When he cofounded his first sandwich shop in 1965, 17-year-old Fred DeLuca planned to use his profits to pay his way through medical school. But the combination of quality ingredients and friendly service at the shop?then called Pete's Subway?proved so popular that nine years later, he and his partner found themselves in charge of 16 locations across Connecticut, and Fred left behind his doctoring plans for a career in business.
Today, Subway restaurants number over 34,000 around the world?almost as many shops as there are sightings of Elvis buying cold cuts. At each location, staffers pile sliced ham, marinara-slathered meatballs, and other fillings into halved loaves of bread before customizing handhelds with tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and other healthy toppings plucked from chilled containers behind the counter. Salads free crisp veggies from bread's overprotective embrace, and crunchy baked chips or apple slices accompany entrees to tables. Subway's website also facilitates health-conscious eating by listing each item's nutrition information and fastest mile time online.
Darina Restaurant's chefs specialize in Russian cuisine, as well as the artistry of plating it. They don't just serve lamb loin with vegetables and mashed potatoes?they arrange the vegetables into an elegant tower and carefully sculpt the mashed potatoes into the shape of a rose in bloom but without all the prickly potato thorns. Even pasta dishes such as the capellini with shrimp in white sauce feature elegantly placed ingredients that show off the dish's contrasting colors.
Since it opened at its original Park Slope location, Connecticut Muffin has spread throughout Brooklyn and expanded its lineup of muffin flavors. Not content with such common muffin flavors as "blandberry," "burnt umber," and "muffin," the warmly scented shop puts a tongue-mesmerizing twist on each varietal. Assemble a six-pack of delights out of coffee-cake yogurt, honey banana bran, raisin bran, and lemon-poppy yogurt. Fitness enthusiasts training to be the first person to slow-motion dive across the English Channel can enjoy their share of muffin tops without sporting one of their own with healthy options such as 5-grain low fat, low-fat blueberry apple, cranberry pear low fat, and morning glory (carrot cake). Free WiFi allows patrons to politely headbutt Emily Post by chatting with their mouths full.
The Galili family knows its produce. In the 1970s, Ouri Galili opened a small fruit and vegetable shop in the Brooklyn building where his family lived. His five children would continue the family legacy by founding two additional stores and introducing juice cleanses using the fruits and veggies they had come to know so well. Instead of wringing them through a traditional juicer, the company takes the time to cold-press every fruit and vegetable, which helps preserve their nutrients. These juices are then mixed to create multi-day cleanses that can help restore balance among the body's systems while providing a boost of energy. The juices have the taste of the real fruit and vegetables customers eat every day, with a high concentration of nutrients and enzymes which can help bodies operate more efficiently by improving their digestive systems, metabolism, and complexions. Different programs are cater to first-time clients as and experienced patrons seeking a deeper, more thorough cleanse. Juices are made with everything from apple, cucumber, wheatgrass, dandelion, and wild arugula to lemons, organic agave nectar, and cayenne pepper.
An emporium of all things gaming?from Magic: The Gathering to board games and computer games??Kings Games entertains and delights visitors throughout the day. After perusing their vast selection of collectible card games, board games, and tabletop role-playing games, visitors can stroll upstairs to the game room or stop in the internet caf?. Printers and copiers take care of gamers' business needs, and the computers' preloaded video games pit players against each other over the local area network or online. Their gaming schedule is also packed to the brim with HeroClix and Magic tourneys.
Under twinkling string lights and a sheer-red canopy, patrons at Imli Cafe's sprawling outdoor patio smoke rich hookah. It’s just as aromatic inside the café’s dining room, where diners can enjoy the smell of delectable Indian cuisine. Some might detect the aroma of tofu and crab-cake-stuffed paratha, while others might sense the mint chicken being cooked in a clay-oven tandoor. Imli’s menu ranges from naan sandwiches to chicken kebabs sautéed with basmati rice, and guests can finish off their meal with pistachio or mango-flavored ice cream.