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Manhattan Sweet Tooth

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A travel journal to New York by xine

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Manhattan Sweet Tooth

Overview

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Top New York cafes for:
1) Tasty desserts
2) Studying
3) Hanging Out
4) People Watching
5) Groups 6) Late Night Cravings 7) Bang for your buck

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Best Way To Get Around:

Best way to get to know NYC is on foot. New York is very walkable. The subway and public buses are easy to use, efficient, and inexpensive. Cab it if you're in a hurry or it's late at night.

Cafe Mozart

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Located on the Upper West Side, Cafe Mozart serves meals as well as a wide selection of tasty desserts. It's a good place for brunch, lunch or dinner or for coffee and dessert. During the day, there is one computer that hooks up to the Internet. In the evenings, there is often live music played- mostly Mozart (surprise, surpise! In terms of taste and price, this is not my top choice for desserts, but it does the trick if I'm really craving something sweet. Service here is friendly and accomodating. After a night of drinking, a friend of mine was craving starch and although the kitchen was closed for the evening, the waitress managed to get her mashed potatoes and brown sauce. Caf...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 23, 2000

Cafe Mozart
154 West 70th Street Between Broadway & Columbus
New York, New York

Veniero's

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Veniero's is my favorite dessert place in New York. You get the most for your money here. Favorites include the NY cheesecake with strawberries, the fruit tart, and tiramisu cake. There are long lines on weekend evenings, but afternoons tend to be quieter. Probably a decent place to hang out during the day, but at night, forget it. Service here is not all that great and can be abrupt-- a bus boy once spilled milk all over my cashmere coat and then offered me $5. (Can you really dry-clean a coat for $5 in Manhattan?!) Even though the service isn't so great, Veniero's is still my top choice for sipping coffee and satisfying the sweet tooth. If you want to avoid the service, take a number and wait...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 23, 2000

Veniero's
342 East 11th Street
New York, New York 10003
(212) 674-7070

Edgar's Cafe

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Edgar's Cafe (named after Edgar Allen Poe) serves light meals as well as desserts. I had the quiche there which was quite good. I actually didn't have any dessert, but it looked delicious. During the afternoon, this would be a good place to relax and read the paper. The atmosphere and decor is nice so it's a safe bet for a coffee date.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 23, 2000

Edgar's Cafe
255 West 84th Street
New York, New York 10024
(212) 496-6126

DT-UT

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Great place to study, hang out, and people watch. DT-UT has comfy couches so sit back and relax or hide behind your book and steal glances at the other customers. For all those who miss the great outdoors, order the S'mores here and reminisce about the good ole campfire days. There's a decent assortment of coffee, tea, cider, hot chocolate and desserts. A bit pricey, but worth it if you plan to hang out for awhile. The wait-staff won't bug you to leave.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 23, 2000

DT-UT
1626 2nd Avenue
New York, New York 10028
(212) 327-1327

Cafe Lalo

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Cafe Lalo serves brunch, sandwiches, salads, and an extensive assortment of pies and cakes. They have pretty much every type of cheesecake imagineable-- pumpkin, chocolate chip, oreo, snickers, white chocolate raspberry-- the list goes on. Lalo is open late-- til 2 am so if you're craving something sweet late at night on the Upper West Side, this is a good bet. They make use of every inch of space so be warned, you'll be sitting on top of each other here. Evenings and weekends get really crowded so don't even think about lingering around longer than it takes for you to finish your capuccino. The slices of cake here tend to be on the smaller side and are a bit pricey. Service is not the greatest...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 23, 2000

Cafe Lalo
201 West 83rd Street
New York, New York
(212) 496-6031

Xando Coffee & Bar

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Restaurant | "Xando Coffee & Bar"

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Some call it 'zando' while others call it 'X and O'. Xando serves sandwiches (Cosi) and light snacks, dessert, and ice cream, but has an extensive menu for alcoholic drinks, coffee, tea, frozen drinks... The sandwiches are pretty tasty and you can create your own combinations. If you need to stay awake, the gigante bowl of coffee will provide you with enough caffeine for a week. Recommend the mango smoothie. The Snickers brownie is rich and satisfies the chocolate craving, but the rest of the desserts here are mediocre. The Xando on Broadway is laptop friendly (downstairs tables) so keep yourself caffeinated with a frozen Mocha Blast and type away. The Broadway branch...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 23, 2000

Xando Coffee & Bar
2160 Broadway
New York, New York 10024
(212) 595-5616

Serendipity 3

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Restaurant | "Serendipity"

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Return to childhood when you step into Serendipity. The front part of the store sells candy and toys so bring extra cash if you want to buy that jack-in-the-box! Portions are HUGE here so be sure to share unless you want a stomachache. Definitely try the frozen hot chocolate-- you won't be disappointed. Lots of ice cream choices-- banana splits, sundaes, etc. Three of us shared the hot fudge chocolate cake sundae which was incredibly rich. We had to order another scoop of vanilla ice cream to eat more of it. Way too decadent-- I was in pain after gorging myself like that. We also tried the frozen pink lemonade which was very refreshing. The sourness also helped cut down the richne...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 23, 2000

Serendipity 3
225 East 60th Street
New York, New York 10022
(212) 838-3531

Drip

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Drip serves a multitude of flavored coffees (Milky Way, Snickers, Vanilla, etc) and teas as well as alcoholic drinks. My favorite here is the oreo milkshake. The iced raspberry chocolate coffee is also quite tasty. They also sell baked goods that are ok, but not delicious. Rice krispy treats here are enormous. This is one of those places where you can end up loitering for hours. There's a TV, magazines, and Drip also runs a dating service so if you have time to spare, you can flip thru numerous binders containing people's profiles. It's a riot! Although the profiles are anonymous, we've come across people we know. If there's somebody that you want to meet, Drip will call the p...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 23, 2000

