Truth is, Molly's Cupcakes totally had us at their sign in the window: "Unattended Children will be given an espresso and a free puppy." Ok, sure, it's a tad hokey (and, as a quick google reveals, not even remotely original), but still, it sums up nicely the playful, comfortable vibe of this newish West Village cafe on a prime Bleecker Street block, right across from Father Demo Square and near lots of places we like to go anyway, like the IFC movie theater, Washington Square Park, and, well…all of the West Village. The best part? In addition to being one of the friendliest sweet-treat hangouts we've stumbled across in a long time, Molly's Cupcakes also happens to serve plenty of first-rate baked goodies, including a full menu of fully-loaded cupcakes.
Molly's Cupcakes Cafe: A Cozy & Inviting Bleecker Street Bakery
We've gone to Molly's Cupcakes a few times since it opened this summer, and have always left feeling happy and satisfied. The selection at this Bleecker Street restaurant is extensive without being too overwhelming. The cafe offers a nice mixture of sugar-bombs (for example, The Cookie Monster, which is vanilla chocolate chip cake with a raw cookie dough center, then a mini-mountain of buttercream AND a whole cookie placed on top) and more sophisticated treats (biscotti, scones, etc.) to go with your coffee or tea. Everything's good here, but our favorites so far at Molly's Cupcakes have to be the excellent Salted Caramel Butterscotch cupcake (vanilla cake with a gooey butterscotch caramel pudding center, finished with salted vanilla buttercream and a caramel drizzle), and the Ron Bennington, named after the comedian/cupcake fan and constructed from chocolate cake with a peanut butter filling, topped with chocolate ganache and crushed butterscotch brittle. Butterscotch, in our opinion, is a criminally under-used flavor in this town, except at Molly's Cupcakes.
In addition to serving lots of tasty treats, Molly's Cupcakes is also just a fun place to be. There are plenty of tables and loungy-areas, and piles of communal board games and party games and such. The space always seems to have a pack or two of young folks, several couples on dates, as well as the expected after-school parents-with-children crowd (the littler kids gravitate toward the "swing-stools" at the counter…as does everyone else). The staff is super-smiley in a not-annoying way, the prices fair, the coffee good…it's the sort of place we're tempted to stop in for a snack and a caffeine recharge, every time we're walking by.
Take a Bite of Molly's Cupcakes
Molly's Cupcakes is located on Bleecker Street between Sixth Avenue and Carmine Street, just south of Father Demo Square. The Bleecker Street bakery's hours are:
- Mondays from 12:00 noon to 10:00 p.m.
- Tuesday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p,m.
- Friday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 midnight
- Sundays from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
For more information and a look at the Molly's Cupcake menu, please see their website