A kitchen. To most of us it's just a place to whip up meals or gather around the dinner table. For Holly Zarcone—the owner and chef of Moon River Bakery—it's a science lab where she retreats every day to concoct new recipes. Within this hallowed space, Holly handcrafts all the bakery's sweets from the freshest ingredients possible, taking special care to banish artificial preservatives from every batch. She has perfected eight types of dessert bars including the popular campfire s'more, as well as nine types of biscotti and rainbow cookies crowned with chocolate ganache. When it comes to customer service, Holly applies the same hands-on approach she prizes in her kitchen. Clients that order custom treats—which can be made for any occasion—will talk directly with the chef in charge of crafting the confections to ensure they receive the exact flavor profile and look they desire.
Drawing inspiration from the Hawaiian treat, the folks behind Fire Island Shave Ice craft more than 50 shave-ice flavors entirely by hand. Besides plenty of fruity classics, including sugar-free options, the shave ice selection includes a range of alternatives, from Tiger's Blood and Blue Hawaii to root beer and red-velvet cake. A handful of flavors can even be assembled into double or triple combos, such as the citrusy triple threat of mango, guava, and orange. Fire Island Shave Ice's Hawaiian influence extends from food to decor: lime-green walls surround the interior counter's tiki-hut-style roof, while the outdoor area occasionally hosts live hula dancers.
Happy Times Cafe, located at 535 Broad Hollow Road (631-270-4836), in Melville, New York, is a fabulous place for great food in a relaxed retro setting. Escape the work environment and step back into the 1950's for a unique and delicious dining experience. Or, stay in your home or office and have us deliver to you: free!
Cuisine Type: Frozen desserts, coffee, tea, soup (coming soon)
Most popular offering: Frozen yogurt
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout only
Number of Tables: 1?5
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
We have...frozen yogurt, Italian ice, gelato, real fruit smoothies, ice cream and yogurt cakes, coffee, and tea all under one roof. And it's all full-service, not self-serve, which prevents people from putting hands in your toppings and your child from filling their cups with $9.00 worth of yogurt!
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
The store is in the same town where we live and our kids go to school. We love serving our friends and neighbors!
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We are on the verge of adding fresh, all-natural, made-from-scratch soups to our menu.
As detailed in a segment on Restaurant Hunter on FiOS1, the plain bagel is Stuff A Bagel's best seller, though the everything bagel a close second. Following a recipe handed down to co-owners Phil and Lisa Cirrone, the bagels are boiled and baked without adding preservatives. Besides bagels, Cirrone's team assembles hearty breakfast sandwiches or makes sweet blueberry pancakes, and bagels also serve as the basis for sandwiches at lunchtime, piled high with tuna, cheese, roast beef, and more.
Muffins on Main Street bakes muffins and cakes from scratch every day. Not content to wait for customers to come to these baked treasures, the bakery delivers them straight to people's doors. Muffin enthusiasts can customize a dozen with flavors ranging from apple crumb to Oreo and have them delivered to their homes or a friend's home as a gift. The bakery also prearranges packages for chocolate lovers and birthday celebrations and creates scrumptious crumb cakes that beg to be excavated for their sweet flavor.