Foodie Destination: Magnolia Bakery – New York City

For the love of banana pudding

Banana Pudding from Magnolia Bakery
photo credit Mangolia Bakery

Whenever I am in New York City, I make sure to stop by the Magnolia Bakery and get their Banana Pudding.

How can I describe it? Let’s see, savoring a spoonful of their pudding is like sitting at your grandmother’s kitchen table eating something obviously made with love – banana flavored love at that. I mean truly, they don’t mess around, their banana pudding is classic – not a desert that is trying to be anything other then what it is, simple perfection. Need more convincing? Imagine layers of vanilla wafers, fresh bananas and creamy vanilla pudding.

The Bakery

Magnolia Bakery Bleecker Street
Photo Credit Magnolia Bakery

The original Magnolia Bakery, is situated on a street corner in New York City’s Greenwich Village and is a great destination if you are a foodie (especially of the sweet loving ilk). Eat vanilla cupcakes with pink frosting just like Carrie and Miranda of Sex in the City did or simply enjoy the sweet colors and yummy smells that fill the bakery.

While Magnolia is famous for it’s cupcakes they have a ton of treats for the desert lover. I’m thinking next I’m in town, I’m going to have to try the Snickers Icebox Pie or the Black Bottom Pecan Pie. If I can turn my back on their Banana Pudding that is. Um…maybe multiple visits are in order?


401 Bleecker St, New York, NY

What to do in the area

The surrounding area is full of small shops and 19th century brownstones. It really does feel like a village, not quite like other parts of Manhattan. Wandering around, window shopping and taking in the Greenwich Village atmosphere is a great way to spend the afternoon. While you are at it, take your treats to Washington Square Park and listen to some live music and people watch.

If you can’t make it to to the New York store

1. Order Online. You can order cupcakes, brownies, bars and cookies from their online store.
2. Buy The Complete Magnolia Bakery Cookbook(includes Magnolia’s Famous Banana Pudding recipe).
3. Visit another location. They now have locations in Los Angeles, Dubai and Chicago.

Have you been to Magnolia Bakery? What was your favorite desert? Where did you eat it?

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