with dulce de leche.

86-10 37th Ave., Queens; 718-507-4785 or

23. Red Hook: Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies

What to get: A Swingle, a frozen key-lime tart hand-dipped in chocolate and served on a stick.

185 Van Dyke St.; 718-858-5333 or

24. FiDi: Gelato ti Amo

What to get: The hazelnut gelato. 

12 John St.; 212-470-1159 

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25. Bed Stuy: Scratchbread

What to get: A chai sticky bun.

1069 Bedford Ave.; 917-803-5773 or

26. Harlem: Make My Cake

What to get: The butter-lemon cupcake.

121 Saint Nicholas Ave.; 212-932-0833 or

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27. Chelsea: Doughnut Plant

What to get: The crème brûlée doughnut.

220 W. 23rd St..; 212-505-3700 or

28. Cobble Hill: Blue Marble Ice Cream

What to get: The sea-salt caramel sundae.

196 Court St.; 718-858-0408 or

29. Staten Island: Egger’s Ice Cream Parlor

What to get: The root-beer float.

1194 Forest Ave.; 718-981-2110

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