Cups provide containment for life-sustaining water, protect the tender nether regions, and allow eavesdropping through walls. Combine these incalculable benefits with the scrumptiousness of cake, with today's Groupon to Flying Monkey Patisserie. Choose any six of the charming bakery's decadent cupcakes for $7, up to a $16 value. Enjoy scrumptious hand-held cakes from the original location at Reading Terminal Market, or check out the new Flying Monkey Deuce at Washington Square West, featuring twice as many worker monkeys making cupcakes from scratch with the freshest ingredients in the land.
The fully trained, food-licensed monkeys at Flying Monkey Patisserie have a wing up on human bakers, as their agility and capability for flight make them nimble kitchen aids. Each day, they whip up rich flavors that run the gamut from subtle lavender to the JB, a chocolate or vanilla cake with chocolate Jim Beam–bourbon buttercream. Top a moist and tender chocolate or vanilla cake with rich coffee buttercream and a candy espresso bean, or search the list to try a dollop of the almond, vanilla, pistachio, chai, honey walnut, or other buttercreams, each featured on an inventive collection of treats. Try one of Flying Monkey's first-class yums, such as the signature Flying Monkey cupcake (chocolate cake stuffed with vanilla buttercream and banana chunks, topped with chocolate buttercream) or the tart lemon peel (vanilla cake stuffed with blackberry preserves and covered in lemon peel buttercream).
Serving cupcakes to your guests cuts down on dirty dishes and eliminates the shame of being the first one to cut into the cake. Instead of making a different cake to suit everyone's tastes, you can get a different variety of Flying Monkey's more than 35 flavors each time you stop in (you can three of these Groupons, but only one redemption per visit) for fickle friends, or firmly redefine adulthood with a cupcake-tasting party with a wine pairing for each scrumptious treat. Gone are the obnoxious protestations that a slice of cake is too big. Because cupcakes fit neatly into your hand, you'll be too consumed with the childlike delight of devouring the artful edibles to think about blown diets and foreign occupation. It's advisable to call ahead to see what flavors are still available for that day.
- The last time you saw a flying monkey, you were 4 years old. And it scared the crap out of you. (Let’s not even mention the munchkins.) But Rebecca Michaels’s Flying Monkey Deuce… will put latent fears to rest. Showcasing Michaels’s signature cupcakes (lavender, hazelnut praline, pistachio) made famous in her Reading Terminal Market store, the sweet shop has an outdoor patio, window seat, and whimsical chimp art on dark blue walls. – Daily Candy
Exhaustive Internet polling of lions, tigers, bears, and the occasional human showed that creatures of all kinds love the cupcakey treats, with 83% of Urbanspooners liking the patisserie, Yelpers giving it 3.5 stars, and Citysearchers rating it four:
- The Flying Monkey's frosting is deliciously light (I am told it is "French buttercream") and I'm a die-hard fan of the vanilla-vanilla cupcake. Mmmm. This is making me hungry. – lara_b., Citysearch
- You have to try these cupcakes. They may not look really fancy but they are the best cupcakes I have ever had. You can taste the butter in the cake and the frosting is creamy and thick. – JosieKat, Urbanspoon