Sweet on Fulton

One of my dietary weaknesses is a superb cupcake. Skip the meal, proceed right to dessert. And if red velvet cupcakes are on the menu, then don’t even touch the brakes.

So the news that a new cupcake outpost just opened on Fulton Street was heavenly. A few nights ago, I dropped by with my newest Facebook friend to try some scrumptious morsels at Baked by Melissa.

The cozy, bright shop at 110 Fulton Street sparkles with sugary delights. Even at $3 a pop, these mini treats are worth it. Yes, the red velvet was perfection. But well, then there were Cookie Dough, Cinnamon, and Chocolate Chip Pancake. Like chocolate? Then you can indulge even more with bite-sized stuffed cupcakes dipped in chocolate, too.

If you like your cupcakes big, well, Crumbs is just a few blocks away. But if you seek a tiny, tasty treat (and one that erases any guilt about over-indulging), then Baked by Melissa proves a worthy stop during your Lower Manhattan travels.

As you step outside with your boxed, baked goods, take a gander and you’ll notice that the flavorful transformation of Fulton Street is afoot. Why, there’s the spanking – and sparkling – new 55 Fulton Market, a relatively new Chipotle, and fresh-food haven Crisp.

That’s not to dismiss the established eateries, like Lower Manhattan’s oldest Thai restaurant, Bennie’s Thai Café at 88 Fulton Street, where you can  get some of the best chicken pad thai in the area.

And afterwards, you can go from Thai to “Tie-Dye” with a vanilla tie-dye cupcake with rainbow sugar crystal topping. Great, now that I wrote that I need to meander back to Fulton Street….