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Best Coffee and Dessert Place in Manhattan?

Would love to take friends to a great place for coffee / dessert / live music when we visit Manhattan next weekend, but want to go someplace where they don't pull the desserts out of a freezer and thaw them (e.g. Starbucks). Can anyone give me a good recommendation?

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  1. There's lots of places to choose from, depending on where you're going to be in Manhattan.

    Two places in my neck-o-the-woods to recommend: Le Bergamotte, on Ninth Avenue and 20th St.; and Le Madeleine (sp?) on 23rd between 6th and 7th Avenues. Both places are warm and wonderful....

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    1. re: 280 Ninth

      I went back to Madeleine on Saturday - had a couple macarons, and was pleased that they seemed a bit less sweet than they were before. The pistachio pain au chocolat was divine, for some reason, the regular, less so.

    2. I recommend Tisserie. They've got both fantastic coffee and some of the best pastries in town, IMO. 17th & Broadway

      www.thelunchbelle.com

      1. Café Sabarsky, housed in a former UES mansion that has been turned into the Neue Galerie, has fantastic Viennese pastries and Julius Meinl coffee in a beautiful old world atmosphere. It is by far my favorite place for coffee and dessert in the city. And if you can get in on cabaret night, there should be ample live music as well.

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        1. re: JungMann

          I second Cafe Sabarsky. I think its the best coffee in town and the desserts are just as good. Having said that, it's not a coffeehouse in the Maynard G. Krebs kind of way.

        2. Not sure what you're looking for. If you want some vegan desserts and decent coffee -- but great atmosphere try Hopscotch on Avenue A between 8 and 9th streets. (They also own Cake Shop, where you can get some records or listen to music - in the West Village)

          These recommendations are opposite of the others' recommendations- different atmosphere and vibe.

          1. La Lanterna on Macdougal street is the perfect choice. A phenomenal dessert menu with every kind of pie you can imagine plus other cakes and goodies. There is a dinner menu too but just go for dessert -that's what most people do. The warm, cozy atmosphere with several fire places, an enclosed garden make for a great setting. Head downstairs to hear live jazz while you sip your coffee and indulge in a warm piece of peach crumb pie.

            For more reviews visit: www.hermanweb.us/category/food-reviews/

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            1. re: skepner169

              You are right. This will be perfect. Exactly what I'm looking for. Is it crazy busy on a weekend evening? Will it be standing room downstairs?

              1. re: exnewyorkgirl

                I have never had trouble getting a table downstairs even on the weekend so I don't think you will have problem. People tend to come and go. I've never called to see if you can reserve a table but I bet you can. Enjoy!

                www.hermanweb.us/category/food-reviews/

                1. re: skepner169

                  Serendipity - if you can catch it open between Health Dept. closings.