Cake Chef is the product of pastry expert James Carrozza's more than 30 years of experience and experimentation in bakeries around the city, from tiny kosher establishments to the Plaza Hotel. Carrozza brings in new ingredients daily, baking small batches to maintain quality and freshness. On a given day, customers will encounter a selection of the 35 cookies in the chef's crumbly arsenal, from traditional macadamia to brownie bites, pistachio balls, and sandwich cookies. Cake Chef is also respected for its succulent cross-section of pastries—a diorama of creampuffs, fresh fruit tarts, and cannolis—which compete in a series of reality-television-style challenges for supremacy. A range of gourmet cupcakes and life-sized cakes, such as the chocolate mousse and the real buttercream layer cake, recline on display like frosty titans with their divine progeny.
The bakers at Sofia’s Creations prepare cupcakes, occasion cakes, and other pastries in a completely nut-free environment. Although they're adept at making classic cakes, they excel at personalizing cakes for special occasions. In the past, they've topped custom cakes with fondant Disney characters, and sculpted cakes to resemble gumball machines, baby blocks, and edible paperweights. Demonstrating creative flair, the cooks accessorize cupcakes with swirled buttercream or fondant cutouts, and perch-cake balls atop ice-cream cones.
Brothers Dennis, Anthony, Jeffery and Tommy Moore, along with their father Harry, oversee operations at Little Jimmy's Italian Ices, a family-run business for more than 75 years. In keeping with tradition, today each of the business's 20 flavors is still made without fat, dairy products, high-fructose corn syrup, or the use of modern machinery. The Moore brothers' grandfather crafted the recipe, which they guard so closely that only two of them actually know it. Their customers are vendors across the country, as well as local patrons who procure pushcarts filled with Italian ice for their parties, fundraisers, and the food fights that determine town-council elections.
Made With Love is an organic bakery and café that creates fresh, healthy, and organic sweets and savories while stirring up an undercurrent of social and environmental responsibility. With today’s deal, customers can tease their sweet tooth’s taste buds with a dozen cupcakes, crafted by French Culinary Institute–trained owner Celeste Governanti from the finest of locally obtained, certified-organic ingredients. Five cupcake styles are available: vanilla with either chocolate- or vanilla-flavored buttercream, chocolate with the same two buttercream options, or CocoVelvet, Made With Love’s dye-free version of red velvet, smeared with a mouth-seeking missile of cream-cheese frosting.
The Little Sandwich Shop stacks a small legion of fresh ingredients on fresh homemade bread to form belly-filling sustenance and provide maximum lunchtime satisfaction. Gain the upper hand over hunger after cycling the Tour de France on a penny-farthing with the advertising advantage sandwich made with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, roasted peppers, red onion, and basil with balsamic vinaigrette on a french baguette ($6.95). Southern sauce can be savored within the safety of a toasted roll with the BBQ chicken special sandwich, a tasty conglomerate of grilled chicken, melted pepper-jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo, and barbecue sauce ($6.95).
Bagel Schmagel’s bakers combine fresh ingredients to create nine types of Old World–style bagels and more than a dozen handcrafted cream cheeses. A commitment to freshness and quality guides the bakery's foodsmiths, ensuring that each batch of bagels emerges from the kettle with a glistening, thin crust and a warm, spongy interior reminiscent of the Doughboy's spleen. The roster of eats also includes baked goods, salads, sandwiches, and specials, which are denoted on chalkboards. A blue-and-gray-striped awning denotes arrival at the bakery, shading floor-to-ceiling windows and a dining room with lox-colored walls.
Assembling every order with fresh items baked throughout the day, Bagel Boy’s master doughsmiths supply a diverse array of breakfast foods and deli sandwiches. During the daily breakfast soiree, a roll plays host to eggs or egg whites ($2.75) while the guests of honor—bagels—mingle with a gallery of flavored cream cheeses, such as lox, vegetable, walnut, and strawberry. Pastry-chef Sherpas guide lemon-poppy and chocolate-chip adventurers to the tops of fresh muffins ($1.75) while a team of flavored croissants, including chocolate, cheese, and strawberry cheese, ($1.75 each) relays weather conditions and lends moral support.