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New York City Sweets

dsbill Apr 3, 2007 08:04 PM

We are staying at Sofitel on 44th and 5th. What is close for chocolate or sweets?

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    cimui RE: dsbill Apr 3, 2007 08:23 PM

    There's La Maison du Chocolat at the Rockefeller Center, which isn't far from you. It's reputedly good, though I've never tried, since I don't love chocolate as much as many other people do.

    If you like Japanese mochi or other Japanese desserts, try Minamoto Kitchoan on 49th, near 5th.

    There's the Choux Factory at 48th and 1st, which is a lot like Beard Papa, except better. Choux are little spherical pastries filled with cream. It has a roving cart, too, though the location changes from day to day. You have to call to find out where it is.

    If you like Indian sweets, Sukhadia's on... ooh, I think 48th between 5th and 6th has good ones.

    There's Buttercup Bake Shop on 2nd Avenue between 51st and 52nd St.

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      LFeinberg RE: cimui Apr 4, 2007 05:18 AM

      Perfect response, Cimui! I love all of your choices!

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        Striver RE: cimui Apr 4, 2007 05:41 AM

        AFAIR, both La Maison and Teuscher have branches in Rock Center. I'd suggest Teuscher for champagne truffles and marzipan; La Maison for all other things chocolate. For domestic chocolate tastes, there's also Lilac in the Market at Grand Central (44th and Lex).

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          MMRuth RE: Striver Apr 4, 2007 06:02 AM

          I agree about the champagne truffles from Teuscher - they really are wonderful.

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            kathryn RE: Striver Apr 4, 2007 10:03 AM

            I want to like La Maison's truffles more than I actually do -- have always found the taste to be too subtle for my liking.

            That said, I've heard extremely good things about their very popular hot chocolate, and their maracons (not the coconut kind but the French kind).

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            Bugsey34 RE: cimui Apr 4, 2007 10:03 AM

            Great recs, I especially second Buttercup Bake Shop.

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              LFeinberg RE: Bugsey34 Apr 5, 2007 12:37 PM

              Ahhhh...Buttercup...my favorite!

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            jsgjewels RE: dsbill Apr 4, 2007 08:08 AM

            There's a great little Japanese dessert bar called Kyotofu on 47th and 9th, definitely more of a sit down place than Minamoto, with interesting cocktails too.

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              kathryn RE: jsgjewels Apr 4, 2007 10:03 AM

              Seconded! I heartily enjoy their miso chocolate cake.

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                G3B RE: kathryn Apr 4, 2007 07:53 PM

                Another vote for Kyotofu and their mini miso chocolate cake. Also love their green tea cookies and chocolate souffle cupcake. Have been there a few times already and trying to sample every item on the menu at least once.

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                chocokitty RE: jsgjewels Apr 5, 2007 11:41 AM

                I went to Kyotofu for both the daytime and evening and both menus have truly outstanding desserts! I've taken photos and wrote posts for each visit.




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                  cimui RE: chocokitty Apr 5, 2007 11:48 AM

                  WOW. The pictures are beautiful and the green tea truffle looks -- wow -- absolutely delectable. Can't wait to try this place!

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                    chocokitty RE: cimui Apr 5, 2007 02:59 PM

                    Thanks, cimui! The green tea truffle rocks! I love their desserts.


              3. jinet12 RE: dsbill Apr 4, 2007 08:15 PM

                Have stayed at the Sofitel myself...great hotel...but must be honest with you...take a cab out of that area for the really good sweets...Go to Greenwich, for example, and visit Rocco's Bakery for some killer cannoli or practically anything there...Visit Jacque Torres Chocolate Factory, also in the Village...Grab a cupcake at Magnolia Bakery, or have a delicious cup of chocolate at Mirabelles...In my mind, the best "sweets" are not in that area...

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