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