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Pink_pug Jul 17, 2011 04:32 PM

Hi!
We'll be in NY mid August with our seven year old who likes a lot of the same food we do. She's used to dining out and should be fine however, I don't want to bring her somewhere where children are unwelcome.
We'd love to do brunch at Spotted Pig - I know it's a pub but can we bring our child for brunch?
I'd love to have dinner one night at Prune - again, ok for a kid? How about an early Momofuko dinner?
Anyone been to Blue Ribbon lately? Since they don't take reservations would a Sunday or Monday night be less of a wait? We were trying to decide between BR/Gramercy Tavern/Pulino's/ Les Halles. Also thinking of dinner at Keste one night.
Lastly, we will be staying near Rockefeller Plaza - any good ideas for a quick breakfast before we run off to explore the city? I see there is a Dean & Deluca closeby and I'm sure we'll drop by Grand Central for breakfast as well. Any fun dessert type places nearby? We're going to Milk Bar but anything else fun?
Thanks for your help and I've learned so much studying this board already! Can't wait to try ABC Kitchen for the first time.

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    Love to Eat Jul 26, 2011 06:47 PM

    If you have a well behaved 7 year old who enjoys to eat, you can eat anywhere. We have been to many of the places you've mentioned with our kids from age 4 to 10, and never felt uncomfortable

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      Pink_pug Jul 26, 2011 11:21 PM

      Thanks for saying that. Yes, she is used to going out with us and behaves. I just wasn't sure about some places. I did call Spotted Pig to see if kids were allowed at lunch or brunch and they said of course. Can't wait to experience all the great food! Just hope it cools down a little.

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      Spotted Pig
      314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

      1. re: Pink_pug
        loratliff Jul 29, 2011 06:36 AM

        The Pig is not really a "pub" in the true sense of the word, so you shouldn't worry re: brunch or lunch. I wouldn't do late night there with a kiddo, but that's just because a lot of patrons don't approve of that, not because of the Pig. ;)

        1. re: loratliff
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          Pink_pug Aug 30, 2011 02:26 PM

          Well, we're back home from our lovely adventure and I thought I would report back.
          Here's what we hit:
          Les Halles (downtown) - good but I probably wouldn't go back with all the great choices in NY
          The Plaza for tea - fun for my daughter and loved the atmosphere... food was okay, nothing to write home about. I've had much better teas in L.A.
          Balthazar - delicious and fun as usual. Afterward, we decided to walk to LIttle Italy and there was a festival and my daughter had her first cannoli which she loved!
          Pastis - went for brunch. Loved everything and walked it off on the High Line
          ABC Kitchen - wow! we were very impressed with the food and loved the vibe/decor. The crab toast was so good but we loved all the courses including dessert.
          Doughnut Plant - yum!
          Prune - absolutely great! Tried alot of the dishes and we loved them all. My daughter tried the sardines, bone marrow and quail. She loved the quail and said that this was her favorite restaurant of the trip! I had the whole fish and loved how it was so simply prepared yet so delicious. We will definitely go back.
          Eataly - good but I wish we could have gotten different foods from different stations at one table. Then you're kind of "stuck" with one cuisine and we didn't have time to go from one to another as the waitress suggested (who does, really?) We were in the vegetable station and it was very good but I would probably try the pasta or raw areas another time.
          Sakagura - we had read about their sake list and it did not disappoint. Loved the food, sake and presentation. They had uni soba! And the waiter was very helpful with our sake selections letting us try various types etc.
          Spotted Pig - went for lunch, again, loved it. Very kid friendly during lunch and my daughter loved drawing all over the paper on the table. Love their fries.
          Schiller’s - we love this place! Great people, fun vibe and good food.
          We also had gelato at il laboratorio del gelato and L'arte del gelato - both very good.
          Overall, had a wonderful time and can't wait to come back to try more places! Thank you all for your suggestions and help.

