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Oct 16, 2013 07:56 AM

Big apple circus then lunch then...

On Nov 7th Thursday, my husband and I are taking our 5 yr old daughter to the circus at 11am. We will have lunch at Lincoln at around 1:30( Should I do Lincoln, Landmarc, Telepan or Bar Boulud..or should we do something more casual like La boite en bois?) Then we'd like to take her to a good dessert or sweet shop in the same area. I can't think of any around that area...any interesting spot that might make 5 yr old happy?
Also suggest some interesting shops or things to do around the area. Thank you.

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  1. check out:

    Alice's Tea Cup on West 73rd Street

    Bomboloni on Columbus Ave. at 68th/69th St.

    3 Replies
    1. re: pbjluver

      Alice tea cup sounds cute...any idea how on the actual quality of desserts?

      1. re: Monica

        Alice's teacup doesn't really shine in real desserts IMO. The scones with clotted cream and jam are wonderful and very very filling however.

        1. re: zeeEats

          That sounds heavy after a meal. thanks for the tip.

    2. Lincoln Center's Tilting "Illumination Lawn" that is literally above Lincoln is really fun to walk around on. Hopefully it isn't raining that day.

      Epicurie Boulud also has sweets, BTW. And Jacques Torres or Levain aren't too far a walk if you want to head up north.

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      1. re: kathryn

        Good call on the Illuminatin lawn. hope it doesn't rain.

        1. re: kathryn

          +1 for Epicurie Boulud, a lot closer than some of the other bakeries like Levain in case your little girl doesn't like to walk far.

          1. re: zeeEats

            You know, I never got a chance to check out Epicurie Boulud so that might be a good chance to check them out. hopefully they sell housemade pate?

            1. re: Monica

              They do! A nice butcher case of charactuerie. They also have some standing tables so you can enjoy what you buy, but it might be overkill after lunch.

              1. re: kathryn

                i really hope they are the same stuff they make and sell at the Bar Boulud. I will do a take out.
                So they don't actually have tables, huh...if that's the case, we will just buy some goodies and go to other places mentioned here like Alice's tea cup...or we can take a walk through the park to the Plaza food court and get a few slices of mille crepe from Lady M. My little one loved the mille crepe from Lady M. The only dessert she actually finished by herself...then to the FAO toy store. perfect! hopely it doesn't rain that day.

                1. re: Monica

                  Epicurie is totally worth a stop while you're in the area-last week there were a few tables and chairs just outside but that may vary day to day.

              2. re: Monica

                Fyi, it's "Epicerie Boulud" and not "Epicurie Boulud" The desserts are good but there's no place to sit.

          2. Sugar and Plumm is not too far to walk and you will all love it.

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            1. re: Motosport

              When they used to have a location in Paramus, NJ, I used to take my daughter there. The worst tasting ice cream and slowest service I've ever dealt with...hopefully Manhattan location is better.

              1. re: Monica

                We've had brunch there a couple of times and it was amazing. Is the NJ place a sit down restaurant like the UWS location.

                1. re: Motosport

                  NJ place closed down not too long ago and I am not surprised. It was a sit down place and always empty. They had 10 people behind the counter with no line and took them awhile to assist us. ice cream was grainy and tasted funky.
                  Good to know that Manhattan location is better.
                  What was good there?

                  1. re: Monica

                    We go for brunch. French toast, pulled pork, lobster roll, huevos, eggs benny and great bacon and salads.
                    It seems like a great place for dessert especially for a 5 year old.

                2. re: Monica

                  The chef at Sugar & Plumm UWS is Pichet Ong, formely of Spot Dessert Bar. It's worth a try.

                3. re: Motosport

                  Sugar & Plumm is at 78th and Amsterdam...a bit of a walk for a 5 yr old from 62nd Street. But you can take the M11 bus straight up Amsterday and get off at 79th St. - then walk back 1 block

                4. It's a bit east of where you'll be, and it's certainly not the finest of foods, but If I were trying to make a 5 year old happy, I'd take her to Serendipity 3, put our names on the list for dessert, and walk around the corner to Dylan's Candy Bar while we wait.