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Babycakes

Food: 3.813.81
Atmosphere: 3.543.54
Service: 3.693.69

(36 customer reviews. Leave your own!)

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248 Broome Street
New York   NY 10002
(212) 677-5047
Fax: (212) 677-0454
Babycakes website
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Veg level:

Vegetarian (mostly vegan)

Price Range:

$$$$$ (Average entree cost: $1-$5)

Accepted Payments:

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  • American Express

Hours:

Sunday and Monday 10am-8pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10am-10pm and Friday and Saturday 10am-11pm.

Directions:

Between Ludlow and Orchard Streets. Take F to 2nd Avenue or F, J,M,Z, to Delancey Street.

Delivery notes:

Babycakes delivers.

$21 fee for delivery.

Notes:

Soy, nut, and sugar-free confections made without refined flour. $1 buys you a shot of icing.

Everything is vegan except they have cow's milk for coffee.

Bookmark and Share The information on this page was last updated on October 1, 2010.

User Reviews of Babycakes

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(1 star = lousy; 5 stars = great)
Food: 3.813.81
Atmosphere: 3.543.54
Service: 3.693.69
  • Review by juls on August 6, 2010:

  • I've been here twice now, and to be honest, I've had better vegan cupcakes. The ones at Cake Shop are better. HOWEVER, I did have the brownie bites and some kind of biscuit/cream cheese sandwhich thingy and HOLY GOD it was so good. They were moist and had great flavor. So, if you're going to go, skip the cupcakes and go for the more interesting stuff :)
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 33
  • Review by Jeff on October 24, 2009:

  • We found the food overpriced, not particularly good, and the service was poor. The first time I ordered the frozen cookies with frosting in the middle sandwich, and the woman behind the counter actually threw it down on the counter. My wife got a cookie. Both were inferior to anything we could get at the grocery store.

    We went back though, because we've heard so many good things, so we figured we'd give it another shot. Same high prices and unfriendly service. Then to top it off, WE SAW THEM SERVE COW'S MILK - even though they indicate on their website that they are 100% vegan!

    I asked the woman behind the counter how they could serve cow's milk there while they claim to be 100% vegan, and she said simply that it's for the coffee. What kind of sense does that make?

    Anyway, we won't be going back.
  • Food: 22
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 11
  • Review by beautifuld1rt on June 16, 2009:

  • Oh Babycakes, I want to love you, I really really really do. But alas, this is my lament.

    Your Food, although incredibly tasty [the spices and the grated carrot were a very nice touch with the delish frosting] was dry, almost of a cornbread consistency [and I ordered the spelt items, fyi]. Frosting didn't survive the trip uptown [melted]. Brownie bites were okay [agave ones were nice], but had a bit of a weird aftertaste. If I had to order with anything but the monday 2 for 1 deal [on select items] I don't think I would have bothered, it wasn't worth it for the tiny portions.

    Your store, although incredibly charming and filled with awesome knickknacks [autographed Rachel Maddow picture = love!], is still insanely cramped and made me slightly claustrophobic.

    Your staff, although dressed in the cutest aprons, are a hit and miss. I walked in and was ignored until I called for attention, and the woman working on my order left it half way completed while she went in the back to get God knows what without even telling me she was leaving because she had to 'finish this order' [one she was working on before I entered].
    Which is fine and dandy, but if you were busy you could have called one of your lounging coworkers to aid you in your task of providing me with yummy vegan treats, really I don't mind, we're only human after all, don't feel like you have to be superwoman or anything, I understand if you were working on something, but please don't half-ass these things.
    Thanks for the excellent service, I'll be sure to recommend you.
    Round 2, server was much nicer, incredibly attentive [by leaps and bounds] and friendly to boot. +1

    Thought this would have been a nice departure from vegan treats or my own homemade concoctions, although it was nice, I won't be rushing back.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 22
  • Review by beanmail on June 8, 2009:

  • Sorry, Babycakes; I wish you continued success, but you have seen the last of me. I have tried to like you, really I have, but I can no longer justify your shortcomings when there are so many other superior options to choose from.

