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Apr 17, 2009 06:31 AM

Dessert and coffee spots

I will be traveling with my 14 year old to NYC next week, staying near NYU.
I've promised her we'd "live like New Yorkers" for the week - no special agenda for site seeing, just cruise the different neighborhoods, maybe take in a couple of films at the Tribeca Film Festival. We have a limited budget - 50.00 per day - and have the option to dine in most days, which means the money can go towards a meal or some activity. She wants to hang out at night - the appeal of a city that never sleeps is strong - so assuming this money goes towards a meal/food, I'm looking for places we can go for a late night snack, or dessert and coffee - preferably in a neighborhood where there are other things going on so we can linger and people watch or go window shopping. Any thoughts ?

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  1. How late is late? For example, 9:30pm may be late for you, but for some folks, it is still dinner time, and I'm not sure how many restaurants would be happy with a party of two ordering solely desserts and coffee if other parties are waiting for a full on dinner.

    Is your $50 per day for each of you, or total? Note that with tax and tip, this leaves only about $40 for food and drink.

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    1. re: kathryn

      Thinking about somewhere to go between 10 and midnight - I had in mind more of a cafe type situation - with lighter fare, good desserts/coffee - the 50.00 is for both of us. Understand that 50.00 won't go far, so dessert seems a better bet than dinner. We can avoid the weekend nights (if that helps) - if places won't be thrilled with our dessert not dinner order.

      1. re: MandMe

        - Luxee in the lower east side has great (and inexpensive) organic, japanese/french inspired desserts but they're only open until 10 on weekdays and 11 on weekends.
        - Otto for amazing gelato and really interesting desserts
        - Momofuku Milk bar has fantastic cookies, pies and soft serves but no seating
        - Veniero's for good coffee and a large selection of italian pastries

        Momofuku Ssam Bar
        207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

        1 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

        342 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003

        6 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

    2. if you go to tribeca film festival ,, stop by bouley bakery for coffee and dessert

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      1. re: foodwhisperer

        There are also 3 Financiers downtown (WFC, Stone Street, near NY Federal Reserve/JP Morgan Chase) . . .

          1. Also, a cute gem in the West village is L'arte del gelato

            Definitely a good neighborhood for people watching