The holiday season calls for spending time with family, opening presents, and indulging in mouthwatering sweets. Since good desserts are synonymous with the holiday season, we scoured the city to find these enticing treats that are sure to satisfy anyone's holiday sweet tooth.
Boozy and edible? That’s our favorite kind of dessert. This red and green treat at the newly opened Italian dim sum restaurant Raviolo meshes two cookie classics—the cannoli and the rainbow cookie. There’s three layers of flavored cannoli cream held together by coffee cannoli cookies. The white chocolate layer is infused with Averna, the blood orange red one Campari, and the fresh sage green one Cynar. Pour the melted chocolate on top for extra sweetness. While it’s big enough to split, it’s so perfectly flavored, you’ll want to save it all for yourself. 57 7th Ave. S, 917-675-6319
Waffles have never tasted so good then when they’re enjoyed at this winter lodge-like pop-up at The Roof at the Viceroy Central Park hotel (open now through March 2018). Dig into the caramelized bananas, vanilla chantilly gelato, walnuts, and butterscotch amongst white snowy branches, seasonal floral arrangements, and comfy blankets and pillows in each lounge area. The view of Central Park from the enclosed rooftop doesn’t hurt either. 124 W. 57th St., 212-707-8008
Pudding of all kinds delight us around this time of year, which is why we’re craving this traditional dessert offered on this spot’s Christmas menu since it sneaks in a few of our favorite fall flavors. They make their bread pudding with brioche, currants, and pumpkin-spiced crème anglaise plus pumpkin seed and maple brittle. 570 10th Ave., 4th Fl., 646-449-7799
Hot chocolate will never go out of style. This elevated version of the childhood classic drink requires a spoon—no sipping here! Chef Campbell uses milk and cocoa powder but adds a twist with Valrhona chocolate and his own homemade infusion of fresh vanilla bean for a richer, thicker texture and more intense flavor. 481 8th Ave., 212-268-8443
Chocolate and cake will always satisfy our sweet tooth, even more so when they’re as intricately (and appropriately) decorated as these petit fours. The cube-shaped cakes covered in fondant are offered in coffee cream, bourbon vanilla, rose petal, and lavender bloom (yum!) flavors as part of Loews Hotels’ Flavor New York program. Loews Regency New York, 540 Park Ave., 212-339-4050
Not just a treat you leave out for Santa Claus on Christmas, Eve, this sweet snack gets an adult upgrade thanks to Empire Diner’s executive pastry chef Crystal Hanks. The salted graham cookies feature chunks of candied ginger. They’re then paired with the restaurant’s George Washington Eggnog that mixes brandy, sherry, Jamaican rum, and rye whiskey. Garnishes include vanilla bean, fresh nutmeg, and feuilletine. 210 10th Ave., 212-335-2277
Beautifully red and amazingly decadent this meringue-based dessert tastes even better when served at the legendary cafe which is nostalgic and cozy—ideal during the holidays. Just one bite offers flavors of mascarpone, pomegranate, raspberry, violet, and a little bit of green pistachio for good measure.
Cheesecake is a New York staple and pumpkin-flavored everything is a fall/winter one. It’s only fitting, then, that this delectable dessert combines both. Each slice is layered with pumpkin spice and homemade cheesecake, and topped with dulce de leche and vanilla cream—finger-licking good. Multiple Locations
Deep-fried dough is never a bad idea. We love it even more with the side of dipping sauces Anejo serves up with their churros during the holidays. There’s cranberry, chocolate, and apple to delight all your tastebuds (and anyone else’s at the table). 668 10th Ave., 212-920-4770; 301 Church St., 212-920-6270