Treat Yo’ Self: 20 Yummy Places to Get a Birthday Treat

When it’s your birthday [week], all bets are off when it comes to dieting. Your coworkers got a cake, your besties got you your favorite sweets and you are definitely ordering dessert after dinner, mostly because you need to make a birthday wish. #sugarhigh. And whether you’re buying a treat for yourself (you deserve it!), getting a little gift for a friend or throwing a birthday party, you need to know where in NYC to buy the ultimate sugary sweets. So let’s skip Baked by Melissa, Dunkin’ Donuts and Edible Arrangements this year and go with something a lot more bday-worthy, shall we? From boozy cupcakes to emoji cakes to chic pastries, here are 20 yummy places to get your sugar on.

treat house

Treat House

Upper West Side [Amsterdam btwn 81st & 82nd]

These adorable gourmet Rice Krispie treat cubes come in a variety of flavors like red velvet, birthday cake, chocolate, caramel, sugar cookie, M&Ms and mint. And at $2 a treat, you can’t go wrong. If you’re getting it as a gift, a box of 12 will set you back $30.

Prohibition Bakery Boozy Cupcakes

Prohibition Bakery

Lower East Side [Clinton St btwn Houston & Stanton]

You could get your friend a bottle of tequila on her birthday. Orrrr you could get her some delicious mini boozy cupcakes. These sophisticated sweets are available in flavors like Old Fashioned, Dark & Stormy, White Russian and Car Bomb and cost $20 for 12 or $5 for 3.

doughnut plant

Doughnut Plant

Lower East Side [Grand St] // Chelsea [23rd St]

These donuts are one of the best in NYC. They’ve got yeast, cake and filled flavors that include a chocolate lover’s blackout, apple cinnamon, pumpkin, peanut butter and jelly and vanilla bean. Get yourself one of these $4 treats and you’re sure to have the the sweetest bday ever. While you’re at it, grab a few extra for your coworkers, too.

levain bakery


Upper West Side [74th St btwn Amsterdam & Columbus]

Celebrate your birthday with a taste of the best cookie EVER. Each mound of half-baked dough costs $4, but a gift box of 4 will cost you $27. You can choose from one of the four flavors: chocolate chip walnut, oatmeal raisin, dark chocolate chocolate chip or dark chocolate peanut butter. Or get one of each!

momofuku milk bar

Momofuku Milk Bar

East Village [13th St btwn 2nd & 3rd Ave]

Momofuku is known for its Birthday Cake ($38) — look at all of that funfetti goodness! But they also crank out yummy b’day cake truffles ($4.35 for 3) and an addicting Crack Pie™ ($44). No matter how you look at it, Milk Bar has you covered when it comes to unique and tasty desserts.



Lower East Side [Broome St btwn Orchard & Ludlow]

If you’re on a diet and sticking to it, goddammit!, check out Babycakes for a guilt-free (and gluten-free) cupcake that doesn’t skip on flavor. The cupcakes cost $5 each or $30 for 6 and come in vanilla, carrot, chocolate, brownie and red velvet cakes.

fat witch brownies

Fat Witch

Chelsea [Chelsea Market]

If you’re more of a brownie biatch, you’ve got to try Fat Witch brownies. At $3 a pop, these chocolatey treats are everything you wanted from your birthday sweet. A gift box of 8 assorted mini brownies will set you back $18 and win you double BROWNIE points from the recipient. See what we did there?

Lady M Confections

Bryant Park [40th St btwn 5th & 6th]

If you’re looking for a nontraditional birthday cake, check out Lady M Confections. Known for their crepe cakes, these delicate and delectable masterpieces look as good as they taste. They range in price from $40 – $80, depending on size and flavor, which includes chocolate, green tea and lemon coconut.

chinatown ice cream

Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

Chinatown [Bayard St btwn Mott St & Bowery]

There’s no time more appropriate to eat ice cream cake than your birthday, and Chinatown Ice Cream Factory can make it happen. Made with homemade ice cream, these cakes comes in flavor combos that include lychee, green tea & mango or classic vanilla, chocolate & strawberry.

mast brothers chocolate

Mast Brothers


There’s nothing sweeter than giving the gift of chocolate. Whether you’re a guy or a girl, these gourmet chocolate bars make for a seriously awesome treat. They cost $7 – $10 a bar, but you can buy a set [like the one above] for $40 for the serious choco-holic. You can find Mast Brothers chocolate at various places around the city, including Brooks Brothers, Dean & Deluca or Bedford Cheese Shop… but you can also order online or visit their Brooklyn location.

