Jenna Riley began showcasing her knack for creativity as a way to celebrate the successes of her family and friends. Soon, she turned those talents into Lucky Occasions, a homegrown business that excels in generating smiles by way of scrumptious party favors and handcrafted gift baskets. From baby showers and birthdays to "Thank You" offerings, Jenna engineers baskets for all types of milestones, filling them with lavish or simple items alongside her own made-from-scratch sweets.
For over one hundred years, Widoff’s Bakery has handcrafted loaves of bread and other baked goods, prepared fresh every day. The bakery's dough devotees use a secret recipe involving premium, preservative-free ingredients and an elaborate secret handshake to shape specialty bulkie rolls ($6.60/doz.), which encase a soft bread pillow within a crispy crust. Sliced bread, meanwhile, comes in either italian loaves ($2.99/lb.) or rye varieties ($3.75 for 1 lb., $4.75 for 2 lb.). In addition to bready offerings, Widoff’s decorates its overflowing counters with colorful butter cookies ($9.50/lb.) adorned with vibrant patterns such as hearts, flags, or photo-realistic presidential busts. Visitors can further delight sweet teeth by sinking them into bite-sized whoopee pies ($0.99) and caramel cannoli cakes ($12.99).
The sucrose stylists at Sweet Creations bake a bevy of hand-held and decadent sweet treats as well as specialty cakes in a menagerie of flavors and fillings. Give sweet teeth something to brag about at the dental arcade with a sampling of small and large cupcakes ($1.25; $1.75), brownies ($1.95), or plates of half-dozen cookies ($4). Ice-cream-enriched treats are readily available, including brownies à la mode ($3.95) and sundaes ($4.95), and specialty cakes ($40+) come blanketed with house-made buttercream icing or marshmallow fondant and adorned with soccer balls, fire trucks, and still-life scenes from the Constitutional Congress. Sweet Creations also traffics in tasty small and large smoothies ($2.75; $3.25), as well as chocolate lollipops in dark, milk, or white chocolate, all wrapped up with a colorful ribbon.
Lauded for its signature Italian-style pizzas topped with everything from spaghetti and meatballs to mac 'n' cheese, Muncheez pads its menu with burgers, pastas, sandwiches, wraps, and specialty desserts. Diners can nosh on 1 of the 11 signature pizzas, which are flown to the table by a masked, mouthless superhero. Try the Buffalo Soldier, an alfredo-sauced pie topped with buffalo chicken and mozzarella ($7.99/small, $12.99/large), or the Aloha, a Hawaiian-style concoction of ham, bacon, pineapple, and pulled pork ($7.99/small, $12.99/large). Classic and veggie pizza pies also abound.
Wholly Cannoli's talented chefs create confectionary delectables and savory café fare from a compendium of gourmet ingredients. Savor signature items that employ destructive monikers to obliterate sweet cravings, such as caramel-dipped Dynamite Sticks ($4), crunchy ricotta Cherry Bombs ($4) and Hawaiian pineapple Landmines ($4), which detonate piña colada cannolis upon contact with teeth. Like a piñata filled with meat, a full lunch menu sates more voracious hunger pangs with hearty selections including horseradish-garnished wholly roast-beef wraps ($6.25) and napoli sandwiches ($6.25) that love taste buds with every ounce of their tender artichoke hearts. .
The rich aroma of freshly brewed coffee mingles with the sweet scents of napoleons, éclairs, and apple turnovers fresh from the oven. At Back In The Day Pastry Shoppe, pastry chefs fold the comfort evoked by classic treats into their batches of old-fashioned desserts. Their true forte, however, is the sweet batter they transform into jumbo muffins, cupcakes topped with puffs of swiss meringue, and cakes designed for special occasions. Skilled hands fill each cake with fresh berries or mousse and personalize the confectionary masterpieces with carefully sculpted flowers and ornate scalloped details. Not content with only making sweet treats, the chefs also dazzle palates with their sandwiches and soups. As guests fill their bellies or nibble on a nostalgic treat, they can use the bakery’s free WiFi to check their email or plot out a road trip to Drury Lane.