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Flora’s creamy tiramisu.
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9 Places to Scoop Up Light and Airy Tiramisu in NYC

When it comes to this classic Italian dessert, there’s an important rule: the lighter the lift, the better the dessert

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Flora’s creamy tiramisu.
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Tiramisu is as ubiquitous on Italian menus as pasta. And just like pasta, not all tiramisu are equal. The key to success is in its name: “Tira mi su” translates literally to “lift me up”— wherein lies the secret. The lighter the lift, the better the dessert. And this is what makes tiramisu so coveted; it’s not an easy lift, so to speak. A great tiramisu floats; the others sink. The balance of flavors and texture has to be just right to achieve the sublime over the soggy. And, of course, only the best ingredients can allow for this sweet alchemy.

Tiramisu perfection can be found all around New York City. Here is a selective list of places where tiramisu bliss can be found at restaurants throughout the five boroughs.

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1. Tra Di Noi

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622 E 187th St
Bronx, NY 10458
(718) 295-1784
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Proving that tiramisu doesn’t have to be homemade to be a home run, this mom-and-pop trattoria in the Bronx imports its classic Italian dessert from the legendary company Bindi, who has been making pastries in Milano since 1946 — providing consistency and credibility to this signature dish from the motherland.

2. Settepani

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196 Malcolm X Blvd
New York, NY 10026
(917) 492-4806
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This family-run Harlem restaurant has the advantage of having owners — who are bakers by trade — with its Brooklyn location being a destination for dolce lovers throughout the city. The secret to its tiramisu, according to chef Nino Settepani, is love and letting the layers settle overnight.

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Settepani’s tiramisu.
Settepani

3. Lucciola

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621 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024
(347) 536-1335
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This upscale, Upper West Side restaurant, inspired by the cuisine and atmosphere of Bologna, serves the favorite tiramisu in NYC of Ale Gambini, a Milanese-born chef and founder of the Tiramisu Academy in California, who says, “Chef Michele Massari makes an extraordinary tiramisu!”

4. Piccola Cucina

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106 E 60th St
New York, NY 10022
(646) 707-3997
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At all three locations of celebrated Sicilian chef Philip Guardione’s popular restaurants, the tiramisu includes a complete tableside assembly that is almost as fun to watch as it is to dig into the silky delicacy, which is presented in an overflowing coffee cup.

An orange cup filled with tiramisu and topped with brown cocoa powder.
Piccola Cucina’s tiramisu.
Piccola Cucina

5. Il Triangolo

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96-01 Corona Ave.
Queens, NY 11368
(718) 271-1250
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This venerable Queens staple has remained a neighborhood favorite — even if the neighborhood, Corona, is no longer a predominantly Italian-American enclave — due, in part, to the homemade tiramisu made with locally-made ladyfingers dipped quickly in just-cooled espresso and ultimately topped with shreds of high-end dark chocolate from bars nearly worth their weight in gold.

A square of tiramisu drizzled in dark chocolate and set on a white plate.
Il Triangolo’s tiramisu.
Il Triangolo

6. Song' E Napule

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146 W Houston St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 533-1242
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This destination for Neapolitan pizza and pasta has amazing desserts, including a tiramisu in a small jar that is layered with care and the same emphasis on select ingredients, in this case imported mascarpone, that define the beloved savory menu. 

A mason jar filled with tiramisu set on a blue-ringed saucer.
Song’ E Napule’s tiramisu served in a jar.
Song’ E Napule

7. Bar Primi

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325 Bowery
New York, NY 10003
(212) 220-9100
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Just like the pastas at this rustic East Village restaurant, the tiramisu is also handmade using family recipes— this one from that of chef Sal Lamboglia — with the “wait-and-see” approach of allowing the flavors to mingle overnight into a harmonious amalgam before serving.

8. The Richmond

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695 Bay St
Staten Island, NY 10304
(718) 489-8805
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This new American bistro on the Staten Island waterfront, from the team behind Bay Ridge’s popular Cebu, draws heavily from classic Italian fare. The desserts are the domain of inventive pastry chef Patrizia Lombardo, who adds caramelized bananas and a touch of rum (instead of marsala) with the other traditional ingredients.

