Looking for a solid NYC bakery or pastry shop? After countless croissants, macarons, and endless sweet delights, I've selected the 5 BEST bakeries in NYC!
Manhattan has long held the title of being a culinary capital. The restaurant and celebrity chef scene make this a top destination for foodies looking to try the latest trends and attend the most anticipated restaurant openings.
Did you also know that the New York patisserie scene is also quite strong with a reputation of its own? Manhattan bakeries are supplying locals and tourists alike with stellar baked goods. From traditional items like croissants to unique offerings like the cronut, there is no craving that can't be satisfied in the city that never sleeps.
With all the amazing bakery and pastry shops to choose from it was quite the task to pick my favorites. After countless croissants, macarons, and endless sweet delights, I have decided upon the 5 best bakeries in NYC!
1. Supermoon Bakehouse
ONE OF THE BEST BAKERIES IN NYC FOR UNIQUE FLAVOR COMBINATIONS AND INSTAWORTHY DESIGNS
Supermoon Bakehouse entered the New York patisserie scene in late 2017 and offers trippy and unique treats. They are known for their cruffin (a croissant-muffin hybrid) with fillings like vanilla cream and rhubarb strawberry basil.
Their menu changes and includes a mix of flavors. Traditional items like the ham and cheese croissant, spinach pie croissant, and salted caramel donut are offered alongside more unique flavor combinations like the rosemary blueberry croissant, smores croissant, rose jelly pistachio cream donut, curry mango donut, and banana split croissant.
Arrive early because they can sell out on busy days and weekends. The simple ham and cheese croissant was the best I have EVER had with thick slices of ham and the perfect blend of gouda, cheddar and béchamel.
I might even venture to say that Supermoon offers the most delicious croissants in NYC with their traditional and unique offerings. This is is absolutely one of the best bakeries in NYC and one I make a point to visit every time I find myself in the city!
2. Dominique Ansel Bakery
One of the best bakeries in NYC to try the "cronut"
Chef Dominique Ansel has quite the reputation in the pastry world. He was named the "World’s Best Pastry Chef" by the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards in 2017 and listed as one of Business Insider’s “Most Innovative People Under 40”.
Chef Dominique is the youngest and the only U.S. based chef to be awarded the World’s Best Pastry Chef title. His signature creation is the cronut (a croissant-donut hybrid) which Time Magazine named one of the 25 best inventions in 2013. Though his other signature pastry, the DKA, outsells the cronut 2 to 1. It's a caramelized croissant type treat with a gooey center and the perfect combination of sweet and buttery.
This is one of the best bakeries in NYC if you want a strong variety of options. From almost too pretty to eat delicacies, plain, sweet, or savory croissants, and rotating specials like the chocolate chip cookie shot glass with Tahitian vanilla milk, everyone is sure to find something to keep them happy. Go on weekdays as the weekends can bring insanely long lines.
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One of the best bakeries in NYC for macarons in a posh setting
French based Ladurée has two locations in Manhatten. One in Soho and one on the Upper East Side. The Madison avenue location on the UES was the first North America location for Ladurée. It’s tiny and more of a quick stop to get pastries to-go.
The Soho location is the better of the two with a full restaurant, tea room, and retail bakery. The interior of this New York patisserie is a series of “salons” decorated in full Parisian flare and makes for a relaxing stop. Ask for a table on the adorable patio if the weather is nice. Be sure to get some macarons to-go for later and try the chocolat chaud Ladurée (a thicky and creamy hot chocolate). If you want an experience, go for the full afternoon tea!
Laduree is one of the best bakeries in New York City if you want to spoil yourself and feel fancy.
4. Mille-Feuille Bakery
One of the best bakeries in NYC to try the Mille-Feuille
Owner and executive pastry chef Olivier Dessyn trained at the Ritz Cooking School in Paris and offers authentic French pastries using only the finest ingredients with no additives or preservatives. You can taste the commitment to quality in each pastry!
My favorite item at this New York patisserie shop is the signature Mille-Feuille. The salted caramel macarons are pretty awesome too. This Manhattan bakery is perfect if you want something casual and quick as there usually isn't a line.
One of the best bakeries in NYC for a local vibe
Even though Abraço is primarily a coffee shop, it makes my list of top 5 bakeries in NYC because unlike most coffee shops that outsource their baked goods, Abraço makes their pastries and other food items in-house.
A staple is the olive oil cake. Everything else in the display case seems to change based on what ingredients can be currently found at the farmer’s market. There is plenty of space to hang for a while and the friendly atmosphere is filled with locals. This is one of the best bakeires in NYC if you want to feel like a local.
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