Don't let the name fool you: butter cookies are made from more than just butter. At Cutest Cookies, each from-scratch batch incorporates 10 ingredients, including vanilla, flour, and meringue powder. From here, however, the similarities between each peanut- and tree nut-free batch end. Customers determine every cookie's color, shape, and design, ranging from wedding cookies decorated like tuxedos and dresses to birthday cookies ornamented with replicated pictures of the birthday boy or girl.
Bakers make the order one to two days before a customer's event, hand-decorating each cookie with individually mixed icing colors. To ensure freshness, they place every cookie in a cellophane bag fastened with a matching ribbon. If left in original packaging, an airtight container, or your mouth unchewed, the cookies will stay fresh for an entire month.
Mother Mousse sates sweet teeth with homemade baked goods, including specialty cakes, cookies, dessert trays, and more. Cookies come in a menagerie of colorful shapes and themes including farm animals, sports, holidays, flowers, and Samuel L. Jackson characters ($1–$10 each or $15+ by the pound). Starting with a moist vanilla or chocolate foundation, Mother Mousse’s cake architects craft edible yurts to the customer’s exact specifications. Add delectable furnishings with standard fillings and toppings including chocolate mousse or lightly sweetened whipped cream ($24+), or accent with deluxe décor, such as red-velvet cake slathered with chocolate ganache ($26+).
A seasonal cache of more than 20 flavors of organic soft serve and all-natural hard ice cream topples into cups and cones at Pagoto Organic Ice Cream. At any given time, incarnations of pumpkin swirl may perch next to organic versions of black raspberry and pistachio ice cream and sorbets such as mango and pink lemonade made from 80% fruit. Inside the display freezer, soon-to-be-formed scoops await their journey to a cup or waffle cone where patrons can customize them with sprinkles, fruit, and candy toppings. Gourmet toppings add an extra layer of decadence, including adornments of red velvet crumbs or "Black Widow," a combination of dark-chocolate chunks, dried figs, almonds, and sea salt scraped from a mermaid's potato chips.
Nature’s Grill’s three locations in Bay Ridge, Cobble Hill, and Caesar’s Bay aim to create a healthier community by crafting fresh, made-to-order dishes from original recipes, natural foods, and high-quality ingredients, including exclusively hormone- and steroid-free poultry plus grass-fed and organic beef for select menu items. The restaurant’s health-first approach includes an aversion to microwaves, preservatives, and puddles of mercury, which is evident on its expansive menu, which fills bellies with smoothies, protein shakes, and savory wraps packed with grilled chicken, salmon, and tofu.
Java quaffers head to Sit & Wonder for its delicious Stumptown Coffee blends, its fresh, flaky pastries, and its hip, professional-friendly vibe. Sit & Wonder’s menu is rich with aromatic favorites, such as chai lattes and espressos, which are brewed in a La Marzocco machine with organic and fairly traded coffees. Tea-totallers can sip on such eclectic brews as english breakfast or peppermint alfalfa. Almond croissants and chocolate-banana muffins give imbibers something to nibble on while they debate the merits of giving governing power to the person with the most Supreme Court action figures.
A cup of joe in the morning can mean the difference between hitting the ground running and hitting the snooze button relentlessly. Give your alarm clock time to let its bruises heal with an Americano (a $2.25+ value) or an extra perky mocha (a $3.50+ value). Chill out by pouring an iced cappuccino (a $3.50+ value) or a so-cool iced latte (a $3.50+ value) over your steaming dome. After a month of regular Café Regular visits, you'll come to call its arty décor—murals, chandeliers, reflective bronze metalwork—your third home away from home, right after the Statue of Liberty's shin.