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Chicago Mike Jul 14, 2003 01:15 AM

Hello everyone. I'm visiting friends in Queens next week but will be coming into the City a couple nites. Would greatly appreciate your recommendations on the following:

1) DESSERT ONLY in Manhattan... prefer Chelsea / SOHO / or Village location as will be going to
jazz club(s) later...any nice bistros or patisseries that have KNOCKOUT DESSERTS late nite ?? I was reading about Balthazar... Payard Patisserie sounds great but it's UESide...any other suggestions ??

2) JAZZ CLUBS MANHATTAN: Zinc Bar, Smalls, Jazz Standard... any preferences ?? Mentioning Zinc because I hear it may have "brazilian" jazz. Any other Jazz venues you highly recommend ?

Please advise as to your choices from above, or feel free to recommend an alternative. Thanks so much, Mike.

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    s sale Jul 14, 2003 06:17 PM

    Cafe Dante on McDougal between Bleeker/Houston. Desserts, Gelato, Coffees. They have oustside tables, and they won't rush you out.

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      Abbylovi Jul 14, 2003 05:12 PM

      Blue Hill has a dessert tasting for $25. You can only have it after 9:30pm, and I'm not sure how long they're open til.

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        Flynn Jul 14, 2003 08:04 AM

        Raffaela's on 7th Avenue South near Christopher Street is open late and has good desserts and is open late.

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          ChowFun (derek) Jul 14, 2003 06:58 AM

          I've always gravitated to Veneiro's for sfogliatelle still warm from the oven...the last time I was there, Rod Stewart was right in front of me..ofcourse no one "batted an eye", just a typical occurrence in Manhattan!

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            xavier Jul 14, 2003 08:46 AM

            The classic late-night dessert place downtown is La Lanterna, on MadDougal north of 3rd St., right near Washington Square Park. Not too far from a bunch of jazz clubs, cozy and intimate. A staple. The desserts are fine, but the atmosphere is the major attraction. Open til 3-4a, I believe. Lord, they must be dying since the smoking ban came in, because the smoking section downstairs been heavily populated with hard-smoking Euros for years and years.

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              ChowFun (derek) Jul 14, 2003 01:07 PM

              Isn't it the "euros" who are dying? and everyone else within breathing distance..
              Go back and try the desserts..in a smoke free environment you might even be able taste them! LOL

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