Since the 1950s, Junior’s Cheesecake has been a Brooklyn institution for New York’s most iconic post-dinner treat. Their traditional cheesecake can be ordered online, enjoyed in Times Square, and found in countless venues across the nation, but its Prospect Heights restaurant bordering Grand Army Plaza is the real deal. The dense slab of unbelievably rich, creamy New York-style cheesecake is meant to be savored.
Junior’s Cheesecake, 386 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 852 5257
The Good Batch
The Good Batch excels on many levels. Its caramel-flavored stropwafels encourage pilgrimages to its Clinton Hill storefront, its delicious vegan and gluten-free cookies placate the health-conscious crowd and its peanut butter pretzel cake makes the ultimate addition to any celebration. Its ice cream sandwiches are a sweet lover’s dream. The Good Batch also features awesome oat chocolate chip cookies, sea salt and vanilla ice cream, and the ‘Mint Brownie Magic’, which combines Blue Marble Creamery mint ice cream and chocolate brownie cookies.
The Good Batch, 936 Fulton Avenue Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 622 4000
Ample Hills Creamery
On a warm day, nothing complements the sunshine better than a roof deck and an ice cream cone. Ample Hills Creamery has impressed Brooklyn locals and tourists alike with its inventive ice cream flavors. The homemade cones, such as the chocolate chip cookie one, provide a solid base for a wacky flavor on top such as ‘Munchies’ (Ritz crackers, M&M’s and potato chips with pretzel-infused ice cream).
Ample Hills Creamery, 305 Nevins Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 347 725 4061
It seems as though doughnuts have superseded the cupcake craze. Dough takes the fried dough masterpiece to the next level with close attention to quality and detail. Handmade doughnuts are guided through a small batch process and paired with artisanal coffee from Intelligentsia and the Brooklyn Roasting Company. The Bedford-Stuyvesant flagship location offers a frequently changing roster of unique flavors, from lemon-ginger to hot pink hibiscus and mocha almond crunch.
Dough, 448 Lafayette Avenue Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 347 533 7544
Chocolate chip cookies are often relegated to home kitchens, school bake sales, and work functions. Ovenly, on the other hand, manages to elevate the cookie classic to an addictive staple. Its salty exterior yields to perfectly-melted chocolate chips and a sweet dough. It also serves baked goods such as pistachio cardamom cake, currant scones, and Brooklyn blackout cake (infused with Brooklyn Brewery beer and dark chocolate pudding) to really sweeten the deal.
Ovenly, 31 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 888 899 2213
Peter Pan Donut and Pastry Shop
Peter Pan Donut and Pastry Shop has enticed locals for more than six decades with its lighter-than-air donuts. Peter Pan’s vibe reminds visitors of a classic, mid-20th century luncheonette with its retro chrome stools, simple display case, and well-used lunch counter. For barely $11, you can indulge in a dozen of these beauties.
Four and Twenty Blackbirds
Four and Twenty Blackbirds has worked its magic by creating and perfecting the art of an artisanal pie. The custard pies, in flavors such as lemon and lavender honey, have enchanted fans with their insanely buttery crusts and decadent custard centers. The salted caramel apple pie is a beauty to behold, with its expertly latticed top. Four and Twenty also serves Brooklyn favorite, Stumptown coffee, and has expanded its operations to the Brooklyn Public Library and Orient on the idyllic North Fork.
Four and Twenty Blackbirds, 439 Third Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 499 2917
Jacques Torres Chocolate
When creating his cocoa confections, Jacques Torres prides himself on using natural ingredients, which prove that chocolate can be both delicious and salutary. Year-round, the Jacques Torres Chocolate shop wows customers with its New York City themed chocolate assortment boxes, and chocolate bars in flavors such as ‘heavenly hazelnut,’ and ‘brûlée crunch.’
Jacques Torres Chocolate, 66 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 875 1269
Almondine Bakery breathes a little Parisian air into the surrounding neighborhood dominated by the Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge Park. The baguettes and sourdough loaves are the ideal pairing of a flavorful and crunchy exterior and fluffy interior. In addition to heavenly bread, Almondine lures customers in with its superb almond and chocolate croissants, quiche, and madeleine cookies.
Almondine Bakery, 85 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 797 5026
Caprices by sophie
Sometimes we require dessert with a little whimsy and imagination involved. Meet the Brooklyn ingénue of the craft bakery scene, Caprices by sophie. This Williamsburg storefront shows there are no limitations in its use of exquisite pastry cream and puff pastry. The Magic Choux, also known as the cream puff, is re-imagined in flavors such as peanut butter and chocolate and Sicilian pistachio and orange. The Capricieux is a revelatory confection that combines meringue, flavored cream and a crunchy topping such as coconut or chocolate pieces, and worth visiting for alone.
Caprices by sophie, 138 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 347 689 4532