Sweets in NYC

***This post is a day late, had to post the IVF update first.  More to come on our NYC trip soon!***

Hello again!  I feel like I’ve been away for a while even though our NYC trip was only 5 days.  Hubby and I were in Manhattan for a friend’s wedding.  We stayed at the Millenium Hilton across from the World Trade Center.  The view from our room was amazing, we could see the WTC from our room and could look down on the WTC memorial, which was amazing and a beautiful tribute to those who lost their lives on 9/11.

WTC-View from our room. Will be 104 floors upon completion.

Our friends, Ivan and Lexi, were married on June 15th at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox church and then had their reception at the Tribeca Rooftop.  The Tribeca Rooftop was an absolutely gorgeous venue and the views were unbelievable.  I’ll be posting more about that portion of our trip in my next post.

I love NYC, this was my third trip to the Big Apple and this time I was determined to visit some great food places, especially those dedicated to sweets.  Even though the trend seems to be fading, I am and will always be a cupcake-lover.  Here in Seattle my go-to cupcake is Trophy cupcakes.  Hubby and I had Trophy cupcakes at our wedding and their cake/frosting is hard to beat. (No pun intended.)

We arrived late on Thursday, so we began exploring on Friday morning.  The sun was shining and we made our way to Columbus Circle.  We went to the Time Warner location of Bouchon Bakery.  I would have loved to visit the Rockefeller Center location, but the Columbus Circle location allowed us to get our breakfast to go and head to Central Park to enjoy our pastries in the sun.

Pastry indulging in Central Park.

We both picked out the pastry/fruit or yogurt/coffee combo.  I selected the raspberry almond croissant, fruit cup and small drip coffee.  Hubby got the crumb cake, yogurt-granola cup and large drip coffee.  I thought the croissant was just ok, it was overly sweet and didn’t have enough of the rich almond filling.  I much prefer the almond croissants from Bakery Noveau or Cafe Besalu, both located here in Seattle.

From Bouchon we walked to Dylan’s Candy Bar, if you love candy, this will be heaven to you.  I told Hubby that this place just makes you happy!

Love it!

Maybe all we need is a little candy and laughter to make our lives happier and sweeter.

Before leaving for our trip, I got some insights as to which cupcake places I should visit.  Many friends and fellow bloggers recommended Crumbs.  You’ll have to forgive me, but I think we ended up at the Lexington Avenue location, we happened upon it after our visit to Dylan’s.

The case of cupcakes was a little overwhelming at first, there were so many choices and everything looked tasty.  Luckily the guy working at the counter asked if this was our first visit and offered his insights.  After hearing which flavors were popular I picked out red velvet.  Who can go wrong with a red velvet cupcake?!  I was still pretty full from Bouchon, so I had my cupcake packed up for later.

So many choices!

Red Velvet from Crumbs

I am huge red velvet fan, but the Crumbs red velvet cupcake wasn’t my favorite.  The cake was moist and flavorful, but one of my favorite parts of a red velvet cupcake is the cream cheese frosting.  I thought the frosting on the Crumbs cupcake was a little too sweet and the cream cheese factor was lacking. I’m sure there are other varieties that I would love and the price was very reasonable, I would definitely go back and try another flavor.

Saturday morning after the wedding we headed to Nolita (took me a minute to figure out that means North of Little Italy), we had breakfast at Spring Street Natural Restaurant, it was a decent basic breakfast.  After breakfast we wandered the streets of Nolita and found Billy’s Bakery (perfect-as it was on my list!)

Billy’s Bakery-Nolita location

Billy’s is pretty small, not much seating, but very cute.  I selected the Yellow Daisy cupcake, a yellow buttercake with vanilla frosting.  Hubby didn’t have one, so we sat inside while I devoured mine.

I loved this cupcake, it was simple yet very flavorful and exactly the taste I like for a vanilla/vanilla type cupcake.  The cake was slightly moist, freckled with vanilla bean and the frosting had the perfect butter/sugar combination.  My favorite cupcake of the trip.

Saturday evening we went to dinner with our friends who came into the city from Point Pleasant, NJ.  We went to dinner at RedFarm in the West Village, more about this place soon.  After dinner we were walking back to the subway and ran into the original Magnolia Bakery on Bleeker St. in the West Village.  I originally had this on the top of my list for finding the perfect cupcake, but then many people told me it was overrated and not the “best” cupcake in NYC.  But fate brought us to the original location and it was so cute from the outside, I couldn’t resist.

Bleeker St. Magnolia Bakery

Lots of people were still gathered round and the soft yellow glow from the window was begging me to take a closer peek.

Even though I was there for a classic vanilla cupcake, I was tempted by all of the gorgeous layer cakes and treats behind the counter.  I stuck to my guns and got the classic vanilla, Hubby got Magnolia’s Famous Banana Pudding.  Wow….I didn’t even try my cupcake before I was spooning mouthful after mouthful of Hubby’s banana pudding into my pie hole.  It was delicious!  I wish I would have gotten a picture of it, but we had eaten it too fast.

Classic Vanilla cupcake from Magnolia Bakery

I had a bite of my cupcake later in the evening  right before bed and had the rest of it Sunday after our pizza lunch.  The cake was tasty, but the frosting was just too overwhelming.  The cupcake would have been better with about a third of the frosting.  A friend told me that Billy’s is the same recipe as Magnolia, they definitely were similar, but I thought the cake-to-frosting ratio at Billy’s was better.  Magnolia had a lot of other great desserts and next time I’ll try something other than the cupcake, or maybe just have the banana pudding again!

On our last day in NYC we headed to the Chelsea Market.  The weather was slightly cooler and I was pretty much cupcaked-out!

Inside I stopped by FatWitch to pick up a small souvenir for bestie Alex and then was tempted by Eleni’s, but only stopped in for a picture.  I wish I had room for one more cupcake, but I just didn’t.  I was ready for a big slice of NY pizza instead.

Eleni’s in Chelsea Market

We had a wonderful trip to NYC, congrats to our friend’s Ivan and Lexi on their wedding!!!  Hope to be back soon, there are many other food destinations in Manhattan that I’m still waiting to try!

***Some photos were enhanced using Snapseed.  I used my iPhone 4S for all photos on this post, I didn’t want to look like too much of a tourist carrying around my SLR camera.***


9 thoughts on “Sweets in NYC

  1. Yum! Now I want a cupcake! I’m so bummed I missed out on Billy’s!! Did you see my fingerprints on the window?? I was just staring in there willing them to open!! Thanks for the Fat Witch! The classic is just delicious! Cupcakes forever!

  2. Billy’s and Crumbs are 2 of my faves! On your next visit you must try Sweet Revenge for cupcakes! You can find the recipe for the banana pudding in the More from Magnolia cookbook…it is easy and delicious!

  3. LOVED this post!! I went to NYC when I was 11 years old and remember going to Dylan’s Candy Bar!! So I loved that posted pictures of it since it brought back memories for me:) This post makes me super hungry by the way!!

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