Apple Café Bakery, located at 24 West 8th street (between 5th avenue and Macdougal street) provides cake and so much more. I stopped by one beautiful afternoon and enjoyed a sample of their delectable menu.
What you see on my plate is an apple crisp, a red velvet cupcake, a chocolate cupcake and three cookies- oatmeal raisin, peanut butter and white chocolate. I started with the cupcakes- they were delightful. I have a lot of feelings about the frosting to cake ratio and Apple Café Bakery gets it just right. The cake is light, warm, fluffy and feels like heaven in your mouth. The cookies were warm and chewy. The white chocolate melted in my mouth and the peanut butter had peanut chunks in it to give it some crunch. The apple crisp was wonderful as well. The sweet cinnamon apples blended perfectly with the crumbly crust.
Apple Café Bakery also sells cheesecakes, pies, pudding, muffins and brownies, all of which I would have gladly tried if I had a second stomach.
The owner Alhagie Jallow (he goes by Al for the benefit of his American customers) and head baker Babu are very friendly and make each patron feel like a member of the family.
Al is originally from Gambia and is currently taking classes at Hunter College. It makes perfect sense then, that his bakery would be such a welcoming place for students looking for a study break. Located a short walk away from NYU and the New School, Apple Café Bakery is a great place to get some work done. There is free WI-FI and you can enjoy coffee, tea and the smell of freshly baked goods while you work.
Even better, there is a coupon for Apple Café Bakery in the Campus Clipper! You won’t be able to just have one cookie so go ahead and indulge. The second one is free!