With a dozen or more flavors concocted on-site daily, Rita’s frozen desserts are tossed out at the ripe-old age of 36 hours so that newborn ices can be enjoyed with youthful gusto. Mouth-water turns to ice with fresh-fruit induced, trans-fat-free italian ices such as juicy pear, kiwi-strawberry, chocolate-peanut-butter, and pina colada, including a variety sweetened only with Splenda and baby giggles ($2.50–$3.75). Rita’s smooth, signature old-fashioned custard gives spoons something to cling to as they tunnel under added hot fudge or caramel toppings ($3–$4.25). Figure-watchers can extract rich flavor from a soft-serve, zero-fat version of custard, the Slenderita ($3–$4.25). Rita’s most popular delight, the Gelati, layers refreshing ices upon fluffy custards ($4–$4.50) and the Misto whirls frozen treats into a single, sippable cup, ideal for toting along to fire-eating lessons ($4.25–$4.75).
Bagel Club's expansive menu ranges beyond its titular baked good, encompassing specialties such as pretzels and raisin-studded challah bread. Chefs also pile smoked fish—including sturgeon and lox—atop bagels, crack three eggs for each of their omelets, and fill sandwiches with deli meat or seafood salads. They can also add flavor to bagels or depleted scratch 'n' sniff stickers with more than a dozen specialty spreads, including chocolate-chip, spinach-and-garlic, and blueberry varieties of cream cheese.
The newest incarnation of the Capriccio Family Style Restaurant, Cafe Capriccio builds a menu of Italian classics from chef Elio Sobrero’s library of Old World recipes. The fresh endives and crunchy fennel of the Bianca salad ($7.95) go skinny-dipping in extra-virgin olive oil before house wine ($8.95/glass) unfurls a red carpet for a procession of savory flavors. Rather than perplex grumbling bellies with unrehearsed showtunes, diners can please them with a hearty veal capriccio, which arrives steeped in truffle sauce along with prosciutto and mozzarella ($19.95). Like fairy-tale heroines, linguine vongole’s clam sauce ($17.95) comes in a choice of rose red or snow white. Finish the meal with a treat such as the Four Seasons chocolate velvet cake or white-chocolate mousse ($5.95 each).
During 20-minute spray sessions, bronzing artists from Tan De Lis gild pale pelts with mobile spray-tan services that come straight to patrons' doors. Aestheticians first set up a tanning tent in about three minutes in a location of the client's choosing, be it in an office, in the backyard, or on the roof of the local bank. Lone-tan rangers can then opt for individual tanning sessions, and up to six people can take advantage of tanning parties, which include a complimentary bottle of champagne, as a prelude to birthday shindigs, girls' nights out, or bachelorette parties. The natural-looking bronze color lasts between five and seven days and is free of the orange streaks that can occur with take-home tanning creams or meltdowns at the burnt-sienna-crayon factory.
Plaza Cafe and Yogurt Bar rewards health-conscious diners with a nourishing menu enhanced by creamy, delicious frozen yogurt. Newly added breakfast items such as organic steel-cut oatmeal ($2.99) and assorted handmade muffins ($2.50) fuel bodies for full days spent in the office counting the number of times a co-worker says “synergy.” Salads arrive to tables dressed in nine different haute couture looks that include caesar ($8.99/large) and field greens ($7.25/small) with walnuts, and paninis ($7.99) give balsamic chicken a mozzarella-and-roasted-pepper hug. The yogurt bar can dole out the soft stuff straight up ($3.99/waffle cone), meld it into shakes ($3.50+) or manually push fruit into it to make smoothies ($4.60+).