Baking at home may be a comforting activity right now, but for those who want a pastry or dessert with a professional touch, tons of the city’s bakeries are offering sweet flaky pastries, cookies, custards, and cakes for delivery and pickup right now. Photo-ready showpieces, cannolis from old-school mom-and-pop shops, and both ready-to-eat cookies — and ones that can be finished off at home for a warm treat — are available across the five boroughs. Below, see a sampling of some of the city’s best bets for dessert pickup and delivery. Note: There’s a separate list just for pies and ice creams, and yet another for fresh-baked bread.Read More
34 NYC Dessert Destinations Serving Cake, Cookies, and Other Sweet Treats
Dozens of NYC bakeries are staying open during the COVID-19 crisis to offer a wide range of cakes, cookies, flaky pastries, custards, and more
1. Gino's Pastry Shop
Nestled in Bronx’s Little Italy, this pastry shop offers old school Italian favorites like cannoli, tri-color cookies, and sfogliatelle. Since its 1960 opening, the place has become so synonymous with the Italian Bronx experience that it was featured as a backdrop in Chazz Palmintri’s 1988 play A Bronx Tale. Gino’s Facebook page indicates that the shop is still open Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and allows two customers inside at a time. Local curbside delivery is also available. Call 718-584-3558 for information on cakes and Italian pies as well as pastries.
2. Levain Bakery - Amsterdam Avenue
The poster child for fist-sized cookies is open. Founded over 20 years ago by friends and triathletes Pam Weekes and Connie McDonald as a side hustle, Levain has become a New York staple and leader in creating a balanced cookie that’s firm and crispy on the outside, but still gooey on the inside. All cookie flavors, along with various sweet and savory breads, are available for local Manhattan delivery on Caviar. Cookie gift boxes are available from Levain’s online store.
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3. La Guli Pastry Shop
This Astoria pastry shop still operates from the same shop where it first opened in 1937. Specializing in classic Italian pastries, cannolis, cakes, and butter cookies, the shop has garnered a loyal following of local customers who patronize it for its reliable, no-fuss recipes. Local deliveries are available throughout Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn with fees ranging from $15 to $25. Call 718-728-5612 or email email@example.com.
4. Boulis Cafe
Traditional Greek desserts like loukoumades (ring-shaped fried dough) ravani (coconut syrup cake), and melomakarono (honey cookies with walnuts) are staples at this Astoria café. Local delivery is now available through Seamless and UberEats.
5. Cannelle Patisserie
One of Long Island City’s premiere Parisian patisseries, Cannelle is the brainchild of Jean Claude Perennou, former executive pastry chef of the Waldorf Astoria, and baker G. Sabaratnam. Although the Jackson Heights location is closed, pickup and delivery is available from the shop’s Long Island City location, which offers pastries like St. Honore and fruit tarts, as well as Paris-Brest cakes upon request. Call 718-565-6200.
6. Poseidon Greek Bakery
At this Hell’s Kitchen bakery, which has been run by four generations of the same family, nothing is made by machine, including the flaky phyllo dough that goes into the bakery’s many pastries. As a nearly 100-year-old institution, Poseidon represents a bygone history of Hell’s Kitchen, one in which Greek-owned music shops, bakeries, and other businesses lined Ninth Avenue. While many others migrated to Astoria in the 1970s, Poseidon has maintained its original 1923 storefront. A menu of sweet pastries, strudels, and cookies is available for viewing on Facebook. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order. For the time being, only pickup options appear to be available.
7. Spot Dessert Bar
Known for its desserts-in-disguise, this creative dessert empire was founded by cousins Chai Huadwattana and Ace Watanasuparp on St. Marks Place in 2009, with subsequent locations and variant concepts in Koreatown and Flushing. Spot is now offering a selection of desserts and ice cream for local delivery around Manhattan and Flushing via Seamless, Grubhub, UberEats, and Caviar. Options include matcha lava Cake, golden toast, Portuguese egg tarts, and even its well-liked potted plant dessert, made from layered berries, cheesecake, Oreo crumbs, and milk tea.
