Notable Dishes

NYC's Best for Shareable Desserts

Grab a friend or date and get your sugar fix at one of these decadent NYC spots, where dessert is an event in and of itself.

  • Levain
    • Bakery
    • West 70s
    Quality
    28
    Appeal
    18
    Service
    23
    Cost
    I

    Chocolate addicts make pilgrimages to this Upper West Side bakery for its signature dessert: a huge, moist, fresh-out-of-the-oven cookie packed with semi-sweet chocolate chips and walnut chunks. It's big enough to share, but just a warning: you might not want to after you take that first bite.

  • Ample Hills Creamery
    • Ice Cream Shop
    • Prospect Heights
    Food
    27
    Decor
    18
    Service
    24
    Cost
    $7

    This Prospect Heights ice cream parlor just added a monster of a dessert to its menu. Meant to be shared by at least 10 people, "The Trough" costs $51.45 and features eight scoops of ice cream, homemade fudge and caramel sauces, chunks of cookie dough, pretzels, sweet and salty snack mix, whipped cream, and sprinkles, all in a Momofuku Crack Pie crust.

  • DBGB Kitchen and Bar
    • French
    • East Village
    Food
    22
    Decor
    22
    Service
    21
    Cost
    $57

    The must-try dish here is Daniel Boulud's updated version of a Baked Alaska, made with pistachio and vanilla ice creams and raspberry sorbet and set on fire tableside. It's designed to be a dessert for two, which gives you the perfect excuse to grab your significant other, dress up like Don and Betty Draper, and pretend you're on a date in the 1960s.

  • The Standard Grill
    • American
    • Meatpacking District
    Food
    22
    Decor
    22
    Service
    20
    Cost
    $60

    This trendy restaurant at the Meatpacking District Standard Hotel offers a huge dessert called "The Deal Closer," a big bowl of rich chocolate mousse with a layer of devil's food cake in the middle, topped with whipped cream, sea salt, and bittersweet chocolate shavings. The decadent treat is served with two Le Creuset spatulas because, as explained on the restaurant's blog, "a spoon just doesn't get enough in your mouth fast enough."

  • Cafe Lalo
    • Dessert
    • West 80s
    Food
    20
    Decor
    21
    Service
    17
    Cost
    $24

    There are more than 100 cakes, pies, and tarts on the menu at this Upper West Side cafe, made famous by its appearance in the 1998 film You've Got Mail. The hard part is figuring out what to order when everything looks so fabulously indulgent on display at the counter.

  • Serendipity 3
    • New American
    • East 60s
    Food
    19
    Decor
    20
    Service
    16
    Cost
    $35

    It's all about the signature "Frrrozen Hot Chocolate" at this classic Upper East Side eatery. This famous concoction is cold enough to give you a brain freeze and chocolatey enough to send you into a sugar coma - but worth every last spoonful.

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