My urbanist self often gets tangled in battle with my parent self. I rationally know that the drawbacks of car culture are many — especially with regards to the built environment, efficient land uses, and our physical well-being. But whether I’ve got a kid asleep in the backseat I don’t want to disturb, or two awake carseat-bound fellas, it doesn’t matter. Getting the kids in and out of the car is a TOTAL pain. This fact of suburban parenting ranks fairly high on my list of First World Problems, in fact. That’s why I go to the drive-through ATM at a bank that’s not my own and suck up paying the additional fees. Or succumb to In-N-Out runs just to eliminate part of the schlep.
Fact is, I wish more places had curbside service. So here’s the latest good news in the car-centric convenience department that New Yorkers will undoubtedly ridicule: Magnolia Bakery will now bring your order out to you at Orlando and 3rd. (Shout out to good local business Tom’s Toys for unexpected curbside delivery during a rainy day — take THAT, Toys R Us!) Even if you hate the cutesy sweety cupcake trend that will never go away, and cannot stand anything Sex and the City related, Magnolia is irresistible. I’m not a pastels person, but those delicate, soft frosting colors are completely enchanting and delicious. And my brain and stomach do not know the word “stop” when confronted with a pint of Magnolia’s banana cream pudding.
Here’s the deal: this perk is available with minimum purchase of $25 — which isn’t a very hard dollar amount to hit — plus one hour advance notice. Magnolia recommends ordering special items 48 hours ahead of time. But making an impulse cupcake or ice box cake buy still requires some luck finding a space on 3rd Street.
Photos by Guzzle & Nosh
8389 West 3rd Street (at Orlando), Mid-City/WeHo adjacent
Price: $$ (relative to bakery prices)
Hours: Monday – Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 12 a.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.