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‘Cake Boss’ Buddy Valastro, from the eponymous TV show on TLC about Carlo’s Bakery, has become a household name in New York. Many fans eagerly make the trip from New York to New Jersey to visit the famous bakery. That’s why, in 2013, the Cake Boss opened Carlo’s Bake Shop in New York, right in the centre of Manhattan. Now fans don’t need to leave the city for delicious treats.
Carlo’s Bakery is a small bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey. The bakery has been around since 1910 and was acquired by the Italian-American Valastro family in 1964. Carlo’s Bakery is a family company where the whole Valastro family works, lead by fourth-generation pastry baker Buddy Valastro.
Carlo’s Bakery has been featured in TLC’s reality show “Cake Boss” since 2009. In the show, you can see how Buddy, together with his four sisters and three brothers-in-law run the bakery. In each episode, Buddy and his team create show-stopping cakes for weddings and other special occasions. I’m not talking about cannoli but marvellous creations – some are even meters high with mechanical elements! When I got married, we had our wedding cake made by the one and only Cake Boss. The results were as expected and more importantly, delicious!
The bakery in Hoboken has become a tourist attraction, thanks to the TLC show. In addition to beautifully designed cakes, Carlo’s Bakery also makes other treats such as Italian pastries, cupcakes, and cookies. The store is open daily from 07:00.
Getting to Carlo’s Bakery
Carlo’s Bakery is in Hoboken, New Jersey, on the other side of the Hudson River. You can get there by PATH train or bus from Manhattan. A direct PATH train to Hoboken, New Jersey leaves from 33rd Street. To get to this station take the subway to 34th St – Herald Sq and walk from there (about a minute). Get off at the last station; ‘Hoboken’ and walk to the bakery (about three minutes). Bus 126 to Hoboken-PATH leaves from the Port Authority Bus Terminal (42nd Str & 8th Ave). Get off at the stop; Washington St – Newark St and walk to the bakery (about a minute). The NJ Transit bus takes around 20-30 minutes.
New Jersey Tour with a visit to the Carlo’s Bakery
Do you want to pay a visit to Carlo’s Bakery and combine it with a few other New Jersey sights? Then book this tour! The bus departs Manhattan for New Jersey and stops at, among others, Carlo’s Bakery (where you will have time to enjoy Buddy’s creations), Frank Sinatra’s house and the Empty Sky Memorial from which you have a beautiful view of the New York Skyline.
Tip: Another famous Italian-American in New Jersey, although fictional, is of course Tony Soprano. If you are a fan of the series, The Sopranos Tour is a fun way to see more famous sites in New Jersey.
Carlo’s Bake Shop
Thanks to the success of the TLC show, ‘Cake Boss’ and the popularity of Carlo’s Bakery, in 2013 Buddy Valastro opened Carlo’s Bake Shop in Manhattan. Sit down at one of the tables in this cosy café while you enjoy your purchases. Carlo’s Bake Shop sell Carlo’s Bakery specialities, in addition to coffee and tea. Carlo’s Bake Shop is open daily from 07:00 to 24:00.
Getting to Carlo’s Bake Shop
Carlo’s Bake Shop is on the corner of Port Authority Bus Terminal. The bakery is centrally located and is about an eight-minute walk from Times Square. Carlo’s Bake Shop is also easy to reach by subway. Get off at subway stop 42 St & Port Authority Bus Terminal, subway lines A, C and E stop here. The bakery can be found at street level.
Carlo’s Bake Shop Cakes
One of Carlo’s specialities is most definitely the cannoli. A typical Italian pastry consisting of rolled-up cake with a delicious cream filling. You should also try the Lobster Tail; a similarly filled Italian pastry in the shape of a lobster’s tail. The Lobster Tail is ‘Buddy’s Pick’, so you know it’s going to be a good one! There are also lots of other cookies, cakes and pastries to choose from. You’ll have a mouthwatering experience picking one of the treats from the display cases. Chocolate Chip Cookies are available from $1,50 at the Carlo’s Bake Shop.
If you like a good pastry shop or are a big fan of Buddy Valastro and the Cake Boss show, I definitely recommend paying a visit to Carlo’s Bake Shop to try one of their famous cannoli, for example. One of the great things about Carlo’s Bake Shop is that you can see into the kitchen, where everything is made. The store is extremely popular and can be busy during the day. I would therefore advise going as early as possible.