Sprinkles Cupcakes

Upper East Side [Lexington btwn 60th & 61st]

The cupcake craze may be over, but the cupcakes at Sprinkles will make you fall in love with them all over again. At $3.75 each, these perfectly delicous mini cakes are a great excuse to splurge. You can also go cray and get a dozen for $42 which’ll also buy you a birthday message and a box! Choose from classic chocolate and vanilla to mocha, pumpkin, chai, ginger, s’mores and more.




If you want to send your out-of-town friend the gift of sugar, consider sending them a sugarwish. Starting at $25, your loved one can choose from assorted gummies, hard candies, chocolates, licorice and even seasonal sweets. Start by purchasing an e-giftcard and Sugarwish will email it to your recipient. Then he or she selects their candy online and waits for it to get delivered to their doorstep.

Dominique Ansel cronut

Dominique Ansel Bakery

SoHo [Spring St btwn Thompson & Sullivan St]

Cronuts may be old news to locals, but these $5 pastries are totally appropriate for a birthday — especially because you waited on that long line to snag one! If cronuts aren’t your thing, though, Dominique Ansel also makes a mean chocolate cake.


West Village [Christopher St btwn Bleecker & 7th Ave]

Gourmet candy makes a great gift because it feels less indulgent than a large piece of chocolate cake. But a bag of Skittles just won’t cut it. A pound ($13) of beautifully made colorful Swedish candy should do the trick, especially if the recipient is a licorice or sour sweet lover. Those skulls are a personal fave.

bees knees baking

Bees Knees Baking Co

Kips Bay [3rd Ave btwn 25th & 26th] // West Village [10th St btwn Greenwich & 6th Ave]

Cake in a cup sounds like a good treat to us! These $4 mini jars come in tasty flavors like chocolate salted caramel, honey bourbon, chocolate peanut butter, lemon raspberry and coconut grapefruit.

eleni's cookies


Chelsea [Chelsea Market]

Eleni’s nut-free bakery makes playful cookies that are totally Insta-worthy. This cute birthday cake cookie costs $8.

Vosges Haut-Chocolat

SoHo [Spring St btwn Greene & Wooster] // Upper East Side [Madison Ave btwn 82nd & 83rd]

If you’ve got a chocolate lover on your hands, opt for a truffle box from Vosges. Not only are these handcrafted truffles stunning to look at, but they also come in interesting flavor combinations like dark chocolate and pumpkin seeds, Indian curry powder and coconut, banana pudding and vanilla powder or soft caramel and New Mexican pecan. Truffle boxes start at $10.50 for 4.

canele by celine

Canele by Celine

Upper East Side [82nd btwn 1st Ave & York]

Something a little more chic and sophisticated comes in the form of caneles. A dessert box of 18 ($29) includes 3 vanilla, 3 dark chocolate, 3 pistachio, 3 caramel, 3 orange and 3 seasonal flavor. A perfect gift idea for your fashionable boss!

Cake Clique

Midtown East

These crazy cakes are awesome because you can get anything you want on the inside and the outside. Literally. You name it, they’ll do it. The Cake Clique runs solely on email requests so drop them a line at to order. Delivery within the city costs $25 or you can pick up your custom cake for free in Midtown East.

Four & Twenty Blackbirds

Gowanus, Brooklyn [3rd Ave at 8th St]

Who needs cake when you can have pie?! If you were born in the fall, pie is the way to go… specifically Four & Twenty Blackbirds pie. They cost roughly $40 a pie and have so many amazing choices, so check the menu! All you need now is a candle. And a fork.

What is your favorite place to get a birthday treat?