10 Popular NYC Dessert Spots That'll Have Your Insta Followers Drooling Over Your Feed

10 Popular NYC Dessert Spots That'll Have Your Insta Followers Drooling Over Your Feed

Ice-cream, brownies, donuts...oh my!
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Looking for Insta-worthy desserts in the NYC area? Well now look no further than these 10 must visit dessert places in the heart of the city!

1. Black Tap

This dessert has definitely been all over social media in the past two years, as it should be because it is oh so delicious. From cotton candy flavored to Oreo flavored to even Lucky Charm flavored seasonally, these milkshakes are out of this world!

2. DO

I first went to DO last December and had to wait on a line for over an hour in the freezing cold. While the lines can be long, you will NOT be disappointed with the desserts! Also, they are very filling and will be well worth your money!

3. Momofuku Milk Bar

It is all about the toppings at Momofuku Milk Bar. They also bake amazing custom cakes for any occasion that I highly suggest trying!

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4. Holey Cream

A surprising twist on a traditional donut, the ice-cream donut sandwich is just so fluffy and eye-popping it will have you asking for seconds!

5. Eggloo

Located in the heart of Chinatown, these jumbo, ice-cream filled waffle cones have been making a lot of buzz on social media. I actually have been here before and I can definitely say while the place is small, there is a park right across the street to stroll through which is perfect to take some Insta-worthy pictures of your treat.

6. Sugar Factory

An all time favorite...let's just count Sugar Factory's fizzy candy decorated drinks as dessert because they practically are. However, they also serve some amazing desserts such as candy milkshakes, fondue, and even banana splits!

7. Rice to Riches

An adorable Soho twist on rice pudding, these desserts are to die for. I personally have been twice and have tried around four different flavors...all of which were so creamy and "rich" in flavor!

8. 10 Below

While rolled ice cream is really starting to take off in the food industry, 10 Below is, in my opinion, one of the best places to get a properly rolled dessert. They also have an extensive list of flavors which makes the treat even more enjoyable!

9. Serendipity 3

Known for their frozen drinks, Serendipity 3 sure delivers with their famous frozen hot chocolates. Just for reference though, request a table downstairs as the decor upstairs is minimal and may not work in your favor when taking photos.

10. Max Brenner

A Nutella marshmallow pizza...can I say more? Max Brenner really pulls out all the stops with their dessert menu but this pizza definitely trumps practically every other item on their menu!

Cover Image Credit: @blacktapnyc

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.
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Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

Cover Image Credit: Hailea Shallock

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My Strange Obsession: Bibibop Addition

I am obsessed with Bibibop.

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I am obsessed with Bibibop.

Sounds strange, right? But it's true.

For those of you who have never had the opportunity to experience Bibibop, Bibibop is an Asian Grill set up similar to Chipotle. You're able to go down the line of food, choosing a base (always go with the purple rice), hot toppings (they all slap), protein (the tofu is to die for), some cold toppings (a great way to try kale for the first time), and a sauce (if you don't get the Yum Yum sauce, you're weird.)

And, let me tell you, the final product is always delicious.

I hadn't been introduced to Bibibop until this past year, but once I tried it for the first time, I never looked back. Now I am constantly craving the taste of the Yum Yum sauce. I usually hit up Bibibop once every two weeks, but if I was rich, I would probably eat it every other day.

Though, admittedly, the prices are pretty good. And they celebrate meatless Mondays with 20% off to anyone who doesn't get meat in their bowl.

Plus, it's pretty healthy. Unlike most restaurants, like Chipotle, where your somewhat healthy meal can instantly become bad for you with the addition of something on the menu, Bibibop's entire menu provides nutritional value and offers gluten-free and vegan options.

Basically, Bibibop is the most underrated and most delicious restaurant in the world, which is why my obsession with it runs so deep. Although I would usually admit that obsessions are unhealthy, I think this one might be okay.

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