Now an international brand of premium ice cream, Häagen-Dazs began as a humble, family-owned business in the Bronx. In the 1920's, Reuben Mattus sold his mother's fruit ices and ice-cream pops out of a horse-drawn wagon. For decades, the family business thrived, and around 1960, Reuben officially founded Häagen-Dazs. He chose the name to evoke Old World traditions and quality craftsmanship, the bedrocks of the brand. Originally, the ice cream came in just three flavors—vanilla, chocolate, and coffee—made from fine ingredients gathered from around the world, such as Belgian dark chocolate, hand-picked vanilla beans from Madagascar, and ice shaved from lunar glaciers. The resulting confections so delighted sweet teeth that the brand grew exponentially, leading to the creation of dozens of flavors and forays into sorbets and frozen yogurts.
Though Häagen-Dazs ice cream was immensely popular in grocery shops, their first parlor didn't open until 1976. Not far from the Mattus family's original ice-cream beat, the Brooklyn store sold ice cream as well as treats such as sundaes, shakes, and cakes. Shops eventually dotted the country and globe, wherein friendly ice-cream scoopers fill waffle cones, blend frosty coffee and ice-cream drinks, and wrap ice-cream cakes in bright ribbons.
Ten Brunswick Gold Crown IV pool tables offer up their ample pockets to shooters' careful aim in Joe Broadway's Billiards & Sports Bar's spacious playroom. Every night until 3 a.m., an Internet jukebox augments the triumphant clamor of hefty breaks with players' favorite songs or high-school geometry lectures. In between games of pool, players can belly up to the full bar for a drink of domestic or imported beer, play a game on the Xbox or PS3 console, or raise the stakes with a free round of darts. Seven large-screen plasma TVs let players keep one eye on the game, and an onsite pro shop lets serious shooters replace their repurposed parade batons with real cues.
It's inconvenient to crave those buttery pretzels they sell at the mall because, well, you can only drive to the mall to get them. Or write yourself a mental IOU to snag one next time you need to go shoe shopping.
Hope Moran opted to work around this inconvenience: She instead headed to her own kitchen, where she experimented with various ingredients until she perfected her very own recipe. She modeled her morsels after New York-style pretzels, but also wanted to give them a flaky softness reminiscent of European pastries or air-headed teddy bears. After being assured by friends and family that her creations were, in fact, quite delicious, she decided to open her very own pretzel place.
Today, at Le Bretzel, she has created a variety gourmet-inspired pretzels. Some are sweet—as with the cinnamon raisin—and some are savory, such as the spicy jalapeno pretzel. If you're looking for more than a snack, opt for stuffed pretzels—a sugar-sprinkled version conceals a cache of raspberry, pomegranate, and brie, and the chipotle-spiced pretzel is packed with bacon and cheddar. The eatery uses Hope's original homemade recipes, which feature all-natural ingredients.
Like a dream about a baseball game, pretzels reappear throughout the menu: as buns for burgers and sliders, the dough for cheesesteak pizzas, and as rolls for sandwiches such as the Wiggins with turkey, stuffing, and cranberry aioli. Hope and her team also prepare a handful of (pretzel-free) appetizers, including clams steamed with shallots, garlic, prosciutto, and white wine.
At the heart of Cebbellini's menu are its Peruvian dishes and flavors, though each is made with inspiration from cuisines around the world. Diners will find familiar dishes such as Mexican-style quesadillas and Italian-style minestrone as well as paella and rich pork belly. But it's the Peruvian-style beef dishes that offer something most unique. The chefs use every piece of beef they can get their hands on in their dishes, whether that means grilling beef heart kebabs and coating them with a spicy Peruvian chile sauce or marinating delicacies like beef stomach in a blend of regional spices. All desserts are made in-house, including airbrushed pastries, macaroons, and an array of Peruvian specialities. The menu grabs from around the world, yet always comes back to its roots with plenty of warming, hearty dishes to choose from. Given that warm, welcoming spirit, it's not surprising that Cebbellini is fully family owned and operated: the father is the chef-owner, and seven children are involved in the business.
The brightly colored lights that decorate The Lobby illuminate amenities of a gastropub, cocktail lounge, and sports bar all in one place. This glow mingles with the light from scores of LED HD TVs, which showcase games in nearly every sport throughout the week. The space stays open until 3 a.m. every Thursday through Saturday, providing an ideal hangout for late-night revelers or nocturnal pool sharks. To keep its visitors fueled, The Lobby's kitchen creates a plethora of hearty sandwiches, including a southern-fried chicken sandwich topped with guacamole and a house burger piled with bacon. Eclectic entrees include the cumin and teriyaki-marinated chicken, and miniature paella loaded with steaming seafood and chorizo, round out the menu.
Chupitos NJ has all the elements of a traditional club: DJs and live music, screenings of major sporting events, and colorful cocktails. But it also manages to give off a distinct cultural vibe thanks to its Colombian roots. The lounge's menu supplies visitors the energy to participate in all of the entertainment opportunities with classic dishes including shrimp ceviches and steak empanadas, as well as fusion entrees such as Colombian pizza with chorizo and corn. The Latin influence is also prevalent on the cocktail list with strawberry caipirinhas and mojitos.