What is dinner without a little dessert? a birthday without a birthday cake? a Monday without a sugar fix? Say what you will about exposing your kids to sugar but there are some wonderful choices in Queens when it comes to eating sweets. Borough wide there are family run businesses that specialize in the fine art of sweets. Here are our picks of where to get your cake on in Queens!
Classic American Baked Goods
Homemade cupcakes are the name of the game at Astor. Chocolate cupcakes topped with homemade marshmallows, coconut lemon filled with tangy citrus all of them will make your mouth water.
12-23 Astoria Boulevard
Astoria, NY 11102
Sage is an experience unto itself in Long Island City. Buried amongst what is currently a mass of construction and municipal buildings, Sage beams like an eclectic little light calling you inside. You can order from their menu of “real food” or pick up some homemade cupcakes, snowballs, brownies and more.
24-20 Jackson Avenue
This recently expanded beautifully decorated old fashioned coffee shop has positively the richest and most creative baked goods in Queens. They serve spiced cake, gluten free brownies and cookies, scones and so much more. You can also place a custom order through them by calling the store.
10-93 Jackson Avenue
Queens NY 11101
Martha’s is a Queens chain bakery that sells all kinds of pies, cakes, muffins, and cupcakes. They have convenient locations all over Queens and are always stocked with a great selection of goodies.
Chocolate and Candy
Aigner Chocolates is one of the oldest chocolate companies in New York, dating back to 1930. Aigner Chocolates has been a family owned place for years, making homemade chocolates, candy fruit slices and other chocolate products. They make great seasonal chocolates and sell an assortment of small gift items; which on recent visits has included children’s books, hand painted Austrian eggs for Easter, Victorian style greeting cards, etc.
103-02 Metropolitan Ave
Forest Hills, NY 11375
"A fourth generation chocolate family" reads the sign at Lazar's. They sell hand dipped chocolate, their own signature bars, holiday baskets etc. Lazar's has been around for 80 years and are well worth the trip to Eastern Queens.
212-67A 26th Ave, Bayside, 718-428-3032
72 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck, 516-829-5785
340 Wheatley Plaza, Suite A, Greenvale, 516-484-1987
French Pastries and Bread
A classic French bakery in Queens that stocks apple tarts, chocolate croissant, coffee crumb cakes, walnut bread and more.
5017 Skillman Avenue
Italian Pastries and Cakes
Almond horse shoe cookies covered in pecans.. need we say more?
2101 Menahan St, Ridgewood, NY 11385
With a cake list a mile long that includes classics like Tiramisu, Italian Birthday, Chocolate Fudge and Cheesecake you can't go wrong at Lulu's for party staples.
18526 Union Tpke
Fresh Meadows, NY 11366
La Guli’s serves up gelati, spumoni and Italian ice in the Summer and biscotti in the Fall. Grain pie, marzipan lambs, bread with colored eggs, Sicilian sponge cake cassata, and struffoli are also on their amazing seasonal line up of sweets.
29-15 Ditmars Blvd.,
Maharaja Sweets and Snacks
The best Indian sweets shop in Jackson Heights. When you walk in, sweets are beautifully arranged, so colorful and appetizing, you want to try them all. They have close to 70 different confections. They have ornate boxes for when you want to gift or for weddings. For authentic Indian sweets, it does not get better than this.
7310 37th Ave
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Hidden in a mini mall off of 31stSt in Astoria, Artopolis is a mecca of Greek pastries, beautiful cakes and cookies. You will know that you have arrived by the scent of baked goods wafting down the parking lot.
2318 31st St # 7
Astoria, NY 11105-2892