After years of preparing craft coffee at Williamsburg's Gimme! Coffee, followed by working in the commodities market, Rachel made her longtime dream of owning a coffee shop a reality. Behind Espresso NEAT's bar top, a staff of highly trained baristas whip up various espresso drinks and filter coffee, and guests cozy up to rustic wooden chairs throughout the sun-filled store. At one of NEAT's many classes, students turn their curiosity about coffee into impressive skills, with knowledge in brewing, processing, and tasting.
Pastry traditionalists may question the cannoli nacho. But consider this: the triangular pastry shells can be dunked into an edible chocolate bowl of sweet-cream filling, forever circumventing the soggy fate that so often befalls cannoli shells. This deconstructed cannoli is just one of DiMare Pastry Shop’s many inventive spins on traditional Italian desserts.
Founded in 1976 by Italian-born Ugo DiMare, the pastry shop is now helmed by his two daughters, who have updated the menu with award-winning European and American creations. In addition to scratch-made pastries, the confectioners frost nearly 30 kinds of cakes, ideal for special events such as weddings, company picnics, and Take Your Cake to Work Day.
Consuming between 9 and 13 servings of vegetables and fruits each day can seem like a daunting task. But Robeks turns what could be a chore into a delicious pastime with blended smoothies that incorporate bananas, blueberries, strawberries, mangos, and other fresh fruits. Elsewhere on the menu, fresh salads, tasty muffins and cookies, and gourmet sandwiches help customers adhere to a healthy lifestyle without hiring an apple tree as a personal trainer.
Franklin Street Works gallery and eatery provides a welcoming environment for local artists and social gatherers inside a two-story renovated row house, originally built in the late 19th century. The not-for-profit organization fosters creativity with art pieces, musicians, and artistic films inside its cozy space, replete with warm lighting and exposed-brick walls. The space hosts social programs to encourage socialization, such as wine tastings, talks by regional artists, and debates on which Skittle flavor is the tastiest. A menu of artisanal tidbits from regional vendors features gourmet sandwiches, draft beers, and baked goods that guests can savor knowing that profits help to sustain the artistic haven
Lorca prepares a wide variety of coffee beverages and the pastries to go with them. From chai lattes to mochas, americanos, iced coffee, and single-origin pour-over coffees, the baristas can slake just about any caffeine craving. To complement that bounty of bean-based beverages, they bake pastries such as croissants, muffins, and gluten-free St. James Spanish cakes made with ground almonds instead of flour.
The ingredients on The Stand Juice Company's menu recall the flavorful produce from roadside farmers? stands of yore, presented in a decidedly modern way. Starting with fresh?always organic?whole fruits and vegetables, the staff blends its ingredients into juices and smoothies that are hearty enough to make a meal of. These flavorful liquids also make up the five-day juice cleanse, in which customers stop by each morning to pick up fresh bottled juices. They then drink the juices in a prescribed order to aid the body in cleansing long-lingering toxins and intestinal debris. For bigger appetites, the staff slings its veggies in both salad and sandwich form.