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.

Ciao for Now [East Village]
504 E. 12th St., between Aves. A and B, Manhattan
212-677-2616
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Magnolia Bakery [Greenwich Village]
401 Bleecker St., at W. 11th St., Manhattan
212-462-2572
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Billy’s Bakery [Chelsea]
184 9th Ave., between W. 21st and 22nd Sts., Manhattan
212-647-9953
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Sweet Melissa Patisserie [Soho]
75 W. Houston St., at W. Broadway, Manhattan
347-594-2541
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Sweet Melissa Patisserie [Carroll Gardens]
276 Court St., between Butler and Douglass, Brooklyn
718-855-3410”>Locater

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