Now more than ever there's nothing more comforting than a bite—fine, maybe a whole plate—of something sweet.
Happily, these uptown bakeries and confectioneries are alway busy churning out mouthwatering treats, from freshly-made donuts to artisanal ice cream.
Here's where to find them:
1. Choc NYC
Inwood 4996 Broadway at 212th St
A wonderland of jewel-like pastries, confections and tarts, including gorgeous pistachio eclairs and delicate flourless cakes.
Central Harlem 2220 Frederick Douglass Blvd between W 119th and W 120th Sts
Exquisite Chilean treats, from alfajores (sandwich cookies) to milhojas (a kind of Napoleon), and even empanadas.
Central Harlem 2363 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd between W 138th and W 139th Sts
Resembling a small-but-elegant Strivers' Row parlor, this artisanal chocolate shop specializes in sweets inspired by the neighborhood. Think color-splashed truffles with evocative names like First Nite on Lenox, a mix of smoked peach jam, hazelnut praline and caramel.
Central Harlem 283 W 118th St and Frederick Douglass Blvd
The scrumptious "rugelach by a brother"—a.k.a Harlem baker Alvin Lee Smalls—comes in three flavors: apricot, raspberry and chocolate.
Central Harlem 2167 Frederick Douglass Blvd between W 116th and W 117th Sts
Famous for its ginormous (six-ounce) chocolate chip cookies, this cult chain also makes its own brioche, sticky buns and more.
Central Harlem 2380 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and W 139th St
This recently renamed location of iconic Harlem bakery Make My Cake is your one-stop source for all the classics, including red velvet, coconut pineapple and buttercream (in cupcake form, of course, too).
Central Harlem 2500 Frederick Douglass Blvd between W 133rd and W 134th Sts
If you really want to treat yourself at this pop culture-inspired ice cream store, get the waffle ice cream sandwich.
East Harlem 177 E 100th St between Lexington and Third Aves
A truly one-of-a-kind destination for Belgian mousse made in small batches and served with little gold spoons.
East Harlem 135 E 110th St between Park and Lexington Aves
The pastry case here is filled with everything from flaky croissants to buttery financiers (made with almond flour, they're gluten-free). Plus cookies, brownies, vegan muffins and, yes, coffee to wash it all down.
• Central Harlem 184 Malcolm X Blvd between W 119th and W 120th Sts
• Hamilton Heights 3629 Broadway between W 149th and W 150th Sts
There are now two locations of Harlem's favorite family-owned ice cream shop, with flavors such as the popular Chairperson of the Board (blueberry cheesecake) and Harlem Sweeties (salted caramel).
East Harlem 156 E 117th St between Third and Lexington Aves
This East Harlem bakery has made a name for itself with its hand-made donuts. Some recent options: sprinkle, pistachio, strawberry, and chai-spiced glaze.