Tuesday, August 07, 2007

cupcakes

This blog, redditall.com, has long prided itself on only publishing content we believed to be of the highest quality. We have also never shied away from giving strongly biased reviews of dot.com startups.

I'd like to stray from the traditional formula and talk briefly about a fantastic bakery here in New York.

It's called Crumbs. And it's way better than that Magnolia place you've probably heard about. Cupcakes 2.0!

Find them in Manhattan at one of four locations: Upper West Side, Upper East Side, Bryant Park, and Downtown (the best one, like a tasty center in between the East and West Village).

Unfortunately, I'm not getting compensated for this plug. But that's a good thing, right?

If you'd like me to shill for your product, make sure it's something edible -- it's much harder for the Feds to track down.

Are you listening Senator Stevens? We already knew that the U.S. Congress is just a series of bribes, anyway.

2 comments:

Adam said...

I'm from Israel. While visiting NYC last summer, I found this bakery and loved it. Ah, the memories. Your post just made my day...

shiva said...

Hot off the presses, the 2008 New York City Gourmet Shopping & Entertaining Survey answers perennial questions like "where can I find the best cupcakes in New York?" (If you guessed a certain little bakery on Bleecker Street, you need to keep reading.) So without further ado, the top five cupcake purveyors in town:

1. Sugar Sweet Sunshine

126 Rivington St. ; 212-995-1960

Specializing in "superior cupcakes" rated tops in the genre – no mean feat in "cupcake-crazed" NYC – this "cute" Lower East Side bakery/cafe "warms you" with a "comfy" "place to sit" while sampling its trademark "little pieces of heaven" and "numerous other" "addictive" desserts like "moist cakes", cookies and bars; with a "laid-back" vibe that's as "unpretentious" as the goods are "completely fresh", it definitely hits the "sweet spot."

2. Amy's Bread

250 Bleeker St. ; 212-675-7802

Carbophiles "sing the praises" of the "heavenly" "artisan" goods at Amy Scherber's bakery trio, now considered a NYC "classic"; reknowned for its "fantastic" handmade breads (including signatures like the semolina-raisin-fennel), it also traffics in sweets from "out-of-this-world" sticky buns to "awesome cupcakes", as well as "delicious sandwiches" and other "good lunchables" – perfect for "eating at one of the few tables" if you can snag one.

3. Baked BKLYN*

359 Van Brunt St. ; 718-222-0345

"Delicious" "twists on old American favorites" produced by this Red Hook "hipster" bakery – "homey, delicate", "amazing" cakes and cupcakes, muffins, scones, the "best" brownies – lead many to moon "wish it were in Manhattan"; its "funky" modern digs make a "nice place to sit with your coffee and something sweet" (and there are also panini and a few other prepared items at lunchtime) – meaning it's perfect for "fortifying yourself" pre-"Fairway."

3. Billy's Bakery*

126 Rivington St. ; 212-995-1960

"Bless Billy!" enthuse admirers of this Chelsea bakery known for its "moist, buttery" cupcakes topped with "to-die for" icing, as well as for "tasty" full-size cakes, pies and other "homespun" "American-style" sweets, all "beautifully displayed" in "hip" "retro"-'40s digs; the "friendly" counter folk only "add to the sugar high", and while "lines out the door" are not uncommon, at least they're "not as long" as at that higher-profile cupcakery to the south.

3. Make My Cake*

184 Ninth Ave.; 212-647-9956

"Just like grandma's" is the word on the Southern specialties from these Harlem bakeries, home to the "out-of-this-world" likes of red velvet cake, sweet potato cheesecake, "light, fluffy cupcakes" and a butter-cream number that'll "melt in your mouth"; whether for birthdays, weddings or catering, a visit is sure to make your day; N.B. the St. Nicholas Avenue original is a sit-down cafe while the adjunct farther Uptown is retail only.

*– indicates a tie for 3rd place.