As a New Yorker, it is your civic duty to grumble and bundle yourself through the bitter February-April cold, all the while holding out for better days to come. Good news, city dwellers, those better days have finally arrived. The air is warm, days last into the night and your cut-offs can make an appearance —summer is here!
As foodies, we know that everyone will be hotly debating the best seasonal cups and cones to try, but given all of the fresh summer produce available this season, we here at TTS decided to keep you on your toes with some unexpected sweet selects for the warmer months. Here are our 5 must-try desserts for summer that involves no ice cream — but are still pretty damn delicious.
#Summervibes are all about feeling light, airy and delicious. Wildair‘s feel-good cream cheese panna cotta is custardy and loaded with sweet strawberry flavors in the form of a granita. Topped with a buttery cinnamon crumble, this (non-frozen) treat is the ideal dessert for a balmy summer night.
One’s sweet and innocent, the other is bold and larger than life. Yet, despite the odds being stacked against them, they meet and fall into a haze of young summer love. To confirm, this is the Rice Pudding Burger at the new West Village Rice Cream Shoppe that we’re talking about, but it’s hard not to get the feels for something this ingenious. A hollowed out brioche bun is drizzled with strawberry jelly, stuffed with creamy rice pudding and cookie crumbles; sealed, pressed and covered with powdered sugar and more jelly. Hybrid food heaven, here we come.
Since halo halo couldn’t technically make this list (with being a frozen dessert and all), we’re going with its fashionable foodie cousin instead. Chef Bjorn DelaCruz of Williamsburg’s Manila Social Club has crafted a visually stunning donut made from ube, a popular ingredient in Filipino cuisine. A dough made from the purple yam produces light donuts that are crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. It’s then frosted with a vibrant purple ube cream and topped with coarse sugar crystals. What makes them perfect for the season? The Ube Bae Donut is only available for pickup on Fridays via special order. Perfect way to kick off your Summer Fridays this year, don’t you think?
Midtown’s Bibble and Sip takes a classic dessert option, the cream puff, and flips its on its head with their Matcha flavored version. What looks like a simple enough treat is actually made with “craquelin,” a matcha powder and brown sugar mix that’s flattened, frozen and baked right into the dough. The puff is then turned upside down and stuffed with white chocolate mousse and matcha mixed goodness. Not for the faint of heart.
Some may say that a cookie is a classic year-round treat (and admittedly it is), but there’s something extra blissful about enjoying warm chocolate chips in the sun. This is where Levain Bakery’s massive chocolate chip cookie comes in handy. Made with a full stick of butter, these crispy cookies are gooey in the middle, loaded with high quality chips and definitely maybe the size of your head. Best consumed on a long walk in the sunshine.