This adventure started as an afternoon Easter walk around downtown Manhattan. We were alone in NYC for Easter 2012, and I wanted Andy to try a cupcake at my favorite new bakery in Manhattan. We set out with no major plans except to enjoy the sunshine and eat one cupcake. As we wandered, I realized how many cupcake bakeries exist in downtown Manhattan and my curiosity got the best of me. We shared 3 cupcakes that afternoon, and shared 5 more the next day!
It took many days (2) and many extra calories (4,000?) to bring to you… the best cupcake in downtown Manhattan! Disclosure: This is Andy and I’s humble opinion, very technically based on these 5 factors: icing (being the mot important), cake moistness, flavor, bakery ambiance, and price.
How we decided what cupcake to order: We asked each bakery, “What is your best selling cupcake flavor?” We figured this would give us the best option that bakery had to offer, thus trying the best of each bakery.
The Best Cupcake in Downtown Manhattan is…
Cake Moistness: Perfection
3. Magnolia Bakery
4. Billy’s Bakery
5. Tribeca Treats
UPDATE: Tribeca treats recently went out of business.
And the cupcake winner is…
Georgetown Cupcakes! Hands down. That thing was amazing. We’ll be back for sure.The price, ambiance, cake, and especially that icing were freakin’ awesome.
Comments & Reviews
Totally agree with you on g’twn cupcake. My fav as well. Although the chocolate/chocolate at Billy’s blows doors on g’twn. And the banana is fantastic! So Billy’s is my #2.
Jamie Dorobek says
Billy’s has some super fun flavor combos and the ambiance is great! I’ll have to give the chocolate/chocolate a try!
Jamie Dorobek says
Thanks for the tip. I will definitely try sweet revenge! What a great cupcake store name 🙂 and Andy LOVES cereal… so that's on the list too. thanks!
Sweet Revenge in the West Village on Carmine St. it's a small place but cool. Their specialty is pairing beer with cupcakes (hello?!) We had red velvet with raspberry lambic. It was one bitchin cupcake.
Another sweet spot to try in nyc, momofuku milk bar. Cereal milk, that's all I am going to say. I really think that's all I NEED to say.
Also try Stand, amazing milk shakes and Levain Bakery for awesome cookies.
We dont live in nyc, though, I wish we did some times
Kelley @ TheGrantLife.com says
Awww sounds like a fun day!! Whop doesnt love cupcakes?? 🙂
Dawn Ruth says
Wow love the cup cakes they look yummy sadly as I live in UK too far to travel.
My friend has made cupcakes like Easter Spring Sheep and Frogs on a pond you should see her blog
or visit mine at
Thanks for this! I;m heading to the big apple next month, and now I know where to get my cupcake fix in Manhattan! We might even venture out to Carlo's bakery (I'm a huge sucker for the show!)
Haven't been to all those places, but Georgetown is my favorite of all the cupcakes I've tried, too! And you've got to try Magnolia's Banana Pudding…it is amazing! And I'm not even a big banana person!