Sarabeth Levine has been a presence in the NYC sweets scene since the 1980s, when she began selling her now famous Orange-Apricot Marmalade. Back before it was cool to sell cupcakes, jam, or jerky from your home, Sarabeth was making her family's 200-year old marmalade recipe out of her kitchen and selling it to local NYC food shops.
Due to popular demand, Sarabeth and her husband/business partner Bill Levine opened the first location of Sarabeth's bakery in 1983 on Manhattan's Upper East Side. The couple now own seven restaurants in New York City, and the empire has continued to grow with Sarabeth's outposts in Key West, Florida, and Tokyo.
Whether you're in Tribeca or Tokyo, it can be difficult to decide which of Sarabeth's delectable pastries to order. Sarabeth herself even had a hard time choosing her favorites when we asked for her top picks ("It's like picking out your favorite child!"). After some deliberation, Sarabeth was able to come up with a list of her favorite 5 items at her restaurants; click through the slideshow to see them all.
Park Avenue South381 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016 (map); 212-335-0093
Tribeca339 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10013 (map); 212-966-0421
West423 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10024 (map); 212-496-6280
East1295 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10128 (map); 212-410-7335
Central Park South40 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019 (map); 212-826-5959
Chelsea Market75 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10001 (map); 212-989-2424
About the author: Stef Shapira is is a Texan living in Brooklyn. A food writer and researcher with a master's in food studies, some of Stef's favorite things include kolaches, crawfish boils, and chips. Check out her blog or follow her on twitter @stefontoast