Essentially Tara, Breakups & Chocolate

April 16th, 2015

Sweet Revenge Dirty Cupcake with Sweet Smaak PinotageI marvel at my blessings! My lovely patron Tara Lipinski recently visited us and shared a sweet story about how we were her go-to spot after a sad breakup. Nothing heals better than chocolate, especially our Dirty cupcake (dark chocolate truffle, Valrhona chocolate cake) & a glass of Sweet Smaak Pinotage.

Tara is a smart, savvy, lovely person who is insanely accomplished as one of the world’s greatest Olympic figure skaters, kind, humble, unassuming and so very thoughtful. She is every bit as adorable in real life as you see on tv! Her bubbly spirit, positive energy and natural beauty light up a room.  She was a joy to work with while doing her photo shoot at my restaurant & wine bar Sweet Revenge® in NYC.  It was a seriously fun day with her in the house, and I had a fantastic time.

I take great pride in knowing several patrons who have had their first date at mine and wound up having my cupcakes or wedding cakes at their weddings. On the other end of the spectrum, Black Book Magazine and Daily Candy picked Sweet Revenge as a fave spot for breakups, bitching about breakups and also first dates! I have consoled many a patron over a beer at the bar about the end of their relationship and also brainstormed engagements taking place at mine.  I am sure that Tara  will have happy times over cupcakes & wine, helping fade into the past lingering memories about her breakup.

It makes me endlessly happy that my desserts, vino, chocolate, good tunes, kind folks and great energy at Sweet Revenge make the world a kinder place for my amazing patrons, whether they are having rough or great days. I am very grateful to Tara for sharing her story about Sweet Revenge® on her fabulous blog Essentially Tara she recently launched.

Get to know Tara on Essentially Tara and check out her story about us!

Read Tara’s “My Sweet Tooth: Sweet Revenge

cheers to sweet tooths,



Dream of Opening Your Own Cafe or Bakery?

April 1st, 2015

As a small business owner of a restaurant & wine bar, I have been commended by patrons through the years for “going for it”, “taking such a big risk”, and “living the dream”. I appreciate their compliments and their support for my transition from corporate to restaurateur.

Many folks have asked how I pulled it all off.  Last year, I was approached by the Idiot’s Guide to write their book on opening and running a restaurant. Although I passed on that opportunity, I have been sharing the concrete steps on going from idea in the noggin’ to brick & mortar on the block in my classes that I’ve been teaching at Sweet Revenge® for the past two years. This Saturday, I am offering my class on How to Open a Successful Cafe / Bakery and I hope to see my fellow dreamers and doers bright and early at Sweet Revenge® at 8a.

If you want to escape your corporate job to bring your cafe, bar, bakery, coffee shop, cupcake store, or restaurant to life, sign up now for this Saturday’s class!

For details on what is covered in my workshop this Saturday at 8a: HOW TO OPEN A SUCCESSFUL CAFE / BAKERY CLASS

The class will be held:
8am-10am, Saturday April 4, 2015
Sweet Revenge
62 Carmine Street (between Bedford & 7th Ave in the west village)
NYC NY 10014

To register & pay the course fee of $199 (includes breakfast pastries & coffee) via paypal: PAY NOW

Cheers to betting on yourself and livin’ the dream!


Black & Tan Cupcakes for St Patricks!

March 12th, 2015

SSweet Revenge Young's Double Chocolate Stout & Black & Tan Cupcakepring has sprung, and we are feelin’ the luck -o-the-Irish at my restaurant & wine bar Sweet Revenge®! We are so excited about putting winter behind us, we debuted our Black & Tan cupcake today, 5 days before St Patty’s. Our Black & Tan cupcake is made with Young’s Double Chocolate Stout cake, Chocovine Cream Cheese frosting and lightly dusted with cocoa powder. It comes as no surprise dear patrons that this St. Patrick’s day inspired dessert is paired with Young’s Double Chocolate stout and Chocovine.

May the leprechaun bring the springtime pot-o-gold to all!



Sweet Revenge in Business Insider for City’s Best Bakeries List!

March 11th, 2015

Sweet Revenge made Business Insider‘s 18 best bakeries in New York City. We cherish this sweet news and are delighted to be in such estimable company as Maman, Chikalicious, and Spot to name just a few of the delectable purveyors of pastries in NYC.  Although we are not a bakery, we take pride in pairing our delicious baked goods and desserts with wine and beer at our restaurant & wine bar.

Read the Story

Marlo Scott on NTN 24

February 28th, 2015

Marlo Scott, Owner- Sweet Revenge & Julio Cesar Garcia Torrres - Chief Correspondent on NTN 24Owner Marlo Scott spoke with Chief Correspondent Julio Cesar Garcia Torres on the Lideres show on cable network NTN 24. They discussed Sweet Revenge, the challenges that small business owners face and of course cupcakes with wine and beer pairings!

Watch the tv clip in English:

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Sweet Revenge Crimson & Cream Cupcake is #1 in NYC for Red Velvet on The Culture Trip!

February 12th, 2015

Sweet Revenge Crimson & Cream Cupcake, Raspberry Bellini & Belhaven beer pairingsThe Sweet Revenge®  Crimson & Cream cupcake is the #1 red velvet cake in NYC on The Culture Trip! We are in an estimable list of 5 places in town.  To say the least, this topic is highly charged, and the competition is fierce. We thank writer Clareese Hill for putting us in the ring of highly qualified contenders.  We’re feeling red devilly good that we came out on top.

