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Oct 31, 2006 09:33 PM

From Kitchen Arts & Letters to Room 4 Dessert: a boston hound in town for one day

1st time posting. Boston chef and baker going to be in Manhattan for about 12 hours, and plan to start the day browsing in KI&L and end around midnight at Room 4 Dessert. On our way downtown, looking to have lunch for $25 and under, dinner for around $55 apiece, stop for a few snacks of course, hit up a few bakeries, and browse in a few chow-friendly shops. Suggestions?

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  1. West Village/TriBeCa:
    Jacques Torres Chocolate Factory
    Sullivan Street Bakery (OK it has a new name but it's still on Sullivan St.)

    Lower East Side:
    Ice cream at Il Laboratorio Del Gelato in the lower east side. (I've hear stellar comments about their cheddar cheese ice cream; don't know if it's still there.) If you like Toscanini's in Boston (where I once had Guiness ice cream) you'll luv this. While there could also try pickles from Gus's Pickles, dognuts from Donut Plant, and bialy's from Kossar's Bialys.

    Upper West Side: the rugelach at Zabars and anything at Levain Bakery.

    For Dinner, maybe Momofuku or Fatty Crab? Or you could get soup dumplings at Joe's Ginger in Chinatown, meander towards Lure in Soho for sushi apps, walk up to Pegu Club for a couple of exquisitely prepared cocktails (total will be round $55/pp), and then walk back to Room 4 Dessert 'round midnight.

    1. thanks for the suggestions! Funny, I was already thinking either Fatty Crab or Momofuku. Where is Levain Bakery exactly?

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      1. re: vvrimon

        Levain Bakery is located at 167 W 74th St (the Upper West Side). Their cookies are huge and it's very dense (weight-wise and texturally as well) - basically it's pretty much cookie dough but it tastes good.

      2. Have a pastrami sandwich at Katz's - or, much cheaper and equally good in its own way, a banh mi or banh mi ga at Banh Mi Saigon on Mott St. between Hester and Grand. I'm probably not the best one to ask about restaurants over $50/person for dinner, but my thought is that you could have a very pleasant and satisfying dinner at Hearth, if you don't mind upping that to about $60/person. The thing is, there are a lot of places where you could have a good dinner for $50-60/person.