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Amai and Tafu closed--now where do I go??

KiwiGirl625 Apr 23, 2009 08:18 AM

My favorite spots for green-tea drinks and sweets are no more (well, Tafu is still open for one more day tomorrow), so now where can I go for lovingly made green-tea muffins, cupcakes and daifuku mochi? I am most sad about losing the mochi. Does anyone sell mochi as good as the ones that were available at Tafu?

  1. Peter Cuce May 5, 2009 06:24 PM

    Amai was one of my favorite overall cafes in Manhattan: great, well-made coffee, tea, sweets, sandwiches, nicely designed, cozy place to meet a friend or study. I greatly mourn it's loss. There isn't really another place like Tafu -- I guess Kyotofu is vaguely similar, although it's more of a full-fledged restaurant that also has sweets in the front section. If you haven't tried them, some of their stuff is real good, although the service isn't super-friendly. Cha-an is a good place also.

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      mr_seabass Apr 27, 2009 11:30 AM

      I'm still weepy over the loss of the almond croissant at Amai... As for mochi, have you tried Minamoto Kitchoan? I used to go there often, but haven't been for years.

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      1. re: mr_seabass
        bearmi May 5, 2009 06:38 PM

        I like the mochi at Minamoto Kitchoan too. It's located at the corner of East 49th and Fifth Avenue, near Rockefeller Center (Entrance is on East 49th). It's a retail store so I don't think there is much room for sit down/tea service though.


        1. re: bearmi
          Lau May 5, 2009 06:46 PM

          yeah minamoto kitchoan isn't bad although its egregiously expensive for manju

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        nibbly Apr 27, 2009 10:53 AM

        Nooooo! I am absolutely devestated!
        I need a replacement too...

        1. LeahBaila Apr 23, 2009 08:22 AM

          Tafu is closing!?!?! I went for my first time last week and loaded up on Itzy Bitzy Patisserie's macaroons. What a bummer!


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          1. re: LeahBaila
            KiwiGirl625 Apr 23, 2009 09:29 AM

            Yeah, it's such sad news. I went by this morning to stock up on macaroons and mochi, but all they have left are the looseleaf teas and the matcha chocolates.

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