There's chocolate in Lee Perrotta's blood. It's easy to see how it got there; in 1928, her great uncle was the chief formulator for Rockwood Chocolate in Brooklyn, and her great aunt Lena was a prolific candy maker who left behind a trove of candy-making supplies stored in hatboxes. Following suit, Lee has made her own footprint in the confectionary world by approaching chocolate making as an art—literally. In 2007, the Walt Whitman Museum displayed 36 edible sculptures and portraits that she crafted from chocolate. In 2008, the New York Food Festival named her the overall best chocolatier of the year, also awarding her prizes for fudge, truffles, and chocolate sculpting.
Several of Perrotta's chocolate sculptures serve as decor inside The Chocolate Lady in Oyster Bay. Visitors can peruse more than 180 types of seasonal confections made with freshly ground cocoa, fresh-fruit purees, and fresh butter from a cow whose udders squirt chocolate milk. Organic rose-cream cordials, citrus-tinged blood-orange bites, and dark-chocolate espresso truffles are just a few of the treats available in her store.
A shroud of fog surrounds Nitro Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt's staff members, who employ chilly liquid nitrogen to concoct smooth and thick custom treats in a futuristic-themed setting. The creamery—recently featured in the New York Daily News—invites clientele to experiment with combinations and invent vaccines against brain freeze using a wide range of flavors, colorings, and an unlimited supply of mix-ins. The process begins by choosing a base ice-cream flavor such as vanilla, chocolate, or mint, which can be prepared from soymilk, non-fat yogurt, organic ingredients, or sorbet. After choosing the coloring and mix-ins—which include oreos, Kit Kat bars, and gummy bears—the mad doctors transmute the ingredients into a creamy mélange with an industrial blender and a liberal application of liquid nitrogen, all the while shrouded in a safe-yet-spooky fog. Visitors can also expand their palate without stretching out their tongue by tasting eclectic fixtures such as the Bacon 'n Eggs—a nutritious breakfast of bacon ice cream and a candy gummy egg.
Indecisive appetites will be sated by the selection of breakfast, burgers, pasta, and more at Post Ave Cafe. Like putting a grocery-store conveyor belt in a pair of tights and sending it on a world-saving mission, the overstuffed hot heroes—including the potato and egg ($7.25) or the shrimp parmigiana ($8.95)—burst with a lineup of ingredients. The Greek burger sandwiches hunger with a 6-ounce beef patty topped by feta cheese and tomatoes on an English muffin with Greek salad, coleslaw, and pickles ($8.95). The pasta-with-seafood combination hooks a meal-worthy menagerie of mussels, clams, and shrimp splashed in a garlic-and-white-wine sauce, just like bringing seasoning to the local aquarium ($16.95). The meat averse can cut their teeth on a veggie whole-wheat wrap, stuffed with grilled broccoli, spinach, onions, mushrooms, and pesto sauce before leafing through a tossed salad ($8.95), and breakfast visitors are treated to Uncle Vinny's favorite omelette, an egg amalgamation of sausage, bacon, and American cheese flanked by a short stack of pancakes ($8.95).
Nice N Natural bolsters health-minded lifestyles with an arsenal of organic groceries, supplements, and nutritious, preservative-free fare. A sprawling collection of vitamins and detox supplies mingles with a sweet stockpile of baked goods in both dairy-rich and vegan-friendly varieties. Freshly blended smoothies and juices eschew artificial sweeteners, drink mixes, and cybernetic bananas for the 100% natural flavors of ingredients such as papaya, ginger, and peanuts, and the nutrient-rich beverages gracefully slosh around in biodegradable cups. Nice N Natural also slings equally wholesome lunch fare, such as soups and sandwiches constructed with fresh, all-natural organic ingredients.
Framed in arched woodwork, scenic murals of the Italian countryside line one wall of La Piazzetta Cafe and mirrors stand guard over teal banquettes on the other. Small bouquets of vibrant-hued flowers are eternally in bloom at the center of each table, weighed down with plated Italian favorites. Shrimp, veal, chicken, meatballs, and eggplant all receive the parmigiana treatment, and pasta dishes offer more than 20 varieties, including rigatoni montonara and dried macaroni for making crafts at the table. Guests can share a specialty pie such as the buffalo-chicken pizza, or horde their own 12-inch personal pizza. Diners can feast inside where a television entertains kids, relax at a bistro table outdoors, or order catered fare for their next Golden Girls viewing party.