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On this week's Ask the Critic, Carey recommended some bakerys for delivery birthday cake in Manhattan. She also added some cautionary notes:

A few notes: Readily available delivery is a great thing about living in New York, but don't expect a deliveryperson to wait around if they can't make the dropoff. (And it's not as if we have private front stoops to just leave packages on.) Make sure your daughter's expecting a little birthday delivery, and give the bakery her cell phone number when you call--or enlist a friendly roommate (or officemate) to assist in the task. (They'll be rewarded with cake, too.)

Read on for her picks here.

Have a question of your own you want answered? Email carey@seriouseats.com with the subject line Ask the Critic to submit your question. All emails will be read, but unfortunately not all can be answered. We look forward to hearing from you!

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