Manhattan's Matcha Madness

Matcha - wondering why this word looks so familiar? You've probably seen it on the menu at your local coffee shop or during your latest donut run. Made from green tea leaves, matcha has recently been all the craze in New York City. Although it has a long-standing presence in Asian history, especially Japan, it has now become a main ingredient in modern sweet treats. From lattes to cakes, and even ice cream, the possibilities are endless. Start off your early morning with a matcha donut and latte and end your night with a matcha-pistachio ice cream cone. New Yorkers just can't get enough. Here are our picks for the best matcha dessert spots in NYC:

 

Presstea: Although this coffee shop has become most well-known for its infamous "ramen-rrito", PressTea's sweet treats still hold their ground. With its perfect balance of white chocolate and matcha flavors, this Jasmine Green Tea Cookie slowly melts in your mouth.


Doughnut Plant: From dulce de leche to passion fruit, donuts have taken over the world of sweets. These green tea cake donuts are mouthwateringly delicious and perfect to pair with your morning Americano. Cake for breakfast? Yes, please.


Chalait: There's no better way to defrost in the cold spring weather than with a cup of rich hot chocolate. Chalait has taken the traditional hot chocolate to a whole new level by adding a matcha twist. Don't let the pretty green hue fool you - there's plenty of rich chocolate to keep you warm.


Victory Garden: When most people think of frozen yogurt in NYC, Pinkberry and 16 Handles are the first that come to mind. However, Victory Garden, a hidden gem in the West Village, serves hands-down some of the best soft serve in the city. This Matcha-Pistachio Goat's-Milk Soft-Serve is not too sweet, but just sweet enough to satisfy your late-night sweet tooth.


Dessert Club by Chikalicious: From crêpe cakes to honey bread, Dessert Club by Chikalicious offers an array of desserts, of which the matcha soft-serve sundae comes out on top. Topped with green tea crumble and warm brownie bites, you'll never look at a vanilla ice cream sundae the same again.


Spot Dessert Bar: Amongst Spot Dessert Bar's other desserts, their Green Tea Molten Lava Cake comes out on top. As you cut into the warm cake, don't get too excited as you see melted chocolate oozing out! The green tea ice cream on the side balances out the sweetness of the chocolate perfectly. This dessert shows that opposites do attract - the definition of icy hot.


Lady M: Introducing the queen of crêpe cakes, Lady M. More than twenty layers of crêpes are hand placed on top of each other, each separated by the lightest of pastry creams. From its flavor to its matcha green color, everything about this dessert is elegant.


Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream: A contemporary twist on the traditional ice cream parlor, Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream focuses on serving texture-driven small-batch ice cream with a renewed attention to flavor and palate. This green tea-pistachio pairing is a match made in heaven. This is one of the only flavors that's always on the menu — it's that good!