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          Spotted Pig
          314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

          Sakagura
          211 East 43rd Street, New York, NY 10017

          Les Halles
          411 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016

          ABC Kitchen
          35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003

          Eataly
          200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

          Doughnut Plant
          220 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

          1. re: Pink_pug
            MouseChow Aug 30, 2011 04:39 PM

            Great trip report! Spotted Pig and Prune are top of our lust for our next trip. Thanks!

            MouseChow
            www.Mousechow.com

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      RCC Jul 20, 2011 02:12 AM

      I don't know how much fun you are expecting at Momofuku Milk Bar, presuming it's the one in the East Village, it is simply a hole-in-the wall stall/store with no seats/tables. I like the dessert and sweet treats, but it's a take out place afaic.

      If you insist on a bistro/brasserie a la Les Halles, the closest one in proximity with better food is at Artisanal. A good place if you like cheeses. Also, the place is relatively spacious and bright and i've seen young children in a few occasions.

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      Artisanal
      2 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

      Momofuku Milk Bar
      251 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

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      1. re: RCC
        Adrienne Jul 20, 2011 04:58 AM

        I think milk bar is fun in that there are some whimsical options, and those huge uniced cakes that you can see all the layers i think would be really fun for a kid -- but it is true that it would be best to plan to get those boxed up and head over to union square park or somewhere to sit and enjoy leisurely.

        1. re: Adrienne
          ellenost Jul 20, 2011 05:49 AM

          Proabably a nice idea would be to go to the Milk Bar on West 56 St., get some cookies, truffles, croissants or whatever strikes their fancy, and head over to Central Park to enjoy all the goodies.

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

          1. re: ellenost
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            Pink_pug Jul 20, 2011 02:23 PM

            I was thinking fun in the way of sweets! We were not going to the East Village branch but the one on 56th St. as mentioned above.
            We will probably get breakfast there or grab a snack - I like the Central Park idea since we will be headed there a few times (zoo, Met, Plaza tea).

        2. re: RCC
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          Pink_pug Jul 20, 2011 02:27 PM

          My friend's ex is a huge fan of Artisanal - I forgot all about it. Will check it out. Thank you!

          1. re: Pink_pug
            ellenost Jul 20, 2011 03:08 PM

            I love Artisanal's brunch! Need a reservation since it gets crowded (and noisy).

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              KateMW Jul 22, 2011 08:11 PM

              Artisanal was not a hit with our daughter, she just didn't enjoy it as much as she did. She did enjoy Balthazar though. We were there on Wednesday and saw a number of kids there.

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              Balthazar
              80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

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                Pink_pug Jul 22, 2011 08:46 PM

                Balthazar is one of my favorite restaurants - we already have reservations there. Can't wait!

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            RGR Jul 19, 2011 10:35 AM

            I see no reason you can't go to The Spotted Pig with your little girl. However, the wait for a table at brunch could be very long. We went for a late lunch mid-week and had a short wait, maybe 10 minutes, which is about our wait limit.

            The Spotted Pig photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391@N03/sets/72157626548589197/

            We stopped going to Les Halles a long time ago. Mediocre food, lousy service, sardine-tight seating, and an insanely high noise level.

            http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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            1. re: RGR
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              Pink_pug Jul 19, 2011 07:55 PM

              Okay, maybe we'll try Spotted Pig for lunch. Love their food and vibe.
              We were going to do Les Halles our first night since it was close to our hotel and figured we'd want an early dinner. Any other suggestion for Midtown? Probably something similar brasserie or seasonal. FYI, I love Chez Panisse so anything in that vein. Thanks for your help!

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              Spotted Pig
              314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

              Les Halles
              411 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016

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                RGR Jul 19, 2011 08:41 PM

                I don't consider Les Halles to be in "Midtown." So, if you wnat something close to your hotel, where exactly is it located?

                If you want a brasserie in Midtown, I would suggest Marseille, on the corner of 9th & 44th. Another good option: Daniel Boulud's dbBistro Moderne, on 44th, b/t 5th & 6th, where the focus is on contemporary French bistro cuisine.

                http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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                  kathryn Jul 19, 2011 09:30 PM

                  You said you were staying near Rockefeller Center, yes? Or are you switching hotels at some point? I wouldn't consider Les Halles (28th and Park) to be close to Rock Center (47-50, between 5th and 6th).

