by nycgo.com staff, 09/09/2014
Almondine. Photo: Julienne Schaer
Sweets and Snacks
If you're looking for sweet treats, you've come to the right neighborhood. Way back in 2000, master chocolatier Jacques Torres established his first shop and chocolate factory in DUMBO. The factory has since moved to a larger space, but you can still purchase all manner of Torres' confections here, including those in liquid form. Try his renowned—and incredibly rich—hot chocolates; one type, called "wicked," comes spiked with ancho and chipotle chili peppers. Next door, Torres’ ice cream shop, open seasonally, offers a range of flavors beyond chocolate as well as ice cream sandwiches made with Torres' famous cookies. To get your ice cream fix year-round, visit the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory for locally made Philadelphia-style (in other words, egg-free) scoops—among the City's best. The sauces for its sundaes, like hot fudge and butterscotch, are prepared by the pastry chef at the nearby River Café. The brightly decorated One Girl Cookies has a wide assortment of mini cookies and dainty whoopie pies. But the bakery that absolutely should not be missed is Almondine, where owner and pastry chef Hervé Poussot (formerly of Payard and Le Bernardin) does all the baking on the premises. Almondine serves some of the best croissants, tarts and macarons in the city. Buy one of the near-perfect baguettes to take home.