The 20 Most Instagram Worthy Desserts in NYC

Looking for the most tasty and Instagram worthy desserts in NYC? This post will help you satiate that sweet tooth! Here are the most Instagrammable and best desserts in NYC. From cakes, shakes, donuts, ice cream, and more, this list has the must eat desserts in NYC. #nyc #nyceats #foodie #nycfoodie #newyorkcity #newyork #nyny #nycdessert #dessert

Looking for the most delicious and Instagram worthy desserts in NYC? Don't worry, I'm here to satiate your sweet tooth.

Anyone out there got a huge sweet tooth? *raises hand* I never say no to a tasty treat, whether it's ice cream, cake, cookies...just gimme all of it. What's even better when it's Instagram worthy - pretty AND delicious, the best combo!

For my birthday this year, I hopped on a plane to NYC, rounded up some friends (including Serena of Serena's Lenses, Sierra of Passport Voyager, and Debbie of Offbeat Trekker), and planned a dessert tour around the city (okay, mostly lower Manhattan). Together, we hit up 10 dessert places over 3 days. Needless to say, I'm still in a sugar coma 2 weeks later, but it was pretty much the best birthday ever. 

We devoured lots of treats and found the best and most Instagram worthy desserts in NYC. Here are the spots we went to (along with some others that were on my list that I never made it to because any more places would've just been crazy, y'all). 

Most Instagram Worthy Desserts in NYC - Momofuku Milk Bar cereal milk soft serve

1. Momofuku Milk Bar
(multiple locations)

Momofuku Milk Bar is a NYC icon. Part of chef David Chang's Momofuku empire, Milk Bar is an award-winning bakery with locations all over NYC and beyond. Helmed by pastry chef Christina Tosi, Milk Bar's signature treats include the birthday cake truffles, compost cookies (with pretzels, potato chips, coffee, oats, graham cracker, butterscotch, chocolate chips), and the ever-so-addictive crack pie (YES, it is like crack. So good).

Perhaps one of the most popular and Instagram worthy desserts in NYC is the soft serve here - the most popular of which is the cereal milk, which is supposed to taste like the milk that is left over at the bottom of the bowl after finishing a bowl of cereal. It is actually pretty tasty. Also Instagrammable is the signature pink neon "milk" sign - a perfect backdrop for snapping a photo of your treats. I've found that the East Village and Midtown locations are the most Instagram worthy.

2. Kay's Boutique Cafe
240 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

Kay's has the perfect combination of Instagrammable decor, treats, and beverages, that are also super tasty. They have the cutest little French toasts, which look like little cakes. These come in a variety of flavors, such as matcha, chocolate, and dulce de leche. They also have one with almond and banana cream, and topped with almond and bacon.

Most Instagram Worthy Desserts in NYC - Kay's Boutique cafe Hulk matcha

Kay's also has a selection of delicious specialty drinks. One of the most popular is the Blue Bell, which consists of an blue herbal tea, coconut water, and lemon juice. The acidic nature of the lemon juices causes the tea to turn from blue to purple - that's science for ya (it's also very Instagram worthy). I also enjoyed the Hulk, which is matcha tea with coconut water. It is kind of like having a matcha latte, but lighter and more refreshing - totally perfect for a hot and humid NYC summer day.

Most Instagram Worthy Desserts in NYC - Stax Cremella donut ice cream sandwich

3. Stax
279 Grand St, New York, NY 10002

Stax is a donut shop and ice cream shop in one. You can order either ice cream or a donut separately, if you wish. But put the two together, and you get the Cremella, which are a donut ice cream sandwich. Choose your donut, your favorite ice cream flavor (they have some unique ones available), and your topping of choice. This is definitely one of the most Instagrammable desserts in NYC. It is pretty sweet, as is to be expected when you combine a donut with ice cream, but I found the combination to be pretty tasty regardless.

4. ChikaLicious Dessert Club
204 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003

I saw this Churro cone ice cream on Instagram and immediately bookmarked it. I was dying to try it but alas, there is only a finite amount of stomach space. Seriously though, doesn't it look insane?

