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Looking for a dessert bar or great bakery in NY

I would like to get recommendations on a bakery or dessert bar where I can have lunch and sit around sipping coffee and eating eclairs. Any suggestions? Location is not an issue (as long as I stay in Manhattan ).

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  1. Not sure if this as serene as a nice little coffee shop but in Time Warner Center @ Columbus Circle Bouchon Bakery makes a mean (although pricey) eclair. You can sit and watch shoppers go by.

    Have you had lunch at Max Brenner? I haven't eaten there myself but I know they have lunch and are all about the chocolate.

    Might want to look into Batch or for fun desserts Chickalicious (although they don't do lunch but do dessert tasting/courses).

    Chelsea market is also a good place to people watch have coffee and some treats!

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    1. re: MsAlyp

      I think you mean p*ong not Batch. Batch is the takeout joint next to p*ong.

      I wouldn't eat chocolate OR lunch at Max Brenner. Do a search....

      I can't think of many places with both eclaires and regular lunch. Maybe Taralluci e Vino? Ceci-Cela?

      1. re: kcijones001

        Second that, enthusiastically. don't know if they've got eclairs, but everything else... damn.

      2. Although I adore ChikaLicious, I would not recommend it in this instance. As you said, no lunch is served there, and it's not a place to "sit around sipping coffee and eating eclairs," especially since they don't serve eclairs or, for that matter, any other pastry. I do agree that if one is looking for a small, exquisite dessert tasting, ChikaLicious is the place to have it.


        Madeleine Patisserie, on 23rd St., b/t 6th & 7th Av., has a variety of excellent quiches and some sandwiches, which make for a fine lunch. There are divine pastries (though no eclairs), tarts, madeleines, and a wide assortment of macarons. It is a pleasant place to relax with a cup of coffee or espresso along with a sweet.

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        1. re: RGR

          There is a peanut butter cafe in Soho. I have family members who just went and loved it. You can order anything from a peanut butter brownie to a peanut butter ice cream sundae. Mmmmm.... =)

        2. not a big selection but the Nespresso Cafe on Madison has some sandwiches and also desserts plus amazing coffee. cool atmosphere.

          1. I like msalyp's suggestion of bouchon bakery.

            georgia's bake shop on the uws (89th and B'way) also has wonderful pastries, including eclairs, decent coffee, and plentiful / comfortable seating indoors or out. Lunch type foods are available (soup, salad, sandwiches), but clearly not the highlight.

            1. Does it have to be eclairs? Because the perfect lunch and dessert cafe for me would be Café Sabarsky. A simple chestnut soup or a crepe of smoked trout followed by endless cups of Julius Meinl coffee and a slowly savored slice of rich cake sounds like heaven in this fall weather.

              1. Perhaps I will throw in some downtown (FiDi) options. Financiers on Stone Street have excellent pastries and cakes and serve illy coffee. Bouley Bakery and Market also have delicious bakery (sweet and savory) plus takeout meals (like roast chicken and quiche). You can eat upstairs at lunch or in the afternoon until they close the upstair area for dinner.

                1. chikalicious is great but bot what you probably want.

                  Go to Payard. and yes.... they have eclairs.