Peter Goldfarb sits watching his mother, who holds a textbook with one hand while churning cookie dough with the other. As she pulls double duty as a mom and graduate student, she unwittingly alters the course of her son's life. The young Peter will soon grow up, move to Los Angeles, and pursue a career in television production—but his friends won't care about his industry stories; they'll want to know where his shipments of ridiculously tasty cookies are coming from.
This true tale is what inspired Peter to eventually enroll in culinary school and coax his mom into cofounding Chip'n Dipped. Today, the duo and a crew of bakers make all-natural cookies, chocolates, and confections—including gluten- and dairy-free options—in full view of customers, as well as for impressed reporters from large publications such as the New York Times, Newsday, and the Candyland Gazette. Using kosher ingredients and minimally processed chocolates, the mom-and-son team creates treats loaded with bioflavonoids and free of hydrogenated oils and preservatives.
Reinwald's Bakery is the result of one family's passion for baking. For 4 generations the we have been creating the freshest breads, pastries and desserts on Long lsland —and it is a responsibility we take very seriously. You can taste commitment to our craft in every bite, From your daily bread to special occasion cakes!
The masterminds behind Not Just Yoga aimed to create a calming, welcoming space that treats guests to the philosophy of yoga while offering a variety of services. Their yoga classes, led by expert instructors, flow through Vinyasa postures that focus on building strength and relaxing busy minds. In addition, the staff offers meditation, Pilates, and massage.
Bon Bons serves up a large selection of carefully constructed treats that melt the hearts and please the palates of its patrons. Fill a half-pound box ($16 for about 16 chocolates) with raspberry-, champagne-, or rum-flavored truffles, or grab a 1-pound box ($32 for about 34 chocolates) and fill it with peanut butter cups](http://gr.pn/e5YEsV) and peppermint thin mints. Bon Bons’ handmade chocolates make great special-occasion gifts and popular rewards for stellar report cards or first-place finishes in underwater bench-pressing contests.
With more than 100 rotating flavors, Cupcake Gourmet's tastes range from indulgent (red velvet, chocolate raspberry, chocospresso mocha, Boston cream pie) to inventive (rainbow-sprinkled funfetti served in a waffle cup) to imaginative (cakes modeled after puppies). Romantics can even woo the DMV clerk of their dreams with a cupcake bouquet with each "flower" delicately topped with pink and red roses and greenery, all made from frosting. New flavors are introduced into the cupcakery's purple and lime-green habitat every week, and you can mix and match however you choose with today's Groupon. Cupcakes cost $1.50 for a mini, $2.50 for a regular, and $3.50 for a jumbo. Call ahead for special flavor requests.
In the Mood Coffee & Ice Cream is a nostalgia-infused old-fashioned ice cream parlor that offers delicious homemade ice cream, sorbet, and other delicious snacks, all made fresh daily. Prices for icy treats range from $3.95 to $8.50, and come in more than 30 flavors. They range from classics done right, such as rocky road and coffee break, to wilder variants such as howling brownie, mountain lion crunch, and funky pretzel gold mine. Sorbet—ice cream’s fruity and lactose-intolerant cousin—features tastes of mango, orange, and strawberry, as well as sugar-free ice cream options. If cold sweets make you anxious for bready treats, nosh on a Monte Cristo panini ($5.49) made with ham, turkey, Swiss and cheddar cheeses, then bury the evidence under a banana-flavored smoothie ($5.70). In the Mood also carries delightful specialty coffees, so wake yourself up in the morning or avoid terrifying dreams of hearing friends endlessly recount their dreams with a large cappuccino ($2.59).