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Dec 29, 2011 06:13 AM

Need to find a sweet and beautiful gift while visiting Manhattan

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

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

      1. 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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        1. re: Tommy D.

          Those truly are beautiful works of art.

          1. re: ttoommyy

            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.

        2. I would say Laduree's macarons.

          864 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10021

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          1. re: bronwen

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

            1. re: kathryn

              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?

              1. re: City Kid

                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. 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