Must-See Upper West Side
by nycgo.com staff, 12/02/2014
Levain Bakery. Photo: Daniel Krieger
The Upper West Side has a serious sweet tooth. Momofuku Milk Bar consistently makes a habit of sabotaging diets via Instagram, and the local branch's treats consistently live up to their photogenic qualities. The menu is imaginative in a Willy Wonka way: cereal milk soft-serve ice cream, candy bar pie and birthday-cake truffles complete with sprinkles are just a few options. Ask anyone in the neighborhood were you can get a good chocolate chip cookie, and odds are they'll point you to Levain Bakery. You'll also find oatmeal-raisin and chocolate-with-peanut-butter-chip varieties, muffins and baguettes stuffed with butter and jam. The line here may seem daunting, but it moves quickly and is worth the wait. Also in the area, Italian dessert spot Bomboloni has upped the doughnut ante. It serves fried pastries stuffed with fruit and cream, in such flavors as blood orange, Meyer lemon, amaretto and toasted chocolate marshmallow.