An emporium of all things gamingfrom Magic: The Gathering to board games and computer games¬Kings Games entertains and delights visitors throughout the day. After perusing their vast selection of collectible card games, board games, and tabletop role-playing games, visitors can stroll upstairs to the game room or stop in the internet café. Printers and copiers take care of gamers' business needs, and the computers' preloaded video games pit players against each other over the local area network or online. Their gaming schedule is also packed to the brim with HeroClix and Magic tourneys.
Chock full o’Nuts traces its history to 1926 when William Black opened his first nut shop, which eventually expanded to a chain of coffee shops boasting gourmet caffeinated brews, freshly baked goods, and sandwiches. Patrons sip from blends such as 100% colombian and french roast while munching on history with the Chock Classic, a cream-cheese-and-date-nut bread confection sweeter than a baby panda scaling a mountain of sugar. Sandwiches and wraps placate heartier appetites, and smoothies, iced beverages, and hot specialty drinks pour into cups with ambrosial panache.
After a debilitating car accident left Elyissia Wassung’s mother, Barbara, unable to commute to work, she stayed busy in the kitchen, devising her own homemade chocolates. Nine-year-old Elyissia would then load her mother’s sweets into a shopping cart and sell them door-to-door around the neighborhood, learning entrepreneurial skills that would last a lifetime. After leaving a telecom job as an adult, Elyissia returned to selling chocolates by founding 2 Chicks with Chocolate (the other chick being her mom), teaming up with master chocolatier Patrick Coston and lead chocolatier Stephanie Vazquez. The dessert innovators create diverse flavors, such as spiced pear and caramel ganache, s’mores, and hazelnut praline, from scratch with spices and sea salt. Customers can also create their own bars online without venturing into the store, building on a selection of chocolate bases and toppings that range from pistachios to gummy bears. The store also hosts chocolate classes and enlivens parties with chocolate fountains and chocolate tastings.
One minute, you're on the streets of Brooklyn, and the next, you're inside a Parisian café. One wall displays a massive painting of the Eiffel Tower, and the homey space is decked in francophile décor. But you soon realize that this isn't a standard French café—the menu is completely kosher, featuring distinctly Israeli salads and seafood dishes, and there isn't a mime in sight. This is Cafe Paris, which opened in 1991 as a gathering place for local families—Jewish and non-Jewish alike.
Cafe Paris' chef Shlomo Abramov, who honed his craft at the renowned Tadmor School in Israel, draws from the food culture of his native country and other regions around Europe and Asia to design his varied menus. His specialties span the globe—from raw Japanese sushi and sashimi to European-influenced spinach-stuffed sole to Asian grilled teriyaki salmon to Middle Eastern tuna shish kebabs. Rustic Italian pastas and healthy vegetarian souffles round out the worldly menu.