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mrseigerman Nov 6, 2007 12:38 PM

My daughter wants a skating party and I'm trying to figure out if I can avoid the $500 party package at Bryant Park by just taking them skating and then to a restaurant or cafe for cake and hot chocolate after. Any ideas of where we could do that near Bryant Park? Thanks.

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  1. MMRuth RE: mrseigerman Nov 6, 2007 04:54 PM

    How many children will there be?

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      mrseigerman RE: MMRuth Nov 8, 2007 08:08 AM

      There will be about 10

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      1uc7 RE: mrseigerman Nov 6, 2007 09:20 PM

      Depending on how large your group is, your best option might be over in times square. Junior's is on 44th and Bway and while I wouldn't normally give it a rave for its food, it might fit the bill for a kids bday party. Check prices first to see if it helps out the budget!

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        chowdown247 RE: mrseigerman Nov 8, 2007 09:55 AM

        Mrseigerman,

        There are plenty of locations around Bryant Park (40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues) to have a great experience. One location that immediately came to mind that is certainly within walking distance from the park is actually near Rockefeller Center called the American Girl Place. (609 Fifth Avenue at 49th Street) http://www.americangirl.com/stores/lo... - On the upper floor of the retail space they have a great decorated space, a cafe, in which they offer a menu ranging from lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, and brunch. If I am not mistaken, I even think they allow you to borrow dolls to dine with, hence it being the American Girl Place, if you don't bring your own. I am not sure if this is the type of location you are seeking, but according to the site, it seems it could be less then what your were quoted from the pond ice rink. I'm not sure where your coming from, but if your not local, since we are heading into the holiday season, the general vicinity will be busy, so keep that in mind. It would certainly be a great birthday experience to remember.

        Surrounding the park there are a number of the usual coffee shops and baked good outlets.

        Other ideas include the usual Times Square locations, depending on where your coming from and if you want to walk a bit further.

        I will post again, if I can think of any additional specific recommendations. Keep us up to date when you make your selection.

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