I thought that I would start featuring some of my favorite places to nosh, walk and relax in New York City! The boyfriend and I wander all across the boroughs trying different restaurants, sitting on various park benches and finding ourselves in new to us neighborhoods. Though often we wind up at the same pizza place on 8th avenue multiple times a year by accident.
First stop, dessert. Of course. And cupcakes are still hot around the city. You can't walk two blocks without finding a bakery touting their "Amazing cupcakes!" (Though people are starting to try and reproduce Dominique Ansel's Cronut.) I've inhaled numerous calories in the quest to find my favorite cupcake in the city. You might have a different favorite bakery in town, but for me it's Molly's Cupcakes.
Located on Bleeker in the Village, Molly's has found the perfect ratio of cupcake to frosting (I lean toward a 2:1 cupcake to frosting ratio myself!) with a cupcake that is sweet, but not too sweet. The flavors change constantly and I haven't met one that I didn't like. Well, except that Kahlua cupcake up there, I'm not a huge fan of coffee. For my money, the cookie monster is where it's at.
Or you can build your own cupcake! Choose the size, cake flavor, frosting flavor and anything you want to put on top of it. They also have vegan options for those abstaining from animal products. Beyond the amazing desserts, there are swings hanging from the ceiling and their walls are stacked high with board games. You can get a cupcake, then challenge your friends to a round of battleship! Perfect afternoon.