[New York City] The Magnolia Bakery is the institution to visit for the Sex and The City fans, to a lesser extent for The Devil Wears Prada supporters.
The bakery which started the whole cupcake craze in NYC Manhattan, or should I say the whole world, has been known for its handmade baked goods.
If there are only two items you can get, let it be their cupcakes especially the signature Red Velvet (USD$3.50), and famous Banana Pudding (USD$3.50 for small) with layers of vanilla wafers, fresh bananas and creamy vanilla puddings.
I come from a part of the world where cupcakes are sweet, and Magnolia’s babies are way sweeter (just for comparison) that I got a high with eyes wide open after one. How would Carrie Bradshaw manage her weight then?
The Vanilla Classic Cupcakes (USD$3.25) came in pretty pastel colours of white, pink and green – rich, buttery, though turned out to be drier than expected and could be moister.
I couldn’t decide if I really liked the Red Velvet. The whipped vanilla icing was everlasting light (nice) and never-ending sweet (argh) that overpowered the real star at the bottom.
Service was chirpy friendly, the décor was classic elegance that reminded me of the sets of Stepford Wives. Come here if you need a classic NYC cupcake and find out about the bakery that started it all.
Rockefeller Center, 1240 Avenue of the Americas (6th Ave, 49 Street) New York, NY 10020 (Subway B, D, F, M)
Tel: (212) 767-1123
Opening Hours: 7:00 am – 10:00 pm (Mon-Thurs), 7am – 12am (Fri), 8am – 12am (Sat), 8am – 10pm (Sun)
West Village – 401 Bleecker Street (Corner of West 11th St & Bleecker St)
New York, NY 10014
Rockefeller Center – 1240 Avenue of the Americas (Corner of 49th Street & Sixth Ave)
New York, NY 10020
Upper West Side – 200 Columbus Avenue (Corner of 69th & Columbus)
New York, NY 10023
Midtown – Grand Central Terminal, Lower Dining Concourse
107 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017
East Side – Bloomingdale’s 1000 Third Ave (Between 59th and 60th Streets)
New York, NY 10022
West Hollywood – 8389 West 3rd Street (Corner of West 3rd Street and Orlando Avenue)
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Chicago – 108 North State Street (at Block 37 in the Loop)
Chicago, IL 60602