Posts tagged dessert

Just got a little giddy over this Japanese treat at Hibino LIC.  It’s a strawberry dorayaki—a stack of two wonderfully spongy pancakes stuffed with a smear of sweet red bean paste, halved strawberries, and a generous scoop of green tea ice cream.  10-70 Jackson Avenue, LIC

Just got a little giddy over this Japanese treat at Hibino LIC.  It’s a strawberry dorayaki—a stack of two wonderfully spongy pancakes stuffed with a smear of sweet red bean paste, halved strawberries, and a generous scoop of green tea ice cream.  10-70 Jackson Avenue, LIC

A great place for dessert or a snack is Tea Cup Cafe in Elmhurst. Try shaved ice or one of their Thai style toasts. The one pictured here is topped with Nutella. 

Tea Cup Cafe, 76-23 Woodside Ave., Elmhurst, NY 11377

Build your own ice cream sandwiches from Malu at the LIC Flea this weekend…  this one was ridiculicious.  Chocolate chip cookies with blueberry sorbet.  LIC Flea is 10AM - 6PM every Saturday and Sunday at the corner of 46th Ave and 5th St.  http://www.licflea.com

Build your own ice cream sandwiches from Malu at the LIC Flea this weekend…  this one was ridiculicious.  Chocolate chip cookies with blueberry sorbet.  LIC Flea is 10AM - 6PM every Saturday and Sunday at the corner of 46th Ave and 5th St.  http://www.licflea.com

This crepe is bursting with delicately sweet poached pears, topped with crushed toasted almonds, a dusting of confectioners sugar, and a drizzle of chocolate.  Cafe Triskell * 33-04 36th Ave, Astoria * (718) 472-0612 * www.cafetriskell.com

This crepe is bursting with delicately sweet poached pears, topped with crushed toasted almonds, a dusting of confectioners sugar, and a drizzle of chocolate.  Cafe Triskell * 33-04 36th Ave, Astoria * (718) 472-0612 * www.cafetriskell.com

There’s always room for dessert! At the Georgia Diner in Elmhurst there is plenty of it. From Tiramisu to Strawberry Shortcake and Black Forest Cake, there is something for everyone. Even a giant cupcake!
Georgia Diner, 86-55 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, NY 11373 

There’s always room for dessert! At the Georgia Diner in Elmhurst there is plenty of it. From Tiramisu to Strawberry Shortcake and Black Forest Cake, there is something for everyone. Even a giant cupcake!

Georgia Diner, 86-55 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, NY 11373 

Check out this vanilla bean cheesecake with macerated berries at the brand new S Prime Steakhouse | 35-15 36th St, Astoria | 718-707-0660 | www.sprimenyc.com

Check out this vanilla bean cheesecake with macerated berries at the brand new S Prime Steakhouse | 35-15 36th St, Astoria | 718-707-0660 | www.sprimenyc.com

If you haven’t yet checked out Thymari (thee-MAH-ree), it’s rapidly revealing itself as a standout in the world of Greek food in Astoria—taking classics and preparing them with contemporary flare in a gorgeous dining room.  This is their new dessert… caramelized peach with lime yogurt cream and fresh thyme (thymari is the Greek word for thyme). Thymari * 32-07 34th Ave, Astoria * 718-204-2880 * www.thymari.com

If you haven’t yet checked out Thymari (thee-MAH-ree), it’s rapidly revealing itself as a standout in the world of Greek food in Astoria—taking classics and preparing them with contemporary flare in a gorgeous dining room.  This is their new dessert… caramelized peach with lime yogurt cream and fresh thyme (thymari is the Greek word for thyme). Thymari * 32-07 34th Ave, Astoria * 718-204-2880 * www.thymari.com

This sticky toffee date cake is so delicious that my friends got a whole sheet pan of it for my birthday party last year…  it’s “La Torta del Piccolo Bambino Gesu Cristo” or the “Little Baby Jesus Cake” from Vesta Trattoria & Wine Bar * 21-02 30th Ave, Astoria * 718-545-5550 * http://www.vestavino.com/

This sticky toffee date cake is so delicious that my friends got a whole sheet pan of it for my birthday party last year…  it’s “La Torta del Piccolo Bambino Gesu Cristo” or the “Little Baby Jesus Cake” from Vesta Trattoria & Wine Bar * 21-02 30th Ave, Astoria * 718-545-5550 * http://www.vestavino.com/

At Gian Piero Bakery, the allure is both the patrons and the pastries. Pictured in the center is Pasticciotti, a Sicilian pastry that is essentially crust filled with pasty cream (their version) that is absolutely divine. The funny thing about pasticciotti (or as they say it over there, pas-tee-chowt) is that it looks so plain that if I wasnt told there was pastry cream inside, i wouldn’t even give it a second look. 

