Billy's Bakery

Billy's Bakery

Cupcake Shop, Dessert Shop, and Bakery$$$$
Chelsea, New York
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  • Suresh
    "Eat = Banana cake, coconut cake, white cake & red velvet cake."(22 Tips)
    Kellie B.
    "The original IceBox cake...omg...sooo good!"(9 Tips)
    Erin G.
    "Best red velvet cupcakes in the city, in my opinion."(16 Tips)
    Charley M.
    "Banana cupcakes with cream cheese frosting is amazing."(12 Tips)
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  • ThePurplePassport.com
    ThePurplePassport.comAugust 20, 2012
    There is no comparison to the delectably moist crumble and the super-sweet just-crusted frosting that tops every treat. Not to mention each one is perfectly small enough to tempt a 2nd or 3rd taste. Read more
  • Winson W.
    Winson WongFebruary 10, 2015
    The banana cake and pudding is delicious. Overall their cakes are really good. There are seats inside the bakery as well which is good to hang out. There are also two benches outside for the summer.
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkDecember 17, 2014
    Try the pecan pie at this charming 1940s style bakery. It contains a full-bodied brown sugar-bourbon custard and loads of toasted pecans that form a crackly, caramelized top layer. Read more
  • Rachel R.
    Rachel RadnitzerApril 26, 2015
    Adorable pastel color interior theme, chocolate chip and snicker doodle cookies are great and only 2 for $2. Buttercream frosting used on their cake and cupcakes is superb.
  • Chuck C.
    Chuck CarusoJune 27, 2010
    If you go to Magnolia over Billy's just because of Sex and The City, slap yourself in the FACE, and never eat another cupcake. You are banned. Billy's has it COVERED. Awesome. Carrot cupcakes amaze.
  • Chris P.
    Chris PolicinoJanuary 21, 2014
    A great combination of moist cake and not too sweet icing. Really delicious cupcakes - especially my favorite - vanilla cake with chocolate icing. I want more.
  • Gilt City
    Gilt CityMarch 8, 2011
    Rachel Zoe must have had one of these banana cupcakes before she coined her signature phrase. Don't forget to take home their new baking mixes—you never know when the cravings will hit.
  • Allison H.
    Allison HeimMarch 14, 2012
    Order a piece of cake (banana!) and share it with a friend because the slices are HUGE. Icebox cake is ridiculous good. My favorite cupcakes are banana and carrot.
  • Matthew F.
    Matthew FrostApril 9, 2011
    Got the Ice Box cake for a friend's bday and it's SO YUMMY! You can't go wrong with layers of chocolate and whipped cream. Imagine an ice cream sandwich in cake form - that's the Ice Box cake!
  • Bron H.
    Bron HolmesJune 29, 2014
    I ordered a custom tiered banana cake with cream cheese frosting for birthday party and it was delicious!!! Staff are also very friendly and helpful.
  • Simone N.
    Simone NguyenNovember 2, 2013
    Good cupcakes, but cloyingly sweet. You're probably going to need a black coffee. Only get one cupcake. No possible way you're going to need more than that. You can even share with 2 or 3 people.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupApril 21, 2010
    Everything at Billy’s Bakery in Chelsea is good but grab a slice of Banana Cream Pie, you won’t regret it.
  • Grace L.
    Grace LeeDecember 16, 2015
    If you like banana bread, I can see why you might like the banana cupcake, but I prefer and recommend the red velvet and the carrot cake.
  • Onur A.
    Onur AvcıNovember 25, 2014
    Get the carrot-cake cupcake with cream cheese frosting. I usually go for more 'traditional' cupcakes. And get the red velvet.
  • Rhiannon
    RhiannonJune 30, 2010
    The Peanut Butter Pie is quite possibly my favorite, but you can't go wrong with a red velvet or a yellow daisy cupcake. Hands down my favorite bakery.
  • K K.
    K KlemmMay 17, 2012
    Cupcakes are okay. Magnolia is better. The best cupcakes I've ever had though is at 350 Classic Bakeshop in Rye, NY. An upstart that kicks this bakery's ass!
  • Debbie N.
    Debbie NicolettiSeptember 2, 2012
    You can always judge a bakery by southern standards...a red velvet cupcake, glazed donut and cheese straw...let me know how they measure up!
  • ThePurplePassport.com
    ThePurplePassport.comJanuary 20, 2012
    Join sweet-toothed locals of all ages. Unlike cupcake competitor Magnolia Bakery, Billy’s is friendly and welcoming, not bossy and strict. Read more
  • Bron H.
    Bron HolmesJune 29, 2014
    I ordered a custom tiered banana cake with cream cheese frosting for birthday party and it was delicious!!! Staff are also very friendly.
  • Jessica R.
    Jessica RandazzaApril 26, 2013
    Picked up a double chocolate cupcake, did we? Let me let you in to a little secret...meh. Put that baby down and head over TMS for an ice cream sammie. Sure, it's more cals, but if you run there...
  • Brian M.
    Brian MasefieldNovember 20, 2011
    Red Velvet cupcakes are perfect. "Ice Box" cake is a lethal no-no unless you bring your toothbrush to scrub all the sugar off of your teeth.
