- New York
- Rachelle Eason
You’re out to eat, you’ve finished your meal, and are craving something sweet. Here’s our guide to New York City‘s 10 best spots for not only desserts but boozy desserts too.
The East Village’s Prohibition Bakery is small, so don’t expect to hang out, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth the trip. Try classics like the ‘Bee’s Knees’ mulled wine, the Old Fashioned, and the White Russian. If you’re not really feeling the alcohol, you can always go the virgin route with the ‘L’Italiano’ or ‘For the Love of Bacon.’
Prohibition Bakery, 9 Clinton St, New York, NY, USA +1 646 596 8294
Sweet Revenge is a rustic restaurant with a great menu, including some seriously indulgent desserts. While the desserts aren’t directly infused with alcohol, they have a fun way of involving it by pairing wines with cupcakes, cookies, and cakes. Try the ‘Armenian Flower’ paired with a Santa Rita 120 Chardonnay or a French lemon cake with the Lunetta Prosecco. The artisan flavors change daily, so ask your server for specials and recommendations.
Sweet Revenge, 62 Carmine St, New York, NY, USA +1 212 242 2240
Anything with chocolate can and should be considered dessert, which is why the chocolate martinis at Ayza Wine and Chocolate Bar are highly recommended for a post-dinner treat. Choose from a list of seven classic martinis, including a raspberry chocolate martini with Chambord, Kahlua, and 80% dark chocolate truffle; every martini comes with a truffle by Jacques Torres. If you’re hungry, try the ‘Cognac Ooh La La’ — a cognac reduction in caramel, covered in chocolate.
Ayza Wine and Chocolate Bar, 11 W 31st St, New York, NY, USA +1 212 714 2992
Grab some friends and head over to Brooklyn Bowl. This bowling alley, concert hall, and restaurant has everything you need for a fun night out. Apart from some really great food, you can also indulge in the ‘Bourbon St. Shake’; this vanilla milkshake is made with Nutella and a shot of bourbon.
Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 963 3369
Tipsy Parson can get you tipsy with its drinks and its desserts. Before indulging in the sweet stuff, give the brunch a try. Grab a cocktail and finish with the Tipsy Parson banana crème: a brandy-soaked almond cake. Alternatively, opt for the hazelnut amaretto crunch or vanilla rum gelato.
Tipsy Parson, 156 9th Ave, New York, NY, USA +1 212 620 4545
La Grenouille is a French restaurant with an impressive menu. It’s definitely a splurge, but it’s also definitely worth it. The restaurant is quaint and atmospheric with intimate, candle-lit tables. For your fix of boozy dessert, try the Crêpes Flambées au Grand Marnier or the soufflé, either rum marrons or aux calvados.
La Grenouille, 3 E 52nd St, New York, NY, USA +1 212 752 1495
Burger & Barrel
Burger & Barrel is known for its award-winning Bash Burger and its wine list. Located in SoHo, this urban pub has a great food and drink menu, and the dessert menu is even better. Opt for a spiked milkshake or try the Mississippi mud pie: a brownie with chocolate Crémeux and Grand Marnier Chantilly.
Burger & Barrel, 25 W Houston St, New York, NY, USA +1 212 334 7320
This easy-to-miss corner dining spot on Bedford Avenue is a must-try. In the warmer months, you can sit outside and enjoy the weather, but The Bedford‘s real attraction is its food. The brunch menu is arguably the best option. The portions are reasonably sized, so there will be more than enough room for you to try the Mint Julep crème brûlée.
The Bedford, 110 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY, USA +1 718 302 1002
DBGB Kitchen and Bar
DBGB is a beautiful restaurant; huge windows in the front allow for a flow of natural light during the day. The decor is taken from the industrial history of the Bowery, so the interior is lined with copper pots and pans. The French-American cuisine offers a wide range of amazing dishes that will leave you satisfied: leave room for dessert because the Baked Alaska flambéed with kirsch and the Soufflé Chaud with Grand Marnier are both must-tries.
DBGB, 299 Bowery, New York, NY, USA +1 212 933 5300
The creators of Tipsy Scoop have taken the concept of ice cream to a whole new level: they add some of your favorite wines and spirits into your favorite classic ice creams. Alternatively, if you’re just looking for a relaxing night in, be sure to stop at Whole Foods or Urban Market to give this a try.
Whole Foods, 1551 3rd Ave, New York, NY, USA +1 646 891 3888
Urban Market, 50-01 2nd St, Long Island City, NY, USA +1 718 433 4995