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."(21 Tips)
    Kellie B.
    "The original IceBox cake...omg...sooo good!"(10 Tips)
    Erin L.
    "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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  • 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
  • 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.
  • John A.
    John AntosAugust 29, 2016
    Recommend: red velvet cake is very solid with good frosting, and key lime pie is less sweet with a nice zing.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kris C.
    Kris ConcepcionAugust 27, 2014
    Really good cupcakes. I've also had cake from here and it too was quite tasty.
  • 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...
  • Devonta
    DevontaJune 5, 2014
    Cookies were a little dough but the Red Velvet Cupcake was decent. The cream cheese frosting is great.
  • 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!
  • PureWow
    PureWowMay 2
    Icebox cake is as simple as it gets: chocolate wafers, whipped cream and pure, unadulterated delight. Read more
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Compass
    CompassJuly 23, 2013
    Billy’s serves classic cupcakes, icebox cakes, and melty chocolate cookies in their cozy bakery outfitted with retro pastels.
  • Greg G.
    Greg GAugust 30, 2014
    Went with the red velvet cupcake after reading some tips. Excellent choice. Would also recommend the Banana Nutella.
  • John A.
    John AntosJuly 21, 2015
    Good for cupcakes and sweet treats. Cupcakes are small for $3.50 but the frosting is high quality.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Mizu
    MizuDecember 22, 2014
    The banana cream pie from Billy's is now possibly my favorite dessert in the entire world.
  • 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.
  • Sonora B.
    Sonora BostianMay 27, 2012
    Everyone knows the cupcakes are good, so I'll recommend the lemonade. Perfect blend of sweet and tart!
  • Jennifer K.
    Jennifer KJanuary 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Service delightful. Such great cupcakes- love carrot & red velvet. Better than the hyped chains like crumbs or magnolia
  • Erin L.
    Erin LaneJune 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best red velvet cupcakes in the city, in my opinion. Homemade banana pudding is also amazing.
  • Steve C.
    Steve CraigApril 2, 2015
    Banana Nutella cupcake for the win!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rhiannon
    RhiannonJune 30, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • mark m.
    mark mcmahonMarch 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Whenever I am in NY, Billy's is a must stop. Love the cupcakes. The cakes are even yummier.
  • 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
    Been here 25+ times
    The chocolate on chocolate cupcake is the best in the world.
  • Liz B.
    Liz BiroSeptember 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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 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
  • 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.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJanuary 28, 2014
    All-American bakery with a great icebox cake.
  • 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.
  • Danith Y.
    Danith YongNovember 6, 2013
    The banana nutella cupcake was very good and soft like a cloud. Costs 3$
  • Emerson
    EmersonSeptember 5, 2014
    Delicious cakes! Try the ice cube cake, it's amazing!!!
  • Tonya M.
    Tonya MarieJanuary 12, 2012
    The pumpkin & cream cheese cupcake is delicious! The flavor combination is decadent!
  • 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.
  • Charley M.
    Charley MaJanuary 18, 2013
    Banana cupcakes with cream cheese frosting is amazing. Red velvet is aite
  • Akshay P.
    Akshay PatilAugust 26, 2012
    One of the best red velvet cupcakes in the city; though just between you and me, I always get the banana cupcake.
  • 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.
  • Nicky K.
    Nicky K.August 19, 2014
    Best bakery in nyc. You can't go wrong with anything
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BaskinJanuary 28, 2016
    Pretty good bakery, all about the cupcakes (have gluten free options!) but nothing too special
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroNovember 12, 2011
    The carrot cake cupcake is lethal. I also like the banana cream pie :)
  • Libby
    LibbyAugust 16, 2012
    Billy's banana cake is delicious any way you slice it. Cake or cupcake. It's a must-try!
  • Khalil i.
    Khalil ibitefoodMay 8, 2015
    The banana and carrot cakes are a must
  • Bella💕
    Bella💕June 3, 2014
    HUGE slices of cake. Banana nutella cupcakes were so moist :)
  • honeywhatscooking.com
    Banana Cake or Cupcake is divine. Carrot cupcake is a close second.
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineApril 28, 2011
    A 1940s-inspired bakery with retro desserts like chocolate sour cream Bundt cakes and red velvet cupcakes.
  • Sherry O.
    Sherry OJune 7, 2011
    Like bananas? Get the banana cream pie. Trust me - there's no way you'll regret it. SO GOOD! Read more
  • J
    JOctober 6, 2015
    Cupcakes especially the banana cupcake
  • Louie L.
    Louie LouieOctober 18, 2015
    all baked pastries are good. But eclairs are my choice.
  • Roger E.
    Roger EhrenbergMay 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the peanut butter pie. Absolutely, positively sublime... (via Scoville) Read more
  • Derek
    DerekSeptember 20, 2016
    Icebox cake to die for but everything is good.
