BabyCakes NYC

Erin McKenna's Bakery

Bakery, Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant, and Kosher Restaurant$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
152 Tips and reviews
  • cupcakes
  • vegan food
  • gluten-free food
  • donuts
  • cookies
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  • citizenM
    citizenMOctober 15, 2014
    Babycakes is a tiny little bakery on Broome Street that undoubtedly makes the best chocolate chip cookies in the city. The best part: All their products are 100% natural, vegan and organic. Read more
  • Max B.
    Max Bpm2 weeks ago
    One of the best vegan bakeries I've been too. The banana bread and apple strudel was to die for. I wish I had a photo but it was so good, I couldn't stop devouring every bite!
  • Namitta S.
    Namitta ShankarSeptember 29, 2012
    Hole in the wall outlet, but what a find! Excellent gluten free cupcakes with no refined sugar. Healthy indulgence. The vanilla coconut cupcake was delicious to the last… (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 15, 2014
    All of its cakes, cookies, muffins, brownies and other baked goods meet this strict checklist: vegan, kosher, gluten-free, wheat-free, refined sugar-free, casein-free and soy-free. Read more
  • Neysha V.
    Neysha V 🍦June 20, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The day-olds are just as tasty! Pop the loaf slices into the toaster oven for a few mins and ya got yourself a great treat! This is especially true of the spicy cornbread.
  • Max S.
    Max SullivanAugust 6, 2012
    Erin McKenna's BabyCakes offers guiltless, vegan, gluten- and sugar-free delights. Don't miss the brownie cupcakes with mint frosting. Day-old cakes, cookies and donuts go for half price.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsSeptember 8, 2011
    Best Baked Doughnuts: They're tiny, picture-perfect creatures packed in a pink box, with flavors such as a chocolate-y cookie crunch, vanilla sprinkle, a gooey caramel, and the classic cinnamon-sugar. Read more
  • margaret t.
    margaret tungMay 14, 2015
    FYI for those of you who love GF/vegan treats but are on a budget, they do day-olds. found out via this new app called pareup (food deals):
  • Nina L.
    Nina LoSchiavoOctober 7, 2015
    Likely the best gluten free bakery in New York. Get any of their cupcakes and be shocked it's lacking most of the popular ingredients found in all its competitors.
  • Gizmo P.
    Gizmo PunkAugust 6, 2012
    The chocolate chip cookies are probably the best GF chocolate chip cookies in existence. Definitely get a glass of whole milk!
  • Halstead Property
    Halstead PropertyJuly 11, 2013
    Finally you don’t have to be health cautious when ordering at this vegan bakery. The banana chocolate chip bread has that smooth texture with just the right amount of melted chocolate inside.
  • Hannah P.
    Hannah ParvazJanuary 11
    Ordered a birthday cake here. Super helpful girls and they created an absolute work of art. Looked beautiful and tasted delicious.
    Upvoted Jan 11
  • Winn O.
    Winn ODonnellSeptember 26, 2016
    This place is the legit original gluten free nyc bakery. Janell here brought me a gluten free pokemon donut while Thirstea was still open, but I started going here in (2004-2005? Aka Babycakes?) <3
  • Matt H.
    Matt HealyMay 11, 2014
    Vegan cupcakes probably don't sound great to most non-vegans, but these ones are solid. Try the banana cinnamon, it's got big ol' hunks of banana in it.
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyFebruary 14, 2014
    The dense donuts from this lower Manhattan bakery are vegan and gluten free, but they certainly don’t taste it. One bite and you’ll be hooked; flavors change daily.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJuly 10, 2013
    While we love the cookie sandwiches and cupcakes, the doughnuts are secretly pretty amazing too. Flavors change daily!
  • Gideon O.
    Gideon OlshanskyNovember 14, 2015
    The pastries are great and the service is even better. They gave me free cookies because the guy in front of me was taking a long time. So nice.
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksOctober 28, 2014
    The all-vegan bakery dishes out a cinnamon-flavored donut with apples dipped in a cider flavored glaze ($3.95). Read more
  • BUST Magazine
    BUST MagazineDecember 5, 2011
    BEST vegan and gluten-free bakery in NYC. Try a uniquely flavored cupcake, such as their chocolate banana (chock full of banana chunks!) or brownie mocha.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Michelin Travel & LifestyleSeptember 22, 2012
    Erin McKenna's BabyCakes offers guiltless, vegan, gluten- and sugar-free delights. Don't miss the brownie cupcakes with mint frosting. Day-old items go for half price. - Green Guide Editor
  • Hannah Serena G.
    Gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, nut-free, and STILL makes the best cookie sandwiches in NYC. (Strawberry cupcakes are also droolworthy.)
  • Shah
    ShahDecember 6, 2014
    Pretty much the best place ever. Donuts? Amazing. Banana bread? Amazing. Cinnamon rolls? Amazing. It's all great AND allergen friendly.
