A New Yorker with a Sweet Tooth
Hello everyone! Alexa from Alexa Loves Books here. If you’ve known me for a while, you’ll know this very important fact about me: I love dessert. I have a serious sweet tooth, and I definitely like indulging it! I’m really lucky to live in New York, because when it comes to dessert, there are so many different ones within reach. While I haven’t tried all of the New York desserts that I would like to sample, here are five of my current favorites!
Chocolate chip walnut cookies from Levain Bakery
Whenever my friends and family come to visit, I make it a point to encourage them to pay a visit to Levain Bakery. Why? Because they have the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had, even though there are technically walnuts in it and I shouldn’t be eating those because of my allergies. If you grab them fresh, they’re just the right level of chewy and sweet and warm. If you take them home, you can eat them straight out of the bag or heat them up to get the same effect. These are pretty large cookies so I usually share with someone else!
Cereal Milk Soft Serve Ice Cream from Milk
I’m obsessed with this soft serve. It’s seriously a favorite for me, mostly because I’m a diehard cereal and milk girl and to have that incorporated into a dessert is perfection. I love the blend of crunchy and smooth, and it tastes like milk and cereal, and I find that the combination just so happens to be utterly delightful. My only complaint is that I wish they served it in a larger size so I could have more whenever I go and visit them. (They might be doing this by now, and maybe I just don’t know? Let me know if you know.)
Macarons from Laduree
I do love macarons. They are the lightest of the desserts I’m mentioning here, which is both a terrific and terrible thing. Terrific, because I never feel like I’m overstuffed or that the sweetness is overdone. Terrible, because I can eat them one after another after another, if left to my own devices. While visiting Laduree only happens every so often for more because of the price point, the macarons are quite delicious! I’m always eager to have my favorites (usually the ones that are chocolate and vanilla flavored) and to try whatever new flavor they have whipped up.
Donuts from Dough
Notice how I didn’t pick a specific flavor of donut here. There’s a reason for that, and that’s because every donut I’ve tried from this place is quite delicious! I actually go out of my way to drop by the branch I’m closest to when I’m at work, and just have a donut, because donuts make everything better. I’ve tried quite a few of their flavors, and I’ve got to say – it’s usually a home run as long as there’s chocolate involved. Or just delicious donut dough, really. I love donuts.
Frozen Hot Chocolate from Serendipity
Just like the cookies from Levain Bakery, I also consider this a staple for anyone playing tourists in my city. Yes, it’s definitely a tourist hotspot. Yes, it’s cheesy. And no, I don’t particularly love the rest of the menu more than I love any other place. But their frozen hot chocolate is delicious! It’s sweet and perfectly chilled, topped with copious amounts of whipped. It’s perfect for sharing. Or for drinking all on your own if you can’t stop yourself. I don’t have it as often as I used to, but I know that I can always rely on it to be amazing when I do go and get it.
I can’t believe I only listed five desserts in this post! There are so many more that I would love to talk about, and perhaps, if I’m so lucky, Cassie will invite me back next year and I can share more. Hope you enjoyed seeing all of my current favorite desserts! Let me know if you’ve tried any of these, or if you want to, or if there’s anything in New York that you’ve tried that you think I need to. Thanks for having me, Cassie! I’m about to go and hunt down something sweet to eat…