Since 1910, Mikawaya has satiated sweet teeth with myriad mouthwatering Japanese pastries, including mochi, a rich dollop of ice cream swaddled in a sweet-rice dough cocoon. Tickle your taste buds with seven mochi ice cream flavors ($6 for five mochi balls), including tangy mango and soothing green tea, a zenful dessert experience akin to splitting a hot-fudge sundae with an enlightened butterfly. Indulge cocoa cravings with chewy chocolate mochi mouthfuls, nibble on scrumptious strawberry spheres, or bestow boxes upon friends or passersby, a perfect treat to win over the meter maid whose only weakness is rice dough.
Tropical fruits and veggies comprise the majority of drinks and dishes at Natureba Juice Bar, a Brazilian juice bar that specializes in blended beverages. In addition to whirling fruits such as guava, coconut, and mango for more than 30 signature smoothies, juice-makers plunder produce stores for custom drinks and açaí bowls. Savory baked specialties include pastries and tapioca crêpes, each stuffed with a choice of cheeses and meats, as well as salads and sandwiches with ingredients such as sundried tomatoes and hearts of palm. The cozy dining room's walls wear neon green and bright orange.
Froots has some of the marks of fast food—the quick service, the expanding franchising—but there's one glaring difference: the healthiness of the menu. The eatery's smoothies mix 100% juice with fat-free vanilla yogurt, and each 16-ounce cup contains three servings of fruit. The eats are nutritious, too, forgoing greasy burgers in favor of albacore tuna salads and wasabi chicken paninis. But all that isn't to say the menu lacks ways to treat yourself. Indulgent shakes blend together ingredients such as chocolate, peanut butter, and bananas, and Energize smoothies work Red Bull into the mix so that diners have the stamina they need to back-flip a marathon.