The patrons of Gian Piero are mostly regulars and they hang outside the bakery just like they do in Italy. They sit outside and hang out with everyone who comes by - they even buy each other something from the bakery. It’s like a neighborhood bar, minus the alcohol and the bakery is open until 9pm -ish. 

Call ahead if you are coming late, just to make sure they are still open.

Gian Piero Bakery

44-17 30th Ave

Astoria, NY 11103

(718) 274-8959

Al-sham Sweets and Pastries24-39 Steinway StreetAstoria, NYC 11103(718) 777-0876
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Qatayef is a traditional dessert served in several Middle Eastern countries during Ramadan. The dough is fluffy like a pancake and folded in half, shaped like an empanada. It is filled either with cheese or nuts and is covered in a light, sweet syrup.
(Taken with Instagram at Al-sham Sweets and Pastries)

Al-sham Sweets and Pastries
24-39 Steinway Street
Astoria, NYC 11103
(718) 777-0876

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Qatayef is a traditional dessert served in several Middle Eastern countries during Ramadan. The dough is fluffy like a pancake and folded in half, shaped like an empanada. It is filled either with cheese or nuts and is covered in a light, sweet syrup.

(Taken with Instagram at Al-sham Sweets and Pastries)

If you ever see a man standing next to a wooden barrel on the street in the summer, stop whatever you are doing and run over. It almost always means that someone made nieves the old-fashioned way, hand churning a fresh fruit base into a delicious and refreshing ice. I came across this man yesterday afternoon in front of Frank D O’Connor Playground on Broadway and 78th Street in Elmhurst. He was selling watermelon ice in two sizes: small for $1 and large for $2. He changes the flavors daily, and says he walks around Roosevelt Avenue and usually ends up in front of the playground after 5 pm. Real nieves are hard to find, so it’s good to know that there’s someone out there!

If you ever see a man standing next to a wooden barrel on the street in the summer, stop whatever you are doing and run over. It almost always means that someone made nieves the old-fashioned way, hand churning a fresh fruit base into a delicious and refreshing ice. I came across this man yesterday afternoon in front of Frank D O’Connor Playground on Broadway and 78th Street in Elmhurst. He was selling watermelon ice in two sizes: small for $1 and large for $2. He changes the flavors daily, and says he walks around Roosevelt Avenue and usually ends up in front of the playground after 5 pm. Real nieves are hard to find, so it’s good to know that there’s someone out there!

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The best cheesecake in NYC is made by La Cheesecake in College Point, Queens. There are lines out the door especially on holidays. The fluffy cheesecake just melts in your mouth.  In addition to the plain/strawberry/blueberry/pineapple/cheery cheesecake, they also offer flavors like amaretto, espresso, brownie, oreo, carrot, and this one, the red velvet cheesecake.  Juniors cheesecake? Fugghedaboutit. (Taken with Instagram)
La Cheesecake126-06 14th AvenueCollege Point, NY 11356 718-359-3718Cash only.

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The best cheesecake in NYC is made by La Cheesecake in College Point, Queens. There are lines out the door especially on holidays. The fluffy cheesecake just melts in your mouth.  In addition to the plain/strawberry/blueberry/pineapple/cheery cheesecake, they also offer flavors like amaretto, espresso, brownie, oreo, carrot, and this one, the red velvet cheesecake.  Juniors cheesecake? Fugghedaboutit. (Taken with Instagram)

La Cheesecake
126-06 14th Avenue
College Point, NY 11356
718-359-3718
Cash only.

Bright, cherry jello cubes for dessert at King Yum, Fresh Meadows. An appropriate end to a meal at a place where time stands still.

Bright, cherry jello cubes for dessert at King Yum, Fresh Meadows. An appropriate end to a meal at a place where time stands still.

I love the tuna empanadas at La Nueva Bakery in Jackson Heights, and this torta de atun is just as good.
Cafe la Nueva, 86-10 37th Ave, Jackson Heights

I love the tuna empanadas at La Nueva Bakery in Jackson Heights, and this torta de atun is just as good.

Cafe la Nueva, 86-10 37th Ave, Jackson Heights

Pleasantly surprised to find boba pearls as a topping at Mama Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt on 30th Ave.  These deliciously delicate Asian orbs are filled with mango and strawberry juice.  Added to the non-dairy mango or raspberry-pomegranate sorbet, they make for quite the refreshing explosion of flavor.  Mama Frozen Yogurt, 35-04 30th Ave, Astoria; http://www.mamayogurt.com

Pleasantly surprised to find boba pearls as a topping at Mama Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt on 30th Ave.  These deliciously delicate Asian orbs are filled with mango and strawberry juice.  Added to the non-dairy mango or raspberry-pomegranate sorbet, they make for quite the refreshing explosion of flavor.  Mama Frozen Yogurt, 35-04 30th Ave, Astoria; http://www.mamayogurt.com