Post Overview: Where to find the best cannoli NYC has to offer
There are a handful of foods immediately recognized as New York City staples, like pizza, bagels, and cheesecakes. And with the broad influence Italian-Americans have had on the city it should come as no surprise that one of their pastries is among those iconic foods: cannolis.
The Italian delicacy is deep fried dough in the shape of a tube with a creamy ricotta-based filling. But the real fun comes with variation. Endless options like chocolate, pistachios or fruits make up some of the best cannolis in NYC.
The golden treats are anything but simple. There are mini cannolis, large cannolis, cannoli cakes and one place even sells a family sized cannoli (more on that later).
All this to say, enjoying a cannoli in NYC should be on everyone’s itinerary — the hard part can be deciding where to get one.
That’s where I’m going to help! As a local with an affinity for everything sweet I’m convinced my body weight is 50% cannoli. I’ve had cannolis across the boroughs and have come up with this list of recommendations to help my own friends decide where to spend their money.
So if you’re in search of the best cannoli in NYC you’ve come to the right place. Are you ready to get into it? Because I know I am!
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Best Cannoli New York City
#12. Carlo’s Bakery
I used to tease my mom for watching cooking shows, but when Cake Boss came across our screen I’d be just as (if not more) hooked than her. The bakery that hosted the show is Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken New Jersey and was founded more than 100 years ago!
Luckily we no longer need to travel across state lines for sweet-treats from Carlo’s Bakery. After the success of the show they opened a shop in Times Square where they sell one of the most iconic cannolis in New York City.
Truthfully it isn’t be the best cannoli NYC has to offer but it scratches an itch for the Italian delicacy. The cannolis are delicious, I just think that since Carlo’s is world-famous they can’t afford to take their time like small bakeries.
Whenever friends visit the city I make an effort to end the night at Times Square, and since Carlo’s is open until midnight swinging by is a no brainer. I’m always sure to grab at least one cannoli so my friends get the full NYC experience.
Address: 625 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018
#11. Court Pastry Shop
In the charming Cobble Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn is Court Pastry Shop, a family owned business that feels like a blast from the past. The faded sign at the entrance tells you they’ve been in business for decades, kept afloat by a loyal base of locals who can’t live life without their pastries.
Of course you’re in search of the best cannoli in NYC and Court Pastry Shop will not disappoint. The filling is creamy and smooth, and the friendly folks behind the counter don’t shy away from the powdered sugar.
It’s the quintessential NYC cannoli loaded with flavor served in a no-frills setting. My suggestion is to get two, because you’ll practically inhale the first one on your way to the subway and the second you can have at home.
Address: 298 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
#10. Caffè Palermo
A visit to Caffe Palermo is a non-negotiable when visiting Manhattan’s Little Italy. The New York institution has been serving a can’t miss cannoli in NYC for more than 50 years!
The cafe is run by pastry chef “Baby” John DeLutro whose been dubbed the NYC Cannoli King. The place isn’t hard to miss either, there’s a giant glowing sign that reads Cannoli King at its entrance drawing folks in like a magnet.
The sweet-treats are made fresh and in house daily and the flavor translates with each bite. It’s not hard to see why in Little Italy, a place you’d assume has delicious cannolis every other storefront, Caffe Palermo stands head and shoulders above the rest.
I will mention two draw-backs to Caffe Palermo, but I hope they don’t discourage you from visiting. The first is that there is often a line, but luckily it moves quickly.
The second is that these puppies cost a pretty penny ($5+) but you’re also paying for the location, name and reputation. Caffe Palermo makes an iconic NYC cannoli and you won’t want to miss it, remember you’re paying for the experience not just the treat!
Address: 148 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013
#9. Fortunato Brothers
Williamsburg Brooklyn has gone through radical change in the last few decades, but a staple of the old neighborhood has lived on. The Fortunato Brothers Bakery was founded in 1976 by three brothers from Italy.
The bakery has stood the test of time thanks to mouthwatering treats. They make some of the best cannolis in New York City that have an audible crunch and silky smooth filling. Plus the chocolate cannoli is a non-negotioable!
