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best coconut cake?

My brother's bday is saturday, and he loves coconut cake. Magnolia's version is pretty great, but I've gotten it for him in the past and I was wondering if there was any exceptional coconut cake in the city that I might be missing. Anyone know where to get the best coconut cake? Thanks!

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Magnolia Bakery
401 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

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  1. Balthazar Bakery makes great coconut cake.

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    Balthazar
    80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

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    1. re: kathryn

      All this talk about coconut cake prompted me to buy a slice when I happened to be by Balthazar this afternoon. Yum!

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      Balthazar
      80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

    2. Minetta Tavern serves an insanely good coconut cake. Perhaps someone knows where they source it or if it's available whole.

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      Minetta Tavern
      113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

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        1. re: kathryn

          I'm glad we're in agreement, then, on its deliciousness!

          1. re: Blumie

            And I don't even like coconut usually!

        2. re: Blumie

          Definitely Minetta Tavern's cake.

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          Minetta Tavern
          113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

        3. Apple Cafe Bakery, 24 W. 8th St, in the West Village, has the best coconut cake I've had in ages.
          They're open daily 7 am - 11 pm, 212 432 4300.

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          Apple Cafe Bakery
          24 W 8th St, New York, NY 10011

          1. Buttercup bakeshop has a really good one. 2nd ave and 51st i think.

            from their website:
            Coconut Cake
            A yellow cake with coconut filling between the layers. Frosted with gooey meringue and topped with shredded coconut.
            3 layer 9" $44
            3 layer 7" $28

            http://buttercupbakeshop.com/menu/eas...

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            Buttercup Bake Shop
            973 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022

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            1. re: adido

              I love Buttercup's coconut cake too, but will have to try the one at Balthazar's as mentioned above.

            2. No contest. Good Enough to Eat on Amsterdam and 84th. Truly.

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              Good Enough to Eat
              483 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

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              1. re: mahler5

                I've had all the cakes mentioned except for Minetta Tavern. Good Enough to Eat is what you want. If you don't live nearby, call ahead to make sure it's fresh that day.

              2. Billy's Bakery makes a meringue coconut cake. If you willing to order outer boroughs, Baked does my favorite coconut cake in NYC.

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                Billy's Bakery
                184 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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                1. re: Pookipichu

                  Thanks guys! I tried to order from Balthazar but they're only making the 10", so I called good enough to eat. Hope he likes it!

                  1. re: Pookipichu

                    Oh my gosh, meringue coconut cake, my two favorite things together.

                    Where exactly is Baked.

                    1. re: Pookipichu

                      Before I opened this thread, I was hoping someone would of said Billy's Bakery.

                      1. re: Funkalicious

                        I love the flavor of the coconut cake at Billy's, I just wish it wasn't so sweet. If I'm in the area, I go to Doughnut Plant for my coconut fix.

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                        Doughnut Plant
                        220 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

                        1. re: Funkalicious

                          Of the ones mentioned in this thread, I've had the ones from Billy's and from Minetta, at least twice each. There's no contest: the one from Minetta is (approximately) a kazillion times better.

                      2. Also, ELi's on the UES has an incredible one as does Lady M

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                        Eli's Manhattan
                        1411 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10028