Most Instagram Worthy Desserts in NYC - Black Tap cake shake
5. Black Tap 
 529 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

Black Tap is a modern-day diner, serving up craft burgers, salads, beer, and more. What they are famous for, though, are those extra AF shakes. Some of your options here include the Bam Bam, a Fruity Pebbles shake with a Rice Krispies treat, and strawberry Pop Tart, Laffy Taffy; the Sour Power, a black cherry shake with sour gummi poppers, Pixie Stix, a Rainbow Pop, Sour Straw, and Nerds; and a Cake Shake, which comes topped with an entire slice of cake. YES, it was over-the-top and YES, it was intense. However, I went on my birthday, so I mean....#yolo, amirite? Black Tap is known to have a line around the block, but I went on a Monday afternoon and it was pretty empty.

Most Instagram Worthy Desserts in NYC - Dominique Ansel cronut

6. Dominique Ansel Bakery
189 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

Dominique Ansel's signature Cronut may be one of the OG Instagram worthy desserts in NYC. Dominique Ansel always has a line out the door, and the Cronuts are always one of the most in-demand desserts in NYC - for good reason! Don't even try to have an imitation Cronut from another bakery - you *must* have the real thing. There is a huge difference. The donut shaped croissant is perfectly flaky, and has a variety of fillings inside. So, soooo good. Dominique Ansel also has a selection of cakes and other pastries that are super tasty and Instagrammable. A must-have while in NYC.

7. Bingbox
125 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Bingbox takes a modern spin on traditional Korean shaved snow ice (aka Bingsu). They have a variety of flavors of shaved ice, and an array of toppings. You can concoct your own creation, or choose from a selection of preset offerings. You can opt to get your treat in a waffle bowl to add to the Instagrammability. Bingbox also does soft serve as well.

Most Instagram Worthy Desserts in NYC - New Territories egg waffle ice cream

8. New Territories
190 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

New Territories creates traditional Hong Kong sweets with a New Yorker twist. They specialize in egg waffles. These come with artisan ice cream and an array of toppings. Some of their offerings include the U-be Trippin', with ube ice cream, condensed milk, animal crackers, and Fruity Pebbles;. Dark and Snowy, a black ash waffle with early grey ice cream, banana chips, and hot fudge; and B with the Rose, a black tea and rose infused waffle, honeycomb ice cream, ginger snap cookie, and chocolate shavings (this is the one I ordered).

They also do some crazy creative milkshakes, like the Unicorn Parade, a vanilla shake with marshmallow, Pocky, Fruity Pebbles, and a sprinkles rimmed cup. To be honest, New Territories was a bit too sweet for my liking, but if you like your desserts to be on the sweeter side, then you will really enjoy them.

10. C Tea
52 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012

C Tea has some of the most Instagrammable bubble tea you've ever seen. Some of the drinks you can order include a green apple milkshake with a donut, their signature fruit tea (with colorful fruit slices), and a mermaid shake.

Most Instagram Worthy Desserts in NYC - Flour Shop rainbow cake pop

11. Flour Shop
177 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10013

Flour Shop was actually not on my original list, but we happened to stumble upon it on the way to another spot on our agenda. You can't help but smile when you walk in here. They have these super  colorful rainbow cake push pops. They also have cake truffles, which are super cute and the perfect little bite-sized treat.

Most Instagram Worthy Desserts in NYC - Flour Shop rainbow wall

Flour Shop also has a super fun rainbow wall, which also makes for another perfect photo op!

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12. 10 Below Ice Cream
10 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

Rolled ice cream is pretty trendy right now, and apparently it all started at 10 Below. Their ice cream rolls are made-to-order in under 2 minutes using an advanced cold plate that reaches a temperature of -10F (hence the name). Add your toppings of choice, and you've got yourself one of the most Instagram worthy desserts in NYC.

