Do Not Look In The Window! Do Not Drool On The Glass!
Over the past couple of months, the area around 72nd Street & Broadway has become a Dieter’s Temptation Island. Anyone planning on sticking to their New Year’s Resolution to cut out "The White" (sugar, flour and shortening) is strongly advised to keep walking past some of the new store fronts that have opened in this portion of the Upper West Side. However, if you do wish to test your resolve and/or carb-butterfat-consumption limit, have I got a Walking Tour for you!
The recent opening of Magnolia Bakery’s UWS branch seems to have signaled some sort of truce in the Cupcake Wars of years past. Or not. In any case, having Magnolia so close to one of it’s many offspring, Buttercup Bakery, means that UWS-ers no longer have to head down to Bleecker Street in order to get their originally-fueled-by-"Sex & The City" sugar fix.
This CupCake & Cookie & Chocolate (oh, yes, there’s Chocolate too!) Walk starts at Magnolia Bakery’s new location. The remaining stops may be taken in order as you zig-zag up and over to 72nd, up Amsterdam, and then over to Broadway, or you may wish to circle a block two between gobs of buttercream. Of course, whether you choose to stop-in and consume or not is totally up to you. And possibly your cardiologist.
You can start this CC&C&C Walk at 72nd Street at Broadway (1/2/3 trains) or at Central Park West (B/C). Either way, you can get a nice warm-up walk on your way to Magnolia Bakery. After your CC&C&C Walk is completed – and mind you, you don’t have to complete this all in one day – it’s probably best to walk back down Broadway to Columbus Circle to catch your train at 59th Street. (Just be sure not stop by Bouchon Bakery on the third floor of the Time-Warner Center.)
Magnolia Bakery – 200 Columbus Ave. (at 69th St.)
Buttercup Bake Shop – 141 W. 72nd St. (between Amsterdam & Columbus)
Grandaisy Bakery – 176 W. 72nd St. (Amsterdam & Columbus)
Jacques Torres Chocolate – 285 Amsterdam Ave. (73rd & 74th)
Levain Bakery – 167 W. 74th St. (Amsterdam & Columbus) – COOKIES!
Crumbs – 321 1/2 Amsterdam Avenue (75th & 76th)
Grom – 2165 Broadway (76th & 77th) – Gelato (and Hot Chocolate).
Beard Papa Cream Puffs – 2167 Broadway (76th & 77th)
If you would like to pick up a bottle of something red to counteract the effects of all that buttercream, I recommend stopping into Pour (Amsterdam at 75th). If you time your trek right, you might end up stopping by during one of their daily wine-tastings. And sometimes they even serve hor d’oeuvres. Salty ones.
Part of one of Levain’s Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies