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Magnolia Bakery

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  • Desserts, Bakeries
  • 401 Bleecker St, New York NY10014 40.736007 -74.005127
  • (At 11th St)
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  • (212) 462-2572
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User Ratings (Based on 23 reviews)

Food 2.7 Value 2.4
Service 2.9 Atmosphere 2.4

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 462-2572
Delivery Take Out Catering
Sun-Thu: 9am-11:30pm Fri-Sat: 9am-12:30am
Brunch, Catering, Delivery, Kid Friendly, Take Out, Trendy

User Reviews

  • Magnolia Bakery

    Posted by FoodFan on 10/23/2008

    Don't waste your time

    Let me start by saying - i love cupcakes. And sadly, this was a big disappointment. I went at about 8 on a weekday night, and there were barely any left. There was only vanilla-vanilla, vanilla-chocolate, and pumpkin. I was excited about the pumpkin, which I had wanted to try anyway (warning: If you're expecting this to taste anything like pumpkin, which I did, then you will be let down - it tasted exactly like carrot cake!). When I ventured over to the cases to ask which cupcakes were inside, I was told I could only get the ones that were already out. The cucpcake, as many have said, was dry and crumbly, and the frosting was too soft and messy. My boyfriend got one of the mini cheesecakes, which was the only redemption, it was quite good but super sweet. The bars looked delicious, as did the bread pudding, I should have gotten one of those instead. The cupcakes are tiny for the price - you could pay the same price at Crumbs and get a cupcake twice the size!

  • Magnolia Bakery

    Posted by Anonymous on 08/28/2008

    Too much hype

    Magnolia's cupcakes are really not that good! They are dry and topped off with sickly-sweet frosting. I have a major sweet tooth and I can't even finish one. The prices are extortionate! If I owned this place, I would be laughing all the way to the bank that people wait on the always long line to buy overpriced, dry cupcakes that are mass produced. It's not really a bakery when it comes to cupckaes, its just a smaller scale Entenmann's/Sara Lee these days. (When friends come to town and inevitably beg you to take them there, I guess try the very average flourless choc cake.)

  • Magnolia Bakery

    Posted by heart cupcakes on 07/15/2008

    not so much...

    magnolia bakery has quite a name for itself so we decided to get some cupcakes for dessert...and then again for someone's bday at work. needless to say i was disappointed both times...the cupcakes are small, dry, chalky and the icing has a generic sweet taste. i like my cupcakes moist, soft and fluffy with creamy flavorful icing. this isn't my thing but hey, if you want to go here because they loved it on satc then go ahead...but there are definitely MUCH better cupcakes in the city!

  • Magnolia Bakery

    Posted by Anonymous on 07/06/2008


    some really great stuff and some really mediocre stuff... - cupcakes: love the icing, but the cake is too dry. - icebox: excellent! and they also have peppermint icebox - even better! - pumpkin cheesecake - also yummy! - banana pudding - pretty good. i haven't tried everything, but the list above were the only things that stood out for me. the lines can be long. the last time i was there, the line went around the corner but moved pretty quickly.

  • Magnolia Bakery

    Posted by Atressa on 06/22/2008

    ...That's it?

    After dinner one night, I decided to look this place up and try one of the famous cupcakes. ...Ah well, you live you learn. The shop itself is very small, especially considering the massive crowds of overdressed "too cool for you" wannabes who are obviously the shop's regulars. Trying to get to, select, and safely carry one's cupcake to the register takes feats of acrobatics, great patience, and is not recommended for clausterphobes. Making all of this much worse for a newcomer like me is the fact that the place caters to people who have been going there forever. There are no signs, for instance, explaining the flavors of the cupcakes. You have to guess. I ended up with a chocolate-malt(?) cupcake...which if it wasn't supposed to be malt sure did a good impression of that flavor (which I don't personally like). The other thing is that if you want a drink you have to tell one of the many many people behind the counter before you reach the cashier. ....Not that anyone tells you this or has a sign up or anything. You have to 'know'. Obviously for regulars, none of this is a problem at all, but it is hardly conducive for making 'new' regulars! And as for the cupcake itself? Personally I prefer hard, ice-cream like icing or ganache to be honest, so the exceedingly smooth blob of sweet was not my idea of delicious, though I suppose it wasn't bad. The cake itself, though apparently fresh out of the oven since it was a new tray, was very dry, and ultimately quite non-descript. ...In short, there was nothing I saw that made these cupcakes worth fighting the crowds or paying the cash. Indeed, I could make cupcakes that taste similar in my own kitchen, 12 for the same price or less than a single costs. I suppose if you're looking for a 'homemade' cupcake or something this place works, but if you're looking for something different, a bit special, I would not recommend this place.

  • Magnolia Bakery

    Posted by LouisM on 06/08/2008

    Sickly Sweet

    I haven't been back here in some timefor two reasons but thought I would weigh in. 1) The cupcakes are supremely ovrerated with icing that is WAY too sweet. 2) Equally problematical is the subliminal hysteria that has overtaken the reality/overwhelmed the space. On any warm night you will find a line of upwards of 50 people, mostly girls who, I suspect, are prolonging some sort of Sex and the City fantasy/identification. I assure you the wait will not have been worth it. If you want a far more satisfying cupcake, one that does not set your teeth on edge (and probably set those same teeth on the fast track to decay).

  • Magnolia Bakery

    Posted by RJ on 06/02/2008

    Skip it!

    ONE BITE, was good... but the stuff is just too RICH hard to eat! The Pudding is also way to rich and the pie crust was soggy

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