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Dec 18, 2012 09:08 AM

Best dessert place in Manhattan.

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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  1. 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.


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    1. re: kathryn

      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

    2. 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.

      1. Try the brunch dessert buffet at Benoit.

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

        1. 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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          1. re: Motosport

            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.

            1. re: mahler5

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

              1. re: BuildingMyBento

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

              2. re: mahler5

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

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

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              1. re: bartholomeu

                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?

                1. re: ttoommyy

                  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.

                  1. re: kathryn

                    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.

                    1. re: bartholomeu

                      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

                        "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!