Whenever I tell anybody outside of NY we live in the West Village, the first thing that comes up is: Magnolia Bakery.
ME: "We live downtown, on the west side... the west village"
FRIEND NOT IN NYC: "...of course! right next to Magnolia? You must eat cupcakes every night!"
Well, I'll be honest... I'm not a huge cupcake fan. :-( Birthday cake: yes, but cupcakes: not so much. Secondly, if you ask most New Yorkers, and most West Village-ites for that matter, they'll tell you there are better place in NYC to go for a good cupcake. For example: Sugar Sweet Sunshine (plus they deliver!). Yes, it's true... a lot of West Villagers Magnolia neighbors get their cupcakes from the Lower East Side.
But there are a couple of things worth waiting in line at Magnolia. Oh and yes, I have even waited in line in the rain.
One being their banana pudding... yummy goodness all in a to-go container.
But my favorite? Magnolia's Key Lime Cheesecake!!!
There are no words to describe the creamy, whipped topping, and the tangy key lime curd, all on a thin, buttery graham cracker crust! ...well I guess those are a few words. :-) But, plain and simple: it's delicious.
So that's what I'm planning on doing on my way home tomorrow: waiting in line! :-)
PS: In one of my favorite NYC moments, last summer we came across two small boys who had set up shop outside Magnolia selling funfetti cupcakes for $1 right next to the long line of cupcake-obsessed tourists. Funfetti cupcakes? Genius, that's something I'll stand in line for!