To my utter delight, there are so many new bakeries in this borough. I come across new places every week and I will continue to update this as I try these new places.
1. Billy's Bakery - In TriBeCa and the West Village. Check out my blog post about them, here. When their cupcakes are freshly popped out of the oven, they are divine. There is enough cake and frosting to satisfy a craving. My favorite is the classic yellow cake with chocolate frosting, it is simple and elegant and satisfying beyond any measure. They have a cupcake happy hour from 4 to 5 pm and they have special cupcakes of the month.
2. Baked by Melissa - SoHo and Midtown (near Grand Central terminal). The cute little pop-one-in-your-mouth cupcakes are not particularly satisfying but they do have interesting flavors and excellent presentation. If you are looking for a tiny treat, this is the place for you. I liked their multi-colored and peanut butter and jelly mini cupcakes.
3. TriBeCa Treats - TriBeCa - From the window display the store does not look like a bakery. There are cards in the store which makes it seem like it is a stationary store. When a co-worker told me about them, I went there and actually walked into the store. I remember finding myself in a very citrusy mood when I visited the store, so I tried their lemon-raspberry cupcake. It hit the spot and it was perfection at the given moment. I recommend trying it and other cakes there, too!
4. Sweet Revenge - West Village - Check out my review here. The bakery itself is small, which is expected. The menu is great, they have interesting names for their cupcakes and the frosting on the different cakes is delicious and is well made. The prices are decent for the size of cake ($3.50) and the menu incredibly diverse in its selection of cakes.
5. Magnolia - TriBeCa and Midtown - review coming soon!
My favorite borough with the best coffee shops and cakes!
1. Crespella - Park Slope - check out my blog post, here. I love stumptown coffee and this place has it! It's already a winner for me. The cupcakes were amazing! I tried the hazelnut kiss and the banana and both of them were light and fluffy, the frosting was perfect, not too sweet, and went incredibly well with the cake. Crespella also serves crepes and other baked goods. I was too mesmerized by the cupcake flavors to even think of ordering anything else!
2. Baked in Brooklyn - Greenwood Heights - check out my blog post, here. This is my favorite bread store but it is slowly moving up with regards to baked sweets. They recently expanded to cupcakes and it has not been disappointing. Go for the bread and the really cool store but stay for the baked goods! The peanut butter and jelly cupcake is tasty and creamy, no one flavor overpowers the other.
3. Has Beans - South Slope - check out my blog post, here. I confess while I have seen their cupcakes, I have not tried them. They order the cakes from a local bakery and they look appetizing. This place does have great lattes, though, and the seating area is nice and cozy. Based on the decent lattes, I assume that the cupcakes will be just as delicious. This section will be updated once I try a cake or two.
4. La Boulangerie Lopez - South Slope - They have bread, cakes, danishes, brunch and lunch, what don't they have? Their cakes look better than they taste, the frosting is too sugary and grainy. However, it does not mean I will give up on them! There are amazing baked goods there that have yet to be discovered by me!
5. Naidre's Cafe - They have mini-cupcakes! Enough said! I can eat two or three and not feel bad or have to run 5 miles to burn them off. Their coffee is good, the Peruvian blend is my favorite, and they offer a collection of vegan friendly treats (peanut butter cups).
6. Butter Lane Cupcakes - They have a cute, clean store on 7th avenue in Park Slope. Review coming soon...
7. Ladybird Bakery - Another gem in Park Slope, this bakery is on 8th avenue. They have the best Brooklyn Blackout (chocolate) cake and they do smaller sizes and custom cakes. A review will be up soon...
8. Trois Pommes Patisserie - A Park Slope patisserie on 5th avenue! It is a nice, clean place with an inviting window display. The cupcakes are delicious and they cater customized cakes and other baked goods. I have yet to try their homemade twinkies - though that is next on my list. Trois Pommes does some of the best red velvet cupcakes I have ever tasted.
1. Martha's Country Bakery - Forest Hills - This is the best bakery in New York City. No joke about it, it has everything you could possibly want in a bakery. The lines are so long that whenever I do venture out there, I've got to make sure I have enough time to wait in line. The cupcakes are scrumptious, each flavor is distinct and I have never left this place disappointed. Whenever I am in the neighborhood (which is very rare nowadays), I make sure to pick up a couple of cupcakes for friends or guests (or myself!). When I lived in Queens, I would try to hang out with friends at this place but since I left Queens for Brooklyn, I do not get much of a chance to go back. When I do visit again, I'll be sure to update you all!