Like many local bakeries, this Bed Stuy-born miniature empire has devoted much of its production to supplying healthcare workers with delicious, doughy treats. Pickup is available from Dough’s Flatiron location, while local delivery of a la carte flavors like classic plain glazed, lemon poppy, hibiscus, passion fruit, and blood orange, as well as assorted dozens and half dozens, is available through Caviar, DoorDash, Sweetist, Uber Eats, and Grubhub.
9. Lady M Cake Boutique
Chef Ken Romaniszyn founded the first of his Japanese-inspired bakeries in 2004. More than 30 international locations later, Lady M has come to symbolize haute couture in the cake world. Its signature mille crepes cakes, which at nine inches run from $90 to $95, are available in green tea, tiramisu, coconut, citron, passionfruit, and chocolate. Local delivery is available throughout NYC.
10. City Cakes
This iconic High Line-adjacent bakery is beloved for its well-crafted cakes, but it’s also known for turning out half-pound red velvet, ginger spice, and chocolate chip cookies, all of which can be stacked on top of one another, frosted, and fashioned into the bakery’s signature triple stacked half pound cookie cakes. The cookie cakes, along with a selection of cupcakes and a la carte cookies, are now available for pickup and local delivery via ChowNow.
11. Patisserie Chanson
Rory Macdonald’s desserts are known for their ambition in both looks and flavor. The accomplished pastry chef, whose resume boasts multiples tenures at three-star Michelin restaurants, launched his 23rd Street shop and dessert bar more than four years ago. Despite the current circumstances, the patisserie seems to be moving forward with its seasonal flavors of kouign amann, unusually flavored eclairs, tarts, and bombolini. They’re all now available for pickup and delivery online. Starting May 4, customers can pre-order three special flavors — grey chocolate mousse, carrot and coconut, and coconut and mango — for takeout and delivery.
12. Aux Merveilleux de Fred
The specialty at this French-born Greenwich Village cake shop is Merveilleux, small cakes made up of two light meringues welded together with whipped cream and dusted with chocolate shavings which originated in Belgium and found their way to France. Individual merveilleux in flavors like coffee, cherry whipped cream, and almond and hazelnut praline are available for $7.80; boxes of 6 to 16 run from $21 to $56 on Seamless. Other offerings include delicate, Northern French-style waffles, mini meringues, and brioches.
13. Breads Bakery
This babka destination’s appeal isn’t just limited to its hit bread. Joining the almighty chocolate babka — technically both a breakfast item and a dessert — are selections of cookies, rugelach, coconut chocolate chip cake, lemon cake, palmiers, and more. Local delivery is available via Caviar and Postmates. If you’re looking for babka, be warned that it’s been selling out early.
14. Magnolia Bakery
Although it’s now an international chain, this popular cupcake craze-stirring bakery started out as a single Bleecker Street mainstay. Since 1996, Magnolia’s various cupcakes, puddings, and cookies have earned it many primetime television references. Among the bakery’s local delivery and pickup offerings are various flavors of Magnolia’s famous banana pudding, cupcakes and cake slices, lemon bars, and apple and blueberries crisps. Nationwide shipping is available through Goldbelly.
15. ChikaLicious Dessert Bar
This East Village spot, most recently known for its churro ice cream cones, usually boasts a three-course prix fixe menu self-described as “American desserts with French presentation and Japanese tasting portions.” A limited takeout and delivery menu of cupcakes, chocolate pudding, half pints of sorbet, and house signature DoughYAKI — a hot, grilled, custardy ring of dough best described as a creme brulee doughnut — are available Wednesday through Sunday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Order through Grubhub or email email@example.com.
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16. Veniero's Pasticceria & Caffe
East Village institution and deep-dish cheesecake savant Veniero’s reopened on May 1 for curbside pickup, UPS shipping, and local delivery. Cheesecake, cannoli kits, and more is available from the 126-year-old traditional Italian favorite. Its desserts have been described as no less than iconic.