And not only do the Fortunato Brothers make a can’t miss cannoli in NYC, they also make a cannoli shot. Before my fellow boozy buds get excited, there’s no alcohol in it.
A cup is made using the shell of a cannoli and has a base of chocolate, then a layer of nutella and it’s topped with cannoli cream. It’s one of the most unique ways to enjoy a cannoli in NYC!
Address: 289 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
#8. Villabate Alba
Looking for the best cannoli in NYC? It’s waiting for you at Villabate Alba in Bensonhurst, one of the best bakeries in Brooklyn. The bakery was opened in 1979 by Angelo Alaimo and his son who are from Sicily, the birthplace of cannolis.
It’s not hard to tell the bake shop is Italian, with green white and red decorating the walls and the pastries. The only thing missing is flag-themed cannoli, but they’re so tasty at Villabate Alba I don’t care what they look like.
The cream filling is rich thanks to the fresh ricotta cheese imported from Sicily. Add in the sweetness from the powdered sugar and the crunch from the fried dough for the best cannoli NYC has to offer!
Address: 7001 18th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11204
#7. Ferrara Bakery & Cafe
Opened in 1892 Ferrara’s has been a neighborhood favorite for generations and a spot folks know to visit when searching for the best cannoli in NYC. The secret to their success lies in part thanks to the Great Depression.
Hear me out – in order to reduce waste, the cafe started baking small batches of pastries multiple times a day, and since the treats were always fresh Ferrara’s popularity grew.
The family owned business is now being ran by its fifth generation. By staying true to the principles that grew the business they’ve been one of the best Lower East Side bakeries for more than 100 years.
I’m going to let you in on a local secret. Although Ferrara Bakery & Cafe is widely known for being one of the best spots for a cannoli in NYC, their sfogliatelle (also called lobster tail) is what other professional bakers rave about.
Each bite sends flakes flying and I’d put the silky cream-filling on everything if they sold it in bulk.
Address: 195 Grand St, New York, NY 10013
#6. Cannoli e Bomboloni in Eataly
I’d be a horrible friend if I didn’t mention that there’s a spot in NYC where you can build your own cannoli!
Located in the Flatiron District, Eataly is an Italian market that houses multiple different restaurants where you can pull out a bar stool and enjoy a hot meal (right inside the store).
There’s a pizza joint, a seafood restaurant and a pasta restaurant among others. But my personal favorite counter is Cannoli e Bomboloni. What many folks don’t realize when searching for the best cannoli in NYC is that there is a big difference between a pre-filled cannoli and one filled on site.
If it’s pre-filled the chances of the shell getting soggy from the creamy filling is high. So if you can find a spot that fills the cannoli in front of your eyes, you’re in for a fresh treat.
Cannoli e Bomboloni lets you to choose your filling and topping flavor and then pipes it into the golden shell in front of you. If you struggle deciding, they also offer a mini cannoli flight. This way you can try all the flavors of one of the best cannoli in NYC.
Local’s Tip – there is a covered rooftop restaurant called Serra by Birreria at Eataly that decorates according to the season. Try to book reservations and check it out!
Address: 200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010
#5. Pasticceria Monteleone BK
Everyday I wake up I’m grateful I live no where near Pasticceria Monteleone because if I did I’d be at least 30 pounds heavier. Seriously, not only is this one of the best spots to get a cannoli in NYC, it’s one of the best spots for treats, period.
Pasticceria Monteleone is a family-owned local institution in the heart of Caroll Gardens in Brooklyn. The reason I feel so confident claiming they sell one of the best cannoli in NYC? Because after one bite you’ll find yourself running back to the counter ordering five more to-go!
The crispy, bubbly, fried shell crumbles in your mouth and the ricotta-cream filling oozes out with each bite. If you don’t have a sweet-tooth, steer clear of this place because cavities are all but guaranteed (kidding!).
