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Carlo’s Bakery, NYC

Carlo's Bakery NYC

I had no intention of going to Carlo’s Bakery because I actually didn’t know it existed.  I stumbled across it the day I walked home from sitting the 5 hour pre-licencing course.  Carlo’s Bakery is situated at 625 8th Avenue at 42nd St, near Time Square.

I have since found out that there are nine locations in total.

Carlos menu

I decided to pop in and see what the fuss was and immediately upon entering I saw that you needed to grab a ticket and then wait for your number to be called.

Carlos TV

I didn’t grab a ticket when I entered as I had no intention of buying anything that day since I was on my way to the grocery store to pick up extra items to make lasagna for Husband.  But as I stood there and watched everyone queue, I decided that it was probably one of the quieter days (compared to a weekend) and I didn’t want to have to come back and wait in a longer queue.

Carlos merch
Carlo’s Bakery merchandise

What I found bizarre was that I had to queue for my ticket to order but then I had to queue again to pay.  The line to pay was being serviced by only one girl so it took twice as long.  In total, I waited for about 45 minutes.  And like I said, that day seemed to be a quieter time.

I ordered a plain cheesecake to continue with the best cheesecake hunt.

carlos cheesecake

The girl said they offered complimentary wording iced on the top so I thought for fun I would get ‘Happy Eating’ piped on the top.

While I was waiting I decided to invite one of Husband’s colleagues over to dinner that night, to help share the load of calories.


The cheesecake was more expensive than the others  so far, and I thought was just OK.

Of course, Husband having nearly opposite tastes to me (apparently opposites attract?) said it was the best cheesecake so far.

Run down: the cheesecake was light and not that heavy, rich creamy type I like.  And it again had the sponge cake type base (honestly, what is going on here in this city???)

carlos cheesecake slice

I would not return to Carlo’s for cheesecake, but I have been told that my next visit should include the Lobster Tail and cannoli.

For everyone that doesn’t know who Carlo is:

Carlo’s Bakery, featured on Cake Boss, is known for our delicious pastries, desserts & cakes.

Carlo’s is a family owned bakery featured on the TLC hit show Cake Boss. Carlo’s, originally opened by Carlo Guastaffero in 1910, was acquired by Bartolo Valastro Sr. in 1964. Since the untimely passing of Bartolo Sr. in 1994, matriarch Mary Valastro and her children Grace, Maddalena, Mary, Lisa and master baker Bartolo Jr. “Buddy” Valastro have expanded the business with the help of their spouses.

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