It might not be that surprising when I say that I have a big sweet tooth. Or as I tell the Boyfriend, sweet teeth. I love all things sweet – especially desserts. Which is exactly what this post is going to be about. My favorite desserts are all from various places and majority ranging under $10.
First up is Panya Bakery, which is located in the East Village. They are a Japanese bakery but they sell all sorts of foods – riceballs, sushi, noodles, sandwiches, bread and an assortment of desserts. Their logo is this cute little cartoon baker, which I find absolutely adorable. I’ve been to Panya on several occasions and have tried a couple of their desserts.
The most recent Panya sweet is their Pumpkin Tart. Don’t be fooled by the word pumpkin – there’s also caramelized apples on top. The dessert has a pumpkin tart bottom, which is then topped by caramelized apples. The whole thing is then topped with a dollop of whipped cream. I particularly loved this dessert because it sort of married a pumpkin pie with an apple pie. There was the best of both pies all wrapped up into one. The tart crust was soft and delightfully easy to cut through with just a plastic fork. By the time I finished this tart, I was ready to go back for another one!
Wafels & Dinges has several trucks and carts all around Manhattan. On Tuesdays, they always park a cart in front of Fordham University at Lincoln Center. On a sunny Tuesday in September, the boyfriend and I walked by the cart after lunch. I had a 3-hour block class so the boyfriend decided to buy me a treat before class. The ice cream cones come in a large waffle cone. The inside of the waffle cone is drizzled with hot Belgian chocolate fudge. You can choose to add an extra scoop of spekuloos ice cream or leave it as one vanilla scoop. I chose to add the extra scoop. The spoon is then covered with more Belgian chocolate fudge. The result was delicious chocolate infused ice cream cone. When I got to the cone, I was pleasantly surprised. The chocolate fudge that was drizzled on the inside that solidified due to the coldness of the ice cream. I now had a chocolate covered cone as well!
The best cheesecake that I have ever eaten has got to be from Eileen’s Cheesecake. I was first introduced to this little bakery, located in Soho, by the Boyfriend. He was appalled that I had never tried Eileens, despite it being named one of the best in NYC. Ever since he brought me my first mini cheesecake from them, I’ve been hooked. Their cheesecakes come with an assortment of toppings, but only two sizes. You can either get a mini, which is a baby version of their 12-inch cheesecakes. I usually go with the mini because their size is just right to finish by myself. Every time I go, I always order their strawberry cheesecake, which is always delicious. The cheesecake is smooth and soft. There isn’t an overbearing taste of cream cheese, which I think is perfect for cheesecakes. Each mini costs around $3, making it super affordable for a tiny treat for yourself,
I first discovered Bisous Ciao on one of the many food adventures the Boyfriend and I made down to the Lower East Side. We always walked by this little macaron parlor but never stepped inside to buy one. Every time I’m in LES, I always go for Sugar Sweet Sunshine and one of their Sexy Red Velvet cupakes. But for Asia Night, the biggest event of the year for APAC (I’m the president), we decided to get a green tea dessert, just like we did last year. After some searching, I found out that Bisous Ciao sells Jasmine+Green Tea macarons, which fit right into our criteria. After some emailing with their chef, I was able to purchase their Jasmine Green Tea maracons in large quanities for our event. They turned out to be a big hit! We ran out right away.
These macarons are filled with a white chocolate ganache that is infused with jasmine and green tea. The result was a ganache that is thicker than I am used to. But it was a good thick! The filling kept the macarons together without oozing out between the two cookies. The cookies had just the right amount of crunch and softness. I know I will definitely be back to Bisous Ciao to try some of their other favors. With new favors every season, I know I won’t ever get sick of them.
All of these desserts were some of my favorites, but my absolute favorite dessert would have to be La Lanterna’s pumpkin cognac cheesecake. I’ve blogged about this cheesecake before, but I feel like it deserves a second mention. This cheesecake has been my favorite since I tried it. And before any of you tell me that I called Eileen’s cheesecakes my favorite, I have to specify that this cheesecake is more pumpkin mousse than cheesecake. My favorite part of this dessert is the pumpkin chunk on the bottom. Every time I have this dessert, I can almost feel my taste buds dancing. Don’t believe me? Try it for yourselves! I promise you won’t be disappointed.