I discovered Billy's Bakery few years ago, going to their location in Chelsea, but, instead of indulging with cupcakes like most of the customers, I inhaled their delicious banana cream pie.
So, this time we were in Tribeca, in search for a dessert. As soon as we entered the place, there was this fantastic aroma invading our noses, making us even hungrier. This small place is less crowded than their flagship store and has the same oldies feel, thanks to the formica tables.
The first time I went to the Tribeca location, I could not resist to order my favorite cake and got a slice of that beautiful banana cream pie I was salivating in front of.
I noticed that the slice was smaller than what I used to have. Well, maybe they were too generous before, but I was a bit disappointed. But my disappointment did not last that long as the first bite was divine: lots of cream, light, not too sweet, with real chunks of banana, it was heaven.
The second time, we went for cupcakes and ordered two. I was glad to see that the box where they put them was made to hold them straight, as lots of places will give you a regular box and you will pray that they are not stuck altogether or tipped while transporting them.
Jodi got a vanilla cake with chocolate frosting, while I had a banana cake and Nutella frosting one.
Both frostings were good, not too sweet, although I wanted more of the Nutella taste in mine. The cake was unequal: the vanilla cake was a bit dry, while the banana one was perfect, the banana adding some moisture. Between the two, the banana - Nutella cupcake was the most successful.
In term of ratio cake / frosting, it was fine, although more frosting is always better.
Would I go back? Certainly, as I am already set on trying their banana pudding...
Enjoy (I did)!
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