On my recent holiday to America last month we made an essential stop in New York. I have been here a lot and it is one of my favourite places to visit – especially for shopping! On this particular trip we wanted to do things that we hadn’t done before or were a bit different; unfortunately for my poor husband I discovered that the home of one of my favourite programmes was not that far from Manhattan on the PATH train in Hoboken. I have a minor addiction to Cake Boss and decided we had to seize this opportunity to visit, and my very kind husband obliged, a decision I think he later regretted!
After a leisurely walk down the ‘High Line’ (which I would thoroughly recommend) we arrived at Gansevoort Street, which is where the High Line ends. Christopher Street PATH station is a short walk away. Here we hopped on to the next train and in 15 mins we were in Hoboken!
Unfortunately, I hadn’t really looked into where in Hoboken Carlo’s Bakery was, so we wandered around for a bit , and then we seen it… and then we seen the queue.
I had read about people waiting 2 – 3 hours to get their pastry delights – surely it was a myth? err… nope, it most certainly wasn’t! We joined the queue at 3pm, we were given a ticket with a number on which would be called when we got inside. We stood in the queue for 2 hours – before getting into the shop! Once in the shop we thought woohoo we are getting served… err…nope again. It was another 1 hour before we emerged clutching 2 lobster tails and 2 cupcakes!
One question that had crossed our minds several times was ‘Are these going to be any good after all this?’. In short – Yes. They were very very tasty! It was cool finally being in the shop that I see on TV regularly and being able to taste all the yumminess that you see being made! Though unfortunately none of the ‘cast’ were onsite at the time, so I didn’t get to see Buddy and his Famiglia.
In short, if you are in the area I would recommend a visit, they were in a way worth it! It is open until 7pm, and the people who arrived in the queue around 6pm definitely didn’t have as long of a wait as us – so be late is my advice!!