Chocolate cupcakes at Ciao for Now in the East Village are something special, intensely chocolaty but not too sweet, says curranthound, who ranks them well ahead of better-known cupcake makers Magnolia and Billy’s.
In other bakery news, Sweet Melissa in Soho has closed. Its original Brooklyn shop remains in business, turning out hound-endorsed chocolate mousse cake, double chocolate-cherry cookies and other treats.
Magnolia Bakery [Greenwich Village]
401 Bleecker St., at W. 11th St., Manhattan
Sweet Melissa Patisserie [Carroll Gardens]
276 Court St., between Butler and Douglass, Brooklyn