Though Manhattan is just shy of a hundred miles north, Manhattan Bagels keeps its namesake version of the New York culinary tradition alive from afar with fresh-baked bagels the staff smears with thick cream cheese to order. Mornings call for one of the food stop’s sandwiches lined with bacon, turkey sausage, and fluffy eggs, with fresh-brewed coffee and cups of OJ. Closer to lunch, the Tribeca turkey sandwich lines focaccia with chipotle mayo and red onions, and the Times Square ham is served with Swiss, onion, and mustard on a plate made out of a giant LED billboard.
Upon entering, modern spotlights smear light across the glossy ceiling and beige walls like butter on toast––an appropriate evocation of the baked goods to come. There they wait at the counter: gooey fresh-baked brownies, crunchy biscotti, jelly-filled Danish, and crumbly scones that are as large as calzones. Maine Star Coffee lures patrons with the aroma of confections baked onsite, then encourages lingering with locally roasted coffee, steeping teas, and sweet espresso drinks made from locally sourced milk products. The café is also a haven for artists of all types, housing such entertainment as spoken word, acoustic music, and competitive whittling showdowns.
Even though YoFresh Yogurt Cafe’s flavors rotate on the regular, every swirl of their frozen yogurt comes jam-packed with body-boosting benefits. Each cup carries a bounty of probiotics, eschewing fat, artificial sweeteners, and other unnatural products such as the tears of a frankenstein monster. What’s left is a kosher treat available in nonfat or no-sugar-added flavors such as mint, green apple sorbet, cinnamon roll, and banana. Starting from that dulcet base, gustatory adventurers can pile their dessert with toppings such as fruit, candy, and cereal. For an alternative summertime snack, guests can opt for a fresh-fruit protein smoothie.
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The secret behind Coffee Beanery's successful growth into more than 100 franchises is easy to spot: their roasting process. The company's master roaster skillfully toasts high-quality Arabica beans to create varied flavor profiles, from the slightly sweet to the dark and complex. These flavors come out when baristas brew the beans and blend them with steamed milk, chocolate shavings, and flavored syrups, creating the house's signature drinks. They specialize in drinks on the sweeter side, such as the rich chocolate ice fudge ripple and espresso frappalattes made with a choice of syrup. Guests looking to fuel up with food as well as caffeine can grab one of the cafe's signature toasted sandwiches or salads, creating meals that are satisfying and easy to eat on the go, unlike a watermelon on a stick.