Thanks to the rise of social media (particularly Instagram), many people have become obsessed with taking photos of their meals to share with their followers. New York City is one of the best cities for foodies and “Instagram-foodies”. Here is our list of the top dessert places to visit next time you are in NYC, but make sure you also have a few hours to spare for a possible line up. We cannot comment on the taste of these items at this point (unfortunately having not tried any ourselves), but the Instagram photos will definitely be worth it!
The Bagel Store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is famous for its beautiful rainbow bagels made by world premier bagel artist, Scot Rossillo. The rainbow bagel requires about double the work to make than a plain bagel. Bakers start by dyeing the dough with neon food colouring, separating the colours into different piles, layering the colours on top of each other, and rolling them into one muli-coloured string. They are typically eaten with funfetti cream cheese and sprinkles, and sells for $3.95 each.
10 Below Ice Cream serves Thai-inspired ice cream rolls, with three locations in NYC; Chinatown, Lower East Side and Flushing. Each is rolled fresh to order with high-quality ingredients and no preservatives or stabilizers. Customers first choose their mix-ins (candy, nuts, etc) and flavour. Everything is poured onto a cold plate along with liquid cream. A bench scraper chops and spreads the mixture into a thin sheet that freezes in under 2 minutes. Then the sheet is scraped up to form the rolls, placed into a cup and topped with fruits, crackers, marshmallows and more. Each cup sells for approximately $7.
Black Tap has two locations; one in Soho and another in the Meatpacking District. Their line ups are known to go around the block with customers waiting up to 6 hours to get in. Although they also serve hamburgers, the extravagant milkshakes are what has people lining up hours for. There are currently 13 varieties of milkshakes on the menu, ranging from $7-15. The larger options can set you back 1600 calories. Each is stacked high with toppings including whole slices of cake, mountains of cotton candy, whole cookies, handfuls of candy, and more.
Ice & Vice on the Lower East Side is an experimental ice cream shop with playful, inventive and super imaginative flavours you most likely never tried before. For example, “Movie Night” was popcorn ice cream with a mix of toasted raisins and chocolate flakes. “The Three Little Pigs” was sea-salt caramel ice cream infused with brown bacon butter and bits of bacon praline. Their flavours/menu is constantly changing. A single scoop sells for $4.35 and a double scoop for $6.20.
Popbar is located in the West Village, selling hand-crafted gelato on a stick made with all-natural ingredients (so they are on the healthier side compared to the others on this list!). They have 25 rotating and colourful flavours to choose from. You can choose to have yours in plain form, dipped in chocolate (dark, white or milk), or covered in “poppings” (shredded coconut, chopped nuts, brownie chunks, etc). The possible combinations are endless. Each sells for $3.99-4.99.