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Aug 4, 2010 01:08 PM

Dessert Tour of the West Side

Foodie BFF is coming to visit from Cleveland and we are dedicating Saturday to a sweet treat appreciation trip. Not looking for restaurants, just places we can walk while snacking. We are starting south from Canal and working ourself up to have dinner at Fatty Crab on 77th street. Anything goes, cupcakes, cheesecake, ice cream, chocolate shops. Please help!

Fatty Crab
643 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

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  1. Not all of these are on the west side, but I would consider leaving yourself more open as some of the best ones are on the east side (don't forget you can take the bus or a cab across town if you find yourself ending on the UES at a place like Two Little Red Hens).

    Also saying "anything goes" is leaving is REALLY wide you have anything specific you want? Or a place you really want to try?

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    1652 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

    1. Working my way up in my mental map:
      Dan tat at Fay Da Bakery
      Macarons and truffles at Kee's Chocolates
      Opera cake at Pasticceria Bruno
      Banana Pudding and Cupcakes at Magnolia
      Banana Cake at Billy's Bakery
      Baklava at Poseidon Bakery
      Gelato at Grom
      Compost Cookies at Momofuku Milk Bar Midtown
      Macarons and cookies at Bouchon Bakery
      Chocolate chip cookie at Levain Bakery
      Concrete at Shake Shack

      Kee's Chocolates
      80 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

      Bouchon Bakery
      10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

      Levain Bakery
      167 W 74th St, New York, NY 10023

      Poseidon Bakery
      629 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

      233 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

      Momofuku Milk Bar
      15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

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      1. re: JungMann

        id also make a pit stop at chelsea market. my favorite sweet thing there is the ice cream sandwich at jacque torres.

        1. re: daffyduck

          I also love Ronnybrook's ice cream sandwiches at Chelsea Market.

          Adding Big Booty Bakery in Chelsea for their red velvet cupcakes (one of best in town) and dulce de leche cupcakes (sometimes dry, but most times good.)

          Can't think of anything else new, but seconding the following: Kee's Chocolates (esp. her creme brulee and matcha truffles) Magnolia (for banana pudding) Grom, Bouchon Bakery, Shake Shack UWS, Madeleine (I think they have a different name now?) and Kyotofu.

          And of course Modern Bar Room, one of the BEST in town for desserts, IMO.

          1. re: uwsister

            ditto (2nd, 3rd, ?) the Ronnybrook rec. Also, isn't there a People's Pops in Chelsea Market now? They have very interesting flavors.

            In addition to the great UWS recs - J Torres, Grom, Levain, Shake Shack - you could also try Beard Papa if you like cream puffs.

            Kyotofu makes amazing chocolate cupcakes. Everything at Poseidon is awesome. I very much liked the red velvet cupcake at Billy's Bakery.

            233 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

            Beard Papa's
            2167 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

            Billy's Bakery
            75 Franklin St, New York, NY 10013

            People's Pops
            75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

            1. re: LNG212

              I'll have to try People's Pops! I love anything cold and sweet.

              Oh and of course Levain! Best walnut chocolate chip cookies money can buy.

              Are you talking about miso-chocolate cupcakes at Kyotofu? Those are indeed delicious. I love almost anything there, including soy soft serve.

            2. re: uwsister

              Madeleine is still Madeleine as of a few days ago. At least that's what the awning said. I tried one of their mini croissants. It was buttery but not really flaky/shattery. Eh.

            3. re: daffyduck

              There's also a Jacques Torres on the UWS at Amsterdam and 74th St.

              Jacques Torres
              285 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023

            4. re: JungMann

              Adding to JungMann's list:

              Balthazar Bakery - 80 Spring Street
              Madeleine Patisserie (macarons) - 23rd bet, 6th & 7th
              Teuscher and La Maison du Chocolat - Rockefeller Center
              Modern Bar Room (chocolate dome and beignets) - 53rd bet. 5th & 6th
              Soutine Bakery - 70th & Coluimbus
              Jacques Torres Chocolates - 73rd & Amsterdam

              Bouchon Bakery
              10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

              Soutine Bakery
              104 W 70th St, New York, NY 10023

              La Maison du Macaron
              132 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

              La Maison du Chocolat
              30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020

              Jacques Torres
              285 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023

              1. re: JungMann

                As re midtown:
                Agree with Poseidon and Bouchon Bakery
                Ice Cream sandwiches made with donuts at Holey Cream
                Cupcakes at Kyotofu
                Biscotti at Biscolatte (can be a break from super-sweet desserts)
                Monkey cake or Black and White cake at Amy's Bread
                Bombolini at Sullivan Street Bakery

                Sullivan Street Bakery
                533 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

                Bouchon Bakery
                10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

                144 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

                Holey Cream
                796 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

              2. Forget those flash-in-the-pan interlopers Grom. Of the Bleeker Street options, Cones is the one to beat. The Corn ice cream is amazing, and any of their citrus sorbets (lemon or grapefruit especially) are perfection.

                Magnolia = overrated. If you want to stand in a long line with a bunch of SATC tourists and new to town NYU freshmen, though, feel free.

                272 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

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                1. re: sgordon

                  I'm partial to L'Arte's gelato, especially combining the chocolate gelato with the olive oil or strawberry with mascarpone. They also have a really nice spicy chocolate.

                  1. re: sgordon

                    Cones does have very good ice cream. Love their corn ice cream especially.

                    I only go to Magnolia in UWS, no line, no tourists, no NYU students. I don't think it's even overrated anymore with all the hate it gets from Chowhound and elsewhere - say what you will about their cupcakes, but their banana pudding is still delicious.

                    Another love for L'Arte! Grom is OK but the portion is too stingy for the price, IMO.

                    1. re: uwsister

                      I love Magnolia's ice box cakes as well but will only go to the non-Bleecker St locations as the line can get ridiculous.

                      The Bleecker St store is open late, though, which is nice.

                      1. re: kathryn

                        Oh yeah, I like their ice box cakes too. I know it's so damn simple to make, except I can't seem to find those Nabisco cookies anywhere and I'm not dedicated enough to make them myself.

                  2. I would add Ruby et Violette -- many of the cookies rival the ones at Levain.

                    Ruby et Violette
                    457 W 50th St, New York, NY 10019

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                    1. re: kiworan79

                      OK, but the chocolate chip walnut cookie at Levain is still one of my favorite things to eat in all of Manhattan and Levain is only a few blocks from Fatty Crab. Share one cookie if you have to, but get one and send me one too please.

                      1. Do not miss the cakes (coconut, devil's food, German chocolate, banana) at Good Enough to Eat, which is on Amsterdam Ave. and 83rd. Unsurpassed in NYC.

                        Good Enough to Eat
                        483 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024