While everyone loves the turkey and may have a favorite side dish (or 2), dessert is always a crowd pleaser at the Thanksgiving dinner table. As they say, the best is always saved for last! We certainly have a sweet tooth here at The Victoria Shtainer Team. We have curated a list of some of our favorite pies and sweets available from bakeries around New York City as well as a recipe for making if you are feeling ambitious!
Continue reading for great dessert ideas, a dreamy kitchen, and a look at this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Balthazar: The French bakery makes seasonal items throughout the year. A crowd pleaser for Thanksgiving is the Sweet potato-Pecan pie- the quintessential dessert for the fall season! Other sweet treats and tarts are available as well.
Lady M- Home of the famous Mille Crepe cake. We have not met a person that does not like the cakes from Lady M bakery. Available in a variety of flavors to satisfy any palette. We recommend the Hazelnut or Classic. You might want to pick up 2 as this cake will not last long around the table!
Lady M Cake Boutiques: 212.452.2222
Bubby's- Bubby's, known for its American cooking opened its doors on Thanksgiving day in 1990. It has become a spot in the city synonymous with comfort food and good cooking. Try the Sour Cherry pie- Michigan sour cherries with a butter and lard lattice pastry crust.
Bubby's Tribeca: 212.219.0666
City Bakery: You love them for their Mac & Cheese and delicious hot chocolate, so you can only imagine how great the Thanksgiving desserts are from City Bakery. They are best known for their Cranberry, Caramel, Almond tart which serves 10-12.
City Bakery: 212.366.1414
Do It Yourself
Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Cake
If you are looking to bake your own dessert for Thankgiving, we recommend this decadent gooey Pumpkin Cake...it just might become the new crowd favorite and holiday tradition! The recipe is fairly easy, even for the novice baker!
-1 (18 1/4-ounce) package yellow cake mix
-8 tablespoons butter, melted
-1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
-1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-8 tablespoons butter, melted
-1 (16-ounce) box powdered sugar
-1 teaspoon cinnamon
-1 teaspoon nutmeg
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the cake mix, egg, and butter and mix with an electric mixer. Pat mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 13 by 9-inch baking pan.
To make the filling: In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and pumpkin until smooth. Add the eggs, vanilla, and butter, and beat together. Next, add the powdered sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and mix well. Spread pumpkin mixture over cake batter and bake for 40 to 50 minutes.
*Make sure not to over bake as the center should be a little gooey!
We recommend serving it with vanilla ice cream and some whipped cream!
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2016 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
The parade is a city tradition dating back to 1924, making it the second oldest Thanksgiving parade in the country, which attracts more than 3.5 million to the streets and an even larger audience via television. This year marks the 90th parade, and Macy's has set up a special interactive website to browse through the parade over the decades and get a look at this year's lineup. The parade is, perhaps, best known for its large balloon class which has featured many cultural icons over the decades. This year, the lineup is slated to include the likes of Pikachu, the Elf on a Shelf, and Angry Birds to name a few. The parade route is 2.65 miles long, starting at 77th street and Central Park West.
Route: 77th at Central Park West south to 59th Street.
East on 59th Street to 6th Avenue.
South on 6th Avenue to 34th Street.
West on 34th Street to 7th Avenue.
The viewing areas along the route gets incredibly crowded. It is recommended that you arrive no later than 6:30am if you plan to scout out a good viewing spot along the route.
-The Victoria Shtainer Team