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                  Les Halles
                  411 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016

                  1. re: kathryn
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                    Pink_pug Jul 19, 2011 10:53 PM

                    I'm showing what a tourist I am! You're right, it's definitely 20 blocks away from our hotel. I'll check out Marseille. We went to dbgb last time we were in NY and while it was very good I feel like trying something different.

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                      RGR Jul 20, 2011 07:31 AM

                      I didn't read your original post carefully and so missed the Rockefeller Center part. Marseille is over on 9th, so not particularly close. Brasserie Ruhlmann is right at Rockefeller Plaza. I've not tried it but have read good reports about it.

                      http://www.brasserieruhlmann.com

                      Btw, you say, "We went to dbgb last time...." Just to be clear, DBGB is the Boulud restaurant downtown on the Bowery. dbBistro Moderne is in Midtown.

                      http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

                      1. re: RGR
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                        Pink_pug Jul 20, 2011 02:25 PM

                        Got it - I guess I'm not a fan of places that have outposts other places. I want to eat somewhere that is only in NY. Plus, it seems kind of stuffy - not sure if I have the right impression.

                        1. re: RGR
                          elasticwaistband Jul 22, 2011 03:18 PM

                          For what it is worth I took 2 young boys to Marseille in April (pre-theatre) and it was....awful. The steak frites was overdone and tough. The mussels were inedible. I know that it seems to be a favourite here but there have got to be better choices in the theatre district.

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                          Marseille
                          630 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10036

                          1. re: elasticwaistband
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                            RGR Jul 22, 2011 03:38 PM

                            I'm sorry to hear that you had such a disappointing experience at Marseille. Though I haven't eaten there is quite some time, we've never had any problems with the food. And Hounds who have been there more recently and whose opiinions I trust have only had positive things to say about their experiences. Could be you just hit it on an off evening, which can happen in any restaurant.

                            http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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                  kathryn Jul 17, 2011 08:37 PM

                  Re: Momofuku Noodle Bar, Ssam Bar, which one? On the early side should be fine, and I've definitely seen kids at Ssam Bar, especially early.

                  Gramercy Tavern books up very quickly (their books open 28 days in advance) so if you can get a reservation there, I'd go there.

                  Near Rockefeller Center there are actually a few breakfast/bakery options. 'wichcraft does good breakfast sandwiches and has a great sticky bun alongside some other pastries. Bouchon Bakery just opened as well as a branch of Jacques Torres Chocolates (I believe they have chocolate croissants).

                  http://www.rockefellercenter.com/shop-and-eat/bouchon-bakery/
                  http://www.rockefellercenter.com/shop-and-eat/wichcraft/
                  http://www.rockefellercenter.com/shop-and-eat/jacques-torres/

                  Financier Patisserie has locations near both Rock Center and inside of Grand Central.

                  http://www.financierpastries.com/contact.cfm -- scroll down

                  In Grand Central, I would go to the location of Joe the Art of Coffee inside of Grand Central, and pick up coffee & some Doughnut Plant doughnuts and/or some Ceci-Cela croissants.

                  http://www.joetheartofcoffee.com/

                  A little bit further away is Amy's Bread (9th Ave and 47th), one of the better bakeries in town.

                  For post-dinner dessert, checkout Kyotofu for Asian-inspired desserts or the Magnolia Bakery branch near Rockefeller Center, which stays open late (midnight on weekends, 10pm on weekdays).

                  http://kyotofu-nyc.com/
                  http://www.magnoliabakery.com/find_us...