  • John A.
    John AntosJuly 21, 2015
    Good for cupcakes and sweet treats. Cupcakes are small for $3.50 but the frosting is high quality.
  • Purplelabnyc
    PurplelabnycAugust 9, 2010
    craving chocolate? you MUST have the german chocolatecupcake here ... to die for! They also make AMAZING cakes if you are planning an event or party.
  • Devonta
    DevontaJune 5, 2014
    Cookies were a little dough but the Red Velvet Cupcake was decent. The cream cheese frosting is great.
  • Cupcake Crusaders
    Cupcake CrusadersApril 20, 2012
    The Carrot Cake was probably the best carrot cake ever! And definitely spend the extra money for their adorable to-go container. It's awesome!
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupMay 10, 2010
    Try the red velvet layer cake. It has just enough cocoa to deliver a hint of chocolate, & have it frosted with either cream cheese icing or vanilla frosting. Read more
  • Greg G.
    Greg GAugust 30, 2014
    Went with the red velvet cupcake after reading some tips. Excellent choice. Would also recommend the Banana Nutella.
  • Mary Elise Chavez
    Mary Elise ChavezSeptember 24, 2011
    The chocolate chip cake with buttercream frosting will make you want to dive head first into the cake, insanely rich and so good.
  • Compass
    CompassJuly 23, 2013
    Billy’s serves classic cupcakes, icebox cakes, and melty chocolate cookies in their cozy bakery outfitted with retro pastels.
  • Penguin Teen
    Penguin TeenJuly 27, 2011
    In Robin Palmer's middle grade book series YOURS TRULY, LUCY B. PARKER, the main character Lucy says that Billy's Bakery has the best cupcakes in all of New York.
  • Modelinia
    ModeliniaAugust 25, 2010
    Liu Wen stops in to satisfy her sweet tooth with a cupcake or two. We love to watch the bakers work and to take in Billy’s vintage décor and old-school kitsch.
  • Citi Bike
    Citi BikeMay 10, 2015
    Recipe for the best day over: Get a dozen Butterscotch Gingerbread Cookies and then hop on a bike out front at 9 Ave & W 22 St. Ride into the sunset.
  • Timoteo H.
    Timoteo HamrahNovember 9, 2015
    Had the hazelnut cheesecake, didnt have much flavor to it. More of a lite chocolate taste. Pumpkin cheesecake was the bomb!
  • Neema N.
    Neema NaficyNovember 30, 2009
    Get the carrot-cake cupcake with cream cheese frosting. I usually go for more 'traditional' cupcakes, but this is an exception.
  • Samantha B.
    Samantha BailyeOctober 5, 2009
    You have not properly done dessert yet until you've indulged in a piece of banana cake from Billy's Bakery. Cream cheese frosting = heaven on earth.
  • Mizu
    MizuDecember 22, 2014
    The banana cream pie from Billy's is now possibly my favorite dessert in the entire world.
  • Jennifer K.
    Jennifer KJanuary 2, 2012
    Service delightful. Such great cupcakes- love carrot & red velvet. Better than the hyped chains like crumbs or magnolia
  • Liz B.
    Liz BiroSeptember 27, 2011
    Go within an hour of closing and ask for a slice of whatever it looks like they have to most left of. You will leave with 1/4 of a cake as your 'slice'
  • Melissa S.
    Melissa StruettSeptember 23, 2010
    Billy's Bakery has delicious cupcakes. If you're not in the mood for a cupcake try their banana pudding its great also.
  • Jay M.
    Jay MateoNovember 20, 2010
    While the vanilla vanilla cupcakes are amazing and much better than Magnolias... The banana cake is to DIE for.
  • Sonora B.
    Sonora BostianMay 27, 2012
    Everyone knows the cupcakes are good, so I'll recommend the lemonade. Perfect blend of sweet and tart!
  • honeywhatscooking.com
    Banana Cake or Cupcake is divine. Carrot cupcake is a close second.
  • Erin G.
    Erin GleasonJune 20, 2012
    Best red velvet cupcakes in the city, in my opinion. Homemade banana pudding is also amazing.
  • mark m.
    mark mcmahonMarch 11, 2012
    Whenever I am in NY, Billy's is a must stop. Love the cupcakes. The cakes are even yummier.
  • Jared K.
    Jared KaplanNovember 29, 2009
    inhaling sugar by osmosis upon entrance is sufficient to boost any diabetics blood sugar level. that and the kick-ass banana cake.
  • Chip W.
    Chip WalkerJune 24, 2014
    You must get the ice box cake. Too good to not keep it for a picture.
  • Lindsey
    LindseyJuly 27, 2012
    The chocolate on chocolate cupcake is the best in the world.
  • Alex P.
    Alex PerruzziMay 2, 2010
    Everything is good here. The problem is that the banana cake is SO good that I never order anything else.
  • Kris C.
    Kris ConcepcionAugust 27, 2014
    Really good cupcakes. I've also had cake from here and it too was quite tasty.
  • Shereen M.
    Shereen MayJune 26, 2010
    The cupcakes from earlier in the day are fresher and more moist than from later in the day. Try to get there early afternoon.
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