Milk Bar is a sweet (and occasionally savory) shop that’s been turning familiar treats upside down and on their heads, shaking up the dessert scene since 2008. Bon Appetit magazine called us “one of the most exciting bakeries in the country.” But you can literally just call us Milk Bar. We’re not big on feeding the hype beast. But we’re super into feeding our flavorful treats to those who crave the unexpected.
Founded by James Beard award-winning pastry chef Christina Tosi, Milk Bar first opened its doors in NYC’s East Village, and soon developed a loyal fanbase.
Recently profiled on Netflix’s docu-series Chef’s Table, Tosi is known for combining her formal culinary training and her informal obsession with home baking, grocery store staples and classic American sweets, with menu items like the Compost Cookie®, layer cakes with unfrosted sides, Cereal Milk™ Soft Serve, Milk Bar Pie and more.
At Milk Bar, we believe in the transformative power of a really freakin’ good cookie or an outstanding piece of cake. And we consider NO occasion at all, to be a perfectly valid occasion to celebrate yourself or someone else. We hope you’ll agree.
We’re a team that’s obsessed with creating moments - menu items, recipes, a new handshake, a silly sign that makes life lighter and brighter. Whether we’re swirling up soft serve at your local store, layering cakes in our kitchens, or at our desks making it possible for you to send a care package across the country to someone special, we love inspiring others to see a world full of infinite possibility.
Learn more about some of our team members below, as well as the variety of charitable causes that we work with to spread joy to those less fortunate.
From the archives...
For Christina Tosi, Building a Dessert Empire Is Not All Milk and Cookies
New York Times, February 12, 2019
LEARN MORE ABOUT SOME OF OUR CHARITABLE PARTNERS
The Birthday Party Project
The Birthday Party Project’s Mission is to bring joy to children experiencing homelessness through the MAGIC of a birthday party. To learn more, visit thebirthdaypartyproject.org.
Cookies for Kids’ Cancer
Cookies for Kids' Cancer™ is committed to raising funds for research to develop new, improved & less toxic treatments for pediatric cancer. To learn more, visit cookiesforkidscancer.org.
N Street Village
N Street Village empowers homeless and low-income women in Washington, D.C. to claim their highest quality of life. To learn more, visit nstreetvillage.org.
NYC Relief is a mobile outreach that compassionately serves the struggling and homeless by offering hope and resources that lead toward life transformation. To learn more, visit newyorkcityrelief.org.
Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support. To learn more, visit austismspeaks.org.
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. To learn more, visit thetrevorproject.org.
Baby2Baby's mission is to provide children living in poverty, ages 0-12 years, with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves. To learn more, visit baby2baby.org.
Hot Bread Kitchen
Hot Bread Kitchen is a nonprofit social enterprise that creates economic opportunity through careers in food. To learn more, visit hotbreadkitchen.org.
City Harvest exists to end hunger in communities throughout New York City. To learn more, visit cityharvest.org.
Make-A-Wish Foundation’s mission is to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. To learn more, visit wish.org.