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                  Gramercy Tavern
                  42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

                  Kyotofu
                  705 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

                  Ceci-Cela
                  55 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

                  Doughnut Plant
                  379 Grand St, New York, NY 10002

                  Momofuku Noodle Bar
                  171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

                  Amy's Bread
                  672 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

                  Magnolia Bakery
                  1240 6th Ave, New York, NY 10036

                  Joe the Art of Coffee
                  89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

                  Financier Patisserie
                  1211 6th Ave, New York, NY 10036

                  Financier Patisserie
                  Grand Central Terminal, New York, NY 10017

                  Jacques Torres
                  30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112

                  Bouchon Bakery
                  1 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112

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                  1. re: kathryn
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                    Pink_pug Jul 18, 2011 03:56 PM

                    We were thinking of Ssam Bar. We might do that early one night especially since they don't take reservations. What about Prune? Okay for a kid?
                    So you would suggest Gramercy Tavern over Blue Ribbon?
                    Thanks for the breakfast recs - didn't know Jacques Torres had a new branch just knew about the one in Dumbo.
                    We were going to go to the Doughnut Plant in the Chelsea hotel nice to know they sell some at Joe. My husband and I love their doughnuts and I'm sure my daughter will too. We were also thinking of doing breakfast on Wednesday at Clinton St. Baking Co. Is there still a long wait on a Wednesday?
                    Thanks for your help!

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                    Gramercy Tavern
                    42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

                    Doughnut Plant
                    220 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

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                      kathryn Jul 18, 2011 04:50 PM

                      I've never seen kids at Prune but it might be because their menu is pretty adventurous. Even for adults!

                      GT is better, I think, just because you can make a reservation, and I've seen families there. Never at Blue Ribbon. You could end up waiting an hour for a table for three.

                      Some friends went to Clinton St recently and waited 45 min. on a Tuesday. Could be long, could be short. 45 min is way better than the weekend wait, though!

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                      Blue Ribbon Brasserie
                      97 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

                      Prune
                      54 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003

                      Clinton Street Baking Co.
                      4 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

                      1. re: kathryn
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                        Pink_pug Jul 18, 2011 07:37 PM

                        Thanks again! Maybe we'll do Prune for lunch. Our daughter loves sardines, shrimp and bacon so I think she'll be okay.
                        Would you pick Clinton St. or Shopsin's or something else for breakfast? We are going to Pastis one day for breakfast - love their French toast.

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                          kathryn Jul 18, 2011 08:20 PM

                          Shopsin's is not really kid-friendly in that there may be some random cursing and yelling by the cranky owner. Clinton St. is definitely friendlier in terms of language.

                          If you love French toast, definitely try the French toast at City Bakery. It is better than Pastis, and the Pastis French toast is really good. Another contender is Jane -- they soak theirs in creme brulee.

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                          Jane
                          100 West Houston Street, New York, NY 10012

                          Shopsin's General Store
                          120 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

                          City Bakery
                          3 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

                          Pastis
                          9 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014

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                            Pink_pug Jul 19, 2011 07:56 PM

                            Wow! The thought of that French toast is making my mouth water!

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                              RCC Jul 20, 2011 02:21 AM

                              I liked the Brioche French Toast at Minetta Tavern. I didn't order it, but was given a couple of tastes and it was delicious. Crisp on the outside and custardy soft on the inside. The whipped ricotta on top was a nice touch, too. Lot's of other very good, non-basic-breakfast items to choose from.

                              In terms of Shopsin's, I would be least worried about the cursing. I'm not that impressed with the overall cleanliness of the area and the unappealing eating and serving utensils. Many people like it here, but I'll pass.

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                              Minetta Tavern
                              113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

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                                kathryn Jul 20, 2011 06:40 AM

                                I really like the MT French Toast as well but I think City Bakery's is just a notch better than Pastis/Minetta/Jane as it is carmelized on top.

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                                City Bakery
                                3 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

                    2. re: kathryn
                      MouseChow Jul 22, 2011 07:35 PM

                      We took our daughter to Kyotofu when she was seven (3 years ago) and she still talks about it. We're headed in to Manhattan next week, so I'm loving this thread! Pink Pug, thanks for kicking it off.

