Cake Shop

Cake Shop

(Now Closed)
Rock Club, Café, and Coffee Shop
Lower East Side, New York
79 Tips and reviews
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  • Brendan M.
    Brendan MOctober 5, 2016
    No frills basement stage with generally strong lineups
  • Courtney K.
    Courtney KleinApril 4, 2016
    Cake and liquor. Does it get any better?
  • Tara D.
    Tara DîanaMarch 9, 2016
    food offerings meager, but great comedy!
  • K
    KJanuary 26, 2016
    Sweets & live music. Oh and booze. YES.
  • Lower East Side Partnership
    This live music indie lounge is a venerable Lower East Side institution. The bi-level locale includes a sweets shop up top and a stage downstairs which regularly plays host to tunes from local talent.
  • Chris R.
    Chris RaghoobarDecember 3, 2015
    Super cool actual cake shop that has an even cooler tiny venue downstairs. Great for catching a late-night super intimate show.
  • Gabriel B.
    Gabriel BreshearsNovember 27, 2015
    Happy hour!!! And the bartender who is also known as DJ Ariel Max
  • Fanny M.
    Fanny MNovember 14, 2015
    Love the downstairs space, great to catch cool bands out of the blue for as low as $10.
  • Foursquare Insiders
    Foursquare InsidersOctober 29, 2015
    "This is a must visit. Very small venue that mixes booze, cake, and music. What else could you want?" - Roy LaManna, Music Entrepreneur Read more
  • Ruby A.
    Ruby AnayaSeptember 6, 2015
    Tea infused cocktails - try the earl grey old fashion or my favorite, the camomile infused gin with elderflower.
  • Meaghan K.
    Meaghan KennyAugust 1, 2015
    Great music venue!
  • Emily K.
    Emily KaneJuly 6, 2015
    You MUST visit both floors for the full experience.
  • Jorge Ayauhtli O.
    Jorge Ayauhtli OJune 27, 2015
    Chip option to Piano's
  • Melissa R.
    Melissa RosenthalMarch 23, 2015
    Cake? Music? Hot toddies? This place is a gem.
  • Marissa S.
    Marissa StuartFebruary 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    If you don't get a cupcake here then you've made an awful mistake! The downstairs venue is the perfect space for an intimate show.
  • Sean N.
    Sean NickleyJanuary 18, 2015
    Great vegan baked goods(and this is coming from a non-vegan!) Friendly bar staff, cozy atmosphere.
  • K. cappa W.
    K. cappa WayJanuary 16, 2015
    A place open late that you can get cake, hot chocolate, craft beer, specialty drinks, good music and live music? How can you not like it?
  • Fabrizio F.
    Fabrizio FasuloNovember 29, 2014
    If you want to escape the tourist crowd in the village, just come here. Nice atmosphere, good beers, friendly staff.
  • Shah
    ShahSeptember 1, 2014
    Nice spot, but not sure I'd go here for the (ten) records.
  • MIllie M.
    MIllie MAugust 21, 2014
    The Best is the vintage records for sale.
  • Arié M.
    Arié MoyalAugust 8, 2014
    Very cool space for a baron the evening Great music too
  • Taylor G.
    Taylor GerardAugust 7, 2014
    Music, drinks, coffee
  • Nina R.
    Nina RissmannMay 15, 2014
  • Radhika Tandon
    Radhika TandonApril 19, 2014
    They don't carry jack Daniels -__-
  • Alan S.
    Alan ShainApril 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I got baked at the Cake Shop!
  • Wyngspan
    WyngspanJanuary 24, 2014
    Cafe and bar with up and coming bands playing downstairs every night of the week. Give it a trust rating to help spread the word:
  • Shanna J.
    Shanna JonesJanuary 3, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Kate Flavin!!!
  • Artie T.
    Artie TanNovember 1, 2013
    Bartender in the basement rocks!
  • SPIN
    SPINOctober 15, 2013
    Delcious pastries and sandwiches upstairs.
  • Compass
    CompassJuly 23, 2013
    The legendary venue is a record store, bar, music venue, and pastry shop all rolled into one.
  • chi s.
    chi shiApril 14, 2013
    great cafe au lait. fun place for a late night hang for coffee/tea and/or alcohol with cake and cookies!
  • tara l.
    tara loversidge-nixonMarch 24, 2013
    Bar staff both up and down are gorgeous, living dolls. Great drinks, nice chats. ♥
    VAISHALI 😄January 12, 2013
    Sit down,drink a couple of beers during happy hour and write. Let words fly to you.
  • The Wild Honey Pie
    The Wild Honey PieJanuary 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This is one hell of a small rock shop. The best of the best play HERE (or Pianos) first.
  • CMJ
    CMJAugust 29, 2012
    Indie-rock still has a home in Manhattan at Cake Shop. The ceiling is low and the stage non-existent, so get there early and get to the front if you want to see the latest rising stars.
  • Party Earth
    Party EarthApril 4, 2012
    “If you want to see the band, you’ll have to get next to the speakers by the stage. Bring earplugs if you don’t want ringing ears for a few days.” More at
  • Josh C.
    Josh CarrafaFebruary 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    start band, play show here.
  • Gary M.
    Gary MasonFebruary 22, 2012
    they do PG tips
  • Belle C.
    Belle CianoFebruary 20, 2012
    love cakes here!
  • Ear Candy Go: Music
    Ear Candy Go: MusicJanuary 27, 2012
    The small space lets you get real close to the band, but it can also get really loud so bring earplugs if you have a pair. Read more
  • Anthony C.