Address: 355 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
#4. Circo’s Pastry Shop
Bushwick Brooklyn is lucky to have Circo’s (pronounced chirkos) and yet again, I’m so lucky I live far away.
While writing this post I’m starting to realize I lack self-control when it comes to these flakey, golden tubes of fried goodness. They make me weak in the knees and if I was close by, I’d be in there multiple times a day for the best cannoli in NYC!
Owned and operated by a family from Sicily tradition lives on at Circo’s. Not only do they have the best cannolis in NYC but there are a plethora of other italian delicacies like sfogliatelle (also known as lobster tails), zeppoles, and cookies.
Circo’s Pastry Shop also makes the only “family sized” cannoli in NYC. And before you have to worry about sharing bites with your weird aunt Linda, all you do is crack the outer shell of the giant cannoli and you’ll find about 30 mini cannoli inside.
I feel like I could it eat it all by myself, but I don’t know if that’s just my stomach grumbling at the thought of it.
Address: 312 Knickerbocker Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
#3. Egidio’s Pastry Shop
We’ve had a few old bakeries on this list of the best cannolis in NYC, but Egidio’s Pastry Shop takes the crown of oldest. Founded in 1912 it has called the same shop in the Bronx home for generations!
In its 100+ years in business Egidio’s has become a destination bakery for some of the best cannolis in NYC. The cream is jam-packed with a consistent flavor that’s not to sweet.
And just because Egidio’s Pastry Shop is old doesn’t mean the cannolis are! Everytime I’ve visted the NYC cannoli heaven I recieve a fresh pastry that’s a delight to bite into.
Locations: 622 E 187th St, The Bronx, NY 10458
#2. Pasticceria Rocco
Name any baked good, dessert or pastry you can think of and I guarntee Rocco’s has you covered.
Rocco Generoso Sr.’s left Italy and immigrated to New York City back in 1956. He got a job as a dishwasher at a special little place called Zema’s Bakery (the same special little place Rocco’s now stands).
Learning everything he could from the original owner, Rocco eventually ended up buying the shop in 1974 and taking over the business.
Today, over 60 years later, Rocco’s is among the best bakeries in the West Village and known to sell one of the best cannolis in NYC. You can expect to find everything from cookies to full sized cakes at the Greenwich Village bakery.
Locals and visitors alike can’t help themselves when they step foot into Rocco’s, it’s like letting a kid loose in a candy store — the options are endless!
Being known as one of the best spots to buy a cannoli in NYC can be a heavy crown to carry, but Rocco’s does it with ease. The staff is friendly so don’t be scared to ask for recommendations.
Address: 243 Bleecker St #4438, New York, NY 10014
#1. Veniero’s Pasticceria & Caffe
Veniero’s Pasticceria has been around since 1894, (yes you read that correctly) they truly don’t make East Village bakeries like they used to! This old-school Italian bakery is family-owned and operated, over 120 years later.
What originally started as a pool hall serving espresso and candy, eventually shifted from billiards to baked good (lucky us!).
Using fresh ingredients, this East Village bakery serves every treat under the moon you can think of including one of the best cannoli in NYC.
You want a cookie? Veniero’s has you covered. You want a cheesecake? Veniero’s has you covered. You want a full sized cake for the party you’re having next week? Guess what, Veniero’s has you covered.
This is one of those East Village bakeries where you get the full New York experience from the moment you walk in. You’ll be forced to choose from what feels like hundreds of tempting options all while feeling like you’re apart of the family.
Address: 342 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003
Best Cannoli NYC (Post Summary)
- Veniero’s Pasticceria & Caffe
- Pasticceria Rocco
- Egidio’s Pastry Shop
- Circo’s Pastry Shop
- Pasticceria Monteleone BK
- Ferrara Bakery & Cafe
- Villabate Alba
- Fortunato Brothers
- Caffè Palermo
- Court Pastry Shop
- Carlo’s Bakery
Best NYC Cannoli’s (Map)
And there you have it my friends, these are the spots to get the best cannoli in NYC according to yours truly. Let me know if you think I missed a spot.
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