New York for Pastry Lovers: The 10 Best Bakeries in NYC

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On my recent fleeting visit to New York, I had just enough time to check out what was happening on the bakery scene in the city and sample my way around some old favourites. Below you will find my handpicked selection of the 10 best bakeries in NYC and what each of them specialises in to make over-the-counter ordering a breeze!


Supermoon Bake House (The Cruffin)

New on the scene and only open a few days before my arrival, the creator of the cruffin (an Aussie himself) has departed Mr Holmes Bakehouse (West Coast) and branched out on his own with Supermoon Bake House in the lower east side. Of course, the speciality is still the croissant-muffin hybrid “the cronut”, but you’ll have to arrive bang on opening time to get your hands on one. If you miss out, the croissants are really good in terms of technique and flavour, but be ready to flake the whole thing all over you. Bonus: the coffee is great thanks to some Aussie baristas.

120 Rivington Street, Lower East Side, New York

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Woops! Bakeshop (The Cuteness)

Over in Williamsburg I came across this little gem of a place that I’ll admit, looked better than it tasted. The macarons would taste okay if you’ve never had one before (and therefore don’t know what you’re missing out on), but for the most part, the flavours are pretty mediocre.

548 Driggs Ave, Williamsburg, New York

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MILK (The cereal milk soft serve)

If you haven’t tried cereal milk soft serve in your lifetime, I’m telling you now, you’re missing out! MILK is one of my favourite pitstops on a hot summer day, but even in the cold of my recent visit I made it my business to divert via an oldie but a goodie. There are baked goods, too, but you’ll be doing yourself a disservice if you don’t go for the soft serve (with crunch!)

251 E 13th Street, East Village, New York

Dominique Ansel (The Cronut)

Amazingly after so much time has passed, the cronut continues to draw the crowds. Dominique Ansel is where you will find the original (and the best) of these sugary creations, but you’ll have to be prepared to wait in line.

189 Spring Street, Soho, New York

Bouchon Bakery (Thomas Keller)

After reading his bakery book, I was adament that I had to visit Bouchon Bakery on this trip to New York. While the quality and techniques are really good, I was left a little flat after my visit. The decor is a bit tired and lacklustre, but for a takeaway treat this is a great option.

10 Columbus Circle, Central Park, New York

Breads Bakery (Bread, DUH!)

If you just want gluten and lots of it, head to Breads Bakery. They can do no wrong.

18 E 16th Street, Union Square, New York

Levain Bakery (Cookies)

Although a little out of the way (okay, a lot), the freshly baked cookies at Levain Bakery in the Upper West are totally worth it. Sure, it’s a little hard to justify travelling all that way uptown just for a cookie… but you’ll thank me for it once you get there! Be prepared to wait in line, everyone else has the same idea as you.

167 W 74th St, Upper West Side, New York

Sweets by Chloe (Vegan treats)

Vegans rejoice, CHLOE is your answer to everything in New York City! This vegan fast food chain has been taking over the city at the speed of light and as someone who loves both dairy and sugar, I was a little sceptical at first. Turns out the flavours are delicious and the food really filling!

185 Bleecker Street, New York

DO Cookie Dough Confections (Cookie Dough)

If you’re anything like me and eat at least half the mixture before putting your cookies in the oven, you’ll love DO cookie dough confections. As the name suggests, they’re serving up cookie dough in ice cream cones. When the novelty wears off, be prepared to deal with a sickly stomach (sharing might be a better option!)

550 LaGuardia Pl, New York

Magnolia Bakery

Touristic as it is, I feel like I would be doing this article a disservice not to include the creators of the cupcake craze: Magnolia’s! Although the hype has died down, the quality of cupcakes have not. My favourite flavour is still the Hummingbird cake with cream cheese frosting: to die for!

401 Bleecker Street, New York

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    January 20, 2018 at 1:52 am

    What an amazing places!!! I want to go to New York.

    Edward @EpicureTravelGroup
    January 19, 2018 at 2:14 am

    Brooke, you’ve done an amazing job putting these all together. Can’t believe I’ve never tried Sweets By Chloe! Vegan sweets are always fascinating 🙂

    That said, I remember one morning on my last trip being so ‘fooded’ out (as happens if you’re doing NYC right haha) I just wanted something simple and light for breakfast. That was the auspicious day when I stumbled on my favourite snack in all 5 boroughs: a toasted cinnamon bagel smeared with butter from Bryant Park Deli. I’ve never seen any tourists in there. It feels so authentic to me. Anyway – give it a go if you’re ever over in the Garment District. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

    – Edward

    • Brooke Saward
      January 19, 2018 at 11:52 am

      Thanks Edward – I’ll add it to my list for my next visit to the city! That’s why I love NYC so much, always changing and always something new to try 🙂 – Brooke

    January 18, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    I’ll be saving this list! I seriously need to visit NYC! xo


    January 11, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    I loved Milk!! You should definitely try their crack pie next time – it’s a signature and super delicious!

    January 9, 2018 at 11:50 pm

    Wonderful!! Thank you for posting informative blog. Your posts are more interesting and informative.

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    January 9, 2018 at 10:48 pm

    Thanks for sharing these bakeries. It looks so delicious. Glad to read this post. Thanks for sharing it.

    Andrew Wind
    January 9, 2018 at 4:19 am

    These suggestions are quite good, but Magnolia cupcakes are sadly no longer what they once were and haven’t been for a while. If you go at all, you should opt for the banana pudding. Two places merit mention more than most on this list: Milk & Cookies on Commerce and La Maison du Macaron on 23rd. Also, for aficionados of iconic pastries, the black and white cookie was created at Glaser’s on the UES, which miraculously is still open.

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    January 8, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    This looks a place which is just made for me, I would like to visit this place and wants to have taste of these pastries.

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    January 6, 2018 at 9:48 pm

    I love to eat pastries and more precisely I can call my myself a fan of pastries. Thanks for sharing this nice information with us.

    Amaia Smith
    January 6, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    Amazing. thanks for sharing.

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    January 5, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    What an amazing places and this bakeries looks so delicious in your post. Thank you so much for sharing it.

    January 5, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    Wonderful!..delicious, Thank you for sharing

    January 5, 2018 at 7:22 am

    Thanks for this blog post!
    I’ll be sure to check out some of these places whilst in NYC next time 🙂

    Kelly x

    January 4, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    *currently feeling the need to book a trip to New York ASAP*

    January 4, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    I’ve always wanted to get a cronut from Dominique Ansel, but I hate waiting in line! I’ll just have to suck it up one day and get one.

    Sheema @ Outdoor Karma
    January 3, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    Levain is insane! Marathon runners use their gigantic cookies as fuel….I eat them whether or not I am running 26 miles :).

    January 3, 2018 at 7:14 am

    Levain cookies are to die for. Agree with you on Woops, the treats are pretty basic but it’s so cute, I still go there to work all the time. Gotta try out Supermoon!

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    January 3, 2018 at 4:38 am

    You got me cravings for desserts hon :O bookmarking this page for where to get Sugarrush in NYC 🙂

    Sophie Falkena
    January 3, 2018 at 2:58 am

    Now I want to go to New York. What an amazing places!

    January 2, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Yum all of these places look delicious!

    Diana |

    January 2, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Arcade Bakery is definitely my favorite in NYC, but I’m glad you decided to keep that our secret 😉

    Claire @ TallGirlBigWorld
    December 30, 2017 at 8:40 am

    All good places! I featured a few of these on my recent list of fave NYC bakeries. I’m not a huge fan of Magnolia Bakery, but the rest are good! (if you’re interested, you can check out my bakery list to compare!)