    Anthony CiolinoJanuary 14, 2012
    If you run into Henry Rollins, don't look him in the eyes.
  • Marcus M.
    Marcus MillsJanuary 10, 2012
    A great place to lounge, listen to new music and work. Bring you laptop and order a mocha. :)
  • Alexandrea T.
    Alexandrea ThomsenDecember 30, 2011
    Love this space! Two for one happy hour a bonus. So glad I came back to support an old local favorite!
  • Mick M.
    Mick ManagementOctober 19, 2011
    Mr. Dream will be playing the NYTAPER CMJ showcase at Cake Shop on Thursday 10/20/11 at 5:45 PM
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceSeptember 19, 2011
    Craving an explosive late night snack? Say hello to the Cake Shop's Peanut Butter Bomb.
  • Ashley L.
    Ashley LempkaSeptember 4, 2011
    $15 long iced tea- wasn't even good. Stick to beer or wine. I often find the baked goods not very "good".
  • NabeWise
    NabeWiseAugust 30, 2011
    Incredible cake & great local bands!
  • Karin R.
    Karin RendelmanAugust 14, 2011
    Cute space!! Strong drinks!! I really wanna cookie :p
  • JAF
    JAFAugust 12, 2011
    Get your Pilgrim Passport at
  • Nikki P.
    Nikki PamaniJuly 26, 2011
    Great for a morning coffee and cupcake, an afternoon beer, or a late night glass of wine. This will always be my favorite hide away in NYC. Read more
  • AKA M.
    AKA MEDIA SYSTEMJune 24, 2011
    Try to do freelance work for these guys and get paid on time / at all...good luck!
  • doug t.
    doug tangrenMay 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Perfect for catching up I'm coding projects. Byo tethering
  • Alysse
    AlysseApril 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Seek out Robicelli's cupcakes here. They are all good.
  • Diego R.
    Diego RufoApril 5, 2011
    This café serves a variety of cakes, teas, coffee, and let’s not forget to mention the record store in the back room. Read more
  • Lyds
    LydsMarch 27, 2011
    Tragically awful service... was 1 of 5 ppl in the whole place and just sat there for 10 min without being waited on,,, f that
  • L
    LFebruary 28, 2011
    Can't help but feel the basement room is a fire trap, especially when it's packed for a live band. Take note of the emergency exits!
  • Allan B.
    Allan BeaufourFebruary 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The wifi is dodgy nowadays. Forget about using the internet...
  • Lawrence L.
    Lawrence LiuFebruary 8, 2011
    Funky seating, chairs are too high and tables are too low. These cookies are vegan?
  • Laurie D.
    Laurie DePreteNovember 14, 2010
    Bands for cheap downstairs, better vibe than Piano's
  • daniele w.
    daniele withoneLSeptember 21, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    stick to beer, mixed drinks here are overpriced and not that strong
  • eoghans
    eoghansSeptember 20, 2010
    Nick and Andy are even dope-r than the vegan baked goods.
  • Shea W.
    Shea WarnesAugust 2, 2010
    The internet is annoying and keeps going down here! Only place around with plug sockets and wifi
  • James L.
    James LevineJuly 6, 2010
    If you're going to get some work done, bring a jacket. I can't curl myself in a ball small enough to get warm in this place.
  • James L.
    James LevineJuly 3, 2010
    Try using the downstairs bathroom during the day, in the dark. Sitting down only to be fair!
  • justinstoned
    justinstonedJune 11, 2010
    try the turtle cupcake
  • R Bar NYC - 218 Bowery
    Awesome place to chill upstairs or see live music downstairs also get a kick ass cupcake.
  • annie l.
    annie lApril 11, 2010
    Spicy lemonade! Whoopie pies!
  • Michael J.
    Michael JaniakApril 1, 2010
    Step 1 - buy a red velvet cupcake.Step 2 - grab a beerStep 3 - go downstairs and catch an underground music show Read more
  • Christy P.
    Christy PuringtonFebruary 28, 2010
    Free wifi. Fun space.
  • David M.
    David MejiaFebruary 24, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Vegan cookies? Dope.
  • Roxy L.
    Roxy LangeFebruary 17, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Go to Cake Shop for the best vegan chocolate chip cookies and to listen to my band practice.
  • GreenShoelace GSL
    GreenShoelace GSLFebruary 1, 2010
    Savoir Adore, $8/ Ages: 21+, 2/4/10 @ 8:00 PM; "Catch this dreamy indie pop band play their first night of their NYC residency."-Melissa Click The Link Below to Get Tickets! Read more
  • stephiedoo
    stephiedooJanuary 18, 2010
    Vegan cupcakes and delicious Chai Tea. Or the chocoholic's choice, double chocolate cupcake and hot chocolate. Winter remedy.
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FutralJanuary 14, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Bring your lap top here to show people you mean business!!
  • Kate K.
    Kate KayeJuly 27, 2009
    check out a band downstairs with a beer, or pick up a record & cup of coffee upstairs
  • christine k.
    christine kohlerJuly 13, 2009
    vegan cupcakes
  • Carl C.
    Carl CollinsApril 30, 2009
    Go to Cake Shop on a random night. Reward your self with loud music in a tiny space underground. This is what Monday was made for.
  • alex b.
    alex bisceglieMarch 21, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    take your laptop and some ideas to cake shop in the LES and hack on projects over iced coffee and vegan cookies on a nice spring day. good music, eclectic crowd, tasty treats.
  • Marcello Pereira
    Marcello PereiraDecember 28, 2014
    Lugar divertido pra tomar um café !preço justo
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