Carlos Bake Shop, The Cake Boss bakery in New York

If you have cable TV access, then chances are you have heard of Cake Boss, the 4th generation baker that creates crazy pastries from his talent and imagination! The original Carlos Bake Shop is located in Hoboken (New Jersey) but you can visit their other location near Time Square.

The Bakery’s history

Carlos Bake shop is a local bakery in Hoboken that was opened by Carlo Gustafferro in 1920. Bartolo Valastro Sr. took the idea in 1964. Before his passing he was able to teach his son, Buddy, the art of baking that later became an impressive business after the Cake Boss TV series. The show was televised for a simple reason: to show people the chef baker’s craft, how he handled extravagant orders a long side his family, and occasionally even dropping some of the pastries.

What are the specialties at Carlos Bake Shop?

The main specialty is the making of some of the most colorful, best made pastries. You can custom order at the bakery in Time Square.

They also make cookies, donuts, and other Italian inspired pastries.

You might enjoy the Lobster Tail or better knows as a cone filled with cake frosting, similar to the Italian Sfogliatella.
My visit was not just for taking pictures; I couldn’t resist and had to try some of their creations myself.
I went with the vanilla frosting, but they have more flavors to choose from.

How to define the bakery?

I didn’t have the time to visit the location in Hoboken, but I did go to the one in Port Authority Bus Terminal. It is not a store and very easy to miss. It’s hard to imagine that at a place like that, they make some of the best pastries in New York.

The decorations inside are very simple, like a traditional bakery,

You can see the chefs baking from the main lobby.

Not a lot of people the day of my visit.

You must wait in line if you want to order, and if you want to see the different options to choose from, once you have ordered and paid, you will have to wait and hear your name to be called when your order is ready.

You can eat your pastries there at one of the tables, or you can take them to Bryant Park that is not far from there.

What can you find there besides pastries?

I recommend the lobster tail, it tastes really good even if it might be a little pricier, but it’s worth it.

You can also purchase souvenirs: baking books, plates, t-shirts, mugs…

If you would like a custom pastry I recommend ordering online a head of time.

How to get to Carlos Bake Shop?

If you are on vacation, the easiest thing to do is go to the location near Time Square at Port Authority Bus Terminal. But if possible, definitely try to go to the bakery in Hoboken, I’m sure that will be a more authentic experience.



Carlos Bake Shop is not a “must do” on the to do list when visiting New York. However don’t hesitate to stop and try a pastry if you’re passing by.
You can add it to your “bakery-to-do list” ;D


My fist trip to New York was in 2007 when I was working for an airline company. I was born in the US, I lived in Mexico, in Europe in between Belgium, Spain and France… Well, let’s say I know about travelling! I bring my experience of NYC to the blog, to provide the best travel tips you could imagine!

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  1. Gary Schoo says:
    Hi Buddy I watch your show all the time enjoy it very much. I am also Sicilian.
    Keep up the good job and keep making new shows I will enjoy watching. I want to order some things from your shop soon.
    Thank you Carlos you are The Boss
  2. Milisa Nicely says:
    Hey! Buddy I’m bringing my niece to New York-she’s crazy about your show.
    Do you think you might be in your store in Manhattan on June 10th?
    That would be a great surprise for her and me too! 🙂