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Two Little Red Hens – my favorite cupcakes in the city

Two Little Red Hens
1652 2nd Ave
(between 85th St & 86th St)
New York, NY 10028

I’m on a roll with favorites.  My last two blog posts have all been favorites.  One was about my favorite pizza place, and the other about my favorite burger.  Let me know if you agree or disagree!


This post will be about my favorite cupcake place in NYC.  This, I imagine, will be somewhat controversial like my burger post… it’ll hopefully bring out some cupcake loyalties and will reveal who all of Two Little Red Hen’s legitimate competitors are.  The only qualm I have about the bakery is that it is so damn far away.  I’ve only been a few times, mostly as a side-stop after a visit to the MET or in this case, a visit to my friend B.G.’s gym.  He does a full afternoon workout + double-zumba session every Saturday and I thought I’d join.  Not going to lie, a big reason for why I went was that I would have an excuse to travel all the way uptown for some cupcakes…


While ordering, I was really wishing I had a sweeter tooth and/or cupcakes didn’t rely on freshness but neither of those are the case so I left the bakery with just these little gems.  The large cupcake is their Banana Cupcake, which is my absolute favorite.  I get it every time I come.  They actually had a fresh batch just as I got in, a sign from the gods that we were meant for each other.  The two small ones are the Brooklyn Blackout and the Peanut Butter.

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Birdbath Bakery: Snack Pizza

Birdbath Bakery
223 1st Ave
(between 13th St & 14th St)
New York, NY 10003

 

Birdbath has some of the best cookies you’ll find, particularly the oatmeal raisin and coconut ones.  If you want a really tasty (small) treat and don’t mind shelling out $3.50 for one, try Birdbath’s snack pizza. The “pizza” is made with a puff pastry base (very flaky) and is topped with a rich tomato sauce, ricotta, and two strips of roasted peppers.  This simple combination of ingredients makes for a delicious snack.

Bouchon Bakery: Lemon Tart and more

Bouchon Bakery
10 Columbus Cir, 3rd Floor
(between W Central Park & Broadway)
New York, NY 10019

 

Bouchon apparently means “stopper” in French.  Not quite what I was expecting out of such a pretty word.  Bouchon?  Bouchon.  I could say it all day.  Boooo-shaaaungg.  Beautiful, just beautiful.

 

This lemon tart was equally beautiful.  The crust was not too sweet and was crumbly, which is only ever good when it is a crust (crumbly cookies?  No, thank you.).  The gooey lemon center was probably more tart than expected but only because I always tend to prepare myself for the worst: overly sweet pastries.  Why would you get a lemon tart if you wanted something super sweet?  Bouchon understands me.  The tart was very lemony, creamy, and had a nice sharp zest to it.  The top was covered with a  fluffy marshmallow meringue.   Continue reading Bouchon Bakery: Lemon Tart and more

Birdbath Bakery: Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

Birdbath Bakery
223 1st Ave
(between 13th St & 14th St)
New York, NY 10003

This is the best oatmeal raisin cookie I have ever had. I discovered this gem of a bakery right on 14th and 1st ave. The bakery happens to be the little sister to City Bakery, a bakery known for its pretzel croissants and chocolate chip cookies.  You should definitely try the pretzel croissant if you haven’t already.  The little cubes of salt stuck to the croissant give ever other bite just a little something extra.  Though the last time I had a City bakery cookie, I could still taste the baking soda… Not a good thing. Continue reading Birdbath Bakery: Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

Flour Bakery (Cambridge, MA): Breakfast Sandwich

Flour Bakery
190 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

 

Breakfast sandwich with egg, ham, cheddar, arugula, and homemade dijon

 

Craving this right now… You would be surprised at how bad and good breakfast sandwiches can taste because they are all essentially bread and egg. But like all food with simple recipes, the subtleties are important. Ratios and fresh fresh fressshhhhh ingredients.  This one here is a true gem.