By: Anne M. Raso
You might think that Rao's in East Harlem is the hardest res in town, but the Cafe at American Girl Place takes a good three months to score a weekend lunch slot (so call early!). The Cafe is popular not only because it is an offshoot of America's favorite doll brand, but because the food is a lot better than one would think.
Besides getting to ogle at the tons of dolls and all the accessories and clothing for both girls and their moms that match the dolls' attire, each person who dines in the black, white and pink striped dining room gets to pick a doll to dine with at the entrance (which the server then puts in a special chair attached to each table). When I dined here not too long ago with my adorable nieces Audrey and Charlotte Blocher, they are immediately treated us to hot cinnamon buns, a favorite of American Girl founder Pleasant T. Roland, when we sat down. As I glanced at the "innovative Country Club" fare, I took note that many of the entrees were named for the more famous American Girl dolls, such as Felicity's Smoked Turkey And Brie Tea Sandwiches and Kit's Garden Party Sandwiches.
americangirl.com. And sorry, but you have to give the dolls seated at your table back on the way out!
Cafe at American Girl Place
609 Fifth Avenue at 49th Street
New York, NY 10009
[Photos: Anne M. Raso]