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Dessert/Pastries in Midtown

Can anyone recommend a good bake shop/cupcake/ patisserie or anything appropriate for a small backyard dinner party after work on Friday. Preferably in Midtown around Bryant Park East. I have ones I like Downtown, but I'd like to just hit one straight from work and head off to the party.
Thanks!

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  1. Why not get some Beard Papa cream puffs--they're made fresh and the store is one block from Bryant Park.

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    1. re: Will4Food

      So funny that you say that, because that is what I usually do. I wanted to get something different since I brought those to the last dinner party at these particular friends house. i LOVE Beard Papa. Thanks for trying.

    2. Right across the street from the park is Crumbs (in the Grace Bldg) - they have great cupcakes.

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      1. re: drbelfer

        Crumbs has been gone for a long time. The best thing in the area is Le Pain Quotidien on 40th between 5th and 6th. No cupcakes but very good pastries.

        1. re: Miss Needle

          Crumbs IS still in the Grace Building on 42nd Street

          1. re: kcijones001

            Where? They used to have an entrance on 42nd between 5th and 6th which hasn't been there for several months. Do you have to go in the building for it?

            1. re: Miss Needle

              address is 43 west 42nd Street -right next door
              (grace is 41 W 42)

              1. re: kcijones001

                Thanks for the info. I guess I'll just find out for myself and walk by it as I don't live too far away. But I'm a bit confused about what you're saying -- first, Crumbs is in the Grace Building and now it's right next door to the Grace Building.

            2. re: kcijones001

              I have to admit- I just looked at Crumbs website and the thought of a Turtle or Boston Cream Cupcake is pretty tempting. That might be a fun place to get dessert and bring to the party.

              Thanks for all these great suggestions. I totally forgot about Grand Central-DUH and i want to try Le Pain Quotidien.

          2. re: drbelfer

            I don't like the cupcakes at Crumbs at all.

            1. re: Lucia

              ITA: the cake part was too dry and the frosting was not good enough to compensate for the dry cake.

          3. Little Pie Company, Zarros, Juniors...All in grand Central

            OR

            Most Most Favorite Food_120 West 45th Street
            http://www.mymostfavorite.com/

            1. If you're willing to walk over towards the west side, Casa Cupcake might work too. I like their donuts a lot, as well. Not 100% sure that the address below is correct as they moved a little while ago. Call before you go!

              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/307094

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              Cupcake Cafe
              545 9th Ave, New York, NY 10018