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Magnolia Bakery Unveils Rockette Cupcake Timed for Radio City Xmas Show

Magnolia Bakery is going to kick up their cupcake selection this holiday season with a Rockette Red Velvet Cupcake.  Will the leggy ladies be baking Magnolia’s famed treats?  Not quite, but the bakery

Photo:  Rockette Red Velvet Cupcakes, courtesy Magnolia Bakery

Photo: Rockette Red Velvet Cupcakes, courtesy Magnolia Bakery

will be featuring the special showgirl-embossed cupcakes for the second year in a row at its Rockefeller Center locale during the annual Radio City Christmas Show running from Nov. 17-Dec. 31.

For years, tourists have flocked to Magnolia’s West Village location.  The bakery’s burst of fame came after it played a bit part in the hit television series, Sex in the City.  More recently, Magnolia opened up an Upper West Side branch on Columbus Ave. and 69th Street. Though Upper West Side customers will be able to purchase Magnolia’s regular red velvet cupcakes, the special tourist-friendly Rockette variety will only be sold at the Rockefeller Center locale.

Fashioned from red velvet cake and a whipped vanilla butter cream icing, the Rockette cupcakes will be sold during the Christmas Show’s entire run. Each cupcake is adorned with a dark chocolate medallion, imprinted with an image of a dancing Rockette. Customers who purchase one of the treats ($3.50), will get a discount voucher to be used against a Radio City Christmas show ticket.

Magnolia Bakery

Rockefeller Center
1240 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY
212 767 1123

Upper West Side Location
200 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY
212 724 8101

West Village Location
401 Bleecker Street
New York, NY
212 462 2572

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Pizza: Keste in the Village for Neopolitan Pizza

“How do you like the pizza?” asked the hot Italian guy sitting next to me after we had devoured our luscious pie at Keste, the Neopolitan pizza joint in the Village. When I told

Photo: By roboppy via flickr.

Photo: By roboppy via flickr.

him I thought the topping was delicious,  but objected to the soggy crust, he explained that Keste’s crust is prepared just the way they do it in Naples.

“We love this place,” he said as he and his girlfriend tucked into a classic Margherita pie.

Keste’s pizza, it’s true, is very different from the classic NY pie, like the one, for example, dished up at Sal and Carmines on the Upper West Side. There is the crust issue. But if you can get used to that, Keste’s toppings are divine, at least on the one pizza we tried. We ordered Salsiccia E Friarielli, a pie made with Italian sausages, Italian rapini, imported smoked mozzarella, and extra virgin olive oil. Rich and incredibly savory, this was some of the best pizza toppings I’ve ever tasted.

Photo: By roboppy via flickr.

Photo: By roboppy via flickr.

Authenticity is what Keste is all about. The cramped pizzeria is overseen by Rosaio Procino and his partner Roberto Caporuscio. The latter is the president of the APN (Associazione Pizzaiuoli Napoletani) whose mission, says Keste’s web site, is “to protect and preserve the Neapolitan pizza tradition and promote the art of pizza making.” To learn more about what goes into a Neopolitan pizza, read Slice’s post on pizza making at Keste.

If you go to Keste while the weather is still summery, wear the coolest clothes you own. The night we were there, the small dining room was as hot as the blazing pizza oven. If there was AC, it was hard to tell. (Also, on a steamy night, avoid the restroom which is next to the tiny kitchen; sweat was dripping off my face by the time I got back to my table.)

Be prepared for a mob if you go any later than 6:30. Still, Keste turns over the tables quickly, and once inside, the service is quick and courteous.

Prices range from $9 to $18 for a pie. There’s also a few salads and dessert if you still have room after finishing off your satisfying and filling pizza.

Keste Pizzeria
271 Bleecker St.
New York, NY

HOURS :

MONDAY – THURSDAY : 12PM to 3:30PM and 5PM to 11PM

FRIDAY – SATURDAY : 12PM to 3:30PM and 5PM to 11PM

SUNDAY : 12PM to 3:30PM and 3:30 to 10PM

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