Fabiola Scarbrough is the face and talent behind the scenes at Fabipops. A native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola blends her business savvy with her creative flair to produce custom Fabipops—hand-rolled balls of cake dipped in frosting and served on a lollipop stick, exactly how ancient chefs intended all foods to be eaten. Fabiola has dreamed up a menu that includes options such as strawberry cake with vanilla icing, lemon cake with raspberry frosting, and german chocolate cake with pecan and coconut frosting. She has assembled an expansive list of flavors for building your own Fabipops, and she can customize the treats for any occasion. She also leads cake-pop-baking classes, during which she teaches newbies and experienced bakers how to craft their own bite-size treats.
Toné Café takes its name from the circular, brick-lined kiln—the toné—that bakes its boat-shaped pieces of shoti bread. The crispy, yet chewy Georgian staple is typically served with every meal, and Toné Café's professional shoti bakers have brought the tradition to New York City. As they create their dough masterpieces over the cauldron-shaped hearths, chefs grill pork kebabs, slow-simmer bowls of savory red-bean stew, and roast chicken to tender perfection in clay pots. They introduce guests to the signature dishes of Georgia and the Caucasus Mountains, such as mtsvadi—succulent lamb kebabs sizzled over charcoal fires—and khachapuri—shoti filled with melted white cheese, topped with an egg, and floated to the table by a river of butter.
If Yogurt City were an actual city, it’s safe to bet its skyscrapers and apartment complexes would all share matching green, pink, and white palettes. The shop’s cheery surrounds––white and lime green walls lined with bright pink seating––complement its colorful, nutritious selection of 14 rotating yogurt flavors. The options are culled from an assortment of 40-plus flavors, including cookies and cream and pomegranate tart. Atop each customizable blend of yogurt, guests can add their own medley of toppings from a self-serve bar stocked with fresh fruit, sprinkles, and jellybeans.
On its first day of selling treats at a local flea market, Yona’s Gourmet Delights sold out by 1 p.m. After its second sellout the following week, this time at 3 p.m., the owners decided to open their own business. Since then they’ve been delighting customers with sweet and savory housemade wares, including fluffy quiche, buttery borekas, and eight different types of brownies.
The bakers at Ostrovitsky's Bakery specialize in crafting kosher pastries and chocolate desserts. They feature a rotating variety of specials such as their chocolate devil's-food cake, cinnamon babka cupcakes topped with rich frosting, and their signature chocolate meltaway dessert with chocolate filling and chocolate icing.
Ivy doles out an impressive and extensive catalog of 9-inch pies, made from scratch in small batches (click here for a printable menu). Fork into meringue madness with a frothy chocolate banana or coconut cream, or aim to please with apple. More adventurous eaters can send a creative mouth message with the green-hued avocado. Custards, nut pies, cobblers, and chocolate selections round out the extensive menu. All 9-inch pies on the menu are included with your Groupon, though some pies are seasonal.
Green Perrier bottles line the wood-paneled walls of the dining area, which is dotted with framed artwork depicting rainy afternoons and Moulin Rouge performers. Fragrant aromas emanate from the kitchen, where Chef Vincent Tropepe prepares Parisian bistro fare. A roster of celebrity clientele including Rudy Giuliani, Michael Bolton, and Hillary Clinton has enjoyed the refined techniques that Tropepe brings to his preparation of traditional French fare such as escargot Provençal, duck à l'orange, and crepe suzette. The menu also includes selections from Chef Tropepe's new cookbook, From Behind the Kitchen Doors, which details his career and favorite recipes. The rotating dessert selection includes a range of handmade pastries artfully adorned with meringue, fresh berries, and abstract chocolate renderings of local news anchors.