    FOOD
    Once tasty, now there seems not to be much texture/taste difference from one product to another and I can’t forgive “blondies” that are simply miniscule chewy, tasteless muffins. In the age of VeganTreats, Go Max Go, and CSD Dandies, you have to do better than simply being on par with Whole Foods’ vegan offerings. Furthermore, your prices are exorbitant. $1.50 for a “brownie” bite? Maybe if it was the best ever, but it’s not.

    ATMOSPHERE
    Cramped space is to be expected, but your staff increasingly makes eating in unwelcome (see below).

    SERVICE (the last two times)
    * 3 people ordered 15 items. We asked for everything on one big plate to share from & were told that they didn’t have anything bigger than a dessert plate (could we really have been the first group of samplers?). When I asked the gal if she was really going to hand us 15 little plates to stretch across the counter provided for seating, a big plate magically surfaced with a sneer.
    * 2 people ordered 4 items. I ordered while the other person waited seated and the cashier asked if I wanted the order “in my hand”. She didn’t hide her disgust when I instead requested plates. One item to-go? Sure, hand it to me. Four items for two to enjoy seated? Um, no. Not for twenty bucks.

    So again, sorry. Mediocre goods at astronomical prices + stuffy space + bad service = not for me.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 22
    Service: 11
  • Review by VeggieDelight on June 4, 2009:

  • I tried Babycakes after hearing amazing things about their cupcakes. I make a pretty mean Red Velvet myself, and I was eager to try them out. I loved the layout, small but cozy - however, the service left alot to be desired. The girl was just plain rude. The red velvet cupcake was dry and tasteless, and I was far from impressed.

    A couple weeks later, I went back, hoping it was all a fluke. It was a different girl this time, and she was incredibly sweet and helpful, recommending her favorite item, the toastie, which I ordered. It was moist and delicious, and I've been back for it multiple times.

    I've learned the service is spotty - it really depends on the day, and I've chosen to stick with the cakes, as I'd rather not spend $3.50 on another cupcake disaster.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 33
  • Review by squirrely on April 7, 2009:

  • i had a chocolate spelt cupcake and thought it was pretty tasty, though not exceptional enough to warrant the $3.50 price tag. i did not find it to be insanely sweet or chemical-y tasting like some have on here. the icing was just fluffy enough and tasted good and buttery. their marble cake looked delicious but i couldn't bring myself to drop the $5.50 or whatever the price was for a little slice. i noticed on the way out that they have day-old stuff boxed up for cheap on the counter, so i might try that next time.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 33
  • Review by beanmail on April 6, 2009:

  • Everything was fresh & delicious, but I wouldn't run back; I'm still a Vegan Treats girl at heart. There's a good variety, so you'll want to try one of everything, but unfortunately Babycakes' space is really too cramped to enjoy a buffet feast with friends. The prices are a bit steep also, but you're sure to find something tasty. Brownies are delicious, but you'll need 4 as they are teeny.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 44
  • Review by myfi on February 4, 2009:

  • I've only had the cupcakes (tried lemon and chocolate) and they were both great. Sickly sweet, really heavy and thick icing. Just the way I like my cupcakes. I didn't actually go to the store though so I can't comment on service or atmosphere.
  • Food: 55
  • Review by JamesR on February 3, 2009:

  • Babycakes is a totally amazing place.

    I feel like vegans who can eat wheat and gluten giving this place harsh reviews for their use of ingredients is kind of like a meat eater complaining that soy doesn't taste enough like real meat.

    Babycakes makes delicious treats for people with pretty much every allergy under the sun. I understand that the cupcakes have a different taste than most "traditional" vegan desserts, but for people who can't or choose not to eat gluten and wheat, this place is a godsend. My favorites are their soft-serve and chipwiches (which utilize the softseve). I've had most of the cupcakes, and they were all delicious. The lemon spelt is my fav.

    Over the 2 years or so that they've been open they have added a lot of great things, which is really encouraging.

    Keep it up Babycakes!!!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by Melissa Bastian on January 31, 2009:

  • The Babycakes shop is as adorable as their cupcakes are pretty, and I love the fact that this kind of pastry shop exists. Sadly, the cupcakes themselves leave something to be desired. Still though, if you happen to be on the LES and craving a little treat, it's worth stopping by just to see the place and support an all-vegan business.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 33
  • Review by smalltownvegan on January 1, 2009:

  • We really enjoyed our cupcakes at Babycakes. Currently confined to a small town, I am so envious of you new yorkers who have all these great vegan options. I loved the red velvet cupcake (rich, but not too sweet) and my husband enjoyed the vanilla cupcake. We got there near closing time so our options were limited, but they gave us our cupcakes for free as it was new year's eve! How sweet!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by chelsey on December 11, 2008:

  • I don't know. I feel like there are a million other places in this city to get vegan cupcakes that are so much better than these ones.

