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By Katie Calautti

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Ah yes, the all-important “Stick It To The Man” evening out. Never mind who the object of your cocktail-fueled rampage happens to be (your boss, live-in or that jerk who stood you up last night) – without it, you’d go positively postal.

Which is why, amid the night’s liberation celebration, you must make your way to the West Village’s idyllic Carmine Street, which houses a spot all too apropos for such a gathering: Sweet Revenge.

As if the name of the chic little bistro isn’t delish enough, get this: it’s a wine-and-cupcake pairing bar.

Yep, you heard me. (There’s beer and sangria, too!)
Owner Marlo Scott is all too familiar with your overworked, underappreciated woes – after eight years slaving for The Man in the high-stress television and publishing industries, she bid adieu to Corporate America in 2007 to realize her dream of opening the sophisticated, world-inspired bar and restaurant. The name says it all: Marlo believes that happiness is truly the sweetest revenge.

And you can bet that all those empowering vibes are reflected in each and every bite of the gourmet cupcakes (note to Magnolia, Buttercup and Crumbs: grow up!) Signature versions are offered daily, with rotated artisan specials thrown in the mix. Just a few of the delectable creations include: Malaysian Coconut (coconut cake with coconut buttercream), Crimson & Cream (raspberry red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting), Dirty (Valrhona chocolate cake with dark chocolate truffle) and Sweet Revenge (my personal favorite – a mix of peanut butter cake, ganache filling and peanut butter buttercream).
The icing on the (cup)cake? Sweet Revenge is open all day, serving more than just sugary confections – the full menu includes breakfast goodies, savory cakes, sandwiches and salads.

To get started on your sweet escape, check out for hours, menu information and much more!

Sweet Revenge
62 Carmine Street between Bedford & 7th Ave.

Originally published June 2009
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