New York is also awash in the sugar economy, but the players are both local and global. Tiny native New York shops like Empire Cake share the same city as Paris' Laduree. It is a city with everything, and I had to try as much as I time would allow. First stop after the break? Laduree.
Next up was Empire Cake and their magnificent super twinkie "Snack Cakes".
The snack cakes are moist with cream filling. It's what you wish a twinkie was and there are five different flavors to choose between: Chocolate Covered with vanilla filling, Red Velvet with cream cheese filling dipped in white chocolate, Brooklyn Blackout (Chocolate Cake, Chocolate pudding filling, dipped in chocolate), Lemon curd filling dipped in white chocolate, and (also pictured below) passion fruit curd filled with white chocolate. Of course, they also do cupcakes and regular cakes as well. The whole place is worth a visit and I was luck to stumble across it by accident!
What they do is soft serve ice cream with toppings, as well as sundaes in cones. All of them looked pretty good, but after hitting so many good places in New York, I decided to moderate with just the massive basic cone. This is a fun place to check out and if I had more appetite, the Bea Arthur sounded really good: Dulce de Leche, Crushed 'nilla wafers, and vanilla ice cream. Or the American Globs. Or the Mexican Affo'gay'to. Too much to try!