    I went with two others this summer for the first time and between the three of us we got a vanilla/vanilla, red velvet, and banana cupcake. the icing was way too sweet and the cake part was kind of dry.

    The people working at the time were not very friendly. I remember it being rainy that day so maybe it was just bad luck????

    Maybe I would give this place a better review if I hadn't tried the glorious cupcakes at 'Snice or Pennylicks or even the ones at Whole Foods.
  • Food: 22
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 22
  • Review by PlomeekSoup on December 5, 2008:

  • I'm a sucker for icing shots, and this place delivers.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 22
    Service: 44
  • Review by moglidabear on November 10, 2008:

  • As a vegan with a life-long gluten allergy, the first time I discovered this place, I cried.

    Try the low-cost chocolate chip cookies and chocolate raspberry crumb cake, and come on weekends for the red velvet cupcakes (only available F, Sa & Su). You won't regret it!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by orphe_ on September 3, 2008:

  • what's with all the babycakes hate?! i don't have much of a sweet tooth, and still i constantly find myself sneaking off for yet another cupcake. the place is cute, the people are friendly, and most importantly everything is delicious. the baked goods are soft and moist and adorable, and i love that babycakes treats don't bludgeon the taster over the head with coarse, overwhelming sweetness after the manner of most refined-sugar snacks. instead, the flavors are rich, smooth, and mellow, with the perfect amount of sweetness. and the frosting! it tastes like no frosting i've ever had. it's creamier, more complex, just a thousand times better. i suppose if one is looking for baked goods in lieu of an IV injection of sucrose, babycakes isn't quite the thing, but otherwise i recommend it 100%.

    one drawback: this stuff really, really doesn't keep. the contents of the day-old boxes in no way resemble the just-baked product. so you can't quite take it into the office for your birthday, unless you can get away with waltzing in at 11 AM.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by veggie_chick on August 15, 2008:

  • I still don't understand why people rave about this place. The cupcakes are on par with Duncan Hines at best. Cookies are just okay. I used to be gluten intolerant (not celiac) and even though I order the "gluten-free" items I got sick every time. There is major cross-contamination between the gluten and purportedly gluten-free items. Avoid the cookie sandwiches like the plague - disgusting (i.e., chemically, waxy and overly sweet) frosting between two mediocre (and probably stale) cookies.

    I miss Joe and Kam of Happy Happy Happy. Even my non-veg*n, non-gluten-avoiding friends loved that place. 70% of their stuff was vegan, 100% dairy- and gluten-free. Their motto was "gluten-free, dairy-free but you'd never know."
  • Food: 11
    Atmosphere: 22
    Service: 33
  • Review by saibondy on July 29, 2008:

  • I really liked the atmosphere of this small place and their decor, although it did seem out of place in the neighborhood. $3 was a lot for the cupcake, especially since for $26 we got something like 12 mini brownies and 4 mini cupcakes, one ice cream sandwich , when I could have easily made those brownies with a $3 vegan box mix from home. THey were so small!

    Anyway, the icing was to die for. Go for the icing.

    But considering I found at the union square farmer's market HUGE fresh apple and carrot muffins two-for-$1 the same day..I felt kind of ripped off. Of course, if you're going to support the business on a regular basis for its veganness and can afford to do so, more power to you!
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 33
  • Review by hippie4lyfe on March 5, 2008:

  • The treats are absolutely delicious, I salivate thinking about Babycakes. Go there and order tons of stuff to take home. The cupcakes, chocolate chip cookies they are all amazing. Its a tiny place with 3 chair by the counter, so its more of a come in and take out place as opposed to stay but I highly recommend it.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 33
  • Review by Ligo on February 18, 2008:

  • I went to Babycakes just the other day as I was visiting MooShoes nearby, and I decided to try it out despite of all the horrible reviews up here. I found that the place was indeed quite small, but the staff was very helpful and the guy behind the counter asked if he could help me in any way as soon as I walked in. Another visitor entered, noticed that there were two types of every cupcake; gluten-free and spelt, and asked what the difference was. The staff didn't give a sarcastic answer like "The ingredients" this time, but instead explained the differences in taste, texture, and consistency.

