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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Emily G.
    Emily GrossSeptember 15, 2011
    I'm almost hesitant to check in here because the staff was so rude to me. I used to work in food service, these ppl have no excuse. I almost want to throw out this cupcake. Terrible place, steer clear
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Eric S.
    Eric S.March 31, 2012
    If you offer a foursquare special, educate your employees. I was basically harassed by 3 employees when trying to claim my free cupcake on my 3rd checkin. So much for my loyalty.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • John A.
    John AntosJuly 21, 2015
    Good for cupcakes and sweet treats. Cupcakes are small for $3.50 but the frosting is high quality.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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'
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Clara L.
    Clara LuApril 22, 2014
    Amazing cupcakes!!! But pretty bad service, the cashier was really rude and was super annoyed/shoved me my cupcakes and change... Iffy about going back
  • Compass
    CompassJuly 23, 2013
    Billy’s serves classic cupcakes, icebox cakes, and melty chocolate cookies in their cozy bakery outfitted with retro pastels.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Josh K.
    Josh KahnApril 21, 2010
    Worth putting up with being sexually harassed for whatever reason by the male members of staff for the Hello Dolly Bar. Oh... I guess that would explain it.
  • Allie B.
    Allie BradySeptember 5, 2011
    Frosting on the cupcake was amazing but the cake was dry. Cookie sandwhich is filled w/ butter not frosting. Not sure if that was planned.
  • Greg G.
    Greg GAugust 30, 2014
    Went with the red velvet cupcake after reading some tips. Excellent choice. Would also recommend the Banana Nutella.
  • 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.
  • Jennifer K.
    Jennifer KJanuary 2, 2012
    Service delightful. Such great cupcakes- love carrot & red velvet. Better than the hyped chains like crumbs or magnolia
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Margaret E.
    Margaret EldridgeOctober 16, 2011
    I don't see what all the fuss is about. Red velvet cupcake was dry. Icing was grainy. At three dollars per cupcake I expected better.
  • Sonora B.
    Sonora BostianMay 27, 2012
    Everyone knows the cupcakes are good, so I'll recommend the lemonade. Perfect blend of sweet and tart!
  • 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.
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