Treat yourself on your next vacation to New York City. Sample the sweets from the infamous Magnolia Bakery. In July 1996, the Magnolia Bakery was just a small old-fashioned family owned and operated bakery and café in the West Village. They have since grown to include locations throughout Manhattan including Upper West Side, Rockefeller Center, and Grand Central Terminal. Many of those locations, open every day, are convenient to The Manhattan Club. And Magnolia Bakery is catching on outside of the Big Apple, too, including in places like Los Angeles and even Dubai.
The Magnolia Bakery‘s Desserts
What makes Magnolia Bakery staple and a must on your list of places to try is their homemade classic desserts. Served up in a vintage inspired and upbeat atmosphere, the Magnolia Bakery staff prepares baked goods that are just as pleasant to look at, as they are to eat. Using fresh ingredients, everything they serve is prepared in small batches, all day long, so you can only imagine the smell of baked goods that lingers from the open kitchen each day.
On your vacation, you may find it hard to choose what to try. The Magnolia Bakery’s menu features a long list of options like cakes, tarts, pies, brownies, bars, cookies, mini cheesecakes, breakfast goods, and their Magnolia’s Famous Banana Pudding, featuring vanilla wafers, bananas and vanilla pudding. But it is the Magnolia Bakery’s cupcakes that really have people talking. You can choose and pack up a variety of cupcakes in boxes to bring home and enjoy, just as celebrities like Tom Cruise have been spotted doing. It has also been said the cupcake craze really caught on when in one of the Sex and the City episodes, characters Miranda and Carrie enjoyed the moist and creamy frosted Magnolia Bakery cupcakes, outside the West Village location.
Cupcakes of the Magnolia Bakery
When you walk in, you are surrounded by all ok the Magnolia Bakery’s baked specialties, like the ever so popular pretty pastel frosted cupcakes mentioned above, right there on display. The perfectly frosted buttercream icing comes in colors like pale pink, blue, yellow, green, lavender, and white, as well as their chocolate buttercream. Though there are a variety of options to choose from, their most popular cupcake is a simple vanilla cupcake, with many fans of their red velvet as well. Other classics like chocolate or carrot are available or try a Southern treat, the Hummingbird cupcake, featuring bananas, pineapples and pecans, with sweet cream cheese icing. S’mores, Snickerdoodle, and Devil’s Food cupcakes are amongst the many delicious options as well.
The Magnolia Bakery‘s Devotion to the Community
Magnolia Bakery also stands apart from the many bakeries in town because of their devotion to their community, so on your vacation, you can rest assured you are dining at a place that not only tastes great, but gives back to charity as well. They have dedicated time and resources to give back to area schools and even donated treats to local food pantries. Beyond just focusing their philanthropic efforts within NYC, they have worked with charities that focus on a variety of efforts including raising money for cancer research and protecting the environment.
Inside and Around the Magnolia Bakery
All four Magnolia Bakery locations are within 3 miles or less than a ten minute drive from the The Manhattan Club and the Upper West Side and Rockefeller Center locations are just minutes away and less than a mile! Or if you don’t plan on going right back to the Bluegreen property, instead just make your purchase and head out to find a nice bench or spot to enjoy it outdoors. Just remember to be patient, as there may be lines filled with people with the same intentions as you: to satisfy a sweet tooth in one of NYC’s best bakeries.