    The cupcakes and pastries themselves were very good, albeit expensive. The spelt cupcakes are $3 while the gluten-free were $3.50, so I opted for the spelt. I was not disappointed! I bought a lemon cupcake and a non-vegan friend bought a chocolate cupcake, and we agreed both were delicious. I had a slice of pumpkin cake as well, which was moist and tasty. If you happen to be in the neighborhood I'd highly recommend that you stop by Babycakes for decadent treats.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by veganlove on December 6, 2007:

  • After reading good reviews, I went thee with 3 friends. I have been vegan for 6 years and was glad to hear about babycakes.Oh no! It was really bad.

    I am extremely dissapointed with their food, service and atmosphere. The service was extremely bad and unwelcoming. The place was really dirty and the cupcakes tasted like chemicals.
    I tried the red velvet and it was so bad I couldn't finish it. My friend asked some questions to the guy serving us and he was extremely rude. I tried to ask about the brownies to the woman who works there but she was too busy talking with a friend.

    I tell my vegans friends looking for good food to never go to babycakes. If you do go... you will remember my advise...once you try to eat this "cakes".
  • Food: 11
    Atmosphere: 11
    Service: 11
  • Review by ss on December 6, 2007:

  • I went to BabyCakes for the first time on Saturday, December 1st. Was really looking forward to it after hearing all the rave reviews, and I took my vegan best friend and my partner with me, with much excitement. Overall, however, I was VERY disappointed with the experience.

    The staff was incredibly rude to us right from the start - one was behind the counter mopping, the other was chatting with two friends in front of the dessert case and did not welcome us, nor move to allow us to see the goods or to order. Once we squeezed past her, my friend asked the individual behind the counter to explain the difference between two different cupcakes. He rudely replied, "the ingredients." He did not offer any further information or guidance. He did, however, briefly stop mopping to hand us our cupcakes with his bare hands. The other employee continued to talk to her friends and made us feel like we didn't belong.

    We ordered 3 cupcakes at $3.50 each- spelt chocolate, spelt vanilla, red velvet- and a brownie, and found them all to be dry, flavorless, and almost "chemical" tasting. The best of the four was the chocolate brownie (it was the least dry), but I've definitely had better vegan cupcakes. The vanilla cupcake tasted like cornbread. I was disappointed, having really looked forward to finding a good vegan bakery in NYC.

    Between the incredibly rude service, the uncomfortable, unwelcoming environment, the inflated prices, and the unsatisfying product, this place has been crossed off my list. Definitely not worth the trip.
  • Food: 22
    Atmosphere: 22
    Service: 11
  • Review by nirvana on December 4, 2007:

  • One of the top three vegan bakeries in the U.S. Their brownies & cupcakes are the real stars but everything is excellent. All of the cake like desserts have a wonderful texture, & the flavors & aromas are extraordinary. Babycakes is worth the trip from anywhere in the tri-state area. If you happen to arrive when the brownies are still warm you might start looking for an apartment in the area.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by jaundice on October 31, 2007:

  • I was overall pretty disappointed with this place. I went with 8 friends, 3 of us were vegan, 4 more were vegetarians, and 2 were omnivores. Some of the food was just awful, there were reports of some desserts tasting really chemically (despite being all natural), or dry, or otherwise unpleasant. Some food was OK (crumb cake and brownies were all right, but not as good as I can make), and one person said the cupcake she got was the best she had ever had.

    I think the food is pretty good considering that it's mostly gluten free, but doesn't stack up well against normal vegan baked goods.
  • Food: 22
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 44
  • Review by xmotormanx on September 24, 2007:

  • Note: These guys have many, many more things than a quick look in the store will tell you. Scones, pie, muffins, even frozen cookie dough. But this is a review by someone who has only ever had the cupcakes, and a few bites of other little treats.

