You know that old adage, “There’s someone for everyone”? And while we can’t comment on your future soulmate prospects, we can say emphatically that whoever you are—and whatever your diet—there is a bakery for you in Manhattan. You could say finding sweet satisfaction is as easy as 1, 2, 3.
1. For Power Paleos: Hu Kitchen
The founders behind this Union Square real food mecca don’t mince words when it comes to their philosophy, “We think sugar in any form isn’t great for you…but we also love sweets, so our approach is to be smart about how we use sweeteners.” A commitment to zero corn syrup, cane sugar and artificial sweeteners is why we stock up on seriously good raw cacao and unrefined organic coconut sugar chocolate bars ($6), raw nut brownies ($4.50) or even sweet kale crunch ($7; try it, you’ll like it) whenever we swing through.
2. For Gluten Avoiders: Jennifer’s Way Bakery
The fact that actress Jennifer Esposito owns this East Village bakery isn’t even the sweetest thing about it—it’s that Esposito (a diagnosed celiac) is militant about banishing gluten while maintaining quality. Stop in for pear-cardamom mini muffins ($2) and coconut-dusted donuts ($3) that are not only free of gluten, but also dairy, soy, egg, corn and refined sugar. Nationwide shipping is in the works, so stay tuned for your out-of-town gluten-free buddies.
3. For the Very Vegan: Vegan Divas
As the wife of master French pastry chef François Payard, Fernanda Capobianco knows from good pastry. Her flagship bakery on the Upper East Side kicks animal products to the curb and employs organic spelt flour, maple syrup, cold pressed coconut oil and apple cider vinegar in the kitchen.
For baked good emergencies, oatmeal raisin cookies with chili powder ($3) and chocolate-covered “donettes” (mini donuts; $3) are available for same-day delivery throughout the five boroughs.