We bake raspberries into our red velvet cake. We of course use cream cheese frosting. We dust our cream cheese with cinnamon & drizzle on raspberry coulis in zigzags. Our Crimson & Cream cupcake is paired with a raspberry bellini to pop the fruit. We also pair it with Belhaven, a creamy spicy sweet amber ale from Scotland, which goes crazy great with our cream cheese frosting.

If you’re feeling a little red devil-ish, we’ve got a spot at the bar just for you!

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Sweet Revenge Cupcakes & Wine are in GM’s Drive The District Mag!

February 9th, 2015

Sweet Revenge Dirty Cupcake with Sweet Smaak PinotageChocolate and booze…don’t those two words just roll off the tongue deliciously!?!! We are happy to be the #1 pick in GM’s magazine Drive the District!

Check out their mouthwatering photo of our Dirty cupcake (Valrhona cake, dark chocolate truffle, dusted with cocoa powder) paired with Sweet Smaak Pinotage and the sweet story on the best chocolate desserts and drinks for Valentine’s in NYC!

Read the story: 6 Ways to Pair Chocolate with Booze in NYC

Sweet Revenge® is A Kenneth Cole Fave Date Spot!

February 9th, 2015

I am thrilled that Kenneth Cole chose my restaurant & wine bar Sweet Revenge® as a Fave Date Spot for Valentine’s Day for their stylin’ consumers. As a small business owner, it is an honor to be recognized by such a phenomenally successful brand and big company. I’m delighted they are charmed by the vibe and decor of my internationally-inspired place. For a critically acclaimed fashion industry icon to recommend my desserts & drinks for its Valentine’s campaign makes me feel red carpet fabulous!

The Kenneth Cole team recently photographed their models at mine on an early Sunday morning. They were an absolute pleasure to work with behind the scenes.  They are running a sweet Valentines contest on their social media. Follow them and put your name in their stylish hat ;) . Check out their incredible compliments and photos of our edible fashion (aka cupcakes, cheesecakes, bellinis & beer) at Sweet Revenge!

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Join us with your loved one for the perfect pairings (beautiful imported wine & beers paired with our cupcakes, cheesecakes, cookies & pies) on Valentine’s. Or celebrate LOVE anytime at ours, as it is ALWAYS the right time to do that!

Cheers to great taste and style!


Seeing the Signs

January 18th, 2015

Sweet RevengeSince I opened my restaurant & wine bar Sweet Revenge® in 2008, my very loving & supportive parents have nudged (nagged?! :) ) me about putting out a sign to make us easier to find. One would think this very logical suggestion and fairly straightforward project would be easily & quickly knocked off the to-do list. I chalk up the fact that this project is now on the Year 7 to-do list as the fault of a smallbiz gremlin or two :) . These slippery little suckers sneakily divert my attention to all kinds of distracting and pressing to-dos.

As new restaurants have moved onto charming Carmine street in Manhattan’s west village, I study their signage: height, dimensions, awning vs hanging, light lettering on dark background vs dark letters on a light background (please weigh in on what you think is most readable!), type of material, colors etc. It is not lost on me that virtually all of my fellow restaurateurs have noticeable and easy to read signs. The Sweet Revenge® logos on the door and on our white brick wall are incredibly visible, if you are directly in front of them or have bionic vision from across the street. Ahh yes, there so many signs all around me, giving me clues about what I need to do. And bless my parents who continue to bring up this project year after year :) .

Mom and dad, this one’s for you. I’m getting the outside sign made STAT.

“How very wet this water is.” ― L. Frank Baum, The Marvelous Land of Oz

cheers to the obvious and getting it done,


Let it Snow! We Have Mulled Wine!

January 6th, 2015

Sweet Revenge snowyAs I type this post, I am looking out on softly falling snow and a monotone gray sky. The start of 2015 is chilly – temps were 11F with the windchill last night and 20F right now. New Yorkers do not love the cold, and I’d venture that 80% of us own puffy coats :) . Once we have put up too many days back to back of nesting it in our small apartments, cabin fever descends and like magic, there is a happy flurry for me and my fellow restaurant owners of our patrons rejoining the land of the living.

January is the month for renewal, resolutions, & restarts aka excellence in gym attendance and diets both of the food varietal and the financial. As a small business owner, I am not a fan of January as 6 & 1/2 years in the restaurant industry have proven it is a countdown month. I am counting down the days until we are done with it. By February, peops are easing off of their new year’s resolutions and favoring a wee bit more indulgence. As a pusher of sugar, alcohol and internationally inspired comfort food, indulgence is my preference year-round :) .

My hubby G and I agreed that the arctic temps are really a blessing. We can combat the deep freeze, and we know how to warm up our patrons. We make an outrageoulsy delish mulled wine. Our Irish coffee and Irish hot chocolate are made with the absurdly decadent Chocovine, a chocolate red wine from Holland. Our spiked spiced cider is OFF THE HOOK yummy. As we already have our expectations properly managed and are cozied up with our warm boozy mugs, we are happy as clams to get bad weather and fiscal & food diets out of the way in one fell swoop in the first month of the 2015. In other words, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Let’s dump buckets of Frosty the snowman this month! When February hits and Valentine’s magic is aglow, our patrons will happily be abuzz out and about eating and drinking copiously, delighting in the (fingers crossed!) “better” weather. And all will be right and well in the world once again :) .

If cabin fever overwhelms, you find yourself saying bahhumbug to resolutions, you love playing in the cold, or if you are just so inclined, please join us for a cozy mug of mulled wine, oven baked cracked black pepper sea salt fries, a slice of turtle cheesecake or a cupcake or two :) .

cheers and happy new year!