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.
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.
Yoway Frozen Yogurt delights dessert devotees in a sea of self-serve low-fat and fat-free frozen yogurts buoyed by more than 50 toppings. Five frozen-yogurt stations stand sentinel within the café's lime-green interior, teasing sweet teeth with a rotating selection of 10 daily flavors and 35 flavors overall. Fill paper cups with mango, peanut butter, or eggnog fro-yo to build towering mountains of tart tastiness. After edible edifices are constructed, patrons decorate them at the topping bar, choosing from a selection of seasonal fruits, chopped nuts, and candies such as jellybeans, chocolate malt balls, and mini marshmallows. Each colossal creation is paid for by weight ($0.45/oz.), letting customers craft treats suited to their appetite and the number of pennies in their back pocket.
Angus burgers mixed with blue-cheese crumbles, homemade lasagna, and a roster of more than 30 pizza toppings make appearances on Black and White Grille's lengthy menu of comfort food and American classics. Diners in the cozy interior or garden-adjacent outdoor patio feast on hearty pasta dishes, grilled chicken and steak, or market-price seafood.
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).
Eric's LaPatisserie Café sates the morning and afternoon eat reflexes with fresh-baked, oven-hot pastries and gourmet stuffed sandwiches and paninis. Fresh croissants emerge from steaming hot ovens ($3), and toasted bagels remain crisp even while bearing gobs of the eatery’s famous labor-inducing cream cheese ($2). Afternoon appetites, meanwhile, can be sated with a grilled herb-chicken sandwich ($6.25) or a shrimp-and-seafood salad ($5.50).