Azure Chocolat showcases a seemingly endless selection of fresh truffles (including dairy-free and vegan options), truffle brownies, chocolate-smothered grahams, and other yummy treats such as freshly made marshmallows. Azure uses only imported, hand-made Belgian chocolates and all-natural and gluten-free products. The beauty bark, with its combination of Belgian dark chocolate, sea salt, golden flax, and wild blueberries, is the definition of a feel-good treat, since its packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and of course, chocolate.
The epicurean experts at The New Jade Palace twirl noodles, pyramid rice, and simmer seafood to construct a menu replete with traditional Asian favorites. Spoons dip into roast-pork wonton soup ($2 for a small, $3.50 for a large) to warm up for the tang of thai red snapper ($16) that, like the charge of an incompetent pet groomer, bathes in sweet chili sauce. Noodles knot around each other to hold beef or shrimp hostage ($5 for a small, $9 for a large), and the crispy skin of peking duck ($30) crackles inside a wrapping of scallion pancakes. The sushi bar encourages patrons to savor combinations of spicy maki ($14) or dive chopsticks-first into 12-piece tricolor sushi plates of tuna, salmon, and yellowtail ($20). Vegetarian taste buds linger on eggplant lathered in garlic sauce ($8) long enough to be accused of loitering.
The treats may be frozen, but that doesn't mean they're not flexible. That's because the colorful self-serve dispensers that line Yogurt Crazy’s bright purple walls are equipped to send a rotating lineup of 12 different frozen-yogurt flavors into cups, including nonfat, low-fat, and dairy-free varieties. Guests mix and match their own creations, choosing from flavors as diverse as pomegranate-raspberry tart and Heath toffee. Each swirl of yogurt can then be outfitted with kiwi, Reese's Pieces, and other selections from the topping bar’s 36 mix-ins, which means that patrons can customize their frozen desserts without the gooey mess of branding them with a hot iron.
Every day, custardologists at Wolfies hand-mix 20 batches of creamy frozen treats, displaying their colorful creations for customers to stack into cones or sprinkle with toppings, earning the sweeterie a feature in the New York Times. Freshly churned custard has less fat than does ice cream and less air than a flat tire on Mars, helping to create Wolfies' signature ultracreamy scoop. Great filler for cones ($4.50/two scoops), pints ($6), and milk shakes ($4.50/16 oz.), Wolfies' 50 regularly appearing flavors include hazelnut, blueberry, and mango. The menu tempts sweet teeth by arranging the embellished custards in three-scoop banana splits ($5.53) and coffee-blended Wolf Caffes ($4.50/16 oz). The Screamwich ($3.50) realizes the dream sandwich of childhood with its filling of rich custard enclosed in chocolate-chip cookies with crusts cut off for optimum enjoyment.
The expert burger makers at SmokaBurger's craft their fresh, hand-pressed patties in-house daily, so each succulent meat sphere boasts a distinctly never-frozen flavor. Patties are cooked to each customer’s liking and can be topped with nine different toppings, including ancho-chipotle sauce, mayonnaise, and grilled peppers. The highly customizable dining experience also allows herbivores to swap out a meat patty for a veggie patty or a fat-free imaginary patty. With its lime-green walls, gleaming wood floor, eclectic adornments, and counter-style service, the fast-casual eatery offers a convenient place to enjoy a hand-held meal that’s also much more comfortable than a dimly lit car trunk.
The cookie artisans at Quintessential Cookies create colorful cookie creations for any occasion, whether it's a wedding, birthday, graduation, or a day you really want a cookie. Made from scratch, raspberry-filled linzer heart cookies and almond chocolate-chip biscotti are available by the half-dozen, and cake pops embed creative designs in the shapes of footballs, popcorn boxes, and tulips. Customers can bring in photos to be scanned and transformed into a 100% edible decorative photo cookie, and other cookie specialties, such as platters and cakes, divert attention from well-meaning veggie platters at office parties.