Cupcake Crawl Across Manhattan: NYC’s Sweetest New Pursuit

There are pub crawls, there are babies’ first crawls, and now there are cupcake crawls. In a city with cupcake shops as ubiquitous as gay bars, and double-decker Sex and the City tour buses, it’s shocking that it’s taken so long to adopt a crawl devoted to the frosted, crumbly-on-a-bad-day, chocolate-filled-at-its-best treats. Alas, now it’s happening, and SugarTooth Tours is pioneering the movement. Starting next Wednesday, April 17th, the official “Cupcake Crawl Across Manhattan” commences with its three-hour crawls happening most Wednesdays through Saturdays, from 2pm to 5pm.

Three hours of consuming large quantities of cupcakes from six of NYC’s top cupcake shops takes stamina and a steely will to uncover the city’s finest desserts, but lucky for you, there’s a good deal of walking (and some subway action) involved on this pursuit – giving you the time to reflect on all you just consumed and come to the most mindful and informed decision. And also "burn calories."

I don’t want to spoil all the fun, but you can bet that (my favorites) Sweet Revenge & Billy’s Bakery are stops on the tour, among some other surprises. Wear sweatpants, come hungry, leave suga-buzzed.

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New York Opening: The Plaza Food Hall

It’s been something of a rollercoaster these last several years for New York’s most storied hotel. But The Plaza’s unquestionable bright spot has been the Food Hall, the first phase of which was unveiled in summer 2010 as The Plaza Food Hall by Todd English. Now known as The Todd English Food Hall, the superstar chef’s section, with its widely popular Pasta Bar, remains an anchor. But now comes this impressive new expansion, which puts the totality of the offerings under the concise moniker The Plaza Food Hall.

Added to the existing culinary delights is the Tartinery French bistro, the retro Americana style Billy’s Bakery, the heavenly FP Patisserie by Francois Payard, as well as Kusmi Tea, Lady M cakes, La Maison du Chocolat, Luke’s Lobster, Pain D’Avignon, Sushi of Gari, No. 7 Sub, WIlliam Greenberg Desserts, YoArt (chic frozen yogurt!), Creperie NYC, and David Burke’s casual and cleverly named Burke in the Box. In addition to the epicurean glories, new lifestyle shops include Town and Country Living, the Plaza Boutique, and perhaps NYC’s most high-profile purveyor of petals, Gramercy Flowers. A living green wall brings a bit of nearby Central Park indoors, for those who prefer a bit of lovely with their yummy. 

New York: Top 10 Bakeries for Red Velvet Cake

For those who would happily eat a pile of dead leaves, were they slathered in cream cheese frosting.

Babycakes (Lower East Side) – For the vegan red velvet lover (they pull it off, in spite of the fact that real cream cheese frosting is key to any successful red velvet cake). ● Crumbs (Greenwich Village) – For the more mainstream experience, and the convenience of multiple locations. ● Solomon’s Porch (Brooklyn South) – Recently renovated soul food spot serves up blues and famous red velvet cake Bed Stuy style.

Billy’s Bakery (Chelsea) – Famous bakery uses family recipes exclusively. ● Atlas Cafe and Bakery (East Village) – Also vegan, with a wide variety of delicious entrées in addition to their extensive baked goods. ● Magnolia Bakery (West Village) – Longtime downtown favorite is known for its cupcakes (coconut cream is a close second to the red velvet). ● Sugar Sweet Sunshine (Lower East Side) – Rivington bakery has great 60’s / 70’s vibe but don’t worry, no armadillo cakes, here. ● Buttercup Bake Shop (Midtown East) – Midtown bakery delivers deliciousness all over the city. ● Cousin John’s Cafe and Bakery (Park Slope) – Brooklyn institution offers delectable cookies and great coffee as well. ● Cake Man Raven (Brooklyn South) – This legendary Fort Greene bakery is billed as “The Official Home of the Red Velvet Cake.”