NYC Cupcake Wars: Magnolia Bakery & Billy’s Bakery

Magnolia Bakery: The famed, tiny West Village bakery is best known for its colorful cupcake offering, but also offers a large selection of cakes and traditional American deserts, such as ice box cake. The bakery has been featured in Sex and the City, Saturday Night Live and the Devil Wears Prada among others. Cupcakes are limited to twelve per person and expect long lines on the weekends. There is no seating inside the old-fashioned bakery so take your cupcakes across the street to the neighboring park.

401 Bleecker Street at 11th Street

Billy’s Bakery: This is the Chelsea outpost of a former original employee of Magnolia Bakery. This shop offers a similar nostalgic atmosphere of the American kitchen with old-fashioned recipes to match. Billy’s offers up his own version of the traditional cupcake without the long lines you will find at Magnolia.

184 9th Avenue between 21st & 22nd