Astoria, Bakeries, Dessert, Food and Drink, Vegetarian and Vegan
Jul 23, 2015

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth With These Astoria Spots

Now that we’ve shared the coolest spots to eat healthy and get your workout on, it’s finally time for a reward. Here’s a rundown of eight noteworthy places to satisfy your sweet tooth (…)

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Now that we’ve shared the coolest spots to eat healthy and get your workout on, it’s finally time for a reward. Here’s a rundown of eight noteworthy places to satisfy your sweet tooth in our neighborhood.

Martha’s Bakery

No list of Astoria sweets would be complete without mentioning frequent Best of Astoria winner Martha’s Bakery on Ditmars. From three layer cakes, to lemon meringue pie, to adorable cupcakes, this place can do it all. This spot is always busy, with packed tables in the cafe area and casual walk-ins grabbing a treat to go.

Location: 36-21 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria

 

I'll take one of everything, thanks! Photo Courtesy of Martha's Facebook page

I’ll take one of everything, thanks! Photo Courtesy of Martha’s Facebook page

 

Sweet Jane’s

Last weekend, I walked a mile each way to Sweet Jane’s  to give it a try for #NationalIceCreamDay. Two words: Worth It. Their selection of scoops extends way beyond the typical offerings, with a large assortment of vegan specialities,  including the blueberry lavender, which I enjoyed as a non-vegan. And calories don’t count on national holidays like Ice Cream day, right?

Location: 27-17 24th Avenue, Astoria

If only every day was National Ice Cream Day, am I right?

If only every day was National Ice Cream Day, am I right?

 

Sugar Freak

This might seem like an odd choice, but hear me out: the sweets at Sugar Freak are just as stellar as their meals, which bodes well for the fall addition of Pie Vs. Cake, from the same owner. Sugar Freak has singlehandedly changed my opinion on banana pudding with their rich, decadent version, and their beignets are good enough to introduce to friends who swear by NOLA’s home cooking. Next time you visit, do yourself a favor and save room for dessert. (Or get the beignet sliders, best of both worlds!)

Location: 36-18 30th Ave, Astoria

 

Come for the funky decor and savory meals, stay for the sweets! Photo Credit to Sugar Freak's Facebook page

Come for the funky decor and savory meals, stay for the sweets! Photo Courtesy of Sugar Freak’s Facebook page

16 Handles

There’s no shortage of fro-yo in Astoria, but 16 Handles just always gets it right. The shop is consistently busy (always a good sign!) and the selection can be beat. While the frozen yogurt flavors rotate seasonly, I go with the same topping combo each time: mochi, a piece of fruit, and cookie dough bites. Can’t go wrong with this place!

Location: 37-07 30th Avenue, Astoria

 

It's 16 o'clock, all the time. Photo Taken from 16 Handles' Facebook page

It’s 16 o’clock, all the time. Photo Courtesy of 16 Handles’ Facebook page

 

Gossip Coffee

In case you missed our coverage of their opening, here’s the gist: this place came in like a wrecking ball. With seven varieties of rice pudding, and inventive doughnut choices like Prosciutto Guinesss and lemon poppyseed, it’s worth a visit to see what the fuss is all about.

Location: 37-04 30th Ave. Astoria

I like Guiness, I like proscuitto, and I like doughnuts. Bring it on.

I like Guinness, I like proscuitto, and I like doughnuts. Bring it on.

 

The Queens Kickshaw

This is another out of the ordinary choice, as The Queens Kickshaw is mostly recognized for their spectacular grilled cheese sandwiches and diverse beer selection. However, when we were invited to sample their spring menu, I was most impressed by their desserts. The chocolate pudding is a standout, and their carrot cake and bread pudding are excellent options as well. And just this summer, Chef Kenji added ice cream to the mix!

Location: 40-17 Broadway, Astoria

 

After your grilled cheese sandwich, save room for dessert!

After your grilled cheese sandwich, save room for dessert!

 

Astoria Coffee

When you stop in Astoria Coffee for your morning caffeine pick-me-up, don’t forget to also pick up something sweet! I’m a big fan of their satisfying chocolate croissants, and they also have a variety of muffins and pastries available. And make sure to tip your barista by participating in the Tip Jar Battles!

Location: 30-04 30th St, Astoria

 

Is there a better way to start your day than with peppermint tea and a chocolate croissant?

Is there a better way to start your day than with peppermint tea and a chocolate croissant?

Parisi Bakery

I finally discovered Parisi Bakery, as I just recently moved to a new apartment near the Broadway subway station and am now walking by the shop twice a day. This year’s Best of Astoria runner-up for Favorite Bakery certainly represents: everything from their cake pops to butter cookies are out of this world. Too bad I didn’t discover this place sooner!

Location: 30-17 Broadway, Astoria

 

I mustache you to come to Parisi with me. Photo Credit to Parisi's Facebook page

I mustache you to come to Parisi with me. Photo Courtesy of Parisi’s Facebook page

 

Tell us! What are your favorite places to satisfy cravings for something sweet? Share with us on Facebook and in the comments below!

 

About Lindsay Goyette

Lindsay has been eating and drinking her way through Queens since 2011. A casting director by day and Astoria explorer by night, you can usually find her checking out live music, theatre, or the newest neighborhood spot to enjoy a craft beer.

2 Comments

Cari

Yes, definitely Astor Bakery. Also, I think Leli’s and La Guli are up there too.

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