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Oct 15, 2008 01:04 PM

Best dessert places...especially late night near Midtown


We'll be staying at the Hilton at 53rd and 6th near Midtown and would love to hear people's choices for best dessert places in Manhattan...

Not a huge chocolate fan except maybe chocolate souffle at Mortons (yes, not that unique) but I like more milk and sweet chocolate, not so much the bitter dark chocolate overload type of desserts which seem to be more common in chocolate desserts.

Anyhow, would love to hear about any unique places too...dont mind tasting menu for desserts either hehe...Im not a big eater but love trying bits of dessert buffet, dessert tasting, those would all be up my alley :)

We're willing to travel since I know Midtown doesnt have a whole lot and is a bit more touristy...

So love to hear your suggestions!!


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    1. re: kathryn

      WOW going to have to just shadow you sometime for a month in NYC for the best eats and hidden treasures haha...

      Thanks again though for replying!!

      We went to Kyotofu last time with friends and maybe it was an "off" night but the service was terrible and we didnt find anything fantastic about the dessert which was memorable or worth going back...unless we picked something wrong...

      We liked Chickalicious, very small and intimate...but will have to check out the other ones you listed :)

      1. re: kathryn

        I went to p*ong about a month ago and was sooo excited because I had heard it was rather inventive--- I was flat out dissapointed with every dessert I tasted. I was near devastated......

        1. re: STA1985CH

          uh oh...maybe it was an "off night"???

          well i think we're stuck with that for now so we'll report back when weve tried it...

      2. I agree with everything above. But if you just wanted to stay in Midtown, don't forget to try one of Junior's cheesecakes! It's touristy but still very good.

        You can also try Gramercy Tavern's bar room. They have delicious desserts and will probably let you just order that in the casual bar room.

        1. kathryn always had the greastest list!

          There are also a few restaurants in Midtown that have good desserts:

          Brasserie 8 1/2

          Both have ok savory food but great desserts.

          There are also Tafu and Cafe Zaiya (Beard Papa inside) if you want Japanese sweets.

          1. ohhh this was a quick turnaround question cos we had to book something with a friend for Monday night...looks like we're going with Joel Robuchon since its right by his office building and near our hotel too...

            I hope we picked a decent place...BF was worried dessert is like 50 bucks there though LOL...I told him its more like 10-15 but I have no idea...any thoughts/insights?

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            1. re: coweepooh

              i've never had joel robuchon's desserts but the ones i've tried at grayz are quite good.

              most are around $11.

              if you go, see if you can get them to give you the pear sorbet in green apple soup dessert that's on their lunch, but apparently not dinner, menu. it's very light, very lovely. the cocktails are well made, and the space suitable for just for dessert. (it's more loungey than your usual restaurant.) m

              grayz is on 54th, near 5th, very close to your hotel. it closes at 11 p.m. on monday nights.

              1. re: coweepooh

                L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon is a very, very expensive restaurant and the portion sizes are not huge because it is designed as a "small plates" restaurant.

                This dessert menu is from 2006.


                You can also look up recent menu prices on

              2. You're also walking distance to the Bouchon Bakery at the Time-Warner Center if you want to sample some good non-restaurant desserts.

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                1. re: Dave Feldman

                  good option -- except not open late night, i don't think

                  1. re: cimui

                    This is what NY Mag says:
                    Mon-Fri, 8am-9pm; Sat, 10am-9pm; Sun, 10am-7pm