One thing that I find really interesting recently is that people don’t just look for good food. They also want the food to look pretty, or to be “instagram-worthy”. After all, people do love posting pretty photos on their social media. What’s better than showing your followers these delish and fabulous-looking food on your Instagram account?
There is definitely no issue with pretty-looking food. What I find really annoying is food that is just pretty but tastes horrible. So, to safe you from the horror of eating bad food, here’s a list of desserts in New York that are not only pleasant on the eyes, but also pleasant for the tummy 🙂
The Most Instagram-Worthy Desserts in New York
1. Rainbow Bagel, The Bagel Store
You don’t go to New York without eating bagels! But since this post is all about pretty food and desserts, I am not going to recommend you a normal plain blueberry bagel. Instead, go to The Bagel Store and get yourself a rainbow bagel with confetti cream cheese. Yum!
The Bagel Store is located all the way in Brooklyn, but it’s definitely worth the journey. While you are here, you should definitely also explore the hipster area in Brooklyn, check out the street art and visit the Brooklyn bridge! Oh, and try the pizza in Brooklyn!!
The Bagel Store Add: 754 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11211 Opening hours: Everyday 7AM - 6PM Menu: urbanspoon.com
Eggloo definitely reminds me of the egg waffles that you usually get in Hong Kong. But they actually offer so much more – here you can add ice cream and various toppings on your egg waffles! I tried the matcha waffle with strawberry ice cream, topped with sprinkles and strawberry pocky.
I really liked the egg waffle, but not so much for the ice cream. It was slightly too sweet for my liking! Maybe I should just stick to chocolate or vanilla next time – but it still makes this waffle one of the prettier desserts in New York 🙂
Eggloo Add: 60 Mulberry St, NY, 10013 Opening hours: Sun - Thurs 12PM - 10PM Fri - Sat 12PM - 11PM Menu: https://www.myeggloo.com/
3. Taiyaki, NYC
Among everything on this list, I would say Taiyaki is probably the most well-known. It’s definitely one of the most popular desserts in New York, and there’s always a long line outside this tiny shop at Baxter Street. Pro tip: to beat the queue, make sure to bring enough cash with you! There are two cashiers at Taiyaki – one for cash and one for credit card payments – and the cash-only counter usually has no queue 🙂
This Japanese-fusion dessert shop offers two types of ice cream – Green Tea and Black Sesame. You can also choose to have either custard or red bean in your taiyaki. The last bit would be to add toppings on your taiyaki (this is optional!).
I decided to get an item off the preset menu – the Unicorn Cone. This was probably THE most popular option. But, despite it being famous, I was actually quite skeptical that it would turn out good. Guess who was wrong? The taiyaki turned out to be really great! I did wish the green tea ice cream could be slightly less sweet. Otherwise, that dessert definitely passed both tests of tasting delicious and looking pretty!
Taiyaki NYC Add: 119 Baxter St, NY, 10013 Opening hours: Mon - Fri 12PM - 10PM Sat 11AM - 11PM Sun 11AM - 10PM
4. Stuffed Ice Cream
As I was exploring Lower East & Lower Manhattan, I came across this tiny ice cream shop on 1st Avenue. Curious to find out why they were called Stuffed Ice Cream, I decided to go in and check out the menu. It turned out that they sold doughnuts stuffed with ice cream. Hence, stuffed ice cream 😉
I was too full to try the stuffed doughnuts, so I ordered the eccentric-looking blue corn cone with cookie monster instead. Of course, not forgetting the sprinkles to decorate this pretty-looking ice cream.
I walked into that store with no expectations, but I walked out with the best cookie monster ice cream I have every tried in my hand. I definitely would come back again for it!
Stuffed Ice Cream Add: 139 1st Avenue, NY, 10003 Opening hours: Mon - Thurs 2PM - 1030PM Fri - Sat 2PM - 1130PM Sun 1PM - 1030PM
5. Grean Tea Cream Puff, Bible Sip
I came across this shop through a video on Facebook a while back, and after watching it, I really wanted to visit this place. So, on my trip to New York in 2016, this place was in the Top 5 of my to-go list. Located fairly close to Central Park, you can definitely stop here to fuel up before your afternoon walk at the park! 🙂
I had both the Earl Grey Vanilla and Green Tea cream puffs and I gotta say, the matcha was pretty damn good. Definitely a must-try from Bibble and Sip! 🙂
While the cafe opens pretty early, the choux are only available after slightly later in the day. So, don’t come too early!
Bibble & Sip Add: 253 W 51 St, NY, 10019 Opening hours: Mon - Fri 730AM - 8PM Sat - Sun 10AM - 8PM Menu: https://www.bibbleandsip.com/menu Click here to watch the video