To wrap up our NYC sweet spots, we kept the best for last! It was our first time visiting Brooklyn and it completely stole our hearts! Besides the laid-back atmosphere, super cool restaurants and fresh air, the amazing bakeries all around just made it easy to fall in love!
Here a list of our fav sweet spots in Brooklyn:
*Please note that it’s not in order of preference.
No.01 Baked in the Red Hook district
Everybody loved them, their cupcakes were just rated #1 in NYC by serious eats, Oprah recognized their brownies as a “favorite thing” and they write amazing baking cookbooks. What else? Hum…. they just rock! On our visit – which was our last spot before hitting the highway back to Mtl – we simply tried a classic chocolate whoopie pie. I’m usually not a big fan but GOD was this good. So moist and creamy at the same time…Woah! The bakery itself is refreshing with a more manly vibe then the traditional cutsie theme. We cannot wait to try their granola next time we go!
359 Van Brunt Street
Brooklyn, New York 11231
No.02 Dough in Bedford-Stuyvesant / Clinton Hill
In NYC we tried some (many!) doughnuts at the Doughnut Plant and they were really good but this little doughnut joint, out of the popular hoods of Brooklyn, had the BEST doughnut I’ve ever tried! On our visit we tried the hibiscus (best doughnut I’ve ever had!!!!) and the lemon poppy flavors. Their doughnuts are big, yeast based and melt in your mouth. No fla fla over here, just straightforward amazing artisan doughnuts. The place is simple with an industrial vibe and you have a view of the kitchen through the large glass window!
Good to know: Dough’s *Mexican* pastry chef Fany Gerson‘s first cookbook, My Sweet Mexico: Recipes for Authentic Pastries, Breads, Candies, Beverages, and Frozen Treats was a James Beard nominee (2011) in the Baking and Dessert Book category. Very cool book for all the sweet tooth out there… so different!
305 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205
No.03 Momofuku Milk Bar in Williamsburg
Momofuku Milk Bar is on everyone’s lips nowadays and for a good reason. It’s wicked new twist on sweets is just too much fun. A real party in your mouth. Christina Tosi, the pastry chef/owner just created a new meaning of desserts with her out-of-the-ordinary concoctions. On our visit we washed down the espresso *cereal milk* shake, accompanied by a pb cookie and her famous compost cookie (chocolate and butterscotch chips, coffee grounds, pretzels, potato chips +++). I felt like I was on a parallel universe for an instant and just enjoyed that transcendent experience. What makes the shake so freakin’ good? It’s a mix of the cereal soft serve and organic whole milk. Thank god I brought back the cereal milk and compost cookie mixes! I shall survive until my next visit.
Good to know: Momofuku’s Chef, David Chang, is behind the über cool Lucky Peach magazine. Want a completely raw culinary lecture and you have an open mind paired with a dark sense of humor? Run out and go buy it!
382 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
No.04 Van Leeuwen Ice Cream Truck in Williamsburg
My friend Clara who inspired me to visit Brooklyn told me I HAD to go to the Van Leeuwen truck. Even though I felt sick from eating so much sugar (plus amazing meat balls at The Meatball Shop across the street) I still thought trying this ice cream was NOT an option. Trying to save myself from being sick, I opted for the ginger flavor… Ginger helps with digestion no? The problem was that my BF thought it was slightly bitter so we ended up adding fresh whipped cream on top. Kinda weird mix but it ended being just succulent! Their artisan ice cream is just really good! Hurry up because they sell out quickly!!! A plus? They serve Intelligentsia Coffee!
Different stores in NYC and Brooklyn plus various truck locations, check their website and Twitter to figure out where to find them! On our visit, they were parked on Bedford and N 7th.
N0.05 Bakeri in Williamsburg
Bakeri is cute yet grungy, simple yet different, earthy yet yummy. You kinda feel like time stands still when you’re there. Locals seem to appreciate the calm and cosy atmosphere. We had a chance to enjoy a lemon bar, spicy brownie, lavender shortbread cookie and apple tart. We also enjoyed a tea from their unique selection and my tangy Scarlet tea – a hibiscus and elderflower – flavored hot beverage just paired amazingly with the sweets! It’s also a good spot to enjoy a sandwich or savory treat like their daily focaccia or bread pudding.
Good to know: Their ”hidden” terrace in the back is an oasis/heaven on a sunny day. Go sit, munch on a sweet treat and enjoy the moment!
150 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Enjoy Brooklyn and know we are jealous if you get to go before we do!