The dairy barons behind Yogurt Plus cool fiery appetites with a refreshing menu of self-serve frozen yogurt and other icy treats. Amateur food scientists can craft tasty concoctions from frozen-yogurt flavors ($0.49/oz.) such as dark chocolate, pomegranate, candle-free birthday cake, and rotating sugarless selections before showering creations with more than 30 candy, nut, and fruit toppings. Slurp up strawfuls of Welsh Farms ice-cream shakes ($3.25/16 oz.), bubble teas ($3.50/16 oz.), and puree-laced smoothies ($3.50/16 oz.), or give birthday boys and girls the gift of frozen-yogurt cakes ($14.99 for 6”) instead of shiny new lawn mowers. In addition to tickling taste buds, Yogurt Plus’ fermented confections carry the OU Kosher stamp of approval and boast a host of healthful benefits.
The bakers at Polkadot Cupcake Shop crown their signature red-velvet confections with swirls of icing when they aren?t busy developing adventurous new cupcakes. When the desire for innovation strikes, though, they stir batter infused with the flavors of cinnamon and french toast and top the tiny cakes with sweet maple cream cheese. Cocktail-inspired inventions include a chocolate cupcake steeped in Guinness with irish-cream frosting. Bakers also pull full-size cakes from the oven?s rippling warmth and festoon them with swirls of frosting, fondant, and birthday wishes. To ensure cakes stay pristine, staff members deliver orders to homes and have permanent restraining orders against clumsy rollerbladers.
With more than 100 flavors of italian ice, ice cream, and gelato offered daily, Gelotti Ice Cream cools picky palates with a refreshing dose of variety. Saccharine, spoon-luring ice cream is available in such tongue-tempting flavors as banana Oreo, cotton candy, and sweet-potato pie ($3.35–$4.65), and italian ice can arrive under the flavor-guise of cantaloupe, pomegranate, or a tiny trench coat ($2.60–$3.70). Sate a sweet craving with a honeyed helping of canolli, espresso chip, or Nutella gelato ($2.79–$5.35), or play flavor roulette with the aid of weekly specials such as vanilla cappuccino or georgia-peach frozen yogurt ($3.35–$4.65). Gelotti also proffers sugar-free options for those who truly believe that they are what they eat and fear transforming into a rain-dissolvable sugar-human.
Tropical Juice Bar's menu places the emphasis on healthy, nonprocessed foods, but never at the expense of flavor. Dishes such the Cuban sandwich and the mofongo with garlicky plantains and fried pork skin showcase the essence of the tropics. Ditto on the empanadas, their crispy shells concealing pockets of chicken, beef, or cheese that bulge like the eyes of a surprised cartoon character. And then there are the drinks?juices and smoothies made from 100% freshly squeezed fruits, including passion fruit, tamarind, and orange.
Espresso 77 is a convivial independent coffeehouse, serving its loyal clientele strong, full-flavored espresso in a bright, art-friendly space. Brewing beans from popular Ithaca-based Gimme! Coffee, the café's baristas place warm mugs of deeply aromatic cappuccinos ($3.60) and espressos ($2) into caffeine-craving hands. Complement bold java with a delicately sweet scone ($3) from Alice's Tea Cup or a Mom's-not-watching breakfast of frozen custard ($3.75) from Timmy O's. If the cafe's menu of coffees and teas gives your stomach the energy to draft a formal request for nourishment, order up one of the eatery's light and filling wraps ($6.50). For sweltering, mercury-rising days, the New Orleans–style iced coffee ($2.75–$4.50) will cool off foreheads faster than stepping into Mr. Freeze's cryogenic suit.