Instagrammable Desserts in NYC

Have you ever gotten a dessert just so you can take a picture of it? I definitely have, multiple times. Sometimes they taste amazing and sometimes, unfortunately, it is literally #eatingfortheinsta. Today I will be sharing some instagrammable dessert places in New York City and whether they actually taste good! Let’s begin.

Dessert Kitchen NYC

My friend and I ordered two items – one from the special menu and one from the normal menu. The first item is from the special menu, and it is milk tea, ice cream, and cotton candy around the rim of the cup. The milk tea was delicious and the ice cream had the perfect sweetness, but mannn this was a mess to eat. The cotton candy did not stay for more than a minute and basically slid down and create a pink sticky mess. The cotton candy is purely for show, and I do admit it makes this a lot more special. The second item is the Ujikintoki, which is a traditional Japanese style dessert. It is green tea shaved ice with red bean, flour balls, and red bean ice cream bricks on top. The green tea shaved ice tasted mediocre, but the flour balls were quite delicious. Overall, this was just cute to look at and was not very tasty.


Cookie DŌ NYC

Edible cookie dough. My friend and I went to DŌ when it first opened and lined up for one and a half hour! I’m sure the line is not as long now because there is less hype, but when I walked by last week there was still a line. Is it worth waiting 90 minutes for? No. But it’s worth waiting maybe 30 minutes for. When you walk in, it’s like walking into an ice cream store, because they scoop the cookie dough like it’s ice cream. You can get it in a cone or a cup and can also add different toppings. I looove cookie dough and thought theirs tasted delicious. The only complaint I have is that most of the time when I eat cookie dough, I eat it in small dosages, so my friend and I were not able to finish the whole thing there. I ended up taking it home to munch on later on, which made me think buying that much at once was worth it. When you go, definitely share with a friend!


Jars by Dani

Colorful layered cake in jars! Looking at them just makes me so happy. This is different from other instagrammable dessert places because there aren’t any seats there. It’s a very small store, so you go in to get your jars and then leave to eat it somewhere else. I think these are perfect for a small get together or even a party because they are just so adorable! They also taste amazing!! There are many different options and you can actually get them at some grocery stores in the city.


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Taiyaki NYC

They are known for their ice cream in fish-shaped waffles, but when I went there with my friend the other day, they launched the matcha cone, so we had to get it. I will definitely be going back for the fish-shaped waffles though. This time I got the matcha cone with strawberry ice cream, chocolate drizzle, and mochi. I love that you can customize your order to make it look the way you want it to look (you see what my priorities are?). Everything tasted really good, but they definitely could’ve amped up the flavors a bit more. Shout out to Cindy who took this for me when everything was already melting haha.


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Ube Kitchen

Ube Kitchen is a vendor at Smorgasburg, which happens every weekend during the warmer months. They actually serve the ube ice cream in a dragon fruit, but there are only 70 each day and I got there too late, so it came in their normal waffle bowl. It definitely would’ve looked better in the dragon fruit, but this is still cute. The ube ice cream was delicious and tasted even better after I poured on the almond milk. It was so creamy! This dessert is garnished with tapioca balls, red bean, dragon fruit, strawberries, coconut flakes, and a thin slice of dried mango. If you go to Smorgasburg, I definitely recommend trying this!


New Territories

Oh mann this milkshake was delicious!! This is the unicorn milkshake (what is people with unicorn things these days?). What made my day was that they used pocky as sticks for the marshmallow!! Most of the time when dessert places garnish the food with marshmallow, they put it on a lollipop stick that is not edible, but this place took it to the next level and used a pocky!! It was such a pleasant surprise and made this milkshake a lot better. The purple on the side is ube, but with all the milkshake, I could not really taste the ube, so it was more for decoration. I shared this with a friend and would recommend you do the same because it’s quite heavy.


Galerie de Cafe

This is a small cafe tucked in on the side streets of New York City, but it’s such a cute place. Yes, I know this is not really dessert, but they do have desserts there and it’s too cute to not mention. The owners decorated the store with children’s artwork, which makes this place even more unique. I got the rainbow latte with pink, purple, and blue. You can pick your own colors, which is pretty cool. They also have seasonal latte art : )



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I hope you enjoyed all the instagrammable desserts! I will definitely be doing a part 2 after I try out more places, so definitely come back for that. As always, thank you for stopping by : )



  1. May 3, 2017 / 11:15 AM

    Wow! That Cookie Do place looks incredible! I can’t even look at those things without putting on 10lbs. haha

  2. thatssodarling
    May 3, 2017 / 11:18 AM

    those all look so yummy! New York is on my bucket list to go to and try a ton of their food while I’m there! This all looks too pretty to eat haha. Thanks for sharing!


  3. May 3, 2017 / 11:33 AM

    Oh man I was in NYC last summer and missed all of these!! Wish I had known, oh well hopefully I can find them next time 🙂


  4. May 3, 2017 / 12:57 PM

    take me to all of these places next time! 😀 they all look so cute!

  5. May 3, 2017 / 2:06 PM

    Mmmm! It all looks so delicious! I’m totally craving dessert right now 😣

  6. May 3, 2017 / 3:29 PM

    WOw, simply amazing! i just wish I knew about the place when I was in New York.

  7. May 4, 2017 / 10:41 AM

    These all look so amazing and freaking delicious!! That cookie dough though…. 🙂

  8. katiebutpsycho
    May 4, 2017 / 11:13 AM

    OMG! I live in NYC but the only one I have been to is cookie do! I am for sure going to try these places out. They look AMAZING.

    • May 4, 2017 / 12:08 PM

      I really hope you try them out! New Territories for sure!!

  9. May 4, 2017 / 11:56 AM

    Yes I’m also guilty of choosing a dessert on how instagrammable I think it’s going to be! What a great post idea and I LOVE that rainbow latte art <3 xxx

    • May 4, 2017 / 12:09 PM

      Worst case the dessert doesn’t taste good but it’s dessert so it can never taste that bad! Haha

  10. May 4, 2017 / 12:31 PM

    WOW! I am so jealous! I live no where close to anything like this and man I wish I did! Thanks for sharing!

  11. May 4, 2017 / 1:22 PM

    I’ve seen a lot of these on Instagram, and they look amazing! You’re so lucky you got to try them all. I’ll definitely have to try that milkshake and coffee on my next trip to the city. Enjoy!

  12. Jessica
    May 4, 2017 / 2:04 PM

    That unicorn milkshake and Rainbow latte, oh my goodness!! They’re so pretty!! All I would wanna do is take photos of them and not drink them!!

  13. May 4, 2017 / 2:46 PM

    Oh my god! Everything looks so delicious! I would like to try them all! ♥

  14. May 4, 2017 / 6:49 PM

    I would still go to Dessert Kitchen just for the Insta hehe! The ube ice cream in a dragonfruit sounds amazing – definitely adding that place to my list as well! I’ll hopefully be going to NYC sometime with my sister this summer just for food and desserts haha 🙂

  15. May 12, 2017 / 9:39 PM

    Aw! I am going to nyc soon, I think I will try to cookie dough place & fish shaped ice cream place! thanks!

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