    SOCIAL CONTRIBUTION
    I'm really glad this place is around, because it sort of lightens the load for the reputation of the vegan community, often pigeonholed as a humorless one. Five stars to the unavailable "Social Contribution" section. There is plenty of negative points about this spot to chip away at, but they are eclipsed by how glad I am that something so goddamn undeniably cute is hanging around the Lower East Side. Personally, I find the vegan kids to be laugh-a-minute: sometimes it feels like half of our restaurants are in some way tongue-in-cheek jokes. (See: Foodswings, Veggie Castle, Curly's, Kate's Joint, I mean all of these are rife with humor.) But this one does so accessably, in terms of how a non-vegan might feel in the shop. It's clean and sweet and provides something for everyone: vegan or not, celiacs can enjoy the gluten-free cupcakes et al, vegitarians and omnivores can appreciate a place that offers you an on-the-go indulgent snack thats worlds better than the only competition I can think of for such a thing, the donut. The other places I mentioned about would make me feel like a stranger as a nonvegan, but this place is nonchalant. That being said, I've been a vegan for 6 years, so lets talk grub.

    FOOD
    The presentation is so enjoyable that I sometimes forget that I can make better cupcakes at home. I'm a chef and maybe that's part of it, but really I do not spend much time honing my cake/cupcake/cookie skills and I know that it is not very difficult to come through with better stuff. Still something about seeing dozens of adorable little treats in rows erases this notion from my brain every time. If you want something done right, do it yourself. If you want hot, fluffy cupcakes, best take them out of your own oven 'cause they ain't comin to you any other way. If you want a cuteass cupcake with no effort at all, come to Babycakes. You might want to concider this, though: they make you feel like someone dropped a chocolate rock in your gut and its very uncomfortable in its new home. Atleast I felt that way last time I ate one.

    THE PRICE
    I used to concider this place wickedly overpriced, but now that I think of it, they charge about what I do when I've sold cupcakes, and similar treats like ABC Bakery cookies are equally expensive. Some of those ingredients aren't cheap: I know they use agave nectar as their sweetener, which is big bucks, gluten-free flours can be pricey, and substitutes like Earth Balance and egg-replacer always run high. Still, they are buying in bulk, and in the end I blame the location for the expense. You get what you pay for: if you had to go to Harlem for them they would be $1.50 not $3, but there they are, conveniently located. They DO have day-old stuff for drastically reduced prices in the tradition of most bakerys, and samples abound, so there are ways of getting your fix for less if thats what you've got to work with, even if what you've got to work with is two grubby hands and a sample tray.

    SERVICE:
    It's a bakery with counter service, what do you want. They have always treated me decently, which is as much as you can really ask of someone stuck behind a cash register. Never rude or shitty. Fast, though not much space to go. Why not, A+.


    ATMOSPHERE:
    small. What bakery is big? I believe there are a couple of little places you can perch yourself by the window; like the space for one couple to have a sickeningly adorable date and for everyone else to inch past. It's such a nice thing for that one couple that in the hopes that that is someday me, I'll say the atmosphere is better than it really is. I do with there was some color in the place, because it's pretty sterile and white and lacks snazz, umf, moxie, and gusto. However it has this sort of "Faceless Timeless Bakery" thing going on and the whiteness does contribute. Speaking of: whitewashed and WASPy it is.

    OVERALL
    They are in the buisness of being adorable, and they are fine adorabusinesspeople. You can still do better at home. Make friends and make cupcakes if you want it cheaper, fresher, and better. Until then these guys are a great service. I am especially impressed with their courtesy to people with wheat allergies and their almost-never use of refined or unrefined sugar. YAY!
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by vegan2525 on August 9, 2007:

  • I have been here a few times. I must say :nothing else like it. Great home made quality-pretty tasty and even vegan. My first visit I got the full Customer Service treatment, all times after that I felt like I was a non-white in the "White Only" area in 1954-no Customer Service and all Pretence. I have not been back in a while. But I would definately recommend their product:)There was a couch with magazines and everything the times I went there. I wish them success and a better location.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 33
  • Review by al oof on June 23, 2007:

  • i haven't been to babycakes in a while, because it's really out of the way for me, but i love it and highly recommend it. i don't like vegan treats at all really. they're like giant hostess cupcakes in taste and texture (though i know some of that texture is from sitting in a fridge).

    full disclosure: i'm not vegan. but i think these cupcakes are some of the best i've had in general, regardless of what they don't contain. the mini molten chocolate cakes i found here once, though, they were the best ever. ever. so good. they weren't ok for diabetics though.

