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Carlo’s City Hall Bake Shop

95 Washington St., Hoboken, NJ 07030 40.737178 -74.030813
nr. 1st St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
201-659-3671 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Dessert / Ice Cream Shop
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Official Website

carlosbakery.com

Hours

Sun-Thu, 7am-7pm; Fri-Sat, 7am-8pm

Prices

$5-$30

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Great Desserts
  • Notable Chef
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • No Alcohol

Reservations

Not Accepted

Profile

When Carlo Guastaffero opened his humble bakery in 1910, he couldn’t possibly have envisioned the hectic Reality TV future of his enterprise. The shop’s current owner, Buddy Valastro, landed a programming vehicle on TLC after a few appearances on the Food Network’s Cake Challenge. The show, Cake Boss, follows the Valastros and their family drama through the two-story kitchen behind the bakery’s jam-packed storefront. When the show isn’t taping, crowds clamor for cupcakes at the tall glass display cases, and salespeople holler over the din to take orders. Behind the scenes, it’s a miniature Wonka factory with vats of Technicolor frosting for piping, industrial-size bins of buttercream, and a dozen sculptors fashioning fondant into everything from lifelike flowers to six-foot-long, man-eating sharks, and even a muscular Patrick Ewing. Known for its thick, well-balanced cheesecake and perfectly formed lobster tails, Carlo’s has long been a favorite among Jersey’s cannoli class. The success of the TV show has brought customers from far-flung points: Scranton, Minneapolis, towns in Connecticut. Tourists wait on a line that’s often three blocks long for the chance to buy a napoleon and hopefully catch a glimpse of the flour-dusted Cake Boss himself. Connoisseurs may be a trifle disappointed—Payard this is not. But the Valastro family is entertaining, and if you need a birthday cake that looks like your uncle Gino, Buddy’s your guy.

Recommended Dishes

Cheesecake, $16.95; lobster tail, $21 for half-dozen

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