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Best dessert place in Manhattan.

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hellodominick Dec 18, 2012 09:08 AM

I only visited "The Spot" and always love their dessert after coming from work.
Any other places i should check out. Traveling in the city isnt a big deal.

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    mushroomaffairs Dec 19, 2012 11:30 AM

    I'm not a big dessert person but Sweet Revenge is in the Village that is a cafe that turns somewhat into a dessert bar after hours. I've only had a salad and sandwich there so I can't vouch for the sweet offerings. It's very casual, if you're looking for a place just to linger after dinner.

    Lady M does high end cakes . Just about all my family's holiday cakes have come from Lady M. Honestly, it's expensive and overrated, not to mention sickly sweet. I've eaten the crepe cake so often that last year I wound up taking home the leftovers and wound up throwing it out.

    Financier and Nespresso are both cafes/dessert places for coffee and sweets. They're both places you can linger with a cup of coffee and dessert and not worry about hogging a table.

    ed.: Sorry, the places I recommended all over the map.

    Sweet Revenge is in the Village
    Lady M is on the UES
    Nespresso is UES (60s/Mad)
    Financier has a couple of locations downtown (FiDi).

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      ttoommyy Dec 19, 2012 11:33 AM

      "Lady M does high end cakes . Just about all my family's holiday cakes have come from Lady M. Honestly, it's expensive and overrated, not to mention sickly sweet. I've eaten the crepe cake so often that last year I wound up taking home the leftovers and wound up throwing it out."

      This is a recommendation?

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        mushroomaffairs Dec 19, 2012 11:49 AM

        Suggestion. Not every one has the same tastes.

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          ttoommyy Dec 19, 2012 11:58 AM

          I understand that, but nothing you said (expensive, overrated, sickly sweet, wound up throwing it out) makes it seem at all appealing. How is that a suggestion? It sounds more like a "stay away from this place!" A suggestion would at least have a few positives going for it.

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            mushroomaffairs Dec 19, 2012 12:34 PM

            I should clarify that we've ordered the mille crepe cakes for years, and only the mille crepe and after a certain amount of holidays seeing and eating the same cake, it get's tiring.

            There are obviously other choices people can try and my post was prefaced that I'm not a huge dessert person to begin with.

            The positive attributes of the mille is that it's texturally light, both airy and spongy. When you cut throught the slice with a fork, the cake springs back upright. The cream filling definetely uses real vanilla bean pods but not the seeds since I've never noticed black specks in the cream, but I could be wrong since I never paid attention. .

            It comes in a really nice understated bowed white cake box, unlike Financier cakes which come in screeching giant green striped boxes.

            I'll spare the details of what happens to a Lady M crepe cake after a week and a half in the fridge.

            ed.: I've also noticed within the past couple of years that the cake has lost a couple of layers and is not as high as it used to be.

            But if the OP, has never had it and wants to try to satiate his curiousity (if he even is) by all means he should. He'll be able to form his own opinion on the cake then.

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              ttoommyy Dec 19, 2012 04:40 PM

              Thanks mushroomaffairs.

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                pammi Dec 19, 2012 07:56 PM

                I've got a secret for you-the Lady M cake is so easy to make at home. google -Mille Crepe Cake and the Lady M recipe comes right up. I've made them as high as 20 layers. cost of ingredients is about $10. And you can flavor the pastry cream to your taste.And when you slice it, it looks so elegant..

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      bartholomeu Dec 18, 2012 07:47 PM

      I recommend Two Little Red Hens for classic American desserts. They're what I wish all American desserts would be.

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        ttoommyy Dec 19, 2012 10:32 AM

        I see Two Little Red Hens recommended a lot on CH but have never been. I just looked at their menu. Am I right in thinking they only serve cakes and pies? That leaves a lot of other dessert options out: ice creams, puddings, custards, candies, fruit compotes, etc. I wouldn't really call it a "dessert place" as the OP is asking for; it's more of a bakery. No?

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          kathryn Dec 19, 2012 10:41 AM

          And it doesn't stay open that late... the OP wants "a dessert place after dining out for dinner," so TLRH's hours might be tough.

