What: A sweet day centered around some of the best desserts above 14th Street. Think you can stomach it?
Mode(s) of Transportation: subway, walking, taxi
Price Point: $$
- Start: Brunch at Maialino (Gramercy)
- Walk to: Shopping, People-Watching, and Architecture-Admiring at Madison Square Park and the Flatiron District (Flatiron)
- Subway to: Famous Quarter-Pound Cookies at Levain Bakery (Upper West Side)
- Walk to: Stroll through Central Park from West to East (park entrance on 72nd street)
- Walk to: Macarons from Laduree (Upper East Side)
- Walk to: Stroll down 5th Avenue (Upper East Side) – stop by Central Park’s 59th St. Entrance to get a Liege Waffle with Speculoos from Wafels & Dinges (Central Park)
- Walk to: Continue shopping along 5th Avenue (Midtown)
- Subway to: Dinner at Cask Bar + Kitchen (Midtown/Murray Hill)
- Walk to: Drinks at nearby bars/pubs along 3rd Avenue, such as Middle Branch and Terroir Wine Bar (Midtown/Murray Hill)
Maialino: The executive chef of this traditional Italian trattoria (with a modern twist) is a Gramercy Tavern alum. Though Maialino is named for its signature dish, the Malfatti al Maialino (braised suckling pig), it’s also an excellent place to go for a cozy weekend brunch. The best part is that they accept reservations, so you won’t have to wait around too long for your food. Phone: (212) 777-2410
Levain Bakery: Bobby Flay threw down and lost, Rocco Dispirito named their cookies as one of the best things he’s ever eaten…need I say more? Their cookies might not be cheap at $4 each, but you can easily split one between 2-3 people. A New York City must-try for cookie lovers.
Laduree: Famous macarons flown in from Paris. Not cheap by any means, but definitely delicious and worth trying at least one.
Wafels & Dinges: These food trucks serve the best liege
waffle wafel ever. Smother it with speculoos – a gingerbread cookie spread – and you’ll never want anything else on your waffle again. Oh, did I mention that Bobby Flay also lost a throw-down challenge to them?
Cask Bar + Kitchen: Dimly-lit, cozy, and unpretentious. Great food and well-crafted cocktails. (Bonus: there’s the Cellar Bar downstairs for even more drinks after dinner.)