After a lifetime of research, strawberry shortcake devotee janie has finally found her all-time favorite: the version topped with chocolate-covered berries at Malverne Pastry Shop in Nassau County. “It’s worth a trip from anywhere,” she says. “I’ve had many of them all over the place, and nothing could touch the freshness or lightness of this one—absolute heaven. All fresh strawberries and whipped cream and airy sponge cake, not soggy.”

Malverne Pastry Shop [Nassau County]
253 Hempstead Avenue (between Church Street and Park Boulevard), Malverne

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