Brothers Dennis, Anthony, Jeffery and Tommy Moore, along with their father Harry, oversee operations at Little Jimmy's Italian Ices, a family-run business for more than 75 years. In keeping with tradition, today each of the business's 20 flavors is still made without fat, dairy products, high-fructose corn syrup, or the use of modern machinery. The Moore brothers' grandfather crafted the recipe, which they guard so closely that only two of them actually know it. Their customers are vendors across the country, as well as local patrons who procure pushcarts filled with Italian ice for their parties, fundraisers, and the food fights that determine town-council elections.
Every day, Breadsmith kneads and breeds made-from-scratch breads, honoring the practices of centuries-old French bakers. The delectable dough sculptures receive the royal treatment, with all delicate yeast bubbles bursting inside of a 6-ton stone-hearth oven. The oven's sweltering heat creates a cushy crust for American-style breads. In the presence of lightning-quick steam injections, European-style breads take on a crisp, crumb-dressed outer core. Daily bread offerings range from $3.95 to $8.50 a loaf and include French baguettes ($3.95), Russian rye ($5.95), sourdough ($5.25), raisin walnut ($6.95), and pepperoni bread ($8.50). Use today's Groupon to fill up the family with lusciously leavened loaves fresh from the oven—or wait for them to go stale and then wield them as harpoons during the next potato-soup hunt.
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+).
Inside Buttery Bake Shoppe, bakers spend their days crafting a range of homemade treats using only kosher ingredients. They create custom cakes, which they decorate for special occasions, or hearty loaves of bread that add a rustic feel to meals throughout the day. They are perhaps best known for their pastries and sweets, such as soft cookies straight from the oven or chocolate-covered brownies on a stick, which burst with rich flavors like a stock brokers' food fight.
NY Bagel Cafe & Deli's kitchen bakes its bagels fresh every day, fueling a savory expansion to locations across seven states. At the Newark site, a glass case displays doughy circles infused with ingredients such as sun-dried tomatoes and blueberries. Patrons can opt to decorate their bagels or the eatery's pumpkin-colored walls with cream-cheese spreads flavored with scallions, bacon, and strawberries. In addition, deli sandwiches enfold Boar's Head–brand meats and cheeses in italian bread, wraps, or rolls.