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My Mom Is 60 years old and her this is her 1st time in N.Y. I want her to try the best of N.Y. and only have 2 days

As I said I have 2 days next week to show the most wonderful Mother in the world the best places N.Y has to offer I only have 2 days and feel a little overwhelmed!!! Help! I know I personally want to stop at Artisanal From. I love cheese ... and Mom is a pastry lover.. I had a clipping of what N.Y.'s best of the best bakery was and lost it .. It had the most beautifully decorated desserts really fancy??? people order them from all over and they do ship maybe they were even on Martha? Also how about a place I heard of with tents and belly dancers??? I will be staying in East Elmhurst Long Island and do not want to disappoint her she has waited all her life for this!!!!
Thank you!!! 2 Daughters
Kim & Tiff

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    1. If you are looking for places in Manhattan you should post this on the Manhattan board.
      Great places for desserts: Payard (74th and Lexington), Bouchon Bakery (Time Warner Center) and Lady M (Madison and 78th). Lady M only serves desserts and small sandwiches, Payard is also a restaurant and Bouchon Bakery has soups, salads and sandwiches.

      1. If you don't want a true tea service I would suggest heading to Payard for lunch. They have a great $28 prefixe lunch that include a pretty pastry. They do have tea service at high tea time, but I would go with the real lunch instead. you'll feel like you are in Paris rather that NY though. LOL

        Bouchon is another great spot for lunch and you can shop around at the stores in the Time Warner Center as well.

        Alices Tea Cup is a favorite of mine as well. Try the Tea for Two which is a tiered service of scones, clotted cream and jam, finger sandwiches, and sweets. It's very casual and the presentation is not very pretty, but it's a nice spot to go with mom. They even have fairy wings that you can wear!!!!

        I would take mom for some pizza too. Try Lombardi's or Una. Or for a famous sandwich at Katz's

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        1. re: jenniebnyc

          Wow thanks ... great feedback!!! I'm glad everyone loves their mom!!!!

        2. If your mom likes a cocktail, take her to the Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle Hotel on Madison Ave. Or walk over to Fifth Avenue and have the strudel at Cafe Sabarsky in the Neue Galerie. The River Cafe in Brooklyn has the most spectacular view of Manhattan and good food. Around the corner is Jacques Torres, for amazing chocolate desserts.

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          1. re: whs

            I'll second Bemelmens. Must go when there is live music though to get full NY vibe. I think it starts at 9:30.

            If you want something more casual try Brandy's Piano Bar on 84th between 2nd and 3rd. For me, one of the most nostalgic places in NYC. Been going here since I was 16 !!!