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Dessert Club, ChikaLicious

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204 E. 10th St., New York, NY 10003 40.729418 -73.98632
nr. Second Ave.   See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-475-0929 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Dessert / Ice Cream Shop
  • Price Range: $

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  • Reader Rating:

    8 out of 10


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Photo by Liz Clayman

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Mon-Fri, 1pm-midnight; Sat, noon-midnight; Sun, noon-11pm

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at Astor Pl.; L at First Ave.



Payment Methods

American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Great Desserts
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Notable Chef


  • No Alcohol


Not Accepted


The petite, perpetually packed dessert bar ChiKaLicious spawned an even smaller takeout annex across the street in 2008. Like at the original, pastry chef Chika Tillman makes the highbrow treats while husband Don runs the business side. As cute as the menu appears—Pudding! Ice cream! Cupcakes!—this is a decidedly haute neighborhood sweet shop. The term “puddin” describes anything from “adult” chocolate cream so dense it can be scooped into a ball over chocolate-streusel crumbs to a rich cake studded with apples. House-made vanilla-bean soft-serve goes into sundaes dusted with pistachios or studded with fresh strawberries. And cupcakes, added by popular demand, demonstrate pastry-whiz techniques with the lightest, creamiest buttercream you can imagine and flavors like caramel and triple chocolate, which has cake piped with ganache filling. Chika even takes a torch to the marshmallow topping on a s’mores cupcake. There’s not much seating, and what’s available is cramped, but every dessert comes sized or contained to work best as a handheld treat.

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