A Financial District institution, Delmonico’s is one of the most influential restaurants in the United States. George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt sat in its mahogany-covered dining room to feast on signatures like steak and lobster newberg.
Bobby's dream of inventing his own ice cream flavor came true at the Ben & Jerry's headquarters: buttermilk blueberry cheesecake. Dessert lovers can take the full behind-the-scenes factory tour to see how their favorite flavors are made and stop by the gift shop to take a pint (or three) to go.
If the decor doesn't evoke memories of yesteryear, maybe the signature Icebox Cake with whipped cream and chocolate wafer cookies will. Or, like Bobby on Boy Meets Grill, snag a vanilla cupcake after buying a pecan pie. Who could blame you? Billy's has become one of New York's sweetest sensations.
As an absolute expert of edible drink straws and caramel marshmallows, Hammond's Candies is also home to the "heavyweight champion" of lollipops. They've been perfecting lollipops since 1920 and the giant Birthday Cake Lollipop beats them all — it's roughly 800 lollipops rolled into one.
Known for his inventive menus, David Burke has consistently wowed diners with his "Willy Wonka" confections. On The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Scott Conant did a double-take when dipping his cheesecake lollipops in bubblegum-flavored whipped cream. No blowing bubbles!
Fans of French dip sandwiches have Philippe Mathieu to thank. As the story goes, in 1918 Mathieu accidentally dropped a French roll into the roasting pan. The customer didn't mind the wet bun and today, neither does Wolfgang Puck, who likes his sandwich with horseradish mustard.
Although Vosges Haut-Chocolat creates more than 18 million pieces of edible chocolates a year, each piece still has an unmistakable flavor. As Adam Gertler discovered, come the Easter Season, they wow customers with their bacon and egg chocolates infused with liquid smoke.
In a "twist of fate" Eleni turned her side baking business into a million-dollar New York success. Her hand-iced cookies have been called "conversation cookies" for their level of detail, whimsical shape and pop-culture decals. Not a cookie fan? Her towering cupcakes are just as sweet.
The Doughnut Plant's peanut butter and jelly doughnuts remind the Neelys of their childhood. The square doughnuts are glazed in fresh roasted peanut butter and filled with homemade blackberry jam. Chocolate lovers should try the Blackout, which is a chocolate-glazed and filled chocolate doughnut.
Few can resist the allure of The Little Owl, and Alton Brown and Michael Symon are among the fans who make a beeline for the restaurant at brunch time. While Alton opts for the whole-wheat pancakes adorned with berries and a splash of syrup, Michael favors a meal that’s more on the savory side. He can’t get enough of the sliders, which feature saucy meatballs nestled in pizza-dough buns. These hearty bites go well with the restaurant’s take on chilaquiles: spicy tortilla chips served with eggs.
This Willy Wonka wonderland carries the fantastical title of world’s largest candy store. It carries more than 5,000 kinds of candy and even sells candy cocktails and candy-themed decorations. Major sweet tooths should nibble on Dylan’s signature 5-pound Belgian chocolate candy bar.
Since 1868 the Guittard Chocolate Company has been crafting fine chocolate. Guittard hand-harvests premium cacao beans, ensuring that each of the 40,000 pounds of chocolate produced each day remains what they call a "beautifully tasting chocolate."