If you haven't had enough of pumpkin mania, keep reading. After enjoying a delicious fall meal (maybe a pumpkin pasta from last week's column!), indulge in a pumpkin dessert.
Magnolia is in full pumpkin mode, with pumpkin cupcakes frosted with maple cream cheese, pumpkin brownie bars with a layer of chocolate and mini pumpkin cheesecakes. Don't worry, they also serve pumpkin pies, which are great for holiday dinners, and pumpkin whoopie pies. Start your day with a cup of coffee and a pumpkin muffin. Cupcakes start at $3.50.
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This place has upped the game for all doughnut makers, combining traditional flavors with unconventional stuffings and toppings. They's been at it for 100 years and created the first square doughnut and filled creme brulee doughnut (sinfully good). Stop by now for the pumpkin or apple cinnamon doughnuts and cakes. The Plant promotes a special flavor every day that sells out quickly. There is always a line but it's worth the wait; $3.25 never tasted so good.
The macaron king has gone seasonal. The pumpkin variety is extremely light and flaky, yet full of flavor. Buy a dozen for the perfect hostess gift ($30). There's also a Jack O'Lantern cake ($39) made with pumpkin pound cake and pumpkin creme brulee, and an array of chocolates (try the Key lime) and truffles (praline is another favorite). This chocolate is top notch.
Monica DiNatale is a deals expert, food host and author of “365 Guide New York City,” a treasure trove of restaurant deals and bar specials in New York. Monica has hosted segments for The New York Chocolate Show and Craft Beer Week festivals. She dines out eight days a week in search of the best deals in the Big Apple. “365 Guide New York City” is available in paperback and e-book.