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Jan 12, 2009 05:23 AM

Post Theater dessert?

I'm taking two 12 yr old girls from Boston to NYC this weekend. We're going to Mary Poppins at the New Amsterdam Sat night at 8. Suggestions for post theater dessert? Dinner before?
So far my plans include pizza Friday night: thinking of Angelo's Coal fired, as we're staying in Times Square, or making the ride to the Village to Arturo's. Sat. if it's not too cold we'll probably hit the Museum of Nat HIstory and FAO Shwartz. I hear the milkshakes at FAO are great, we'll probably do that.
Any other suggestions?

P.S. I'm still browsing the board, but thought I'd see if anyone wanted to chime in.
Both girls are pretty adventurous eaters, will do sushi or Chinese etc. No Thai (don't know why) Thanks again

Looking on Open Table, came across Natsumi. Thoughts?

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  1. For pre theater, now thinking of Natsumi or Toloache

    1. Angelo's pizza is great, but I can't comment on Arturo's, as I've never been. Toloache is a contender, though I'm not sure how appealing it would be to 12 year olds (but then again, you did say they were adventurous). For Chinese, there's a Wu Liang Ye location in the 40's. You could always do Greek at Uncle Nick's or Kellari Taverna.

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      1. re: LeahBaila

        Arturo's is fun, has consistently good pizza and jazz, and is just oozing with old-time New York character. I don't think I've ever been to Angelo's. Where is it?

        justbeing, in which neighborhood are you looking for Chinese restaurant recommendations? There's one great one a short walk from Times Square: Szechuan Gourmet, 39th St. between 5th and 6th Avs. Warning, though: Their non-spicy dishes aren't very interesting, and asking them to tone down the spiciness in their spicy dishes is likely to lead to unbalanced flavors.

        1. re: Pan

          Angelo's is by Times Square, on W 57th, between 6th and 7th. I think we've got pretty good Sichuan in our Boston 'burbs, so won't do that. Mabe Shanghai or something, but probably Japanese. No thoughts on Natsumi? How about Maison, across the street from the Sheraton? Desserts? Is it worth the trip too Una Pizza Napolatano?

          1. re: justbeingpolite

            57th St. is not "by Times Square." You're talking about a distance of 3/4 of a mile from 42nd St. - definitely walkable but not a short walk if it happens to be 15 degrees outside. I haven't been to any of the places you name in this post. I don't think Shanghainese is a big strength of New York - though my favorite Shanghainese place lately has been Shanghai Cafe on Mott St. between Canal and Hester - but Sichuan is a strength, so I think you're making a mistake. Szechuan Gourmet is better than "pretty good," and is in fact my favorite Chinese restaurant in Manhattan, though there are better places in Flushing - a 35-to-50- minute train ride from Times Square on the 7 that includes beautiful views of the Manhattan skyline. But if you are truly staying on Times Square and not 57th St., Koreatown is very walkable, and I recommend Madangsui on 35th between 5th and 6th if you all eat beef and like Korean barbecue. Korea Town Recs thread, including very useful links to earlier threads that include still-valid information:


            As for desserts, the place I like best in the West 40s, though it's for takeout only, is Poseidon Bakery, 9th Av. between 44th and 45th. Their savory pastries are also delicious, so you could get a very cheap and lovely meal there. They close early, though.

            Do you want recommendations of dessert places in other neighborhoods? Here are results of a search of this board under "dessert," sorted by "relevance":


            1. re: Pan

              Thank you. I'm not a New Yorker, so not as aware of distances. On my own, I'd definitely try Szechuan Gourmet, if only to compare it with our Sichuan Gourmet, but the girls are not spicy foodophiles. I'd sent my daughter and her mom to Amazing 66 their last trip in and they loved it, Cantonese, right? Perhaps a return trip?
              Thanks for the dessert search as well. Keep 'em coming.

              1. re: justbeingpolite

                Yeah, that's a Cantonese place. I like another one called Great NY Noodletown, on Bayard (1 block south of Canal) and Bowery. Their roast duck is great, they have good dishes with flowering chives, good noodle and shrimp wonton soups, etc.

                If you want dim sum, my standby is Dim Sum Go Go, on East Broadway right off of Chatham Square. No carts, all to order. Don't get buns, but their other dim sum items are all at least solidly good, with some a good deal better than that.

      2. For dessert: KYOTOFU. In the theater district, 47th and Ninth Av. To die for desserts, and veerrry artful, cool , small place. Sit in the white room (in the back). I live near here, and take guests here all the time. They love it. Ck. out the menu on menupages.

        1. Dessert: Another suggestion:
          at the corner of 50th & 8th... they are friendly to theatre-goers
          who only wish to have dessert afterwards....cute place too.

          1. For dessert, how about My Favorite Dessert at 120 W, 45. It's a kosher place but the desserts are quite good.

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            1. re: rothsteg

              With the "but," you make it sound like there's an implicit contradiction between kosher places and good desserts. There is no such contradiction. That said, I don't know the place. Does it specialize in traditional Ashkenazic fare like strudels, mandelbrot, and rugelach, or something else?

              1. re: Pan

                Thanks folks!
                I'm still listening; keep 'em coming
                TTM, Kyotofu sounds interesting, and the desserts look pretty on the menu. That said, I've had less than great luck with tofu based desserts. Are my two twelve year olds going to go for it?
                Thalia looks safer, thanks R58.
                My Most Favorite has a nice long list, standard dishes.


                1. re: justbeingpolite

                  FYI regarding milkshakes at FAO. I used to always recommend this, but someone on the board recently said that the soda fountain is closed and has been replaced by a candy shop. I believe the poster had ducked in over the holidays. A real bummer. But, it might save you a useless walk up if you were going strictly for the shakes.

                  1. re: justbeingpolite

                    The other poster beat me to the suggestion of Kyotofu, we love that place. They have more than just tofu based desserts but if you tried one of the tofu based desserts you wouldn't be extremely happy.

                    1. re: Spiritchaser

                      Thanks for all the suggestions, here's the roundup:
                      Friday night, went to Arturo's for pizza. Loved the coal fired texture, crispy outside while still chewy and held the sauce well. we liked the sauce on top of cheese style, though I thought the sauce a little under flavored. The dough was good though. Afterwards we went to Balthazar's for dessert. really enjoyed the creme brullee and warm chocolate cake. I've had more intense pot de creme, but the crisp cookies made up for it. I didn't realize how closely our Eastern Standard Kitchen in Boston is modeled on this restaurant, I guess imitation is the sincerest form of flattery! Love 'em both.
                      Saturday we had a nice bruch and Sarabeth's, then wandered the town. Before the show we went to Natsumi. My daughter enjoyed the teryaki chicken, and her guest and I had sushi. Nice fresh fish, fairly large portions well prepared. Nothing tricky or fancy, but good quality stuff. We were satisfied. After the show we went back to our hotel and had dessert at Maison, across the street. A warm chocolate cake with coffee ice cream was a hit. My berries with Sabayon was good on berries, but quite short on sabayon, though maybe I was expecting more of a zabaglione.
                      Overall, a pleasant weekend. Thanks all, for your input.

                      1. re: justbeingpolite

                        Thanks for reporting back. I'm glad you enjoyed your trip.