Founded in 1976, the Coffee Beanery has wafted the enticing aroma of its beans not only throughout the United States but also over foreign soil. At each location, baristas brew the company's specially roasted beans and decaf coffee, which expels caffeine via the Swiss water process rather than with harsh chemicals. In addition to steaming espresso drinks and blending icy frappalattes, the staff stocks their shelves with bags of flavored coffees such as french toast, chocolate mint kiss, and Michigan cherry. Although guests are welcome to cozy up at a table or grab a cup to go, the beanery also lures shoppers inside to peruse a selection of coffee gifts, perfect for birthdays or Monday mornings.
NY Bagel Cafe & Deli's kitchen bakes its bagels fresh every day, fueling a savory expansion to locations across seven states. At the Newark site, a glass case displays doughy circles infused with ingredients such as sun-dried tomatoes and blueberries. Patrons can opt to decorate their bagels or the eatery's pumpkin-colored walls with cream-cheese spreads flavored with scallions, bacon, and strawberries. In addition, deli sandwiches enfold Boar's Head–brand meats and cheeses in italian bread, wraps, or rolls.
At Cafe Caffe Gourmet, chefs put an American spin on a number of culinary genres to create diner-style entrees for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Named after U.S. cities and states, burgers rise like edible skyscrapers to accommodate 8-ounce Angus patties and toppings such as crumbled blue cheese, garlic aoli, or caramelized onions. Alongside the marble-and-wood coffee bar, guests can sip espresso drinks and munch classic griddle cakes and eggs. The restaurant touts its dinner buffet, an all-you-can-eat feast open throughout the day and stationed prominently in the cheerful yellow dining room. A row of sconces add a warm ambiance to the restaurant, illuminating menus and love letters spelled out in fettuccine.
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.
Over the past four decades, Starbucks has bloomed from a single coffee shop in Seattle's Pike Place Market to more than 17,000 stores responsible for caffeinating 55 countries. The company’s smiling, green-aproned baristas have become the mascots of many people’s morning routine, pouring cups of dark, medium, and blonde roast for coffee purists and adding shots of caramel or white chocolate to more elaborate espresso creations and treats such as a Frappuccino blended beverage.
Concerned with more than flavour, Starbucks strives to fill its menu with responsibly sourced coffee, cocoa, and tea that protect the farmers and bioregions they come from. These efforts have earned the company a spot on Ethisphere's 2013 list of the world's most ethical companies.
The Statue of Liberty vigilantly towers in the distance as diners glimpse it through Merchants River House’s glass walls, lending almost as much American flavor to meals as the bistro-style New World cuisine. Many dishes embrace regional culinary traditions while still finding ways to refine them with organic produce or premium ingredients. The bistro’s signature burger of black Angus beef arrives topped with vermont white cheddar, apple-wood smoked bacon, caramelized onions, and spicy barbecue sauce. Local seafood specialties include oven-roasted north atlantic salmon, which sports a tangy lemon-butter sauce. Occasionally, the chefs look to international cuisines for inspiration, as with goat cheese ravioli and the seared ahi tuna burger with pickled ginger and wasabi mayo. Even with these small departures, the restaurant aims to make diners feel at home. Blond wooden chairs flank the high-topped tables, which are each adorned with casual, blue-and-white checkered tablecloths. The main dining area can only seat around 70 people, but as many as 150 can fit on the two outdoor terraces during the warmer seasons. These seats allow guests to enjoy fresh air as well as unmitigated views of the Hudson River and the tightrope linking Manhattan and New Jersey.
With its fair-trade and organic coffees roasted in Brooklyn, organic teas, and complimentary WiFi, Maybelle’s Cafe might seem like just a cheery coffee shop, but it’s more than that. It’s a place where omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans can all stop for a hearty breakfast, lunch, or dinner made with local produce and organic eggs.
Breakfast, which is served all day, includes short and tall pancake stacks, omelets with goat cheese and scallions, and vegan scrambled tofu with fake bacon. After 11 a.m., lunch starts rolling out of the kitchen—catfish po-boys, pork-shoulder sandwiches, and black-bean burgers. On Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, the café serves dinner, including seafood platters and blackened, seared tofu on collard greens.
Maybelle's Cafe is also a place for dogs—Maybelle herself is one. Outside, canine customers can rest their weary paws, standing guard against the imminent cat revolution while their people sit on a bench unaware, sipping iced drinks in the warm sun.