It’s 8 PM and you just finished dinner. As you’re cleaning the kitchen, drying the dishes, suddenly, a craving hits. You recall strolling through New York City, or even Jersey City, and coming across that bakery. It was delicious, mouth-watering, and right now you wish you could be back in that moment again for one more bite. You’d give anything to satisfy your sweet tooth. The stomach wants what it wants. Sadly, your home is out of range for Uber Eats. So, you put the dishes away and turn on Netflix as another disappointing night without dessert goes by.
Well, there’s a solution for that. I’ve compiled a list of indulgences that do nationwide delivery, from Manhattan, Brooklyn, Jersey, to the Hamptons. Dessert brought directly to your door.
Milk Bar, recognized for its classic confectionary style, hit the dessert scene in 2008 when it opened its doors in the East Village. Since then, James Beard award-winning pastry chef Christina Tosi has expanded Milk Bar to 16 locations. Whether you’re craving a classic B’Day flavor or seasonal Pumpkin Dulce De Leche, it’ll arrive at your home when you order.
Baked In Color, located at 58th Street and 8th Avenue, is noted for its original rainbow chocolate chip cookies. They sell out so quickly that the website even suggests ordering in advance for those nearby. Not a worry, they do nationwide shipping on all tins, tubes, brownies, and cakes.
Gluten-free, and ready-to-eat cookie dough is a dream Willy Wonka would rave about. Kristen Tomlan is the mastermind behind serving of edible cookie dough in ice cream cups out of her flagship location in Greenwich Village. DŌ serves upward of 10 flavors, with new ideas churning out. Trade in the Pillsbury container and think outside the tin.
For a cookie with a doughy feel but cooked in classic form, there’s Gooey On The Inside. The brick and mortar store is on Chrystie Street, but with a Dunkaroo Cookie and molten cookie jars, it’s worth going to.
The bite-sized cupcake, which really only leads to more bites, delivers directly to your door thanks to Baked by Melissa. S’mores, cookie dough, peanut butter cup, tie-dye and more await.
But if you’re more of a go-big or go-home type and feeling like a full-sized cupcake, splurge on the popular Magnolia Bakery. Since opening its first location in 1996 in the West Village, Magnolia has proven to be a household name. Let a piece into your home.
Some names are synonymous with the streets of New York, like Carnegie Deli and Russ & Daughters. Maybe desserts aren’t the first thing you think of when you hear these classic names, but black and white cookies, rugelach, and chocolate babka make coming home all the sweeter. Explore offerings at www.goldbelly.com.
Over to Brooklyn, Oneg Bakery in Williamsburg has been voted “best babka in NYC,” an order that would make Elaine Benes and Jerry Seinfeld proud (season five, episode 13). Try it for yourself.
If chocolate isn’t your thing, then surely the world-famous Juniors Cheesecake can satisfy your craving. Since 1950, the corner of Flatbush and DeKalb has been filling bellies with its golden classic, and seasonal offerings like pumpkin, apple crumb, and more.
Hopping over the Hudson is a lesser known but large in flavor cookie shop. Bang Cookies, located in Jersey City, plans to open two new locations in the upcoming weeks at the American Dream Mall and another in Hoboken. With boozy cookies, Bourbon Walnut Toffee, Cinnamon Whiskey Crackle, classics like Sea Salt Chocolate Chunk, and so much more, it’s no surprise that this small shop is making big baking waves. Taste it for yourself.
After opening its doors in 2011, Carissa’s Bakery in the Hamptons enjoyed an expansion this past summer. Known for its breads and pastries, it’s no wonder it ships domestically every Thursday.
Levain Bakery was founded in 1994 with a headquartered shop on the Upper West Side, but luckily their summering in the Hamptons clientele brought them out east as well. Taste what everyone is talking about. And who could forget about Tate’s, the Southampton shop that made crispy cookies a craze. Go in yourself or order online at www.tatesbakeshop.com.
This article first appeared in The Independent Newspaper here.