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Five questions for NY Hounds and Overall Itinerary Critique?

We are staying at the Courtyard Marriot Times Square South.
Address: 114 West 40th Street (btw 7th and 8th) I’m traveling with my DH and his parents.

Friday Sept 21
Today Show
Dean and Deluca for coffee/snack
Top of the Rock
Foods of NY Tour (Soho/Village Tour)
Magnolia Bakery 1) Is there a better cupcake nearby?
Yankee Game - Nathan’s hot dogs
2) Do you hounds recommend anything else at the stadium?

Satuday Sept 22
Staten Island Ferry
World Trade Center / St. Paul’s
3) I’ve done all kinds of searches without any luck. Can someone recommend a good diner, bagel, patisserie place in the financial district? (Plan B is Donut Plant near Chinatown.)
San Gennaro Festival / Little Italy
Il Laboratorio del Gelato
Vice Versa
Spamalot
Juniors for Cheesecake
4) I have a feeling Juniors will be packed with post-theater crowds. Any other off-the-beaten-path dessert recommendations in the area?

Sunday Sept 23
5) Breakfast in the lower UWS or lower UES? We’re more low-key than scene-kinda people. Would Good Enough to Eat or Café Sabarsky be best?
Museum of Modern Art
Central Park
Burger Joint
More Central Park
Café Lalo

I’m all ears. If you disagree or love something let me know! Thanks from a newly joined Texas CH.

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  1. There are so many Magnolia haters out there, but I think they make the BEST cupcakes in the world. IMO, you need to the judge. :)

    1. Annie's. 79th and 3rd for breakfast.

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      1. re: nyeguy

        Annie's gets WAY too crowded (they don't take reservations) if you go later than 10am on a weekend, FYI. Sometimes the line can take 1.5 hours.

      2. --Il Lab is terrific. --I'm not a fan of Good Enough to Eat. Maybe others can suggest something better. --I prefer Cafe Edgar to Cafe Lalo (unless you're going there because it was in "you've got mail", and then, well, ...). --You could also stop in at the Boathouse in Central Park for a drink/view (they do food too; but that may not fit your schedule).

        Enjoy your trip.

        1. Okay you've covered the snacks... but what really good restaurants are you going to?

          1. Wow, I am tired just reading that! Great local places to get a flavor of the city, but do agree with previous poster, that, if budget allows, I would incorporate at least one of the NY's gourmet restaurants. That is part of what NY means to me...