Of all of New York’s exports, perhaps one of the most ubiquitous is the New York–style bagel. In the early 20th century, a Polish immigrant named Isador Goldberg came to New York and brought his own recipe for this classic baked good with him, and it’s in his honor that the owners of Goldberg’s New York Bagels decided to name their shop. The Zagat-rated bakers still use Goldberg’s original recipe, assembling ingredients from scratch, boiling the halos of dough, and finally baking them to give each bagel the perfect crunch that pairs well with a schmear of cream cheese or a layer of lox. Though the bagels come in a range of sweet and savory flavors, all of them are kosher-certified and easily pair with other breakfast items such as omelets, four flavors of blintzes, and waffles. The shop opens at 7 a.m. to serve both breakfast and lunch all day, allowing clients to stock up on staples such as sandwiches, frozen yogurt, or salad-bar selections all day long.
After emigrating to Baltimore from Palermo, Italy, Gioacchino Vaccaro wanted to share the pastries of his homeland with his new neighbors. In 1956, he founded his eponymous pastry shop, an establishment that has since expanded to include four locations. The culinary team dishes out cannoli that ensconce homemade ricotta filling, three-tiered rum cake, and crunchy biscotti cookies.
Beyond pastries, the eateries toast paninis and stuff classic mufalato sandwiches with Italian pepper ham, mortadella, and salami. To complement their meals, visitors can sip hand-crafted espresso drinks, such as cappuccinos in traditional “Italiano” style and house style, served with a dollop of whipped cream. For more adult pours, patrons can opt for assorted martinis, beers, and dessert wines.
Apple pie, blueberry burst, and French toast are just three of the 20+ toppings available at Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt. These can be paired with dozens of different toppings. The family-friendly establishment also offers creamy custard in flavors such as salted caramel pretzel, pumpkin, and strawberry?along with a selection of sorbet and gelato. The yogurt bar even boosts the amount of joy it brings to the community by hosting local fundraisers.
At Fresh Bakery, it's hip to be square: the trendsetting confectionists eschew antiquated circles for quadrilateral cakes and cupcakes abounding in all-natural ingredients. Nine types of large cakes, including amaretto raspberry and coconut variations, preside over their pintsized brethren, who, beneath carefully arranged decorations, bear creative flavors such as bubblegum and chocolate mocha.:m]]
The European-trained confections crafter behind The Velvet Chocolatier designs and hand-makes each chocolate confection from pure ingredients undiluted by liquors or preservatives. The Velvet Chocolatier places focus on the texture and intensity of treats, rather than on sweetness, coating tongues with tempered chocolate bark speckled with nuts, dried fruit, and memories of the nougat-filled trees it came from. The milk-chocolate bark, emblazoned with tart cranberries and crispy pepitas, snaps apart in satisfying bites, and toffee bark brandishes toffee bits in a luxurious dark chocolate. A single-serving, 2-ounce nut cluster comes in the form of an edible frisbee of dark chocolate bursting with toasted almonds or a colorful disk of blueberries and green pistachios set against a white-chocolate canvas.
Bedazzled Treats bakes confections that please the eye as much as the palate. Flower-pedal-shaped frosting and swirls of blue and white adorn owners Monet and Troy's creative cupcakes, which are often topped with candy or strawberries. Beyond the creamy cupcakes, Bedazzled whips up innovated parfait shooters spiked with moscato, fruit kebobs that skewer chocolate-drizzled pineapple, banana, and kiwi, and sheet cakes decorated with personalized messages such as "Happy 5th Birthday" or the riveting final chapter of War and Peace.