                      We're staying at the Algonquin and are only in town one night, mid-week. Looking to eat dinner within walking distance, somewhere intimate with great food, where we can take a kid with a sophisticated palate. Will probably try to eat around 7. Any ideas?

                      www.MouseChow.com

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                      Kyotofu
                      705 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

                      1. re: MouseChow
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                        KateMW Jul 22, 2011 08:08 PM

                        When we were in town in March, we took our then 6 year old to Marea, Artisanal, Keens and Maialino. Her favorite was Marea, thanks to the amazing branzino we had and the pasta "that made her heart sing" She's got a flare for the dramatic, but the pasta was delicious. Her 2nd favorite was Keens. She loves Maialino as well. We did the Maialino dinner and she ate all the skin...the things you do for your children. :)

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                          MouseChow Jul 22, 2011 08:26 PM

                          The Maialino menu looks incredible. I don't know if I could sacrifice the skin... you may qualify for sainthood. Thanks for the advice!

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                          Maialino
                          2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

                          1. re: MouseChow
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                            KateMW Jul 23, 2011 02:36 PM

                            I have my moments...I also took her to eat at the American Girl cafe...so bad!

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                              MouseChow Jul 26, 2011 07:22 AM

                              I've fallen on that sword as well. It's hard to mess up carrot and celery sticks, so that's mostly what I ate. At least it's better than Chuck E. Cheese. I ended up making dinner reservations at Minetta Tavern for tomorrow night. Couldn't pass up the chance to try the burger.

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                              Minetta Tavern
                              113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

                              1. re: MouseChow
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                                KateMW Jul 26, 2011 11:07 AM

                                My husband loved the burger when we were there for brunch! Have fun!

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                          Pink_pug Jul 22, 2011 08:44 PM

                          Oh wow Kyotofu sounds fun and my daughter has a huge sweet tooth (unlike me.) We're going to Balthazar, ABC Kitchen and Keste but have a few open nights. Might do Blue Ribbon, Prune, Pulino's or Momofuku other nights. Not sure yet. It'll be my daughter's first trip to NY so we're so excited. Hope she loves it as much as I do.

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                          Kyotofu
                          705 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019

                          Pulino's
                          282 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

                          ABC Kitchen
                          35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003

                          1. re: Pink_pug
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                            uwsister Jul 23, 2011 12:53 AM

                            Keep in mind that Kyotofu's desserts are Asian-influenced so their sweetness is rather subtle. If you don't mind that, I think their desserts are delicious and high-quality. Spot is another Asian-influenced dessert place. Chikalicious is also worth checking out.

                            I love all the restaurants on your "might" list - Blue Ribbon, Prune, Pulino's, and Momofuku Ssam. I hope you will make it to some of them!

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                              Pan Jul 23, 2011 05:55 PM

                              Some of us find those tofu-based desserts a little strange-tasting, too.

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                                uwsister Jul 26, 2011 06:47 PM

                                There are only a couple of desserts on the menu that are tofu-based though - the cheesecake and the sweet tofu in two flavors. Easy enough to avoid if one doesn't want tofu-based desserts, and there are plenty of other options.

                              2. re: uwsister
                                MouseChow Jul 26, 2011 07:30 AM

                                Oh, also Minamoto Kitchen, Japanese bakery right near 30 Rock is worth a stop.

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                                Minamoto Kitchoan
                                608 5th Ave, New York, NY 10020

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                                  uwsister Jul 26, 2011 06:41 PM

                                  Second Minamoto Kitchoan. If you like Japanese wagashi, this is the place go to. Expensive and precious, but quality stuff.

                                  1. re: uwsister
                                    MouseChow Jul 28, 2011 04:18 PM

                                    Thanks for the spelling fix :). We stopped in there today and bought an assortment of yummy sweets. Just ate my sakuramochi. Mmmmmmm.

                                    Minetta Tavern was incredibly good. Hubby and I both had the Black Label burger, and it was worth every penny. The bone marrow was excellent and huge - we couldn't finish it. It was the first time either the kid or husband had tried it, and they are both hooked. We also had the oysters with house made sausage. I could eat that sausage every day. And we spotted Little Steven on our way out, so that was just a bonus. Fabulous.

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                                    Minetta Tavern
                                    113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

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