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Sugartooth Broadway Dessert Tour

The first nice weekend in New York City was amazing for two reasons. First, it was finally warm enough to wear shorts. And second (and more importantly!), my friend Nick and I spent the afternoon with Sugartooth Tours, sampling the best desserts in the Theater District.

Sugartooth Bright Lights and Broadway Bites Dessert Tour Wanderlust in the City

Sugartooth specializes in walking tours of New York City’s best food. It offers an insider’s view on amazing neighborhoods while coordinating delicious stops along the way. For example, the Village to Village Cupcake Crawl journeys from East Village to West Village in search of the best cupcake. And because you’re walking, it counts as a workout!

Nick and I were invited to join the company’s newest adventure, the Bright Lights & Broadway Bites tour. It combines Broadway history with quintessential New York City desserts, and is led by a Broadway performer!

Sugartooth Bright Lights and Broadway Bites Dessert Tour Wanderlust in the City

Sugartooth Bright Lights and Broadway Bites Dessert Tour Wanderlust in the City

We began at Ben’s Deli, which opened early just for us. There we started with coffee, and authentic New York macaroons (not to be confused with macarons!).

Sugartooth Bright Lights and Broadway Bites Dessert Tour Wanderlust in the City

It was my first macaroon! Ben’s Deli only carries these seasonally, but the restaurant provides them year round to Sugartooth tours.

Sugartooth Bright Lights and Broadway Bites Dessert Tour Wanderlust in the City

Then we headed to the next location. Along the way, Allyson, a co-owner of Sugartooth and a Broadway dancer, singer and actress, shared inside stories about shows, theaters, and her fellow performers. Growing up, it was a dream of mine to dance on Broadway, so as you can imagine I loved every minute of it!

Sugartooth Bright Lights and Broadway Bites Dessert Tour Wanderlust in the City

Our next visit was to Little Pie Company. It’s owned by a Broadway veteran, Arnold Wilkerson, who was in the original cast of Hair. If his performances were anything like his pies, I’m sure he was amazing!

Sugartooth Bright Lights and Broadway Bites Dessert Tour Wanderlust in the City

We sampled slices of the Sour Cream Apple Walnut pie. Delicious!

Sugartooth Bright Lights and Broadway Bites Dessert Tour Wanderlust in the City

Sugartooth Bright Lights and Broadway Bites Dessert Tour Wanderlust in the City

Sugartooth Bright Lights and Broadway Bites Dessert Tour Wanderlust in the City

Then it was off to the next spot, with more Broadway stories along the way!

Sugartooth Bright Lights and Broadway Bites Dessert Tour Wanderlust in the City

We arrived at Junior’s to sample a New York staple: cheesecake.

Sugartooth Bright Lights and Broadway Bites Dessert Tour Wanderlust in the City

Sugartooth Bright Lights and Broadway Bites Dessert Tour Wanderlust in the City

This may surprise you (it certainly surprised me!) but I had never had true New York cheesecake before. Wondering what sets it apart from other cheesecake? Authentic New York cheesecake doesn’t have any crust!

And this cheesecake did not need it. Wow! It was the best cheesecake I’ve ever had, hands down.

Sugartooth Bright Lights and Broadway Bites Dessert Tour Wanderlust in the City

The best part? We were only halfway done with our desserts!

Sugartooth Bright Lights and Broadway Bites Dessert Tour Wanderlust in the City

Our next stop was at Schmackary’s. The owner, Zachary Schmahl, began on Broadway, and then (luckily for us!) transitioned into the dessert business.

Sugartooth Bright Lights and Broadway Bites Dessert Tour Wanderlust in the City

Sugartooth Bright Lights and Broadway Bites Dessert Tour Wanderlust in the City

Sugartooth Bright Lights and Broadway Bites Dessert Tour Wanderlust in the City

Schmackary’s is known for its unique, delicious cookies. I loved the names, especially “Dirty Leprechaun!”

Sugartooth Bright Lights and Broadway Bites Dessert Tour Wanderlust in the City

Sugartooth Bright Lights and Broadway Bites Dessert Tour Wanderlust in the City

To add more variety to our day, we sampled the Brownie. Just look at those layers!

Sugartooth Bright Lights and Broadway Bites Dessert Tour Wanderlust in the City

Sugartooth Bright Lights and Broadway Bites Dessert Tour Wanderlust in the City

Next, it was more walking, and more Broadway stories. Allyson even told a few ghost stories, which every good theater has!

Sugartooth Bright Lights and Broadway Bites Dessert Tour Wanderlust in the City

We stopped into Amy’s Bread for New York’s famous black and white cookie.

Sugartooth Bright Lights and Broadway Bites Dessert Tour Wanderlust in the City

Sugartooth Bright Lights and Broadway Bites Dessert Tour Wanderlust in the City

It was so good! Usually these cookies are as hard as a rock, but Amy’s cookies are soft and pliable. Plus the vanilla frosting tasted amazing!

Sugartooth Bright Lights and Broadway Bites Dessert Tour Wanderlust in the City

Afterwards, it was time for one more dessert.

Sugartooth Bright Lights and Broadway Bites Dessert Tour Wanderlust in the City

We finished our tour at Carnegie Deli, where scenes from Broadway Danny Rose were shot.

Sugartooth Bright Lights and Broadway Bites Dessert Tour Wanderlust in the City

We tried authentic Rugelach, which is pronounced like arugula but without the first “a.” It was a great way to finish the tour.

Sugartooth Bright Lights and Broadway Bites Dessert Tour Wanderlust in the City

The Bright Lights and Broadway Bites tour is a lot of fun, and it made me want to go see more Broadway shows! Plus the desserts are amazing!

I love how Sugartooth keeps its tours small and intimate. It gives you the chance to learn about a neighborhood that you may not be familiar with, without feeling like a tourist.

You can find out more information about the delicious tours that Sugartooth offers here.

I will definitely be going back for more of that cheesecake!

~A

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