9 of the Best Manhattan ‘Street Sweets’


WHERE: Baked by Melissa, Grand Central Station; 529 Broadway between Mercer and Broadway; or 7 East 14th Street between 5th and Union Square W.

WHY: Cuter than a store-front puppy, these quarter-sized delights are the crowned jewel of the crafted cupcake trend. Also, they're pretty darned good. But you will need a pronounced sweet tooth for these fingerlings, which come in flavors like Peanut Butter and Jelly, S'mores, Cookie Dough, and Mint Chocolate Chip.

HOW MUCH: 3 for $3, 6 for $5.50, 12 for $10.

Emily Atkin


WHERE: Amy's Bread, 672 Ninth Avenue (between 46th & 47th Streets); 75 Ninth Avenue (between 15th & 16th Streets); or 250 Bleecker Street at Leroy Street.

WHY: They could have stopped with the rich shortbread crust and we would have been happy. But they had to add that thick layer of butterscotch caramel, didn't they. And those delightfully unexpected cashews, providing that serendipitously intermittent crunch? We could carry this bar around all week.

HOW MUCH: $2.75

Emily Atkin


WHERE: Grandaisy Bakery, 250 West Broadway; 73 Sullivan St; or 176 West 72nd St.

WHY: The rich man's Cinnabon, this little Italian number is flaky in all the right ways and sweetened with apricot jam, currants, walnuts and cinnamon sugar. You could grab one on the go and get away with calling it breakfast. But once you get to that moist, sticky center, you'll know better.

HOW MUCH: $2

Emily Atkin


WHERE: Eli's Vinegar Factory, 431 East 91st Street between 1st and York Avenues.

WHY:A pre-packaged miracle! It's almost difficult to believe that this magically buttery, just-sweet-enough fruit square comes wrapped in plastic—but that's arguably the best part about it. You can just throw it in your bag and save it for later. But let's be honest, you're not going to do that.

HOW MUCH: $3

Emily Atkin

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WHERE: Balthazar, 80 Spring St (Between Broadway and Crosby).

WHY: Don't let it's delicate demeanor fool you—this sinful tart can hold it's own as a hand-held indulgence. But hold it upright; the just-thick-enough crust can only do so much once your teeth enter the oozing bounty of dark chocolate and caramel. And once they do, you'll be lucky if your eyes don't roll into the back of your head for a few hours. Plus, this baby comes in a lovely Balthazar box that looks like a purse, so if you don't finish it, you'll have no trouble carrying it around with you.

HOW MUCH: $5.75 (worth every penny)

Emily Atkin


WHERE: William Greenberg Desserts, 1100 Madison Avenue (between 82nd & 83rd)

WHY: Beware the average cheese danish, which often feels like eating a cream cheese hockey puck. The Wm. Greenberg danish is not so—no, this danish is butter-induced euphoria. But it's the cheese that really gets us. Light, sweet to the slightest, and juuuust the right amount. A bagel should be so blessed. Pictured here is the regular size danish (we were too late--they ran out of minis!), but use your imagination.

HOW MUCH: $3

Emily Atkin


WHERE: The Adore, 17 East 13th Street.

WHY: There are three great things about The Adore's madeline. One: The traditional madeline flavor, soft with a hint of vanilla, is paired with an unexpectedly lovely lemon zest. Two: It actually feels like you're eating something. There's a substantialness that those other pansy madelines lack. Three: No crumbs!

HOW MUCH: $1.75

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WHERE: Grandaisy Bakery, 250 West Broadway; 73 Sullivan St; or 176 West 72nd St.

WHY: Some people say the best things in life are free, but we say the best things in life cost two dollars and are stuffed with Nutella. This shortbread sandwich looks like no big deal, but looks can be deceiving. The sin is in its simplicity; its effortlessly crumbly cookie; its nutty, chocolately middle; its ease of transportation. We'll take two!

HOW MUCH: $2

Emily Atkin


WHERE: Teuscher Chocolates, 620 5th Ave or 25 East 61 St.

WHY: "It grows me wings." "Too irresistible not to." "Truly unimaginable." "You will be able to go to your grave happy." These yelp.com reviewers know what's up. Smooth swiss chocolate enrobes a subtle champagne center. Between the two, a thin layer of titillating crunch. And the sugar coating is slight and sticks, so it won't spill onto your sun dress while you walk. Just beware; your impenetrable New York City stare is at high risk to be wiped away by a real doofy-looking, Hudson Valley-ish smile.

HOW MUCH: Better we not say.

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