Drip
489 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, New York
(212) 875-1046

Grey Dog's Coffee Ltd

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Restaurant | "Grey Dog's Coffee"

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There aren't too many tables at the cafe, but it's a fun place to hang out. The window is wide open so you can watch people walking by. I had the hot apple cider and banana bread which was very good. They have muffins, brownies, various types of sweet breads, and huge cookies. Coffee, tea, hot cocoa, hot apple cider, beer. Grey Dog's also serves sandwiches, soups, and salads. Order at the counter. They don't come around to take orders. During the evenings, the lighting is pretty dim. Crowd tends to be young-- college students and twentysomethings.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 23, 2000

Grey Dog's Coffee Ltd
33 Carmine Street
New York, New York 10014
(212) 462-0041

Columbus Bakery

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Columbus Bakery recently remodeled its interior-- kind of a country-style now with cute wall-papering and candles on the tables. It's a good place to grab a bite to eat and read the paper or study. The salads are good as are the baked goods. Wide variety of fresh baked breads, muffins, cookies, brownies. I had the mesclun salad with balsamic dressing and the chick pea and tomato salad. Both were good. The fruit salad is a bit strange since they mix chives or cilantro or something into it. They also serve sandwiches, pastas and quiche.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 23, 2000

Columbus Bakery
474 Columbus Avenue
New York, New York
(212) 724-6880

Ferrara Bakery & Cafe

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Restaurant | "Ferrara Bakery Cafe"

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Although there are now branches of Ferrara all over Manhattan, my favorite is still the original Ferrara Bakery Cafe in Little Italy. It's quite spacious, but even so, you often have to wait. My favorite here is the strawberry shortcake-- very yummy! I've had the cheesecake and tiramisu as well, but Veniero's is better for those two items. The gelato here is also quite good- rich, creamy and smooth. Very satisfying. I'm partial to the hazelnut. Or try one of the gelato shakes- quite refreshing on a hot summer's day.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 23, 2000

Ferrara Bakery & Cafe
195 Grand Street
New York, New York 10013
(212) 226-6150

Barnes Noble & Booksellers

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Restaurant | "Barnes and Noble Cafe"

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I usually go here to study or browse through the magazine section. Go during the day if you want to stake out a table to study at. Evenings tend to be quite crowded. The cafe is located on the top floor of Barnes and Noble and serves Starbucks coffee and some baked goods. I wouldn't go here if you want to eat, but have included it because it's a good place to spread out your books, leaf thru fluffy magazines, and people-watch. A nice alternative to the library if you don't want total silence.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 23, 2000

Barnes Noble & Booksellers
1972 Broadway
New York, New York
(212) 595-6859

Caffe Dante

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Caffe Dante has a cafe part as well as a restaurant. I have only been to the cafe. They serve Italian pastries and desserts here, but the choice is limited compared to Ferrara and Veniero's. Tiramisu, tartufo, Italian cheesecake are all on the menu. Gelato here is good too-- once again, I favor the hazelnut. They don't serve American coffee. I once asked for it and they gave me a nasty look. Some of their drinks come spiked with alcohol-- white Russian, Irish Cream, Sambuca. Service here is rude and abrupt. One time, the table next to us left without leaving a tip. Not my style, but they definitely got their point across...

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 23, 2000

Caffe Dante
79 MacDougal Street
New York, New York 10012
(212) 982-5275

Emack & Bolios

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Restaurant | "Emack & Bolio's"

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I have to admit, the first time I went to Emack & Bolio's I thought the ice cream was over-rated. However, the more I go, the more addicted I get to it and I no longer think that. The waffle cone is probably the best value. Every flavor I've tried has been good. Experiment and try a different flavor each time you go. You'll be sure to keep going back for more. The store is tiny and there are a few stools, but you're better off eating it outside.

There are also branches in Chelsea (Seventh Ave. bet. 13th and 14th) and on the 4th Floor of Macy's Herald Square.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 24, 2000

Emack & Bolios
389 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, New York 10024
(212) 362-2747

Cafe Reggio

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Yet another Italian cafe. The decor is interesting-- pseudo-antique. The space is kind of cramped, but adequate. We were not very impressed with the dessert here though. The Italian cheesecake was a bit on the dry side. Nothing we ate was particularly memorable. It's location in the village is prime though so if you need a quick caffeine fix, this may do the trip. A better idea may be to walk down the street to Caffe Dante instead.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 24, 2000

Cafe Reggio
119 MacDougal
New York, New York 10012
(212) 475-9557

Cafe S.F.A.

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Take a break from shopping and have lunch or afternoon tea at Cafe S.F.A. You can mull over the pros and cons of purchasing that latest Gucci clutch. Stuffy atmosphere aside, the food here is quite tasty and the presentation is nice. Even if you can't afford those Prada shoes, a bite to eat at the cafe won't break the bank. Portions here are large so if you're not ravenous, share! It's more fun that way anyway. Even if you only order dessert, they'll bring you a basket of fresh baked bread. The cheesecake and tiramisu here will melt in your mouth.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 24, 2000

Cafe S.F.A.
611 Fifth Ave
New York, New York 10017
+1 212 940 4080

Java N Jazz

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Better than Starbucks, World Coffee and the commercial chains. The frozen coffee drinks are good and so is the chai tea. Have a slice of fruit tart or coffee cake with your drink. Even on weekends, the place doesn't get too crowded so this is a good place to linger over those books if you're a student.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 24, 2000

Java N Jazz
868 Broadway
New York, New York
(212) 473-4200