53’s Napoleon with gula melaka semifreddo, banana, and lime. Photo courtesy of 53

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The Resy Guide to Incredible Desserts in New York


You don’t have to have a sweet tooth in order to save room for dessert. At the end of certain meals at certain restaurants, that sweet, final parting note is basically a non-negotiable.

And so, we present 11 à la carte dessert programs (plus 37 bonus desserts, just because) that are so good, you could (and should) visit these restaurants just for the sweet stuff. Truly. But if you don’t, just remember: Plan to save plenty of room for dessert.

With à la carte … the act of ordering a sweet is a choice, an indulgence Claudia Fleming

Note: For this guide, we’ve focused on restaurants with à la carte menus with at least three (if not more) dessert offerings. As such, places that have been excluded from this list include dessert shops (sorry, Lysée!), tasting menu spots (sincere apologies to Dirt Candy and Joomak Banjum), and restaurants that also serve as daytime cafés with pastry cases full of phenomenal baked goods (ahem, Agi’s Counter). We promise, we still very much love what you do. And we have a guide to some of the city’s best bakeries and pastries, too.