New York City is synonymous with big buildings, loud noises and continuous action. But despite its short-comings, (morning commuting for one), and massive non stop changes, there are pieces of NYC that will always be special. New York City in the fall, Katz’s Delicatessen, or just the thought of certain classic NYC desserts. No matter how many high-rises go up, or co-working spots open, memories and reminders of a classic city will always remain.
So how can you find a vintage NYC moment? Lately, they’ve been slightly easier to discover. The Carnegie Deli pop up celebrating the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s 2nd season brought back a lot of that old city charm. Including 99 cent pastrami sandwiches. But now that the massively popular event is over, what can you do. Hop on a ride back in time in the nostalgic subway cars open for the Holidays. And explore food that instantly evokes that classic feel, simply by being a charming experience in itself. Starting with these five classic NYC desserts.
5 tasty classic NYC desserts:
Cannoli from Venieros.
The second you walk into the old fashioned, East Village bakery, you feel transported back in time. Pull a number deli-style, and await your turn to delight in all the classic NYC desserts of your choosing. But local tip: don’t miss a cannoli. These freshly filled Italian treats come in big and small sizes in chocolate and vanilla. And they’re simply, delicious.
Black and white cookie.
One of the most popular and well known of all classic NYC desserts. As Jerry Seinfeld famously said about this city treat, “Look to the cookie”.
Egg Cream from Gem Spa.
This famed St. Marks staple has been around since the early seventies. It’s a hidden, underrated gem, but step inside the small deli to get the tastiest egg cream you’ll ever have. A fun treat in the city for under $5. How many things can you say that about?
Kichel cookie from Moishes Bakery.
The old school bakery located on Second Avenue recently underwent a bit of a facelift. Luckily, we have photograph proof of its older, vintage storefront. Thankfully, inside they still serve the same classic NYC desserts. For those who aren’t in the know, the kichel cookie is a jewish baked treat. Essentially just dough and sugar, in a massively thin, oversized cookie form. Think bowtie cookie, but bigger and flatter.
Cookie shot at Dominique Ansel Bakery.
Technically, this is not old enough to be considered a classic quite yet. But one day, if they’re still as desirable, a cookie shot might qualify as one of those classic NYC desserts we love to cherish.