Top 5 Desserts in New York: The Dutch, Serendipity 3, Peels, and more

Coconut Cake at Commerce
50 Commerce St.
New York, NY 10014
(212) 524-2301

The nostalgic yellow Birthday Cake with chocolate frosting and sprinkles gives it some competition, but the Coconut Cake at Commerce, which is light and not-too-sweet despite resembling a brick in shape and size, has earned accolades that line the entrance vestibule to this stylish Village clubhouse.

Glazed cake doughnut at doughnut plant
379 Grand St.
New York, NY 10002
(212) 505-3700

There are wackier concoctions– try the Tres Leches- -on the menu at this Lower East Side favorite that now has a satellite at the Ace Hotel. But in our opinion there’s no better showcase for the back-tobasics sturdy texture of these doughnuts than the straightforward glaze variety.

Lemon Meringue Pie at The Dutch
131 Sullivan St.
New York, NY 10012
(212) 677-6200

Pastry Chef Kierin Baldwin’s throwback pies have drawn as much attention as chef Luke Ostrom’s hearty mains at this Soho scenester magnet. Lemon Meringue Pie is a favorite, as is the Banana Cream, even if the pretty young things that flock here might go dutch on the sweets a few times over for fear of expanding their waistlines.

Blackberry Eton Mess Fool at Peels
325 Bowery
New York, NY 10003
(646) 602-7015

This traditional British dessert— named after a staple sweet at the country’s most prestigious boarding school— might seem an odd fit at this Southern-leaning restaurant from tastemaker Taavo Somer (Freemans, Isa, The Rusty Knot). But we can think of few stronger arguments for acrossthe- pond culinary synergy than a meal of fried chicken topped off by the Eton Mess’ melange of crunchy meringue, yogurt mousse and mint ice.

Frrrozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity 3
225 East 60th St.
New York, NY 10022
(212) 838-3531

No, you’re not stumbling upon some top gastronomic secret. Yes, you’ll have to vie for a table with a tour bus or two worth of out of town visitors. Still, this blend of 14 cocoas can claim to be the granddaddy of NYC dessert indulgences, and is particularly worth a try if you’ve got kids or grandkids with you.