Manhattan may boast an array of destinations for sweets, but Brooklyn is also home to a wealth of bakeries, ice-cream parlors and chocolatiers. Whether you’re looking for delicate French pastries or just a scoop of ice cream, these are the best places to appease your sweet tooth in Brooklyn.
When it comes to sweets, the pinkified Little Cupcake Bakeshop knows what it’s doing, flaunting traditional American desserts with a hearty dose of nostalgia. There are colorful cupcakes crowned with swirled pillows of frosting, delicious ‘cake cups’ (the Brooklyn Blackout is the most popular) cloaked in frosting, cookies, hand-held pucks of cheesecake, ice cream topped with hunks of cake, old-fashioned icebox cakes, and pies.
Given its cotton candy-pink walls and black-and-white checkered floors, Petee’s Cafe feels like a dressed-up, modern-day version of a luncheonette – one in which perfect pie prevails. Buttery lattices shroud wild Maine blueberry pies, and plump whipped cream clouds are piped atop vanilla pudding and banana slices. While the baking isn’t done on premises – the flagship location is on Delancey Street in Manhattan – everything is baked that morning and can be warmed up on request.
At the very edge of Red Hook is Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies, a venerable dessert destination – especially for anyone obsessed with key limes. The menu has been narrowed down to a couple of options: pies, tarts and the Swingle. The tarts are wonderfully delicate, simply showcasing key lime through the vehicle of butter and graham crackers. Help yourself to one (or two) of the mini-tarts, then snag at least one Swingle: a mini-tart dunked in quick-hardening dark chocolate and held up only by a popsicle stick poking out from the bottom.