So far it's just the little cupcake store on 3rd Street near 6th Avenue, collocated with the weird (sauce on cheesesteak?) cheesesteak place. Very moist. And Make My Cake (great red velvet). Also very moist.
Maybe the almond/honey cookie at Poseidon Bakery on 9th. Maybe the cookie/scone at Levaine. Maybe Little Red Hen's red velvet cupcake. Maybe Sunshine in LES (especially the almond cupcake).
Moishe's hammendtashen (sp?) are just not that great. (Had a bite from all four yesterday). Their black and whites...inedible. Parisi cupcakes are stored in a fridge, which I feel should never be done with cake. Makes the icing too hard and takes away from the cake. Had their rugelah (uncut logs) too. Not very good.
Milk and Cookies has bad bars (too dry), though they do have a few very good cookies. Patisserie Claude's Pain au Chocolat is only OK, IMHO.
Most NY cupcakes are too dry. Crumbs look great, but that's it. Burgers and Cupcakes' are hit or miss (you never know how old they are).
What's earth shattering for you?
(BTW, I love the McD's Hot Apple Pie, so maybe I'm not mainstream. Also love the Hot and Crusty Black and White, which others don't like much.)