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Need to find a sweet and beautiful gift while visiting Manhattan

galka Dec 29, 2011 06:13 AM

Please help Boston hounds: we will be staying in midtown (w76 between Broadway and Amsterdam) for 3 days and we need to find something sweet and beautiful to bring back as a gift. Maybe some Japanese sweets? Preferably something other than chocolate. Any suggestions for places to shop will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance!

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  1. ttoommyy RE: galka Dec 29, 2011 06:17 AM

    I always find a rainbow selection of delicious and exotic-flavored macarons a wonderful gift.


    Macaron Cafe
    625 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022

    1. Spiritchaser RE: galka Dec 29, 2011 06:24 AM

      There is Minamoto near Rockefeller Center, very expensive, yet incredibly beautiful, wagashi.

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

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        Tommy D. RE: galka Dec 29, 2011 06:26 AM

        For Japanese sweets, try Minamoto Kitchoan at Fifth Avenue and 49th Street. The confections are delicious and the packaging is exquisite.


        (Edit: cross-posted with Spiritchaser!


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

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          ttoommyy RE: Tommy D. Dec 29, 2011 06:49 AM

          Those truly are beautiful works of art.

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            Pookipichu RE: ttoommyy Dec 29, 2011 01:04 PM

            Minamoto Kitchoan is a perfect choice. FYI I've found the seasonal/special mochi based treats to be less sweet than the items they have daily. Their regular daifuku is a bit too sweet for me.

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          bronwen RE: galka Dec 29, 2011 07:41 AM

          I would say Laduree's macarons.

          864 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10021

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            kathryn RE: bronwen Dec 29, 2011 08:14 AM

            2nd Laduree. The packaging is beautiful and the macarons are excellent.

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              City Kid RE: kathryn Dec 29, 2011 09:39 AM

              How well do you think Ladurée macarons would travel? Wouldn't they be stale by the time the OP gets back to Boston and offers them as a gift?

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                kathryn RE: City Kid Dec 29, 2011 09:46 AM

                I believe the card inside says they last 3 days. I don't think it would be an issue if they picked them up on their last day in town.

          2. coasts RE: galka Dec 29, 2011 08:19 AM

            Two thing to be aware of:

            1. You are staying in the Upper West Side, not midtown. This is important for navigation purposes.
            2. You are staying very close to Levain Bakery. Even if you don't bring it as a gift, try it for yourself anyway.

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

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              Stuffed Monkey RE: galka Dec 29, 2011 11:32 AM

              For proximaty to where you are staying I would say Jacques Torres Chocolate on Amsterdam between 74th and 75th.

              Jacques Torres
              285 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023

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