BY: HILARY SHEINBAUM @mustloveicecream
Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply want a treat after hanging out hopefully by the stage door, dessert can be the cherry on top of a night at the theater. Luckily, there are a few late-night spots to satisfy your sweet tooth within walking distance of the Theater District. Craving churros? No problem. Want S’mores? We found ‘em. (No campfire necessary.) In other words, your post-show sugar coma is served.
1. The Skylark
Location: 200 W. 39th Street, 30th Floor
Hours: Monday – Friday 4:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Dessert: Milk & Cookies and Cinnamon & Sugar Dusted Churros
At this rooftop lounge, sharable small plates and craft cocktails are readily available, but if you’ve already eaten dinner, the Milk & Cookies and Cinnamon & Sugar Dusted Churros are the desserts to order. Indulge in a warm chocolate chip cookie served in a skillet with fior de latte gelato and chocolate bourbon ganache while enjoying the view of Times Square from above and beyond the crowds. Need a night cap after a heavy drama? The churros are served with rum-spiked chocolate coquito sauce.
Location: 485 7th Avenue (at 36th Street)
Hours: Seven days a week 5 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Dessert: Gooey Chocolate Caramel Cake
Legasea’s pastry chef was inspired by a stroopwafel to create the menu’s Gooey Chocolate Caramel Cake, only one of the desserts on offer. Layered with rich chocolate and salted caramel ganache, it’s topped with salt and whipped cream. Bring an appetite—it’s 3.5 inches tall and weighs a half-pound.
Location: 300 W. 44th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues)
Hours: Every day 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Dessert: Chocolate Bread Pudding
The Todd English hotel restaurant uses high-end locally sourced ingredients for their dishes, and dessert is no different. The chocolate bread pudding involves an overnight house-made cocoa powder-soaked Balthazar Croissant. Cream cheese gelato is then added and house-made caramel, chocolate sauce and mixed berries top it off.
Location: 362 W. 45th Street (at 9th Avenue)
Hours: Sunday – Tuesday 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Wednesday – Saturday 8 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Dessert: A rotating selection of cookie flavors
Since childhood, Zachary Schmahl has been crafting cookies. These days the founder of Schmackary’s, the unofficial cookie company for Broadway, has show stars work the counter every May for Broadway Bakes, an annual charity event in support of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Any time of year, you can grab and go or (if you’re lucky) grab one of the few seats within the bakery. Flavors of the 3” diameter goodies change seasonally and daily, but some varieties include classic chocolate chip, Funfetti, cookie dough and cookies & cream. Yum!
Location: 64 W. 39th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
Hours: Sunday – Monday 7 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Tuesday – Saturday 7 a.m. – 12 a.m.
For a deconstructed—but still delicious—childhood classic, look no further than the S’mores dessert at Parker & Quinn. With the same ingredients that we know and love, it has an extra bonus (ahem, scoop) to enjoy. Marshmallow, graham crackers, Nutella gelato, and chocolate make up the dessert menu item within this bustling midtown Manhattan restaurant. Enjoy a gooey, chocolaty treat without hunting for firewood or worrying about burning your own ‘mallows above a flame.