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Best Carrot Cake in NYC?

AP Feb 4, 2005 07:50 PM

I go to Magnolia for the cupcakes, to Cake Man Raven in Brooklyn for Red Velvet Cake.... where to go for Carrot Cake with really think cream cheese frosting?

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    Janie Feb 4, 2005 09:11 PM

    Is your typo supposed to be thin or thick? Well in any case, the carrot cake at La Flor in Woodside, Queens, is quite good, but it is a heavy style cake not light and fluffy interior--a few bites and you're done. Don't beat me up for the next one, but the carrot cake at Cheesecake factory is a favorite of a friend of mine, although I have not tried it myself, but it does look good--it is huge, and appears to have thick frosting. It is very funny but the best carrot cake I've had is made by Publix bakery in North Miami Beach florida, complete with the carrot in orange frosting--it's the light airy kind with that thick styled cream cheese frosting--nice and moist, not dry styled or bread like. I used to make a carrot bread which was quite dense but also very good, no frosting though--Have not had anything memorable from any bakery of late that I can think of--but I try it often in restaurants if it's on the dessert menu---------it is one of my husband's favorites, and it would be good to know some other sources for certain, so let's hope others chime in.

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      I_<3_NYC_FOOD Feb 4, 2005 10:24 PM

      Although I haven't been the ones here, when I was at the Palm steakhouse in Texas, they had the best carrot cake I've ever tasted. And it was huge! I am sure the Palm locations here would have it as well. Soooo good.

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        AP Feb 5, 2005 03:47 PM

        Today I was at Magnolia and tried their carrot cake. It was satisfying. I compare every carrot cake to my favorite, which is in upstate NY. The frosting didn't taste like cream cheese enough for me. It was a light-colored cake made with coconut which I liked. The one I'm used to is dark, and the edges seem to have been coated in molasses and is made with raisans. Their must be a place in NYC that is known for their carrot cake!

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          HLing Feb 11, 2005 09:08 PM

          Have you tried the place that's a few blocks farther north from the end of the 1 & 9 train(242 street van cordtland park) in Riverdale? I forget the name of it. The cake is dark, and made with raisin.

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            Al Feb 23, 2005 12:56 PM

            The place near Van Cortlandt Park on Broadway is called Lloyd's Carrot Cake and we drive all the way from Rockland County to get it. My friend used it as her wedding cake, stacking the three different sizes as tiers...

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              HLing Feb 24, 2005 12:16 PM

              Lloyd's! That's it! It's still there, then? I hope? I remember that they also have sweet potato pie and other southern goodies. Maybe it's time to take that long train ride again...

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                rich51 May 11, 2009 06:15 PM

                still there and so is the sweet potato pie

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          Sharon Feb 6, 2005 09:47 AM

          Carrot Top - Broadway at 165th St. No question.

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            AP Feb 11, 2005 07:47 PM

            I tried Carrot Top, it was ok, but not what I'm looking for. In my opinion, Magnolia's was better. Thanks for the recommendations, and I will keep on searching!

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            rho Feb 19, 2005 09:36 AM

            I like Junior's Carrot Cake. Since they're famous for their cheese cake...their carrot cake's cream cheese frosting is excellent.

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              bk Feb 27, 2005 11:00 PM

              Black Hound (2nd Ave around 11th St) makes a very good carrot cake, nicely spiced with a decent helping of raisins, nuts and a great cream cheese frosting.

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                Miyagi Mar 12, 2005 10:27 AM

                I got a slice at Westville on West 10th about 2 weeks ago that was delish. Might be worth a shot for you.

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                  Mike Feb 7, 2006 02:26 PM

                  THE BEST carrot cake EVER.. sounds simple.. but TRUST ME... The Bakery at The Food Emporium in Hells Kitchen!!! TRUST ME!!! You'll thank me later. :-)

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                    allieb2031 May 10, 2009 10:47 AM

                    I grew up loving a Carrot Cake from the Good Food Store in Darien, CT. That is no longer, alas. I had am amazing cake from Otter Creek Bakery in Middlebury, VT (very cream cheesy frosting!) years ago, but my current favorite is that at Two LIttle Red Hens on the UES. Has anyone else tried that? I saw Magnolia's last night, and am wondering how it compares...

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                    conordog May 21, 2009 06:10 PM

                    the carrot cake at any palm restaurant. and each serving is plenty for 2 people. plenty. it really is nice. make sure they side you some of their fresh whipped cream.

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                      holyromanone Oct 25, 2009 05:36 PM

                      I love carrot Cake and I eat it where ever I can get it. Having eaten my way through NYC, I can safely say that I find the Carrot Cake at Vinyl to be the absolute best. The staff was laughing as they watched me eat it because I could not believe how outstanding it was. The perfect balance of spicy and sweet with simply incredible frosting. I avoid the place now becasue I could easily eat my weight in their carrot cake. You HAVE to try it!

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                        sweetster Dec 8, 2012 09:01 AM

                        holyromanone, where is this "Vinyl," please? (Didn't find it in web searches.) I'm on a carrot cake quest, and your description makes it sound a must-visit!

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                        chroma Oct 26, 2009 06:17 PM

                        The best carrot cake I've ever had is (are) the one(s) I've made from The Silver Palate cookbook. It is phenomenal. Maybe you can still get it in their shop on Columbus Avenue?

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                          allieb2031 Oct 28, 2009 07:06 PM

                          I think the shop is LONG closed!


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