Most Instagram Worthy Desserts in NYC - Eggloo egg waffle ice cream

13. Eggloo
60 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

Eggloo is another Hong Kong egg waffle joint. Here, you can choose one of 3 waffle flavors as your base, then select from 8 different ice cream choices, and have an unlimited number of toppings from their selection, which include things like Pocky, Fruity Pebbles, coconut, mochi, and more. Or, if you get too overwhelmed (like I did), just look at the photos on the wall, which picture some of the most original creations from their customers. This is what I did, and I ended up with a tasty and Instagram worthy treat.

14. DŌ
550 LaGuardia Pl, New York, NY 10012

Raise your hand if you like to sneak bites of dough out of the bowl while you're baking cookies. If so, then you will probably love DŌ, which sells cookie dough by the pint, mixed into other desserts, or in a cone or sundae, just like ice cream. You can get a colorful cone and add toppings, which makes it one of the most Instagram worthy desserts in NYC!

Most Instagram Worthy Desserts in NYC - bar Pa tea matcha bubble tea float

15. Bar Pa Tea
85 Kenmare Street, store #2, New York, NY 10012

Bar Pa Tea puts a healthy twist into their bubble tea drinks (or boba, as we Californians call it) - everything on their menu is vegan and gluten free. You won't be able to tell the difference though, because their drinks are absolutely delicious. You can make it Instagrammable by making it a float (as I did), which comes with layers and a scoop of ice cream on top; or make it a pink latte, which is created by adding beetroot powder. They have a variety of tea flavors, such as the traditional matcha, brown sugar oolong, and salted caramel oolong.

They also do soft serve here, which is also one of the most Instagram worthy desserts in NYC. It comes in a black tea or oolong flavor (or you can get a swirl), and you can add toppings, such as tapioca pearls, a mini stroopwaffel, or a honey braided twist.

Most Instagram Worthy Desserts in NYC - Soft Swerve ice cream cones

16. Soft Swerve
85 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

Soft Swerve specializes in, you guessed it, soft serve. This is not only one of the most Instagrammable desserts in NYC, it was also one of my favorites on my dessert tour. The soft serve here is just right - flavorful, not to sweet, and super creamy. It comes in flavors such as matcha, ube (purple yam), coconut, and black sesame. They also have plenty of toppings available, and you can either create your own, if you're feeling creative. Or, you can choose from one of their "Swerve Specials," which include things like Strawberry Fields, with matcha soft serve, freeze dried strawberries, and strawberry drizzle; or the Woodside, which comes with ube soft serve, mochi, and toasted coconut.

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17. Popbar
5 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

Popbar's concept combines two of my favorite things: popsicles and gelato. Popbars are essentially gelato, sorbet, frozen yogurt on a stick. You can choose from one of 26 flavors, and then add toppings to make your Popbar super Instagrammable! Popbar's bars are all gluten-free and Kosher, with some varieties (the sorbet and yogurt) being vegan and lactose-free.

Most Instagram Worthy Desserts in NYC - Taiyaki ice cream

18. Taiyaki
119 Baxter St, New York, NY 10013

Taiyaki is traditionally a Japanese fish-shaped waffle pastry, usually filled with red bean. One of the new trendy desserts is a taiyaki-shaped cone with ice cream and various toppings inside. This is Taiyaki's specialty and it does not disappoint as one of the most Instagram worthy desserts in NYC. I couldn't help  myself and HAD to get the Unicorn Taiyaki here because it was just sooooooo cute. This was also another one of my favorites from my dessert tour  - mmmm, delicious and photo-worthy is the best combo!

19. Sweet Churros
Food Gallery 32, 11 West 32nd Street, New York, NY 10001

Let's just say....I LOVE churros (see my Mexico City guide and Barcelona guide for proof of this). Add to that the Instagrammability factor and it was no surprise that Sweet Churros ended up on my list. Sweet Churros does loop-shaped churros with various toppings. You can either get the churros as-is, or on top of a cup of soft serve. Unfortunately, I ran out of time and stomach space and never made it there...but it is definitely on the list for next time (you bet I'll want to do a part 2 of this dessert tour sometime).

