Accidentally found this place while out for a run. Needless to say I took an ice cream and candy break! What a terrific little store. Oh well – there went my run! How could I resist not taking a break to peruse the shelves at The Sweet Shop in my hood of the Upper East Side in NYC when all this candy goodness was beckoning me? It’s like I had the good and bad angels sitting on my shoulders, and the bad angel whispered evil thoughts and sweet nothings into my ear. Guess which one won out? The good angel was kicked to the curb as I headed inside this tiny pocket of candy wonderland.
I was greeted with shelves lined along each wall showcasing all kinds of candies from the old-timey style to the newest sugary treats on the market. Family owned and run they are very friendly and knowledgeable. Even handed me some samples to try just for walking in and saying hello. Now that’s a welcoming perk. Get me all wired up on candy why don’t you even before I buy anything? I wasn’t refusing! My evil angel was smirking in delight.
They do offer some ice creams of about ten different flavors. None made on site but they are pretty tasty as they have partnered with some of the better makers in the city such as Laboratorio Del Gelato, Melt, OddFellows, and others. I sampled a few and thought they were great. Of course I walked out with a large serving that was placed in a Chinese take out carton. Really fun touch and very reasonable prices here. Peanut Butter & Jelly, Blueberry, Cookie Dough, Salted Caramel – Ooooh Myyyyy!
If you have a weakness for hand crafted chocolate, licorice, gummies, British candy bars, handmade marshmallows, gum, sours, and even sugar-free and gluten-free products this tiny candy emporium packs it in! Oh, and now they are featuring terrific donuts from Dough Loco in Harlem? My diabetes level just spiked up even more! Wilford Brimley would not be amused.
I just wish they had opened up a little more north where I reside. They took a spot in the 70’s on a side street in the froo froo older UES part of town, but I do understand as the owners have lived in the area for many years, and rents on that street were a better deal in the spot they took. Just wish they had opened up in Yorkville where I live. Then again, that might have been a massive danger to my waistline! There is definitely a much more younger mix of residents up here mixed in with couples, and plenty of families with kids. What a missed opportunity as it seems this part of the UES is booming now with new businesses and we need a real sweet shop like this up here! Guess I’ll have to make the trek down once in a while to satisfy my sweet tooth.
Overall, this is a terrific store. It is packed wall to wall, and every nook and cranny has some sort of sugary confection on display. It’s a small shop but is packed with all types of candies and goodies to satisfy the sweet tooth cravings. There is something for everyone’s likings here. Love the old school memorabilia and signage too as it offers some great atmosphere and represents what a candy shop used to be like back in the day. Decent prices too. Very vintage. Very retro. Very cool.
The Sweet Shop – http://www.thesweetshopnyc.com/