9. Flora

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1021 8th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

This new regional Italian restaurant in South Slope, owned and operated by ebullient young owners from Campania, adds Amaretto cookies (spiked with almonds) right in the middle of its elegant tiramisu, which give it a bittersweet taste at the end. It’s a fine way to finish off a meal dedicated to the cuisine of Southern Italy.

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1. Tra Di Noi

622 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458

Proving that tiramisu doesn’t have to be homemade to be a home run, this mom-and-pop trattoria in the Bronx imports its classic Italian dessert from the legendary company Bindi, who has been making pastries in Milano since 1946 — providing consistency and credibility to this signature dish from the motherland.

622 E 187th St
Bronx, NY 10458

2. Settepani

196 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10026
A close-up photo of a square serving of tiramisu set on a white plate.
Settepani’s tiramisu.
Settepani

This family-run Harlem restaurant has the advantage of having owners — who are bakers by trade — with its Brooklyn location being a destination for dolce lovers throughout the city. The secret to its tiramisu, according to chef Nino Settepani, is love and letting the layers settle overnight.

196 Malcolm X Blvd
New York, NY 10026

3. Lucciola

621 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

This upscale, Upper West Side restaurant, inspired by the cuisine and atmosphere of Bologna, serves the favorite tiramisu in NYC of Ale Gambini, a Milanese-born chef and founder of the Tiramisu Academy in California, who says, “Chef Michele Massari makes an extraordinary tiramisu!”

621 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024

4. Piccola Cucina

106 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022
An orange cup filled with tiramisu and topped with brown cocoa powder.
Piccola Cucina’s tiramisu.
Piccola Cucina

At all three locations of celebrated Sicilian chef Philip Guardione’s popular restaurants, the tiramisu includes a complete tableside assembly that is almost as fun to watch as it is to dig into the silky delicacy, which is presented in an overflowing coffee cup.

106 E 60th St
New York, NY 10022

5. Il Triangolo

96-01 Corona Ave., Queens, NY 11368
A square of tiramisu drizzled in dark chocolate and set on a white plate.
Il Triangolo’s tiramisu.
Il Triangolo

This venerable Queens staple has remained a neighborhood favorite — even if the neighborhood, Corona, is no longer a predominantly Italian-American enclave — due, in part, to the homemade tiramisu made with locally-made ladyfingers dipped quickly in just-cooled espresso and ultimately topped with shreds of high-end dark chocolate from bars nearly worth their weight in gold.

96-01 Corona Ave.
Queens, NY 11368

6. Song' E Napule

146 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012
A mason jar filled with tiramisu set on a blue-ringed saucer.
Song’ E Napule’s tiramisu served in a jar.
Song’ E Napule

This destination for Neapolitan pizza and pasta has amazing desserts, including a tiramisu in a small jar that is layered with care and the same emphasis on select ingredients, in this case imported mascarpone, that define the beloved savory menu. 

146 W Houston St
New York, NY 10012

7. Bar Primi

325 Bowery, New York, NY 10003
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Just like the pastas at this rustic East Village restaurant, the tiramisu is also handmade using family recipes— this one from that of chef Sal Lamboglia — with the “wait-and-see” approach of allowing the flavors to mingle overnight into a harmonious amalgam before serving.

325 Bowery
New York, NY 10003

8. The Richmond

695 Bay St, Staten Island, NY 10304

This new American bistro on the Staten Island waterfront, from the team behind Bay Ridge’s popular Cebu, draws heavily from classic Italian fare. The desserts are the domain of inventive pastry chef Patrizia Lombardo, who adds caramelized bananas and a touch of rum (instead of marsala) with the other traditional ingredients.

695 Bay St
Staten Island, NY 10304

9. Flora

1021 8th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
A cup of tiramisu sitting on a small white saucer placed on a wooden table. Flora

This new regional Italian restaurant in South Slope, owned and operated by ebullient young owners from Campania, adds Amaretto cookies (spiked with almonds) right in the middle of its elegant tiramisu, which give it a bittersweet taste at the end. It’s a fine way to finish off a meal dedicated to the cuisine of Southern Italy.

1021 8th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

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