Escriba

EscribaOn the walk back from Boqueria Market, we passed a place called Escriba. I got a freshly cooked waffle out of a window in the store with crèma catalana. It is kind of like a slightly orange-zest flavored vanilla cream topped with sugar and then torched to a crunchy shell on top of the soft, sugary waffle. Great snack.

 

Escriba Rambla
Rambla de les Flors 83,
Barcelona – Spain
Tel: +34 93 301 60 27

Spot Dessert Bar–NYC

spot-dessert-barThere is an unbelievable dessert bar by Iron Chef Kittichai located under The Bao in New York City. From the new innovative light bulb glass bubble teas to the moist, molten “Green Tea Lava” cake, Spot Dessert Bar is a definite find.

I loved the super airy, creamy, gelato-like green tea ice cream that accompanied the extremely rich lava cake. Inside the lava cake is a mixture of chocolate and a gooey sweet green tea, making a tasty center.

My other picks on the menu are “The Harvest” (a fun soft layered cheesecake in the shape of a plant) and the “Banana Chouff” (a delicate puff with interesting banana milk ice cream and sweet bruléed bananas).

The Spot Dessert Bar is my new favorite place for desserts.

Spot Dessert Bar
13 St. Marks PlaceNew York, NY 10003
(212) 677-5670
www.spotdessertbar.com

 

Two Little Red Hens

two-little-red-hensThe Brooklyn Blackout Cupcake at Two Little Red Hens is a chocolate lover’s dream. It is layers of incredibly moist chocolate cake and super sweet, extremely light chocolate frosting.

It is a nice treat for anytime.

Two Little Red Hens
1652 Second Avenue
(@86th Street)
New York, NY 10028
(212) 452-0476
www.twolittleredhens.com

 

Coconut Cloud Layer Cake

By The Way BakeryI just went to the newly opened By the Way Bakery and loved their coconut dream layer cake. Super moist, with four layers of sweet coconut cake and icing, the cake is a delicious treat. Topped with lots of shavings of coconut, the coconut dream cake is worth trying.

 

 

By the Way Bakery
www.btwbakery.com

2442 Broadway
New York, NY 10024
(212) 877-0806

1236 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10028
(212) 988-3300

Crumbs

Hard to believe it – but Crumbs is gone!  They apparently went out of business due to owing large debts and have had to close all of their cupcake shops.  This is definitely a bad day for cupcake-lovers.  I will particularly miss their giant cupcake, which was great for birthday celebrations.

NEW PINES PICK – Strawberry Shortcake

Viniero’s Pasticceria and Caffé

www.vinierospastry.com

342 E. 11th Street
New York, NY  10003
(212) 674-7070

The strawberry shortcake at Veniero’s makes for one extremely tasty midday snack, or late night dessert. The cake is spongy (in a good way) and perfectly moist, but not soggy. This shortcake contains an awesome homemade fresh whipped cream that tastes amazing. Inside each cake are layers of a ripe, juicy strawberry filling. The strawberries add a sweet yet clean flavor to the cake.  The milky cream and the sweet strawberry filling balance each other out which makes the cake just right. Overall, I wouldn’t hesitate to make a special trip just to have a slice of this cake; I highly recommend that you give it a try.


NEW PINES PICK — Whoopie Pies

Pines PickBaked

www.bakednyc.com

359 Van Brunt Street
(between Wolcott and Dikeman Streets)
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 222-0345

I set out to  find the best whoopie pie in NYC, and Baked turned out to be my favorite. Baked has a few flavors, but my favorite is the strawberry whoopie pie. It is sweet, moist strawberry cake that is very soft, with luscious creamy, fresh whipped cream. The whipped cream is extremely light and has the right amount of sweetness so as not to overpower this awesome dessert. (Normally, I really like chocolate whoopee pies as well, but Baked’s chocolate pie had an espresso taste that might not appeal to kids or adults who don’t really like the taste of coffee.)  But, overall Baked has great, fresh whoopie pies that will more than satisfy your cravings for a top-notch and super fun dessert.

Runner Up

Joyce Bakeshop

www.joycebakeshop.com

646 Vanderbilt Ave
(between Park Pl and Prospect Pl)
Brooklyn, NY  11238
(718) 623-7470

NEW PINES PICK – Popsicle

PopBar

www.pop-bar.com

5 Carmine Street
(At 6th Avenue)
New York, NY 10014
(212) 255-4874

I have been searching for the best popsicle in NYC.  My overall favorite place is Popbar on Carmine Street.  The popsicles come in many cool (but straightforward) flavors, and are made of either gelato, sorbetto or yogurt.  My favorite popsicle at Popbar is the peanut butter popGelato.  It is smooth and creamy and had the perfect sweet peanut butter taste that I love.  I also really liked their strawberry popSorbetto — which I thought was sweet and refreshing.   At Popbar, you can also have any of the pops dipped in a fresh topping like milk or dark chocolate, which makes them even tastier.  Popbar is a truly delicious and unique shop.  If you are craving a great dessert, check it out.

I found some other great places for popsicles:

Runner Up

People’s Pops

www.peoplespops.com
Check their website for hours and locations

Runner Up

La NewYorkina Mexican Ice & Sweets

www.lanewkorkina.com
Check their website for cart schedule

 

NEW PICK – Chocolate Cake

New Category – Chocolate Cake

WINNER

The Palm
www.thepalm.com

I tried a lot of NYC chocolate cake.  There are many varieties.  Some are more like dark chocolate tortes, but those are not for me.  If you love classic chocolate cake that is not too rich and has a mouth-watering milk chocolate flavor, the Palm is the place to go. They serve a delicious, humongous slice of multi-layered chocolate cake. The Palm’s chocolate cake seems to contain sweet chunks of fudge, which makes each bite really moist and flavorful. The icing on the cake is an even richer and more creamy chocolate.  The cake is super delicious and great with vanilla ice cream on the side.

WINNER

The Palm
www.thepalm.com

837 Second Avenue
New York, NY  10017
212-687-2953

840 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10017
212-697-5198

206 West Street
New York, NY 10013
646-395-6393

250 West 50th Street
New York, NY 10019
212-333-7256

RUNNERS UP

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House
www.delfriscos.com/new_york-details
1221 Avenue of the Americas,
New York, NY 10020
212-575-5129

Black Hound
www.blackhoundny.com
170 Second Avenue
New York, NY  10003
1-800-344-4417

 

NEW PICK – Cheesecake Lollipops

I had heard about David Burke’s cheesecake lollipop tree dessert from several people: they all said I would really like them. This past Sunday at brunch, I finally got to try his famous cheesecake lollipops at David Burke Townhouse (133 East 61st Street, New York, NY 10065, www.davidburketownhouse.com).

I thought they would be good, but I never expected them to be amazingly delectable, totally refreshing, and so fun. The lollipops arrive on a tree that has little holes in it for all the lollipop sticks so the whole dish looks great from the start. When you first see the tree,  you kind of feel like you just got invited to a circus or a birthday party. There are several different kinds of lollipop:  all are very good, but my favorite is the one with the pure, crunchy chocolate crust. (I did my best to keep my little brother away from these.) The cheesecake lollipops are just awesome after a meal because they are pleasingly cold and tasty bite-sized treats. All I can say is that I should have “branched out” and tried one of these trees years ago … I will have to make up for the lost time by ordering these again (and again) soon.