17. Brigadeiro Bakery
Brazilian truffles are the name of the game at this Washington Square bakery, known for chocolatey South American treats. Chef Mariana Vieira launched the business from her apartment kitchen nearly ten years ago, and in 2014 the business blossomed into something worthy of a Soho storefront. The melt-in-your-mouth confections, traditionally made of condensed milk, cocoa powder, butter, and chocolate sprinkles are now available to order by the half dozen, dozen, and more on the bakery’s website.
18. Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop
A true blast from the past, this Greenpoint donut shop looks like an old fashioned sweets counter you’d find on an episode of I Love Lucy. For more than 60 years, this place has been cranking out the same light and flaky doughnuts served by girls dressed in the same green and pink dresses. Crullers, Bavarian cream- and jelly-filled donuts, along with different flavors of glazed and sprinkle-topped confections are just among a few of the baked goods available. The shop is open for takeout with limited hours and social distancing will be enforced.
19. Dominique Ansel Bakery
This Cronut-pioneering New York-born bakery has closed all of its global locations with the exception of its original Spring Street home, which is still open for takeout. Delivery is available via Caviar, including Ansel’s monthly rotating seasonal flavor of Cronut, the “Cookie Shot,” and a 24-piece bucket of kouign amann,
20. Eileen's Special Cheesecake
Eileen Avezzano began making classic cheesecakes from her Soho bakery in 1975. Five decades later, Eileen’s cakes have been called “The Best Cheesecakes in America” by Food & Wine, featured on The Food Network, and garnered many a sweet-toothed believer. Two years after Eileen’s death, her daughters now run the 17 Cleveland Place shop, which has come to feel like a citywide institution despite it still very much being family-owned and operated. The light and creamy cakes at Eileen’s usually come in 40 flavors, 12 of which are available for local delivery, including plain, raspberry, rocky road, and more. A more limited selection is also available for nationwide delivery.
21. Martha's Country Bakery
Cheesecakes, pies, cakes, and big-as-your-head cookies are the stars of this multi-location bakery. Locations in Astoria, Bayside, Forest Hills, and Williamsburg are now offering delivery on all menu items, including classics like Martha’s berry Napoleon, mini mousse cakes, big black and white cookies, and more. Call your most convenient location to order.
22. Ferrara Bakery & Cafe
A Lower Manhattan institution, this cannoli favorite has been making Italian cheesecakes, traditional nougat candies, and pignoli cookies since the end of the nineteenth century. Ferrara’s cannoli shells are packaged and sold as a specialty good, which can be found at various Italian specialty markets throughout NYC and beyond. Local delivery via Sweetist is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Custom Mother’s Day cheesecakes, tiramisu, and all things cannoli are available for nationwide shipping via Goldbelly.
23. Erin McKenna's Bakery NYC
Everything at this Lower East Side bakery is gluten-free and vegan. All of the sweeteners and frostings are made with natural dyes, giving its cakes and baked goods a pastel-colored hue. Donuts, teacakes, brownie bits, and cookies are available for local delivery through Postmates and other platforms. Nationwide shipping is available through the bakery’s website for cakes, doughnuts and more. Outside of Los Angeles, New York City, or Orlando areas, cakes arrive unfrosted with the frosting on the side..
24. Patisserie Tomoko
After opening the East Village’s Cha-An tea room in 2003, pastry chef Tomoko Kato garnered a name for herself as a master of mochi and other desserts imbued with Japanese flavors. Since opening her eponymous Williamsburg pastry shop nearly seven years ago, Kato has been celebrated for her handmade mochis, and specialized two- and three-course dessert tasting menus, consisting of items like black sesame creme brulee and kumquat mille-feuille. Tomoko’s mochis, as well as green tea cheesecake, black sesame caramel Ssandwiches, and various tarts are available for delivery on Caviar. Patisserie Tomoko is also offering gift boxes via Caviar, priced respectively at $20, $40, and $80. Each includes a yuzu cookie box, plus additional assortments of macarons, dacquoise, mochi, and more.
