Great Spots for Desserts Near Theaters

Great Spots for Desserts Near Theaters

Whether you are looking for a sweet treat to keep your tummy from rumbling before intermission, or a tasty dessert after taking in a fantastic performance, here are some suggestions that fit the bill for a pre- or post-show indulgence.

Many theatrical performances take place in—you guessed it!—the Theater District. There are presently 40 Broadway theaters and more than a fair few Off-Broadway theaters (including New World Stages, Second Stage Theatre, Playwrights Horizons and New York City Center) in Midtown alone. With so much theater to see, it's not surprising there are so many great dessert places at which to eat.

(Courtesy Schmackary


There are cookies and then there are cookies. Schmackary’s serves the latter, in addition to other yummy baked goods. Though there are some cookie choices that always appear on the menu (Chocolate Chip, Maple Bacon, Funfetti), Schmackary’s changes their lineup daily to reflect the flavors and holidays of the present season. A staple bakery of the theater community, Schmackary's supports non-profits and other charitable organizations by donating cookies or fundraising.

Junior's is home of "The World's Most Fabulous Cheesecake" and a host of other desserts that will satisfy any sweet tooth. Junior's cheesecake is made with premium cream cheese, fresh heavy cream, eggs and vanilla, and then topped or swirled with fresh fruit, homemade purees, imported chocolates or fresh spices. Every cheesecake is made by hand, right there in the bakery. Delicious cakes, cookies, brownies and bars are also available, but the cheesecake reigns supreme.

NYC’s only revolving lounge, The View Lounge at the Marriott, offers a fantastic view of the city while you enjoy a dessert and cheese buffet (that includes a chocolate fountain service, complete with marshmallows, strawberries, pretzels and other tasty treats to transport that liquidy goodness). The lounge is first-come, first-seated and no reservations are required.

The West Village is home to several Off-Broadway theaters including the Cherry Lane, Lucille Lortel, Barrow Street, and The Players Theatre, among others. It's also where you can find a quirky bakery that sells extremely delicious things.

Though Molly's Cupcakes also serves cookies, pies, homemade ice cream, cheesecakes and bars, the cupcakes rightfully deserve top billing. Baked from scratch using fresh ingredients, you can choose from an array of seasonal favorites (including sinfully sweet center-filled cupcakes like the Peanut Butter Nutella - peanut butter cake, nutella filling, nutella buttercream frosting, dusting of cocoa) or create your own by choosing from available cake flavors, frostings and toppings. There is also a sprinkle station because you can never have too many spinkles on a cupcake. Never.

Central Park is home to the Delacorte Theatre. During the summer, this is where thousands of people enjoy free performances of some of Shakespeare's greatest plays. You know what dessert goes great with Shakespeare? Every dessert.

Nearby on the Upper West Side, Sugar and Plumm sells savory items as well, but it's the handmade desserts that give this place its whimsy. Signature ice cream sundaes and specialty milkshakes are available to chase away the heat of the city. Brownies, cakes and pies can be found on the menu, as well as Earthquake in a Fishbowl (key lime pie, Brooklyn blackout cake, New York cheesecake, butterscotch pudding, vanilla, chocolate and salted caramel ice cream and whipped cream). There are macarons, chocolate bonbons and fondue too.

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