You’ve crafted everything from canapes to cocktails to colossal mains so far this season—but not yet got around to making that show-stopping dessert. Rather than scrambling to throw together a last minute sweet for your luxury ARO apartment, why not source the job out to a pro? We highly recommend these three dessert specialists in Midtown West. Even better, you’ll be supporting local businesses and can take your delicious decadence to go.
Schmackary’s | 362 West 45th Street
The menu at Schmackary’s is overflowing with exotic treats. You can have lots of fun putting together a cookie flight, with flavors including hibiscus passionfruit, maple bacon, Thai chili peanut, and caramel apple crisp. If you need a big cake, the tiered cookie cakes have got your back: deliciously chewy cookies are stacked five-high, then hand decorated with icing. (We’re particularly in love with the Cookie Monster design.) Schmackary’s is just a 10-minute stroll from ARO, so you can start walking off the calories before you’ve even started indulging. Still, it’s good to know they deliver too.
Lili’s Bake Shop | 828 7th Avenue
This unique father-and-young-daughter establishment rustles up desserts as imaginative and playful as they are toothsome. Kids and adults alike may feel a bit giddy about the cornucopia of rainbow cheesecake slices, s’mores cookies, salted caramel cupcakes, and chocolate cannoli stuffed with fresh ricotta. The plaudits come thick and fast for Lili’s Bake Shop, with one customer hailing “the best cheesecake on a stick, bars, cupcakes, and macaroons I’ve ever tasted in my whole life!!” We suggest purchasing a colorful collection of cakes and cookies for your table. Lili’s Bake Shop is even currently accepting online orders!
Holey Cream | 791 9th Avenue
The ice cream at this Hell’s Kitchen parlor is so good that it won’t matter if there’s a blizzard outside: you and your family will still demand their frozen dessert. The luxury of Holey Cream is that delivery is zippy; so after dinner, get ready to pour over the dessert menu! And what a menu it is: whether peanut butter cup, hot fudge, or banana split, the sundaes are not to be missed. You can build your own donut ice cream sandwich, or—if you’re pretending to be good—choose one of the low-fat frozen yogurts. Better make it a pint.
If you are looking for luxury accommodations within walking distance of Midtown West’s favorite desserts shops. Look no further than ARO. Contact our team to schedule a tour, and swing by one of the above dessert shops for a delicious treat!