Manhattan Is An Island Of Irresistible Sweet Spots

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The Signature Mille Crêpes cake from Lady M

It is a fact: fashion follows food!

Manhattan is a paradise of sweet spots, offering all types of decadent destinations under the sun. The options are endless, making your sweet dreams come true.

Sugar Factory, the international sweetshop, is opening the world’s first Museum of Candy in the converted Chelsea church in the Limelight Club space at 656 Sixth Avenue which was once home to the city’s techno music scene. Visitors will find fifteen experiential rooms dedicated to candy of all different types, adorned with Instagram-friendly backdrops. The museum will include the world’s largest gummy bear, a unicorn made out of candy, and other decadent exhibits. The cherry on top will be a restaurant with an outdoor café and a dessert marketplace.

Flour Shop 177 Lafayette Street; owner Amirah Kassem left a fashion industry job to open her made-to-order business out of her apartment five years ago. Known for her high-concept desserts for the fashion and entertainment set, this bright SoHo bakery is where glitter countertops meet exploding rainbow confections creating one of the most Instagrammable shops.

British cookie shop Ben’s Cookies opened a new location near Penn Station at 345 Seventh Avenue. Founded by cookery writer and chocoholic Helge Rubenstein, she named it after her son Ben. Starting in England, they have expanded from the UK, to the Middle East, East Asia, the USA and beyond!

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Supermoon Bakehouse 120 Rivington Street; notorious for its original location in San Franciscothis Lower East Side spot known as ‘NYC’s Most Exciting New Bakery’ is known for its retro iridescent packaging and inventive croissants. The galactic-themed bakery features over the top pastries making millennials clamoring for more.

And my favorites…

Lady M Cake Boutique 

(Flagship Boutique) 41 East 78th St, (The Plaza Food Hall) 1 West 59th Street, (Rockefeller Center Boutique) 30 Rockefeller Plaza, (Bryant Park Boutique) 36 West 40th Street, (NoMad Boutique) 1178 Broadway, (World Trade Center Boutique) 101 Liberty Street, and ever expanding in the US and the world. Creates the freshest and finest handmade cakes that are literal works of art. Lady M cakes has led to a loyal following with New York City and Los Angeles’s top restaurants and an ever-growing international private clientele. The mille crêpe cakes are simply divine and the beautiful ambiance of the patisserie and cake shop makes it an oasis for ladies who lunch.

Dominique Ansel Bakery, 189 Spring Street (between Sullivan and Thompson) 

Pastry chef and owner Dominique Ansel’s eponymous bakery is world-renowned for the Cronut, a croissant-donut hybrid and other Insta-famous treats. Ansel has made his mark on the dessert world with other creations like the Zero Gravity Cake and the Huevocado, an avocado-chocolate hybrid treat plus exceptional French classics too.

Ladurée – Ladurée New York Madison at 864 Madison Avenue is a jewel-box of decadence, transporting me back to Paris. Now NYC also has Ladurée New York SOHO at 398 West Broadway. Ladurée made the pastries for the film Marie Antoinette, directed by Sofia Coppola; its famous macarons can be seen in a scene between Marie Antoinette and Ambassador Mercy. All I can say is magnificent macarons!

Veniero’s Italian Bakery 342 E. 11th Street; said to be America’s oldest Italian bakery, in existence since 1894, this East Village pasticceria is a New York fixture with fabulous desserts and décor.  

Two Little Red Hens 1652 Second Avenue; this Upper East Side American bakeshop is famous for its densely textured cheesecake and many other luscious treats like the Brooklyn Blackout Cupcake.

With a sugar rush like this, it’s no wonder that NYC is the “City that Never Sleeps.” Indulge in these places that are sure to hit the sweet spots! Happy Dining!

Faith Hope Consolo
Faith Hope Consolo, Chairman of Douglas Elliman’s Retail Group, writes the "Faithful Food" column for Total Food Service. Ms. Consolo is a leading retail broker and advisor who covers the national market. She is a specialist ranging from fine restaurants to fashionable fast foods. "To find the best retail space, You Need Faith." Email her at fconsolo@elliman.com