15 Must-Try Desserts You Can Only Get This Time of Year
Christmas carbs > Christmas cards
Forget presents: The best part of the holidays in NYC is the arrival of the city’s outstanding desserts. And since they come around only once a year, you have our permission to give your sweet tooth all the frosting and sprinkles it can handle. Here, fifteen indulgent treats to try before January.
Holiday Ripple at Doughnut Plant
Think of this as the Inception of doughnuts: a gingerbread doughnut within a mint-chocolate-pudding doughnut within a white-chocolate-red-velvet doughnut. We don't know about you, but this is a dream we'd be OK not waking up from.
Various locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn; doughnutplant.com
Cookies and Cream Cookie at Harold’s Meat + Three
What’s a cookies and cream cookie, you ask? It’s a beautiful creation of smashed-up Oreos and red and green sprinkles, aka our childhood dreams realized.
2 Renwick St. (at Canal St.); 212-374-2632 or haroldsmeatandthree.com
Christmas Morning Cereal at Dominique Ansel Bakery
This holiday season, give yourself the greatest gift of all: dessert for breakfast. (Bonus points if you eat it while wearing festive jammies.)
189 Spring St. (between Sullivan and Thompson sts.); 212-219 2773 or dominiqueansel.com
Cornflake-Peppermint Marshmallow Cookie at Momofuku Milk Bar
It’s beginning to look a lot like...you need a cookie. Christina Tosi’s twist on chocolate chip takes crushed-up candy canes to a new level, creating a crunchy, chewy nirvana that rivals even her famous layer cakes. Order a box for friends—or just keep them for yourself (no one has to know!).
Various locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn; milkbarstore.com
Chocolate Cherry Hazelnut Bread at Il Buco Alimentari
OK, so not everyone’s into cookies and icing. For those who prefer their holiday carbs on the (slightly) less sugary side, this chocolate cherry hazelnut bread is just the ticket. The dark cocoa loaf is studded with sour cherries, toasted hazelnuts and dark chocolate pieces and finished with a cracked-sugar glaze. Yum.
53 Great Jones St. (at Bowery); 212-837-2622 or ilbucovineria.com
Gingerbread Cookies at Bouchon Bakery
With all the flashy holiday treats out there, the classic gingerbread cookie gets lost in the shuffle. But there’s a reason it's been around all these years, and Bouchon Bakery’s might be the best you’ve ever tasted. (Don’t tell Nana.)
One Rockefeller Plaza (at Rockefeller Center); 212-782-3890 or thomaskeller.com/bouchonbakeryrockcenter
Chocolate Peppermint Shake at Shake Shack
Hot chocolate is great and all, but for those frenzied holiday shopping sprees that leave you sweating in your parka, what you need is a chocolate frozen custard blended with peppermint and topped with whipped cream and chocolate peppermint candy crumble. Yep. That’s better.
Multiple locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn; shakeshack.com
Holiday Challah at Orwasher’s Bakery
Fun to say and (most importantly) fun to eat, this delightful holiday hybrid doesn’t play by traditional rules. With pistachios and a just-right smattering of cranberries, golden raisins and orange zest, it brightens up any holiday table and proves fruitcake done right defies expectations.
Two locations in Manhattan; 212-288-6569 or orwashers.com
Eggnog Cookie at Schmackary’s
Drinking eggnog? Yawn. Ditch the punch bowl at your apartment soiree and serve these tasty eggnog cookies instead.
362 W. 45th St. (at Ninth Ave.).; 646-801-9866 or schmackarys.com
Sufganiyot at Padoca Bakery
We’ll take any excuse to eat jelly doughnuts, but these powdered-sugar-dusted, raspberry-filled Hanukkah treats are perfection—and they’re only available for eight short days (December 24 to January 1).
359 E. 68th St. (at First Ave.); 212-300-4543 or padocabakery.com
Candy-Cane Croissant at Union Fare
C'mon, you didn't think the mad croissant scientists at Union Fare would miss an opportunity to add a new flavor to their repertoire, did you? Aside from being festive, it makes for a minty antidote to coffee breath.
6 E. 18th St. (between Fifth Ave. and Broadway); 212-633-6003 or unionfare.com
Gingerbread Cake at Ovenly
Gingerbread houses are cute and all, but let's face it: They tend to sacrifice taste in favor of structural integrity. This cream-cheese-frosting-topped beauty, on the other hand, is a melt-in-your-mouth combo of brown sugar, molasses and spice. And cutting a slice is way easier than dismantling a roof.
Two locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn; oven.ly
Tiramisu OddPocket from OddFellows
Brioche bun + tiramisu ice cream + salted caramel drizzle + coffee crispies = dessert goals.
175 Kent Ave. (at N. Third St.), Brooklyn; 347-599-0556 or oddfellowsnyc.com
24K Pizza at Industry Kitchen
Oh, you know, just a pizza topped with Stilton cheese, caviar, truffle shavings, foie gras and gold leaves. Yes, we realize this is not a dessert, but it's nothing if not decadent. (This one's also available year-round.) If you've ever wanted to drop $2K on a pie, now's your chance. FYI, you'll have to order 48 hours in advance—plenty of time to find a bag of money on the ground, right?
70 South St. (at Maiden Ln.); 212-487-9600 or industry-kitchen.com