Review & Giveaway of New York Sweets: A Sugarhound’s Guide to the Best Bakeries, Ice Cream Parlors, Candy Shops, and Other Emporia of Delicious Delights


New York Sweets: A Sugarhound’s Guide to the Best Bakeries, Ice Cream Parlors, Candy Shops, and Other Emporia of Delicious Delights by Susan Meisel, published by Rizzoli on April 2, 2013, is a comprehensive listing of all the places to get your sugar fix in NYC.  Whether you are an ice cream person, a bakery person or a candy person, there is something in this book for you.  Personally, I tend to lean toward ice cream and bakeries.  The book includes some of my faves:  Doughnut Plant, Jacques Torres, Payard, Villabate, L’arte Del Gelato, Sockerbit, Tea & Sympathy, Vosges, Ferrara and Van Leeuwen. This is one of those books I wish I had written!  The book is divided into neighborhoods, so you can do a sweets tour in each NYC ‘hood!  I want to try Puddin’ on St. Mark’s Place–a shop with puddings and toppings.  There’s plenty of eye candy in the hardcover book with color photos of goodies from all the shops listed and recipes for you to try at home.

If you are in New York and have never been, the Rizzoli Bookstore on 57th Street is worth a trip.  I love this store.  Rizzoli has wonderful art and photography books and a great international magazine section.

You can win a copy of this fun book by entering the giveaway.  If you win, Rizzoli will ship you a free copy of New York Sweets: A Sugarhound’s Guide to the Best Bakeries, Ice Cream Parlors, Candy Shops, and Other Emporia of Delicious Delights by Susan Meisel.

To enter the giveaway:

Leave a comment below, answering this question:

What is your favorite sweet shop or bakery?  (It doesn’t have to be in New York).

For additional entries, become a fan on Facebook or sign up for my Tweets on Twitter and let me know you signed up in a separate comment.  One winner will be chosen at random and announced on Friday, April 12.  Contest closes on Thursday, April 11 at 12 PM EST.  (Rizzoli will ship the book to the winner.  U.S. residents only.)  Winner will be contacted via email, so please be sure to include your email address in the field when you leave your comment (it will not be visible to the public).  Good luck!

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17 responses to “Review & Giveaway of New York Sweets: A Sugarhound’s Guide to the Best Bakeries, Ice Cream Parlors, Candy Shops, and Other Emporia of Delicious Delights

  1. Edible Art, Raleigh, NC

  2. Vosges chocolate

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  4. Even though I have never been to NYC, Momofuku Milk Bar is my favorite bakery!

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  7. I love Honeymoon Desserts in Hong Kong!

  8. I was in New York last September and I would have to say Bouchon Bakery – I had delicious treats there!

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  10. I’d choose my father’s toffee apples! They were made from a secret recipe passed down to him from his aunt who owned a sweet shop in the 30’s and 40’s. They were absolute perfection!

    I’ve been trying to remember the name of the sweet shop around Clarendon Street in Dublin that still had those huge screw-top jars of sweets that were scooped into little brown paper bags and weighed on an old-fashioned scales. I wish now I hadn’t looked for it again because I think it’s been closed. The counters were dark varnished wood and there never seemed to be any customers so you could spend ages deciding what you wanted! It was the only place that still had “elephant nuts” and writing that down it sounds a little rude!, but they were hard boiled candies in the shape of peanuts and they had salty peanuts in the centre. (I can only guess that their relation to elephants was that in the old days you could still buy a bag of unshelled peanuts to feed them in the zoo.) Way ahead of the current sweet and salty trend that’s everywhere today. They also sold Big Time bars, satin pillows (hard boiled candies in different flavors) barley twists, and butterscotch hard toffee. Oh and Black Jack (licorice toffees)! I see there’s a place called Mrs. Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe which purports to sell all the old favorites, but as the cutesy name suggests it’s a catch penny trying to cash in on our nostalgia.

    For cakes, I would pick my mother’s apple tarts with their thick crust and whole cloves in the apples, and granulated sugar on top.

    For a modern cake shop, it would be any of the Mannings bakeries in Dublin for their coffee slices, (mille feuilles with fresh cream filling and thick coffee fondant on top); Hollandaise cakes (deep shortcrust shell with a thin layer of raspberry jam in the base and topped with heavy almond sponge); and apple creams (deep shortcrust shell with fresh apple in the base topped with fresh cream.). I’ll have to make some this weekend!

  11. Villa Italia in Schenectady, NY. Awesome!

  12. I liked you on FB

  13. Dina, this is stretching the bounds of the contest, but I just read that the makers of the best potato chips in the world are launching a chocolate bar with their cheese and onion chips inside!

  14. It’s a dead (h)eat between Veneiro’s in NYC and Just Desserts in San Francisco.

  15. Well I love Veniero’s Pastry Shop on East 11th Street and of course Manon’s on Trinity Place. Manon’s is the only place in New York that gives you free chocolate with your coffee. They have wonderful chocolate selection its a little hidden secret in New York City.

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