  • Christopher
    ChristopherJuly 10, 2013
    Red Velvet cake is really good and great with the strawberry lemonade!!
  • Sydney W.
    Sydney WollmanJune 19, 2015
    If you're gluten free, skip the pre wrapped cookies
  • dizberiq
    dizberiqAugust 25, 2012
    Try the Icebox Cake - It's like an ice cream sandwich cake
  • Lisa S.
    Lisa SawadaJuly 25, 2013
    Such a cute cafe. The Cheesecake is delicious!
  • Pablo M.
    Pablo Moraes #BETADecember 13, 2014
    Must get the red velvet cake. Amazing!
  • Chad H.
    Chad HornerOctober 7, 2014
    Peanut Butter Chocolate bar. It's exactly what it sounds like, and it's wonderful.
  • Shereen M.
    Shereen MayJune 26, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The cupcakes from earlier in the day are fresher and more moist than from later in the day. Try to get there early afternoon.
  • Neema N.
    Neema NaficyNovember 30, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the carrot-cake cupcake with cream cheese frosting. I usually go for more 'traditional' cupcakes, but this is an exception.
  • Angie Y.
    Angie Y.May 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The cupcakes are so moist! Pick up a box of a dozen mini cupcakes to share with friends.
  • 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
  • TKGO
    TKGOMay 14, 2011
    As great as the cupcakes are, don't overlook the banana pudding cup!
  • christopher d.
    Blows Magnolia out of the water, and the staff is wayyyyyy nicer. The banana cake is the best ever
  • Scott A.
    Scott AustinAugust 14, 2011
    The chocolate frosting is AMAZING. Light, but so flavorful.
  • Holden M.
    Holden MeAugust 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I love the cupcakes and banana pudding. Yummy!
  • James J.
    James JOctober 4, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Banana Pudding is out of this world.
  • Yao X.
    Yao XinruOctober 28, 2016
    yellow daisy cupcake, classic chocolate cupcake, carrot cupcake
  • Cameron L.
    Cameron Lawracy3 weeks ago
    Don't get the cheesecake. The PB is okay. I didn't try the cakes but I am betting they are better than what I ate.
  • Jeniffer B.
    Jeniffer BetancourtSeptember 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Pumpkin cheesecake. To die for I wait all year for this to come out around Halloween
  • Eric S.
    Eric S.March 31, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhJanuary 7, 2015
    Red velvet maple pecan cupcake is love ❤️
  • Serena W.
    Serena WNovember 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Live in the neighborhood? Tell the staff and you'll get a neighbor discount with your purchase.
  • Danith Y.
    Danith YongNovember 7, 2013
    Banana cupcake is a true yes
  • Samantha B.
    Samantha BailyeOctober 5, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Suresh
    SureshJune 28, 2010
    Eat = Banana cake, coconut cake, white cake & red velvet cake. Service sucks but food is SO good!
  • 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.
  • Brian B.
    Brian BilboJune 28, 2013
    Banana Nutella cupcake! Mmm
  • Katie H.
    Katie HicksOctober 4, 2012
    Not very kind or helpful staff. Hope the desserts make up for it.
  • Alex P.
    Alex PerruzziMay 2, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything is good here. The problem is that the banana cake is SO good that I never order anything else.
  • The Salup Group
    The Salup GroupNovember 4, 2010
    Try their Red Velvet cupcakes. We love the chocolate and buttecream combo.
  • Christina
    ChristinaApril 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Anything with their cream cheese frosting is a must.
  • Kaitlyn P.
    Kaitlyn PezikMay 11, 2015
    their ice box cake is amazing.
  • Alisha M.
    Alisha MirandaNovember 3, 2011
    #TREATYOSELF to... a sugar high when you're craving cookie sandwiches, cupcake frosting, and entire pies.
  • Randy F.
    Randy FaustNovember 12, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Don't neglect the cake and cookie options, especially German chocolate and snickerdoodle.
  • Jared K.
    Jared KaplanNovember 29, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    inhaling sugar by osmosis upon entrance is sufficient to boost any diabetics blood sugar level. that and the kick-ass banana cake.
  • Lafayette 148 New York
    Lafayette 148 New YorkNovember 29, 2011
    The banana cupcakes with buttercream frosting make us want to celebrate office birthdays every day.
  • Jacqueline D.
    Jacqueline DechongkitJanuary 19, 2012
    Get the banana cream pie. Best in the city!
  • Meir S.
    Meir SadanJuly 30, 2013
    Red Velvet and Banana with Cream Cheese.
  • César N.
    César NicoliniNovember 21, 2014
    Cupcakes e doces ótimos! Lugar pequeno. Vale a pena passar aqui antes de ir pro High Line.
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