I did a pretty thorough checklist of the red velvet cupcakes I like in NYC for The L Magazine. It's a comic strip and you can see it here:
This project made me realize how MANY places are making cupcakes and red velvet is really popular. Cupcakes are such a strangely controversial topic in NYC and I think it's because they inspire a mania and are adored but a lot of them aren't THAT great. The most common problem is cake dryness. On the other hand a cupcake that's not great is still usually better than not having one at all ^_^
I only covered ones I thought were good here (and I still haven't tried the ones at Tribeca Treats and a bunch of other places, but I had limited time and space). Two that stuck out in my mind were ChikaLicious Dessert Club and Sweet Revenge. The ChikaLicious one was just so tender and the frosting so good, I'm surprised they're not more known for their cupcakes. Sweet Revenge had an original take that I really enjoyed with moist raspberry red velvet cake and cinnamon sprinkled on top. Of course after tasting 20 cupcakes in a month a different twist is more than welcome, but I thought it was pretty special...
Anyone else finding cupcake gladness at new or unexpected spots?