Once you’ve selected which NYC Bedly neighborhood to live in, have settled into your new apartment and gotten to know your roomie, it can be a bit intimidating to explore your new city without some guidelines to follow. You saved cash by leasing through Bedly since you didn’t have to pay a broker to show you apartments, or throw down cash for a moving van to transport your entire bedroom from several states over, so what to do now? Along with venturing to the most instagrammable spots in NYC, you should probably include some pretty tasty and often times beautifully insta-worthy food. While a massive book could be written on all sorts of NYC sweet tooth satisfactions, I’ve included some of the prettiest and not-to-be-missed below!
Black Tap Milkshakes
A modern version of your classic burger and shake diner, Black Tap takes it to the next level! After filling up on their pizza burger and fries, don’t skip the dessert, as it IS the main attraction! Their Crazy Shakes have become extremely popular, primarily due to Instagram. With concoctions like the Sweet n’ Salty Peanut Butter Shake, Sour Pour Blackberry Shake, and Bam Bam Fruity Pebbles Shake, it’s nearly impossible to disappoint. So grab your camera and snap that insta-worthy shot! Find the nearest location to you.
DŌ, Cookie Dough Confections
Looks like ice cream, tastes like cookie dough! Advertised as “gourmet edible, bakeable, customizable cookie dough”, DŌ hit the ground running when it opened in NoHo just south of Washington Square Park in early 2017. They offer gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy free options, all available to eat as is or bake as you would like! The store also recommends mixing the dough with some ice cream for an extra tasty treat. They have their staple flavors, such as “Chocolate Chip” and “Oatmeal M&M, signature combinations like “Fluffer Butter” (peanut butter, dark chocolate chips, marshmallow fluff) and “Peanut Butter Snickerdoodle” (peanut butter, cinnamon sugar, and chocolate chips), and their monthly seasonal favorites like “White Chocolate Mocha”, “8 Layer Bar”, and “Cake Batter”. Check their website for a complete list of flavors.
Beware of the line! The first time I went was on a Sunday, and there was a 45 minute wait with a line across the street and down the block. Due to the popularity of the shop, this isn’t unusual, so they’ve had to make some rules in order for everyone to get their DŌ fix! They recommend arriving before 12 pm (they open at 10 am) to beat the line, and have implemented a maximum of four orders per person and no more than three samples per person. Closed on Mondays.
Another shop with a line to watch out for, Levain Bakery has been serving up NYC residents the largest, gooey-est cookies since 1994. Cookies and other baked goods are made fresh daily, and one of the coolest parts of this well-known bakery is that they give all extra food at the end of each day to the homeless. It took me a while to go there, but after hearing “You’ve never had a Levain cookie?!” about 20 times from friends and strangers alike, I thought I should. The line is typically busiest on weekend mornings, as regulars head there for their weekly Levain stop. Find a location near you.
Rice to Riches
I’ll admit, I was skeptical of this place before I went. A rice pudding store? Who even likes rice pudding? Turns out….I do! The Rice Pudding at Rice to Riches is like no other rice pudding you’ve ever had. Each flavor is made daily on-site at their location in Lower Manhattan. The primary ingredients are milk, rice, sugar, eggs, and cream, so it’s not for the dairy-intolerant human. Flavors range from “Understanding Vanilla” to “Death, Taxes, and Espresso with Chocolate Chips”. My personal fave is “Almond Schmalmond”, but “Sex, Drugs, and Rocky Road” is a close second. Since flavors are made daily, they do rotate, so if you’re interested in knowing what flavors to sample (unlimited samples!) when you get there, feel free to check out their flavors for the day.
For the cupcake lover in you, Magnolia Bakery bakes up fresh goodies daily. They opened their doors in the West Village in 1996, and since then has become a global phenomenon. They are extremely well known for their banana pudding (seriously…not a pudding fan *ahem, rice pudding*, but I could eat a tub of this stuff to myself) as well as their buttercream frosting on the cupcakes. Magnolia sells treats of all kinds to regulars and tourists alike daily, and I can promise you’ll walk away with your sweet tooth satisfied. Multiple locations in NYC.
Emack and Bolio’s
This ice cream shop is a well-known name in NYC, however, is located in several US states as well as Asia. Emack & Bolio’s has its roots, though, in Boston. In 1975, clubs were closing at midnight, and according to their website, in order to continue the party into the morning hours, several “hippie lawyers working pro-bono for the homeless, for gay civil rights, for anti-war demonstrators and of course representing all these famous rock ‘n rollers…” decided to rent out a basement and invite everyone over for outrageously flavored ice cream (after purchasing the proper equipment, of course). Two homeless men requested they name it after them – Emack and Bolio – and to this day, the store uses their names.
Enjoy flavors ranging from “Peanut Butter Oreo” to “Grasshopper Pie” (no grasshoppers harmed in the production), and “‘Deep Purple’ Chip” to “Cake Batter”. The company refuses to use milk from cows injected with hormones, so you know you’re getting high-quality deliciousness! If you’re more of a fro-yo or sorbet fan, Emack and Bolio’s has that covered as well. Find the nearest location to your Bedly neighborhood here!
Wafels & Dinges
What are Dinges, you may ask? Dinges is slang word in Belgian meaning “whatchammacallit”, and this company uses it as a name for their toppings on Belgian waffles! You’ll find the yellow Waffles & Dinges trucks parked all over NYC. Some have pretty solitary locations, like the one parked outside Belvedere Castle in Central Park or in Columbus Circle. Others are constantly on the move, posting up outside of different concert venues or pulling up to your local street market. You always know when you’re approaching one of these tasty trucks, though, when you smell the waffles being made. Dinges include ice cream, chocolate syrup, speculoos, strawberries, Nutella, whipped cream, and more! Create your own combination and take it to go, so you can sit and people watch while enjoying your treat.
Bedly takes the hassle out of moving, so you have more time for the fun stuff! Whether you’re new to NYC and looking for some New York treat establishments, or you’re a seasoned resident wanting a yummy dessert, these places won’t disappoint.
Photo credits in order of appearance: @BlackTapNYC Instagram, Cookie Do NYC, @JessicaKane Instagram, Trip Advisor, The Silver Word, @emackandbolios Instagram, Wafels & Dinges Pinterest