Anything, or almost anything, goes when you are on holidays and one sure thing is that there is dessert after every dinner. Sometimes, dessert comes before dinner. That’s the nature of holidays, isn’t it?
And another thing or two about dessert you might like to know before we continue…
- If no one sees you eat it, it has no calories.
- If you drink a diet soda with candy, they cancel each other out.
- When eating with someone else, calories don’t count if you both eat the same amount.
- Foods used for medicinal purposes have no calories. This includes any food consumed as a boost of energy to deal with rapidly changing timezones or children suffering a lack of routine, food eaten on plane and bus trips or in the car when small children are in tow. These foods may include family-sized blocks of chocolate, Sara Lee cheesecake (eaten whole), and ice cream by the bucket.
- Foods eaten during movies, at theme parks, playgrounds and family restaurants are much lower in calories simply because they are a part of the entertainment experience and not part of one’s personal fuel. This includes (but is not limited to) popcorn with butter, mints, chocolate bars, soft drink and Gummi Bears.
- If you eat the food off someone else’s plate, it doesn’t count.
- STRESSED (travelling with kids may bring on this condition) is just DESSERTS spelled backward.
Now, we have that out of the way, these are five NOT TO BE MISSED sweet treats for the kids in NYC. (New York City)
Eat one, or eat them all. It’s the holidays!
1. Peanut Butter & Co.
If you are more of a peanut butter than chocolate family, this place will be right up your alley. Peanut Butter & Co. was opened by the peeps who created the natural gourmet brand of peanut butter. Mmm… Cinnamon Raisin Swirl and Dark Chocolate Dreams. Yum.
Fancy a peanut butter sandwich? There’s more than 20 variations on this theme. Try the classic preschool snack of Ants on a Log for $4.50, or for something more extravagant, how about an Elvis? Grilled peanut butter, banana, honey and bacon for $7.50. But while this place is dedicated to sandwiches, there’s a whole lot more. Click here for the menu.
Located in the West Village, Peanut Butter & Co. favors kids with a sweet tooth with a
desserts menu desserts filled with treats like peanut butter pie, peanut butter parfait and a peanut butter chocolate sundae. Dare you to eat just one thing.
The menu also lists non-peanut butter items, including sandwiches and salads, as well as the opportunity to buy up big in the peanut butter stakes.
Note to self: LOVE the drinks heading on the menu…. “Wash it down” . Little bit of awesome right there.
Located at 240 Sullivan Street, Greenwich Village (btw. West 3rd and Bleecker.)
Subways: A, C, E, F or V at West 4th
2. Alice’s Tea Cup
If tea is your thing, then bring the kids to one of the three Alice’s Tea Cup restaurants.
The space is decorated in themes and mood of the whimsical Alice in Wonderland, and the children can even borrow wings to wear while they nibble.
The menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner is broad with things for all kinds of tastes, and levels of fussiness. At breakfast, there’s eggs, French toast, and you can even create your own crepe flavours. Will it be sweet, or savoury? And how about Alice’s loco cocoa (rich chocolate spiced with cayenne pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg)? Warming, yes!
For lunch, or anytime, don’t go past the Croque Monsieur, fresh soup, or my favourite, the Queen’s Tuna Melt. Nothing like a tuna melt for a smashing New York experience.
Kids (little and big) love the desserts- I’m eyeing off the Banana Nutella cake, and Alice’s’mores. Served melted and messy… oh yes please.
You can have a ‘High Tea’ at any meal also- this three plate stacker is filled to the brim with tastings of some of Alice’s best sellers.
Alice’s Teacup has three locations in Manhattan, but it’s busy all the time. Try to visit during the week rather than a weekend, and make a reservation if you can.
Located at 102 W. 73rd St., at Columbus Ave.; 799-3006.
Also: 156 E. 64th St., at Lexington Ave.; 486-9200
3. Caffé Palermo
Dreaming of a cannoli? Those crunchy sweet pastries famous in Italy, this New York version from this gorgeous café in Little Italy are delish. The owner “Baby John” is known as the Cannoli King.
Not a fan of cannoli… try their traditional cheesecake, tiramisu, pastiera napoletana cake, or the textured Italian ricotta cheesecake. Drooling yet? Sit inside, or take advantage of checking out the locals with a table on the sidewalk.
Located at 148 Mulberry St., between Grand and Hester streets.
4. Serendipity 3.
Who can wander past a place that is named after ‘the art of making happy discoveries, or finding the unexpectedly pleasant by chance”. Not me. And yes, it is the place where John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale slurped together in the film of the same name. I knew it!
This iconic Upper East Side place (Andy Warhol and Jackie O. were both fans) is an old-fashioned ice cream parlor and sweets shop.
Don’t bother with food. Go straight for the desserts.
Their frrrozen hot chocolate, a blended concoction of chocolate milk shake and slushie, is what they are world-famous for. Do not miss this experience. It’s something for the bucket list. Share with your loved ones.
Saying that, I’ve got it on good authority that ALL the desserts are to-die-for, especially those that involve chocolate fudge or chocolate sauce. Want a peek at the menu?
Located at 225 E. 60th St., between Second and Third Aves;
Opening Hours: Sun-Thur 11:30am to midnight Fri-Sat 11:30am to 1:00am
Hot off the press: You can even buy Serendipity Frozen Hot Choc mix to take home so you can recreate this classic NYC experience with your friends and family too!
5. Dylan’s Candy Bar
The kids will LOVE you forever if you take them here, especially if you set a budget for each one and let them go wild to choose their favourite sweet treats for an after dinner dessert.
This is not the day for quitting sugar. No sirree. Nor it is a day for pastels or whites. Dylan’s is all about bright rainbow colour explosions, like a super firework display. It’s Willy Wonka on steroids. Keep your sunnies close by.
And now there’s a Candy Café, with dessert pizza, super sundaes, ice-cream ‘chillin’s’ and FUN-due to share. To counter balance all that sweet, there’s salad and melts galore.
Planning a visit? Here’s the menu.
Monday – Thursday 10am – 9pm
Friday – Saturday 10am – 11pm
Sunday 11am – 9pm
Located at 1011 Third Ave; 60th Street.
Subway N, Q,R, 4,5,6
**Candy Shop open same hours as café.
The only question is, where will you go first?