A multidisciplinary cultural development center, GainVille specializes in language lessons for children but also offers classes for adults, ESL classes, and academic support, including educational-placement programs, counseling, and tutoring. A teaching staff of native Spanish, Italian, French, Mandarin, and Arabic speakers leads immersive sessions that not only cover grammar and vocabulary but also delve into the art, history, cuisine, and famous yo-yoists of the regions where each respective language is spoken. To fill up on brain food before or after class, students can head down to the café for some healthy international cuisine.
Anthony Hutchinson, the mastermind behind The Market Place, opened his doors in 2011 with the intention of running the best health-food market in Northern New Jersey. He now packs The Market Place’s shelves with a spectrum of groceries and natural products and enlists nutritionist Dr. Oz Garcia to cull a wide variety of supplements and protein formulas for their customers. Anthony also teams up with chef Danielle Saunders to craft a menu teeming with raw, vegan, and live smoothies, salads, and sandwiches. The market’s smoothies may boast coconut water or greek yogurt to add richness to fruit purées, while customized chopped salads combine grilled chicken with black beans, shredded carrots, and parmesan cheese.
Juices headline the menu at Manhattan Juice Bar & Cafe, but these aren't just any juices. These raw varieties are created mostly from organic wheat grass, healthy vegetables such as kale and carrots, and though fresh apples and citrus fruits lend a tinge of sweetness. Fresh fruits also show up in the juice bar's smoothies, which are blended with protein powder and non-dairy milk, such as coconut milk, almond milk, and organic flax milk.
But Manhattan is so much more than a juice bar. The cafe's lunchtime menu includes healthy wraps and paninis, many of which feature vegan toppings such as house-made hummus. The desserts are just as tantalizing and healthy, with options such as gluten-free vegan energy balls and bars.
Nestled inside a Victorian home, Blooming Hearts Treasure Shop, a winner of Bergen Health & Life magazine's 2012 Readers' Choice Award for Best Gift Shop, tempts the quaint and the whimsical with shelves and cases full of heart- and flower-themed gifts for women, children, and the home. A kaleidoscope of color and cornucopia of scents, it offers handmade and wearable art and accessories, as well as indulgent bath and body products and garden tools. To put a finishing touch on each gift, the staff offers free giftwrapping, and the shop's tables and vividly colored play space for kids welcome guests to linger, relax, and enjoy the scenery.
Chef Karl Wilder teaches small groups of students to prepare multicourse meals using as many local, organic ingredients as possible. As students do the cooking, the chef offers experienced instruction, teaching students refined cooking techniques, such as how to emulsify a vinaigrette. After each session, students may dine on their meals, which include wine pairings. The Chef at Home program strikes a philanthropic tune as well, as it was created to support 'Stirring the Pot', a free program that teaches disadvantaged Diabetics in Harlem how to cook at home.
The staff at Raf Deli & Cafe hampers hunger with layers of Thumann's meats and cheeses sandwiched hot or cold between a variety of bready borders. Diners can grip stacks such as the philly cheesesteak or cryogenically freeze the italian hero’s posterity-worthy provolone, lettuce, tomato, salami, and ham. For delectable do-si-dos, palates can choose from an array of pairings, including roast beef and mozzarella, cheese and tomato, and liverwurst and cheese, stuffed between a wrap, roll, or hero. Crunchy textures augment the main course, as forks rake the caesar salad’s lettuce leaves and chompers crunch on potato chips or empty soda cans.