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25. Ring Ding Bar
This retro brainchild of the Plaza Hotel’s head chef is known for one thing: ring dings. These chocolate-dipped, 1950s-inspired treats come in over 20 unique flavors and are made with a variety of premium, all-natural ingredients. Pick-up and local delivery of flavors like funfetti, lemon creme, pistachio raspberry, and French toast are available through Doordash and Postmates. Nationwide shipping on Mother’s Day boxes and custom orders can be inquired about through Ring Ding Bar’s website.
Ridgewood, NY 11385
The on-point classics of Ridgewood’s Buttah are available for pickup after pre-ordering on its website, including a tres leches cake, cupcakes, cookies, and other pastries. Options include sprinkle cookies, a double chocolate glazed bundt cake, and a red velvet cupcakes. Orders can be picked up on Saturdays; check Buttah’s Instagram for weekly updates.
27. Rudy's Bakery and Cafe
In 2013, Eater critic Robert Sietsema named Rudy’s black forest cake one of the city’s best kept secrets. Serving old world German delicacies, this Ridgewood cafe, although now Italian owned, has managed to keep its original character intact since the 1930s. Classically trained pastry chef Cristina Nastasi bakes up Bienenstich, Strudel, and other classics alongside vegan and gluten-free delights like flourless cakes and cookies. To arrange for pickup or delivery and to check store hours, call 718-821-5890.
This Smith Street mainstay and Times Square satellite location serve as homages to classic desserts with a twist. Pies, pastries, macarons, and tarts are available for delivery via Seamless. For pickup and delivery options for whole cakes, like chocolate mousse, seven-layer chocolate, carrot, red velvet, and strawberry shortcake, as well as pies, cake pops, and cupcakes, visit Mia’s online shop.
29. The Good Batch
Clinton Hill bakery the Good Batch, open since 2010, is doing both local pickup and delivery and nationwide shipping for its standout ice cream sandwiches and cookies. Get cookie dough to freeze by the dozen by pre-ordering on the bakery’s website, or ship already-baked cookies to anywhere.
30. Ciao, Gloria
Hit Prospect Heights bakery Ciao, Gloria — from the team behind popular Red Hook dessert shop Baked — reopens May 8 for takeout and delivery and is offering a new line of Italian-American-inspired six-inch cakes like limoncello vanilla, pistachio bergamot, and chocolate hazelnut. There’s also a selection of cookies, brownie boxes, and bundt cakes. Ciao, Gloria is open daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
31. Bien Cuit
A five-time James Beard Award nominee for best baker, Zachary Golper has helped create dessert menus of popular restaurants all over America. Alongside new Borough Provisions offerings, including a monthly baker subscription, Bien Cuit is offering neighborhood delivery for sweet items like buckwheat chocolate mousse cake, blood orange sassafras tart, and more.
32. Butter & Scotch
At this Crown Heights bake shop, birthday cake and whiskey are served with a tinge of feminist energy exemplified through partnerships with various feminist and pro-choice causes and birthday cakes dressed with phrases like “Abortion is Healthcare” and “Topple the Patriarchy.” Bakers Keavy Leandreth and Allison Kave spent years selling mini cupcakes at various street markets before opening up their neon-clad bistro in 2015. Cakes, s’mores pie, and more are available for pick-up Wednesday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., with local delivery on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m.
33. Alfonso's Pastry Shoppe
Rainbow cookies, cannolis, lemon drops, and zeppole are just a few of the go-tos at this Victory Boulevard favorite. Since the 1970s, Alfonso’s has helped Staten Island families celebrate milestones like birthdays, engagements, and graduations. Currently, the bakery is accepting orders over the phone at 718-273-8802. Takeout and curbside service are available as well.
34. Mark's Bake Shoppe
This Staten Island family-friendly bakery features customized cakes, doughnuts, and classic treats like linzer cookies, chocolate dipped pretzels, and more. Recently featured on Netflix baking show Sugar Rush, owner Mark Intoccia has become known for a few signatures, including miniature cakes, which are now available online. Curbside pickup only.