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            bartholomeu Dec 19, 2012 11:01 AM

            Well, it does stay open until 9pm most days of the week, so it's possible if you eat dinner in the area.

            Also, yes, it's definitely more of a bakery but the OP didn't really specify what kind of desserts he wanted. I find their cupcakes to be much lighter than most cupcakes I have had, and they don't seem to be too sugary either. I also really liked their cheesecake, which I didn't expect for a bakery.

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              hellodominick Dec 20, 2012 06:54 AM

              yeah no cupcakes or slice of cake for me.
              But i did order a red velvet cupcake during lunch hour awhile back and it surpisnly good.
              But I'm looking for some ice-cream, chocolate, candies etc.
              or ice cream with those hot cakes yummm

              1. re: hellodominick
                ttoommyy Dec 20, 2012 10:59 AM

                "But I'm looking for some ice-cream, chocolate, candies etc.
                or ice cream with those hot cakes yummm"

                Have you ever been to Otto and had their coppettas? The most amazing gelato paired with fruits and bits of cake; Italian sundaes if you will. They usually have a few different ones on the menu along with 1 or 2 other desserts. Sit at the bar, have a coppetta and a digestivo. Now, that's dessert!

      2. Motosport Dec 18, 2012 10:13 AM

        If you are looking for old style comfort dessert try Junior's. Fabulous cheesecake, ice cream sundaes and pastry!! Simple, easy and not too pricey.

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          mahler5 Dec 18, 2012 01:51 PM

          I'm not a fan of Junior's. Their desserts taste factory-made to me. If you want comfort-food desserts, go to Good Enough to Eat on Amsterdam Ave. at 84th St.

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            BuildingMyBento Dec 19, 2012 07:50 AM

            Does Junior's still offer the brisket sandwich with potato pancakes instead of bread?

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              Motosport Dec 20, 2012 06:38 AM

              Yesssss!! You can also get a pastrami or corned beef latke sammich.
              One of the messiest and tastiest sammiches ever!!

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              Motosport Dec 20, 2012 06:39 AM

              Have you tried their strawberry cheese pie? Heavenly!! We even had one for our wedding cake.

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            peter j Dec 18, 2012 09:21 AM

            Try the brunch dessert buffet at Benoit.

            http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2011/1...

            Dominique Ansel, Payard, and Bouchon Bakery are also great.

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              Cinnamonster Dec 18, 2012 09:19 AM

              Dominique Ansel Bakery is pretty good.
              I also like the dessert menu at The Modern.

              I've also heard good things about Momofuku Milk Bar and Levain Bakery, but haven't made it to either one yet.

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                kathryn Dec 18, 2012 09:15 AM

                Are you looking only for dessert bars? There aren't very many of those.

                Or are you open to having dessert at the bar/lounge of a restaurant?

                I assume this is for dining out for dessert after dinner (since you mention going after work), and not picking up something at a bakery or something (and going home)?

                Per Se -- they have a dessert tasting in their lounge.

                WD-50 -- you can order a la carte at the bar for dessert. Two items for $25, additional items for $15.

                Cha-An has a three course dessert prix fixe listed on their menu.

                Chikalicious does a dessert prix fixe with amuse/full dessert/petit fours.

                Kyotofu does a three course dessert prix fixe, but only for two people.

                Picholine has a three course dessert prix fixe but only after 9:30pm.

                At Jean Georges (did you end up making it there for lunch?) they have themed dessert "tastings" like "flavor X" (chocolate, caramel, a fruit, etc.) done four different ways.

                Benoit has all-you-can eat dessert bar during Sunday brunch if you happen to be in the city on a weekend morning.

                Related:
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/879997

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                  hellodominick Dec 18, 2012 10:59 AM

                  I'm looking for a dessert place after dining out for dinner.
                  Cha-An and Chikalicious both look good.
                  Picholine will be good on a friday night with some friends.

                  and yes I went to Jean Georges but for dinner reservation at 6PM and I loved it. Chose the Chocolate themed tasting and woww

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