Slideshow SLIDESHOW: 7 Must-Try Sweets at Chelsea Market, NYC

[Photographs: Carrie Vasios]

Since its opening, Chelsea Market has proved to be a food and retail mecca in Lower Manhattan. Fresh lobster? Locally sourced duck? Imported Italian Chestnuts? A loaf of bread that was baked before your very eyes? It's all there.

The best part about Chelsea Market is that it balances two roles. It's used by NYC residents who actually shop in its stores for groceries, while maintaining a charm and sense of excitement that draws in tourists.

The only problem? Its wealth of shops (almost 40 at last count) can be overwhelming. So where should you stop for a sweet bite? Here are our top 7 picks.

About the author: Carrie Vasios is the editor of Serious Eats: Sweets. She likes to peruse her large collection of cookbooks while eating jam from the jar. You can follow her on Twitter @carrievasios


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