Looking for a little slice of home in lonely Manhattan? Look no further. Ivy Bakery is your jam.
Owner and one-girl-wonder, Daniellan Louie, started Ivy Bakery eleven years ago, hoping to bring back childhood memories of sweets and treats to the perpetual Peter Pans of Manhattan.
“If your mom made it for you when you were little, or you grew up eating it, I make it!” Daniellan says, as she wipes her hands on her apron.
Daniellan specializes in all things sweet. For a former chef who describes her favorite taste as savory, Daniellan sure knows how to cook up a mean piece of pie.
Ivy Bakery has attracted a lot of press for their delicious deserts and baked goods. Daniellan and her creations have been featured in Martha Stewart Magazine, the Daily News and Time Out Magazine, to name a few.
She researches her recipes from around the world and cooks everything herself. Her famous Buttermilk Pie and Tres Leches Cups are world renowned and sell out quickly. She makes everything from Irish potato candy to Death By Chocolate parfaits to cake balls to brownies glazed in chocolate ganache.
I caught Daniellan before the afternoon rush of NYU students overtook her bakery.
“When I relocated the bakery from its original spot in Brooklyn, I made sure to make the space feel homey. I want this place to be relaxing and a place for anyone and everyone.” She said with a smile.
The bakery itself was a cozy room paneled in reclaimed wood. Frank Sinatra crooned softly over the sound of the KitchenAid mixer blending brownie mix. A long counter displays powder sugar covered pastries covered in glass domes. Wood dining tables lined the walls. Vintage board games and books are stacked neatly underneath the candy counter. And Daniellan, behind the counter, smiles shyly and stirs a bowl of batter.
The vibe is perfect: warm, friendly and just like your mother’s kitchen.
I tried the buttermilk pie and was shocked at how closely it resembled my mother’s recipe. The golden custard filling was candied to perfection, the sweetness mellowed by just a hint of vanilla and a pinch sea salt. The pie crust, flaky and buttery, complimented the rich custard nicely. I was floored. The very taste of Daniellan’s Buttermilk Pie recalled all sorts of memories of childhood birthday parties.
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Ivy Bakery is a tiny bakery nestled in the heart of the Village, straddling the north side of Houston street at 138 W. Houston.