160 Prince Street - 212 925 8248 - This postcard old school bakery serves up fine cafe dishes 7 days a week 11am to 10pm every day.
It's not the menu of imaginative antipasto, salads, wraps, sandwiches and (Vesuvio Special) Panini, nor the continental breakfast choices, nor the cool old school (1920) interior, nor the fine selection of breads - it's the gang of Italians, who hang outside that makes this a special place to try.
Far far better than the tourist trap opposite with the chairs onto the street!
Out of the Kitchen
456 Hudson (between Barrow & Morton). Bakery / cafe that makes the best cup cakes in West Village. Yes - sorry to challenge popular belief - even better than the well loved Magnolia!
Check out their cookies too!
401 Bleecker St., New York, NY 10014 - An institution. The line outside day and night says all about the popularity of the cup cakes at this very Village 'place to be seen'.
The best cakes in the city? Hmmmm.... maybe not but if you're visiting NYC, a worthwhile experience. If you want to try better: I suggest a walk south down the Hudson to 'Out Of The Kitchen'.