Cafe Lalo has an immense variety of cakes and pies, among other things, which is worth crossing town for. But this adorable, yet small, space tends to get on my nerves, as do most NYC establishments that reap the rewards of being featured in a movie or TV show (Serendipity, you're guilty of this too). Trying to enjoy your dessert here in peace is something of an anomaly - it just doesn't happen.
Instead, I prefer to make this the place for ordering cakes and pies for group dinners at someone else's home. These go down very well with the crowd, especially the Three Berry pie, which is a bit of summer in a slice.