    i guess it's a little pricey, but most of the nonvegan cupcake shops in town are strangely expensive, so i don't know. i also don't know why anyone would expect seating or a bathroom in a bakery. i mean, i know that some bakeries have those things, but my concept of bakery is much like a deli. it's not somewhere you go for sitting and hanging out. you get food there and go.

    a greater selection would be great, but what can you do? most bakeries where i'm from have 3 billion different sorts of cookies that all taste basically the same, so i guess i'm used to a lack of selection?

    what really makes me frustrated though, and it's not babycakes fault, but the existence of babycakes makes other bakeries think, oh, "we don't need to make vegan cupcakes. someone's already doing that." i actually got that response from someone in a williamsburg cupcake place. i don't 'know why people think that one vegan cupcake place in a city of 8 million people spread over 450 square miles is enough.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by BANU on May 1, 2007:

  • They're REALLY overpriced, so keep an eye out for the day-old sale stuff to the left of the register. The coffee's really good, and the kids that work there are SO nice. The atmosphere is that of a very very clean bakery. Very white (literally). The cake is quite incredible, I don't know what/where eileen was eating, because everything I've tried was yummy. I had something once that I didn't like much, but I can't remember what it is. The lemon cupcakes and all of the cupcake tops (which is suprising) are out of this world. But, in all honesty, you could probably just buy Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World and be better off.
  • Food: 44
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 55
  • Review by chrisjs on April 16, 2007:

  • I had a Spelt Carrot Cupcake and my wife had an Everything Included (or something) slice of cake from them on 4/14/07. Really great flavor. I was amazed by the carrot cupcake which was the perfect blend of carrot and cake (it was not fruitcake-like) The slice of cake my wife got was also excellent. The food is moist and fresh. Well sweetened yet doesn't have that nasty crunchy texture of cheap sugary baked goods.

    They only have a few items for sale, but that's perfectly fine if you realize it's a small place before going there. There's not much room to sit and in inside the place, but again it's more a take-out bakery-style place.

    Also note that while their baked goods are vegan, it appears they offer cows milk (along with soy&rice) for coffee.

    (Not sure if the cake my wife got was some sort of special, because it's not listed on their website.)
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44
  • Review by crispyheart on January 15, 2007:

  • I used to live literally around the corner from babycakes and so I admit my geographic bias. I do genuinely like their baked goods better than those of other vegan bakeries (okay, I'm really only thinking of vegan treats) because babycakes is not as sugar-y (at least to me). They offer a better array of stuff, so if you really want a vegan piece of moist pumpkin bread, you'll find it. If you really want a large piece of triple layer chocolate cake oozing with icing, go to Atlas. Downsides are the absolutely appalling lack of space (not really a problem if you don't mind sitting in a park and stuffing face) but there is no public washroom (as others noted). All said, I do still love the baked goods, but it's a rare indulgence because the main drawback is the price. Seriously, a scone should not cost that much and I don't care how much gluten is not in it. For Pete's sake. P.S. Will love you forever babycakes, even if you are a little too dear for regular eats.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 55
  • Review by susie on January 3, 2007:

  • Vegan Treats are better - more sugar for your $$$. Cute decorations, though; they almost make up for the lack of seating and bathroom.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 44
  • Review by eileen_loves_vegans on October 29, 2006:

  • So, tonight 2 of my friends and I literally ran to babycakes from the subway, becuase we thought they were closing at 10pm. Luckily they were open until 11! That's one of their best qualities- great hours and great service. I must say though, that I was pretty dissapointed in the taste and texture of their desserts.

    I tried:
    -chocolate cake $5.00
    -vanilla cupcake $2.75!!!! (but it looked so good!)
    -brownie bite type thing $.95

    I'll start with the positive- it was good to know that i was eating something on the healthier side of vegan desserts- trans-fat free and without refined sugars. And their service was great adn they have a really cute, well-put-together atmosphere. But for the high prices and lack of taste, it wasn't worth it, and i probably won't be going there again.

    The chocolate cake was alright- i'd rate it a 3- although most vegan cakes i've had have been much moister and tastier. kinda dry- but the icing was pretty tasty.

