Breaking up sucks. You lose a friend, a conveniently-located place to crash, someone to eat the other half of your fries so you don’t, and semi-regular sex. But the one thing you gain? The right to eat and bitch as much as you very well please hell fucking YES.
Here are our top dessert spots to bitch about a break-up, all across New York. Grab your best friends and the best cookies, cupcakes, pastries, and ice cream in town, and let it allll out.
Last January, when I interviewed Will Cotton, painter of all things syrupy and delicious – including the pert nudes who’ve populated his canvases lately – he was just beginning to pack up his studio to move from Chinatown to Harrison Street in Tribeca. Though he’s just recently completed the transfer, Cotton took the time to share with us his favorite spots around Chinatown, the neighborhood where he lived and worked for over a decade. Discover the best shops to buy candy for your next Fragonard-inspired portrait and where to find fabulous cured hearing (yes, Scandinavian paradise White Slab Palace is involved) after the jump.
Art Supplies: Soho Art Materials
Smoked Fish: Russ & Daughters
Sweets: Sugar Sweet Sunshine
Cured Meats: Fisk
Candy, Props: Economy Candy
Chocolates, Large Lollipops: The Sweet Life
Above: Untitled a drawing of Katy Perry by Will Cotton, 2010, oil on paper, 22 x 24” Courtesy of the artist and Mary Boone Gallery
For those who would happily eat a pile of dead leaves, were they slathered in cream cheese frosting.
● Babycakes (Lower East Side) – For the vegan red velvet lover (they pull it off, in spite of the fact that real cream cheese frosting is key to any successful red velvet cake). ● Crumbs (Greenwich Village) – For the more mainstream experience, and the convenience of multiple locations. ● Solomon’s Porch (Brooklyn South) – Recently renovated soul food spot serves up blues and famous red velvet cake Bed Stuy style.
● Billy’s Bakery (Chelsea) – Famous bakery uses family recipes exclusively. ● Atlas Cafe and Bakery (East Village) – Also vegan, with a wide variety of delicious entrées in addition to their extensive baked goods. ● Magnolia Bakery (West Village) – Longtime downtown favorite is known for its cupcakes (coconut cream is a close second to the red velvet). ● Sugar Sweet Sunshine (Lower East Side) – Rivington bakery has great 60’s / 70’s vibe but don’t worry, no armadillo cakes, here. ● Buttercup Bake Shop (Midtown East) – Midtown bakery delivers deliciousness all over the city. ● Cousin John’s Cafe and Bakery (Park Slope) – Brooklyn institution offers delectable cookies and great coffee as well. ● Cake Man Raven (Brooklyn South) – This legendary Fort Greene bakery is billed as “The Official Home of the Red Velvet Cake.”