Pinisi Bakery

Friday, October 19, 2007 10 No tags Permalink 0


It’s 11pm and I was getting ready to go sleep cause I gotta get up all early and stuff for work tomorrow. BUT. Just an hour ago, I found the most divine red velvet cake I’ve had in my entire life and I’d thought you would like to hear about it :) The name of the place in Pinisi Bakery. It’s the most darling of bakeries in the East Village, located precisely on 4th St between 1st and 2nd Ave. Run by the sweetest husband and wife team you’ll ever meet, I felt so welcomed the moment I set foot in the bakery. And that’s important, you know? To feel welcomed into a food establishment? Even if the food is excellent, any eating experience is ten million times better when the owners are nice!

The bakery is tiny, with just two stools for those lucky enough to snatch a spot. The glass windows allow passer-bys swoon worthy glances of danishes, chocolate cream cheese muffins, apple strudles and buttery pound cakes in both vanilla and chocolate. But the real treats are found inside the refrigerated glass cases to the left just as you enter the bakery.

Options vary with the day, whimsy, and mood of the owners, so you just never know what you might encounter. This particular Thursday night featured carrot cake, strawberry shortcake, pistachio cheesecake, white chocolate mousse cakes, creme brulee, cannoli cupcakes, and a whole bunch more. But I only had eyes for one luscious lover. The red velvet. OOooOooman. So awesome!

Isn’t it gorgeous? I told you! My goodness I don’t even know where to begin. A very dark and tender cake, almost as dense as pound cake, but incredibly moist with subtle notes of chocolate. Check out that deep vibrant shade of red! And the frosting! Oh dear, I don’t even usually like frosting but this sent me head over (high) heels into bliss – a super light whipped cream cheese frosting. As if heavy cream was beaten to billowy clouds and cream cheese was somehow magically incorporated in without adding the slightest bit of weight. And of course, like all desserts I really love, it was a sweet without being too sweet. Price tag? $3.50 is a small price to pay for this gem.

Overall? I would suggest you walk right on over to Pinisi’s right now, because it’s a tiny bakery, and I don’t know how many people know about it already. But I would burst into tears if they closed down due to a lack of business. The owners are clearly hard workers and love what they do. So. All you people in line at Magnolia’s and Sugar Sweet Sunshine: please turn around and come here :)

Pinisi Cafe & Bakery
128 East 4th St
NY, NY 10003
(212) 614-9079

10 Comments
  • anonymous
    November 30, -0001

    Be sure you try the Spicy Cupcakes. It is hot and not putting it mildly. I love spicy foods and this one is the real deal…

  • anonymous
    November 30, -0001

    Be sure you try the Spicy Cupcakes. It is hot and not putting it mildly. I love spicy foods and this one is the real deal…

  • K & S
    October 19, 2007

    omg! my favorite cake!! I wonder how long it will take me to walk over?? :)

  • rowena
    October 19, 2007

    You know I was totally loving the feel of this post…you did it just perfect! And then I read the end where you stated the price and I was like..WHAT?!? That’s it?! And you’re in New York? Shockers! Something like that would cost twice as much at a restaurant and a just a tad over at a really good bakery in Hawaii. Hehe..or maybe ’cause when I saw the slice spread all over my monitor…it’s easy to get carried away. ;-)

  • Darien
    October 19, 2007

    I know I haven’t commented in awhile… but know that I religiously check your blog Kathy! Miss you much and hope I can make the trek up to NY C sometime this year.

  • John
    October 19, 2007

    Kathy–Hi.I’m readin’ yer blog, addin’ to yer commentz!Or something.I’ve been to this place! And I’d agree, there are very sweet people working there and their baked goods are excellent.

  • Robyn
    October 19, 2007

    WE ARE TWINS…in spirit, not by physical composition.I’ve been here twice and yeah, the people who work there are so nice! And I had a really yummy cupcake. Red velvet, I think. Much better than other red velvet cupcakes I’ve had and yeah, what’s up with the frosting? It was so light but…ye know, substantial at the same time? I think I also tried one of their scones, which was rather meh, but can’t go wrong with cupcakes.

  • SicklyBug & Cassaendra
    October 19, 2007

    Hi Kathy!*drool*I had to forward this to my cousin. He used to live in a loft on 1st & 1st before he moved to LA.- Cassaendra

  • Kathy YL Chan
    October 20, 2007

    Hey Kat!hehe, I bet it wouldn’t take toooo long if you ran instead of walked, lol! :)Hey Rowena!Thank you! It’s such a good price for the quality you get! But I have to confess that one of my favorite reasons for visitng the Pinisi is because the owners are such welcoming people – it makes me sooo happy! :)Darien!Are you up for thanksgiving? please come! :) Justin just got in tonight, and we did some awesome fooding! Thanks for commenting, I missed hearing from you! :)Hey John!Thanks for stopping by! Quality baked goods are one thing, but when you combine them with nice owners…well, you’ve really just got the happiest place on earth! :)Robyn!Maybe we can be twins composition-wise also…I bet we’re 99.99% composed of baked goods and desserts, hehe! :) And the owners!! I’ve never met nicer people!! (except you of course! :)Hey Cassaendra!Oh man, what a concidence! Shann and I almost rented an apt right on 1st & 1st!…that would, of course, put us three blocks closer than we already are to the bakery…too dangerous! hehe :)

  • anonymous
    October 20, 2007

    it’s a long swim and walk from here, so maybe you could bring some back with you in the summer!

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