The Upper West Side’s culinary scene is widely celebrated with its local approach to cuisine, genuinely inviting hospitality, and above all else, rich indulgences. This time of year, bakeries offer their widest variety of sweets to take home or eat in nearby Riverside Park. Fortunately, residents of the Upper West Side luxury condos for sale at The Astor are within walking distance of four stellar bakeries with the most decadent edible creations around.

Magnolia Bakery | 200 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY

What started as a single location in the West Village 23 years ago has now turned into a global brand known for magnificent baked goods. Magnolia currently has six locations in New York along with many others worldwide, and this kind of rapid expansion doesn’t happen by accident. The bakers at Magnolia know what they’re doing. The banana pudding is legendary, and their cupcakes and cakes are top-notch.

Levain Bakery| 167 West 74th Street, New York, NY

Levain opened its first ever location on the Upper West Side in 1995 and has been a neighborhood staple ever since. In their own words, “It all began with a simple mission between two great friends: create the world’s greatest chocolate chip cookie.” It’s a lofty goal but they very well may have pulled it off. The cookies are inarguably outstanding. The chocolate chip walnut variety is their most well-known, while the dark chocolate/peanut butter chip cookie is a close runner-up. Only a few blocks away from The Astor, the smell of freshly baked cookies is always in the air.

Récolte | 300 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY

When it comes to a quintessential European or American bakery, Récolte is something a bit different, offering ingredient-focused baked goods with sophisticated craftmanship. Opened by award-winning pastry chef Peng-Chieh Wang, there is a vibrant Asian flair to the creations here. Their croissants, which have continually been named some of the best in the city, are buttery and soft and supremely delicious. Golden in color, their cream puffs are inventive and bursting with flavor and are one of the most-ordered menu items.

Mille-Feuille Bakery Café| 2175 Broadway, New York, NY

Mille-Feuille Bakery Café is a French bakery known mostly for their colorful array of macarons. Their best-selling flavors include pistachio, salted caramel, coconut, raspberry, lemon, and praline, baked fresh every day. Each little indulgence is subtly crunchy on the outside and delectably soft and moist on the inside. They are the best French macarons you will find without booking a flight to France.

Upon taking a tour of The Astor at 235 West 75th Street, you will find Gilded Age glamour in the heart of the Upper West Side. To learn more about these new luxury condos for sale, you may contact our sales team at (212) 501-7575.