Most Instagram Worthy Desserts in NYC - Milk and Cream Cereal Bar ice cream

20. Milk & Cream Cereal Bar
159 Mott St, New York, NY 1001

If you are a cereal fan like I am, then you will probably LOVE Milk & Cream. Here, you choose either vanilla or cookie dough ice cream, and a cereal of choice which they then mix in and blend into soft serve. You then add a topping and a drizzle, and choose  to have it served in a cup or cone (there are multiple cone flavors too). Or, you can opt to go with one of their special signature blends as well. Milk & Cream may have been my favorite from the weekend. I loved the cereal concept (even though a lot of the other places had cereal as toppings, Milk & Cream took it a step further). Not only is the ice cream itself super Instagrammable, so is the entire storefront - they even have a super fun neon sign that says "treat yo' self" - which was definitely my motto for the entire weekend.

What are some of your favorite desserts in NYC? Let me know in the comments, so I can check them out next time!

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Looking for the most tasty and Instagram worthy desserts in NYC? This post will help you satiate that sweet tooth! Here are the most Instagrammable and best desserts in NYC. From cakes, shakes, donuts, ice cream, and more, this list has the must eat desserts in NYC. #nyc #nyceats #foodie #nycfoodie #newyorkcity #newyork #nyny #nycdessert #dessert


Wow. Just wow. They are all so colorful and eye-catching. Now the question is, which one tastes the best?
Brianna said…
Well dang, thank you for completely planning out my next birthday trip! This sounds like literally the best way to celebrate being alive. Props to you, girl!!
Janine said…
I officially have a sugar headache after reading this, but I'm also never eating real food again. This is the birthday experience of my dreams!! Thanks for sharing!!!
Andrea Mayfield said…
I want every single desert! And I am so jealous I was not there to eat all of these, next time?
Even though I have so slow internet I was like "I have to wait until these pictures have revealed themselves!!" self-suffering on a whole new level! Looks amazing! This is why people get fat in the USA - it's one big temptation :D
Lauren Hay said…
THIS LOOKS INCREDIBLE! A desert tour sounds like an absolute dream come true for me. Those freak shakes look insane and the churros too! Hopefully it came with a free dentist check up after all the sugar haha!!
Kelly Price said…
All of these look so amazing!! I'm getting hungry just looking at them!
Christine said…
Rolled ice cream and those bubble waffle cones are my favorite! Everything looks so good, now I want some dessert!
Amanda Ulmer said…
Best birthday tour ever! I need to go to New York and do this exact same thing.
Anisa said…
I am impressed/jealous you were able to try all these! I have had some which I loved (Blacktap is one of my favs) but I NEED to try the rest!
Kaylene Isherwood said…
I'm drooling over these photos... Everything looks so good! And makes me want to get back to NYC asap!
I always make a stop at Momofuku when visiting NYC! Love Grom gelato and Van Leewen's ice cream too.
Lori said…
#MostFunPostEver!! Love everything about this including the dessert grams! I’ll be saving this for my next Big Apple trip!
Jessica said…
I'm afraid to go to NYC now! I'm gonna end up eating way too much!
Valerie W said…
Heading back to NYC in a few weeks... will be checking out some of the places for surreeeeee! thanks for the pretty pics :)
Cat said…
These are some of the most incredible desserts I have ever seen! They all look amazing but I don’t think I could go past the milk bar! Yum!
All of these desserts look amazing!!! The next time I go to NYC Im going to do a dessert tour like this!! Thanks for sharing all of these great places!
Kristin Kohler said…
OMG drooolll. Why would I eat any other kind of food in NYC when there are so many amazing desserts?!
Viola Wang said…
OMG all the colors!! What an amazing curation girl! I love this list and totally want to eat everything! Guess I have a new mission for my trip to NYC in September.
Rishi said…
Wow! I have no words to describe how delighted i am feeling right now, i just loved each and everything shown in this blog. New York is indeed an amazing place. I have been their last year and I still cherish those moments and memories. This blog refreshed my memories.

One of my friend has also shifted to New York this year, he runs Internet business YepOffers USA, it is a discount website and I will certainly use his website to reach him.

Once reached i will be staying with him and I will definitely try to taste each one of these. Thanks to the author for sharing this amazing blog.
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