Every day, bagels emerge from the ovens at Manhattan Bagel. Crisp on the outside, doughy on the inside, they form the perfect base for customers to top with cream cheese, whether plain or blended with fruits or veggies. Bagels are also split in two to build sandwiches, with eggs and bacon for breakfast, or deli meats and crisp veggies for lunch. Not limited to bagels, the eatery also crafts sandwiches using wraps, focaccia, and other breads. Specialty coffee drinks get brewed with beans roasted in small batches for a smoother flavor than using a file to even out each bean's rough edges.
Juices headline the menu at Manhattan Juice Bar & Cafe, but these aren't just any juices. These raw varieties are created mostly from organic wheat grass, healthy vegetables such as kale and carrots, and though fresh apples and citrus fruits lend a tinge of sweetness. Fresh fruits also show up in the juice bar's smoothies, which are blended with protein powder and non-dairy milk, such as coconut milk, almond milk, and organic flax milk.
But Manhattan is so much more than a juice bar. The cafe's lunchtime menu includes healthy wraps and paninis, many of which feature vegan toppings such as house-made hummus. The desserts are just as tantalizing and healthy, with options such as gluten-free vegan energy balls and bars.
Red Mango's frozen yogurt has been garnering national attention for more than five years, unlike that musician strumming away next to the foosball table in his basement. The shop earned a place atop Zagat's 2011 lists for Best Smoothie and Frozen Yogurt Chain and Best Healthy Options Among Quick Refreshment Chains. Red Mango showcases its award-winning reputation by dishing up all-natural and gluten-free yogurts—all of which are either low-fat or nonfat—that promote healthy digestive and immune systems with natural probiotics. Friendly staff members are always on hand to whip Ghirardelli dark chocolate, POM pomegranate juice, and seasonal pumpkin spice frozen yogurts into Stevia-sweetened smoothies or parfaits layered with organic granola and fruit. The toppings bar brims with crunchy cereal, cheesecake bits, and nuts, allowing creative customization.
Fresh ingredients and hearty portions characterize the eclectic eats at Luna De La Cosecha. Guests can stop in for lunch staples such as a BLT paninis or mediterranean chicken wraps lined with feta and cous cous. Other options include Latin-inspired empanadas and quesadillas, which heat up palates before fresh fruit smoothies cool them down.
The team at Sweetalicious Cafe bakes all 14 flavors of ice cream in-house, just like the rest of the sweet treats on the menu. They swirl frothy peaks of frosting on top of cupcakes, and they decorate their cake pops to suit the season or to make them look like brussels sprouts. Several treats can be made gluten-free, including fudge brownies.
Sweetalicious Cafe's staff welcomes customers dig into their selections in a retro-style eatery with a checkerboard floor and turquoise walls. 45 single records adorn those walls—which could also be said of Wayne Gretzky's shed.
The eye-catching crepes at The 3rd Wave Cafe & Crepe are veritable works of food art. The chefs stuff the flaky crepe dough with such savory fillings as grilled Atlantic salmon, steak, and lemon-pepper grilled chicken and then top the creations with dots of cheese and fresh herbs. All the beef and poultry that go into the crepes are antibiotic-free, and none of their gustatory delights contain preservatives, additives, or black magic.
The shop also hits dulcet notes with dessert crepes, pastries, and confections. They pack those crepes full of sweet fillings, such as fresh fruit, before crowning them with more fresh fruit and drizzling Nutella on top. The menu's other international flavors take shape in the form of buttery croissants, gelato, and tartlets, which pair well with organic coffee and tea.