The Best Sweets Shops on the Lower East Side

New York City is a city made for foodies, and if you have a sweet tooth, there is no shortage of places in the city to satisfy it. If you’re looking for delectable desserts, the Lower East Side and the surrounding areas are great places to start.

New York is a city made for foodies, and if you have a sweet tooth, there is no shortage of places in the city to satisfy it. If you’re looking for interesting and delectable desserts, the Lower East Side and the surrounding areas are great places to start. Downtown on the East Side you’ll find great ice cream, doughnuts, chocolates, and much more — your sweet tooth will not go unsatisfied! Here are some great options.

Stick with Me Sweets

Stick with Me Sweets is a tiny shop that’s big on delicious sweets. Stick with Me is the creation of former Per Se pastry chef Susanna Yoon, and they specialize in one-of-a-kind bonbons in a variety of amazing flavors, made from scratch with the highest quality ingredients. In addition to being incredibly delicious, the bonbons are little works of art — gleaming, colorful delights for both the eyes and the taste buds. Besides bonbons, Chef Yoon and her team offer candy bars, hot chocolate, cakes, and other confections, all made from scratch and by hand. They have seasonal specials, such as Easter eggs and Valentine’s Day bonbons as well, making Stick with Me a great place to go for gifts.

Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream

Morgenstern’s is a stylish and adorable ice cream parlor located on Rivington Street on the Lower East Side. This shop is never not full of patrons, a testament to the high quality of their small-batch ice creams. They have delightful flavors like Peppermint Vanilla, Raw Milk, Green Tea Pistachio, and many more, in addition to floats, shakes, sorbet, and enough ice cream toppings to please any palate. Tip to keep in mind: Morgenstern’s is a cash-only establishment!

Economy Candy

Economy Candy is a unique candy shop also located on Rivington Street. This no-frills shop is sure to have every candy you remember from your childhood and more: candy buttons, gumballs, Runts, Now and Laters . . . this store is a true throwback. Economy Candy is sure to satisfy the kid in you!

Erin McKenna’s Bakery (Babycakes)

Erin McKenna’s Bakery, formerly known as Babycakes, is the original vegan bakery. Located on Broome Street between Orchard and Ludlow, Erin McKenna’s Bakery creates exclusively vegan treats, using sweeteners like agave nectar and evaporated cane juice to create delicious cupcakes, doughnuts, cookies, and more — they even do wedding cakes! The treats are seemingly free of everything — gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free, soy-free, wheat-free — but the one thing they are not free of is flavor! The bakery has an alternative, edgy style all its own, and it is truly a great destination for anyone who follows a vegan or gluten-free diet but doesn’t want to give up on the occasional splurge!

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