Whether it’s a pastry, croissant or baguette you’re craving, these bakeries are out of this world. Stop into any one of Luxury Attaché’s top picks for that perfect indulgence. Live a little!
1 Dominique Ansel Bakery
Having quickly grown into a household name, this SoHo gem consistently churns out the most unique, and delicious sweets and savory delights, drawing crowds every single morning without fail. Clearly, there’s far more going on here than the famed cronut--think frozen s’mores in the summertime, a light, bright lychee-laden pavlova in the spring and a luscious caramel-driven religieuse in the winter months. Chef Ansel, a tall, delightful, bright-eyed Frenchman, oozing with charm and passion for his craft, is a constant presence inside the perky yellow bakery, sweetening the deal even more.
189 Spring Street, between Thompson and Sullivan Streets
2 Balthazar Bakery
For more than 15 years, this New York City staple, attached, of course, to the iconic brasserie of the same name, draws neighborhood residents and out of towners alike. It may be tiny, but it packs a mighty wallop of tasty proportions, freshly baking everything from Valharonna Chocolate bread to sweet potato pumpkin pie and everything (literally) in between. Those looking to score a quick baguette on the go, or bite into a flaky croissant while watching the world go by on a bench outside, will not be disappointed. Here, it’s as classic as it gets.
80 Spring Street at Crosby Street
3 Levain Bakery
If the smell of freshly baked cookies is as reminiscent of childhood as it is for most, when the mood strikes again, look no further than this Upper West Side spot for that perfect fix. Not only do Levain’s cookies, such as the ooey gooey chocolate chip walnut or sweet-meets-salty oatmeal raisin weigh in at ½ pound each, they are worth their weight in gold. Seriously. This cozy spot, the brainchild of two competitive swimmers jonesing to create the perfect, filling, cookie for optimal post-workout satiating, draw lines daily with their famed cookies, as well as killer sticky buns, rustic breads and oh so much more.
167 West 74th Street, between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues
4 Magnolia Bakery
When it comes to classic cupcakes and what is perhaps the best banana pudding on record, people will do just about anything. Case in point, the scores of people fighting their way into the bakery’s original storefront in a heart of the West Village. Now, the Magnolia name can be found in all corners of Manhattan, and their iconic logo-d white bags are even more recognizable than the latest Chanel. Signature red velvet cupcakes hold up well alongside their other classics like icebox cake and rich brownie bites, as well as more unique goodies like the sinfully delicious magic cookie bar. Go here now--and truth be told, with an outpost now in Grand Central Station and Rockefeller Center, it’s hard not to.
5 City Bakery
It may not have the bells and whistles of more bespoke bakeries, but City Bakery is just plain amazing. Look no further than their famous giant homemade marshmallows, one-of-a-kind pretzel croissant, cinnamon-flecked Baker’s muffin, and giant cookies (go for the coconut, vegan chocolate chip or peanut butter, or all three), and lest one forget the hot chocolate. One part bakery, one part cafe and all parts sinfully delicious, NYC is lucky to have more than a few outposts of this fan-favorite.