    The cupcake was probably the biggest dissapointment ever- the icing looked soo tasty- and thats the main reason I got it! But the icing actually tasted liek a mix of butter and shortening (even though i know they don't use shortening)- it had no flavor or sweetness at all. The cake part felt like i was eating a really dry whole wheat muffin with no flavor.

    The brownie thingy was pretty grainy- you could tell it was made w/whole wheat flour (which is great- healthy!) but not the chewy brownie texture i was hoping for.

    I think its great to have a vegan/healthy bakery- but in order to satisfy my sweet tooth, i'd have to eat like 5 items there! Sorry to say I'll remain a loyal consumer of the goodies from Vegan Treats.
  • Food: 22
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by quincyq03 on October 14, 2006:

  • I became a vegan this past February and after heading to NYC in April, I just HAD to try this place out.

    Once I got there, I was almost overwhelmed by how neat/nice the place looked and how friendly the staff was.
    I went there again the following day and here is what I have tried so far:

    Banana Chocolate Chip Loaf - to DIE for...it was AMAZING!
    Chocolate Chip Cookie - great! some of the best CC cookies I've had
    Double Chocolate Chip - very good as well, though the regular ones may have gotten the edge here.
    Chocolate Cupcake - excellent! not the best I've ever had, but REALLY good!

    I definitely recommend this place to anyone, vegan or not.
    Sure, the prices might be a little high, but they're certainly worth it! "Despite" being vegan and many of their items being sugar and wheat free, the snacks still taste great.
    I'm coming to NYC in a week and I can't wait to share this place with my girlfriend!
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 55
    Service: 55
  • Review by Patrick Kwan on August 17, 2006:

  • So, I was just walking by the other day and decided to drop in to grab something. I had the cornbread and I honestly have to say it was absolutely the BEST cornbread I've ever had in my life. Wow.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 44
  • Review by jska313 on August 14, 2006:

  • I went to babycakes yesterday and ordered a wheat-free chocolate cupcake. The frosting was sooooo delicious and I definitely plan on going back for more cupcakes. My boyfriend's chocolate chip cookie wasn't quite as good (slightly dry?), but I bet the cookie sandwiches (with vegan ice cream filling/frosting?) are better.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 55
  • Review by dustinbuster on July 19, 2006:

  • I went to Babycakes because I thought I was going to bet some vegan cupcakes. I didn't know what this is really a vegan bakery for people with food allergies. If I had to give a review based on this fact---all the things that these cupcakes lack---I'd give it 5 stars. However, based solely on taste and texture (and I've tried several items), I'd have to offer a lesser appraisal: while these baked goods are generally tastey, they are definitely lacking in texture.

    Also, this place is incredibly expensive, in my opinion, given the quantity of food. The cupcakes are pretty small (other baked goods are much larger, though) and they cost $2.75 (if I remember correctly). The problem lies in the fact that they are so airy and light; it takes at least two to provide a proper (non) sugar fix.
  • Food: 33
    Atmosphere: 33
    Service: 55
  • Review by frank language on June 16, 2006:

  • Babycakes is a bakery where you could easily make a meal; this is not a new idea, and I have to credit Rynn Berry, author of The Vegan Guide to New York City, with the concept. In his review of Babycakes, he says, "We're dessertarians," and outlines a meal in which you could have "a chocolate-chip cookie as an appetizer, a carrot cupcake as the main course with some extra frosting on the side, and a slice of pound cake for dessert." (Washed down with their Gorilla shade-grown coffee, of course.)

    Because these treats are wheat-free and often gluten-free (gluten-free products are noted as such), contain no refined sugar (usually they're sweetened with agave nectar or stevia extract)

    New York magazine voted Babycakes' cupcakes the best in the city (surprise!) and TimeOut New York named them the Best New Bakery (no surprise there.)
    My "smart feet" take me there about three times a week and I go into "why not" mode, spending between ten and twenty dollars on cookies, cupcakes, or their incredibly delicious Dark Chocolate Crumble (with chocolate sauce.) They have individual apple pies (made with macintosh apples,) and my current personal favorite thing they do is: a chocolate-chip cookie sandwich with frosting in the center; I take it home and freeze it!

    Downside: There is no public restroom, and they're closed Mondays. Babycakes' website is located at www.babycakesnyc.com.
  • Food: 55
    Atmosphere: 44
    Service: 44

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