Each day, the diligent staff at NY Bagel Cafe & Deli fill their shop with scents of freshly brewed coffee and warm bagels straight from the oven. Seventeen varieties of the baked circles anchor an all-day breakfast menu, causing tongues to smack in approval of flavors such as plain, asiago cheese, and cinnamon raisin. Additions of meats, eggs, and cheeses transform the bagels into breakfast sandwiches, which complement stacks of pancakes drenched in sweet maple syrup. Alternatively, customers can sidestep breakfast fare and sink into a selection of salads and deli sandwiches, including turkey melts and cubans. Gooey swiss cheese melts over classic reubens, which pile sauerkraut atop either hot turkey or pastrami. NY Bagel Cafe & Deli can also cater events or deliver their eats directly to their customers' human-size terrarium.
For 30 years, Cakes by Karen has graced gatherings with handmade cupcakes, tortes, and cakes culled from a tasty arsenal of flavors, fillings, and icings. The colorful, creative desserts pair with a variety of occasions, from multitiered wedding cakes decked out with elegant floral designs and smooth icing to fondant-capped tortes in the shape of powdered wigs for Presidents' Day. In addition to baking eye-catching treats, Cakes by Karen furnishes partiers and newlyweds with limousine packages replete with champagne, deluxe stereo systems, and luxurious stretch-limo transportation.
The resident patisserie professionals at Daniel's of Paris cull techniques from French cooking traditions to conjure decadent pastries, cakes, and breads. White mousse cakes nearly commit to monochrome snacking, drizzling spongy yellow genoise with white mousse and white chocolate shavings; slices of peach melba cake embellished with sliced peaches, raspberry filling, and Grand Marnier syrup tiptoe into mouths to surprise unsuspecting sweet teeth. Nosh on rich hunks of red velvet torte ($4) or nibble on butter croissants ($1.35) to add authenticity to picnics under Eiffel Towers made of Legos.
The menu offers a white mocha ($3.25 for 12 ounces), latte ($2.60), cappuccino ($2.60), hot chocolate ($2.50), steamers ($2.10), blended drinks such as the Frozen Hotty ($3.85) and more. Coffee comes in A, B, and C-sized perky cups. An A-cup of house blend costs $1.75, so this Groupon could caffeinate your mornings for an entire workweek. Add a $.40 flavor shot or a $.50 soy shot for an extra boost. Freshly baked pastries are available daily to complement the coffee. Cold drinks include an iced latte ($2.60 for 12 ounces), mocha ($3), and coffee ($1.55) as well as an Italian soda ($2.75) and an Arnold Palmer ($2).
Cold Stone's ice cream inhabits a quantum flux between soft-serve and traditional ice cream, with a rich, creamy texture that whispers tales of its super-premium quality as it glides over taste buds. The ice cream generously welcomes dozens of toppings, as traditional as crumbled cookies and chopped nuts or as quirky as granola and black licorice. Choose your favorite ice cream from among dozens of silky flavors, such as Irish cream and butter pecan. Then make certain no one will try and steal a taste by topping it protectively with brownies, gumballs, and cherry pie filling. Whatever Frankencream you create, it'll be scooped cold off the grill into a freshly made waffle cone or bowl. Cold Stone's ice cream and toppings vary between seasons and location, and they also offer sorbet and an array of lighter toppings such as fruit and honey. Ice-cream creations run between $4 and $6, depending on size.
Borrowing its name from the eponymous double-peaked mountain, Maroon Bells of Colorado whips up its own fresh, premium ice cream, sundaes, shakes, ice cream cakes and more. Dairy diners can lick a chilly swirl of ice cream (from $1.95) in flavors such as Bell's banana pudding, blueberry cheesecake, and rocky road, before selecting a free topping to layer the creamy hill with goodies such as gummy bears and M&Ms (additional toppings $0.50/each). Savor every sugary morsel of a butterscotch toffee sundae ($4.45+), or cool esophageal flare-ups with an espresso-flavored shake ($4.35 for a small) or a Georgia peach smoothie ($4.35 for a small). Grouponers can also think of new ice cream flavors in the store's Create Our Next Flavor contest; the originators of winning flavors will get a $25 gift card, the chance to taste their creation in stores starting in July, and the tingly feeling of total dairy supremacy.