Cake Shop

Cake Shop

Rock Club, Café, and Coffee Shop · Lower East Side
152 Ludlow St (Btwn Stanton St & Rivington St), New York, NY 10002, United States
Closed until Noon (Show more)
  • Mon–Wed, Sun
    • Noon–2:00 AM
  • Thu–Sat
    • Noon–4:00 AM
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
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Emerging bands downstairs every night of the week. Cafe and Bar upstairs, all day and all night with good music all the time. Check in often for new specials.


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    Marissa S.
    "The downstairs venue is the perfect space for an intimate show."(10 Tips)
    MIllie M.
    "The Best is the vintage records for sale."(3 Tips)
    Chris R.
    "Great for catching a late-night super intimate show."(2 Tips)
    Sean N.
    "Great vegan baked goods(and this is coming from a non-vegan!)"(2 Tips)
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  • downstairs
  • cake
  • record
  • cupcakes
  • vegan food
  • intimate shows
  • cookies
  • coffee
  • music
  • tea
  • good for a late night
  • happy hour
  • beer
  • wifi
  • wine
  • boozy drinks
  • cocktails
  • whoopie pies
  • chai
  • iced tea
  • Courtney K.

    Cake and liquor. Does it get any better?

    Courtney Klein · April 4
  • Tara D.

    food offerings meager, but great comedy!

    Tara Dîana · March 9
  • K

    Sweets & live music. Oh and booze. YES.

    K · January 26
  • 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.

    Super cool actual cake shop that has an even cooler tiny venue downstairs. Great for catching a late-night super intimate show.

    Chris Raghoobar · December 3, 2015
  • Gabriel B.

    Happy hour!!! And the bartender who is also known as DJ Ariel Max

    Gabriel Breshears · November 27, 2015
  • Fanny M.

    Love the downstairs space, great to catch cool bands out of the blue for as low as $10.

    Fanny M · November 14, 2015
  • Foursquare Insiders

    "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

    Foursquare Insiders · October 29, 2015
  • Ruby A.

    Tea infused cocktails - try the earl grey old fashion or my favorite, the camomile infused gin with elderflower.

    Ruby Anaya · September 6, 2015
  • Meaghan K.

    Great music venue!

    Meaghan Kenny · August 1, 2015
  • Emily K.

    You MUST visit both floors for the full experience.

    Emily Kane · July 6, 2015
  • Jorge Ayauhtli O.

    Chip option to Piano's

    Jorge Ayauhtli O · June 27, 2015
  • Melissa R.

    Cake? Music? Hot toddies? This place is a gem.

    Melissa Rosenthal · March 23, 2015
  • Marissa S.

    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.

    Marissa Stuart · February 26, 2015
  • Sean N.

    Great vegan baked goods(and this is coming from a non-vegan!) Friendly bar staff, cozy atmosphere.

    Sean Nickley · January 18, 2015
  • K. cappa W.

    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?

    K. cappa Way · January 16, 2015
  • Fabrizio F.

    If you want to escape the tourist crowd in the village, just come here. Nice atmosphere, good beers, friendly staff.

    Fabrizio Fasulo · November 29, 2014
  • Shah

    Nice spot, but not sure I'd go here for the (ten) records.

    Shah · September 1, 2014
  • MIllie M.

    The Best is the vintage records for sale.

    MIllie M · August 21, 2014
  • Arié M.

    Very cool space for a baron the evening Great music too

    Arié Moyal · August 8, 2014
  • Taylor G.

    Music, drinks, coffee

    Taylor Gerard · August 7, 2014
  • Nina R.


    Nina Rissmann · May 15, 2014
  • Radhika Tandon

    They don't carry jack Daniels -__-

    Radhika Tandon · April 19, 2014
  • Alan S.

    I got baked at the Cake Shop!

    Alan Shain · April 3, 2014
  • Wyngspan

    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:

    Wyngspan · January 24, 2014
  • Shanna J.

    Kate Flavin!!!

    Shanna Jones · January 3, 2014
  • Artie T.

    Bartender in the basement rocks!

    Artie Tan · November 1, 2013
  • SPIN

    Delcious pastries and sandwiches upstairs.

    SPIN · October 15, 2013
  • Compass

    The legendary venue is a record store, bar, music venue, and pastry shop all rolled into one.

    Compass · July 23, 2013
  • chi s.

    great cafe au lait. fun place for a late night hang for coffee/tea and/or alcohol with cake and cookies!

    chi shi · April 14, 2013
  • tara l.

    Bar staff both up and down are gorgeous, living dolls. Great drinks, nice chats. ♥

    tara loversidge-nixon · March 24, 2013

    Sit down,drink a couple of beers during happy hour and write. Let words fly to you.

    VAISHALI 😄 · January 12, 2013
  • The Wild Honey Pie

    This is one hell of a small rock shop. The best of the best play HERE (or Pianos) first.

    The Wild Honey Pie · January 11, 2013
  • CMJ

    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.

    CMJ · August 29, 2012
  • Party Earth

    “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

    Party Earth · April 4, 2012
  • Josh C.

    start band, play show here.

    Josh Carrafa · February 27, 2012
  • Gary M.

    they do PG tips

    Gary Mason · February 22, 2012
  • Belle C.

    love cakes here!

    Belle Ciano · February 20, 2012
  • Ear Candy Go: Music

    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

    Ear Candy Go: Music · January 27, 2012
  • Anthony C.

    If you run into Henry Rollins, don't look him in the eyes.

    Anthony Ciolino · January 14, 2012
  • Marcus M.

    A great place to lounge, listen to new music and work. Bring you laptop and order a mocha. :)

    Marcus Mills · January 10, 2012
  • Alexandrea T.

    Love this space! Two for one happy hour a bonus. So glad I came back to support an old local favorite!

    Alexandrea Thomsen · December 30, 2011
  • Mick M.

    Mr. Dream will be playing the NYTAPER CMJ showcase at Cake Shop on Thursday 10/20/11 at 5:45 PM

    Mick Management · October 19, 2011
  • Village Voice

    Craving an explosive late night snack? Say hello to the Cake Shop's Peanut Butter Bomb.

    Village Voice · September 19, 2011
  • Ashley L.

    $15 long iced tea- wasn't even good. Stick to beer or wine. I often find the baked goods not very "good".

    Ashley Lempka · September 4, 2011
  • NabeWise

    Incredible cake & great local bands!

    NabeWise · August 30, 2011
  • Karin R.

    Cute space!! Strong drinks!! I really wanna cookie :p

    Karin Rendelman · August 14, 2011
  • JAF

    Get your Pilgrim Passport at

    JAF · August 12, 2011
  • Nikki P.

    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

    Nikki Pamani · July 26, 2011
  • AKA M.

    Try to do freelance work for these guys and get paid on time / at all...good luck!

    AKA MEDIA SYSTEM · June 24, 2011

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