  • BirdsNestOrg
    BirdsNestOrgJune 9, 2015
    Brownies and red-velvet cupcakes are by far the most popular! Gluten-free and soy-free bakery! Read more
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupApril 27, 2010
    Everyone talks about their cupcakes but what we go for are the Cookie Sandwiches. We'd recommend the Chocolate Chip with vanilla filling. These treats are gluten-free, egg-free, soy-free & dairy-free!
  • Townley Girl
    Townley GirlAugust 3, 2011
    Gluten-free, egg-free, soy-free & dairy-free! But is it delicious? Yes! Try their perfectly adorable doughnuts, especially the coconut and classic!
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatNovember 3, 2011
    Where else can you get delicious vegan treats? Chow down on a cupcake or cookie sandwich here or get their cookbook and make your own!
  • Institute for Integrative Nutrition
    "NYC’s very popular vegan bakery. Indulge in a gluten free cupcake or slice of cake, sweetened with agave, guilt free!"
  • Cupcake Crusaders
    Cupcake CrusadersNovember 27, 2012
    Their cupcakes just aren't for us. It's great that they offer gluten free, vegan, and wheat free cupcakes, but we couldn't even finish one.
  • Christy C.
    Christy CampbellMarch 22, 2016
    Got the mocha cookie donut, and it was dope, although liked my friend's thin mint better! You really can't go wrong here.
  • Institute for Integrative Nutrition
    NYC’s very popular vegan bakery. Indulge in a gluten free cupcake or slice of cake, sweetened with agave, guilt free!
  • Birds Nest F.
    Brownies and red-velvet cupcakes are by far the most popular! All goods are gluten-free and soy-free!
  • VelvetCrate
    VelvetCrateSeptember 6, 2014
    Fabulously beautiful and tasty vegan and gluten free cupcakes.
  • Fee O.
    Fee OJuly 13, 2015
    They have cupcake tops..all vegan and gluten free for those who have restricted diets. Pumpkin madelines, cookies...
  • emily
    emilyFebruary 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the cupcakes but come back for their selection of gluten-free, soy-free, agave-sweetened doughnuts.
  • PureWow
    PureWowMay 5, 2015
    Powdered-Sugar Blueberry at Erin McKenna's Bakery: These little guys are vegan and gluten-free (but you’d never be able to tell the difference).
  • SammiesIam
    SammiesIamNovember 27, 2014
    Best vegan cupcakes ever. Make sure to keep the cupcake in the fridge or the icing will melt.
  • Lesleann
    LesleannJanuary 29, 2012
    "Vegan doughnuts from Babycakes rank among our all-around favorites. …flavors: chocolate-y cookie crunch, vanilla sprinkle, a gooey caramel, and classic cinnamon-sugar." - Serious Eats
  • Eric S.
    Eric ShineNovember 10, 2014
    Forget the small town allure, I've never had a single bad item! Try the mint brownies, you'll finally believe in magic!
  • Beth B.
    Beth BatesApril 1, 2014
    The toasties are really good and a bit less sweet than the cupcakes--I especially like the apple cran flavor!
  • alex lane
    alex laneMarch 30, 2010
    best alt-bakery i've been to <3 keep an eye out for cupcake tops (just the best part!), cookie sandwiches, and buy1get1 day-old cupcakes (still perfectly delicious!)
  • Michelle W.
    Michelle WilesSeptember 19, 2016
    Donuts are thick and moist (in a good way) 😅
  • jenn s.
    jenn silvaOctober 11, 2011
    I have been a fan of their biscuits and jam since day one. But during fall season, try their pumpkin loaf.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhJanuary 30, 2015
    Great vegan, kosher, soy-free, casein-free, wheat-free cupcakes & cookies
  • Nedy Lutfi
    Nedy LutfiJanuary 21, 2011
    They are light and you don't feel like you just ate a whole stick of butter in one go.The frosting is just sweet enough that you don't feel sick to your stomach after eating a giant glob of it.
  • Lisa
    LisaMarch 12, 2016
    Chocolate brownie cupcake with mint was the best cupcake I've ever had. Period.
  • Joanna F.
    Joanna FlammMarch 1, 2011
    I'm not vegan or gluten free and I still love these. The spelt cupcakes have nice body to them, and nothing is overly sweet.
  • @HungryEditor B.
    You'll find sweets that are gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free & nut-free, but not taste-free. Perfect for friends w/ multiple food allergies.
  • Mommy Shorts
    Mommy ShortsNovember 8, 2010
    Amazing bakery especially for lactose intolerant, nut allergic, gluten adverse kids— even their friends won't know the difference.
  • Misha
    MishaMay 10, 2013
    This place is a serious contender for best doughnut in the area. Yum!
  • Danielle W.
    Danielle WilliamsMarch 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    DELICIOUS, but really snobby service. If you're a tattooed vegan hipster they /might/ be nice to you.
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