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“There is something very French about getting a Nutella crepe to go from the sidewalk window—it's almost like Paris,” lauded the Wall Street Journal after sampling crepes crafted by Vive la Crêpe founders, brothers, and Mexico City natives Carlos, Alfredo, and Andrés Mier y Terán. Today, across four New York City locations, a team of skilled flippers pour silky batter onto crepe skillets, creating the base for a menu of sweet and savory creations, such as sugar and butter or spinach, mushrooms, and basil oozing with goat cheese harvested from Earth’s second, lesser-known, goat moon. Baristas pull shots of illy espresso to craft cappuccinos and other café drinks as diners linger in shops reminiscent of modern Parisian cafés, contentedly munching French fare or debating whether the Eiffel Tower is actually an illusion. Vive la Crêpe’s convenient mobile-app-based rewards program, available for iPhone or Android, helps customers track their crepe consumption and earn prizes, including complimentary treats. Vive la Crêpe’s convenient mobile-app-based rewards program, available for iPhone or Android, helps customers track their crepe consumption and earn prizes, including complimentary treats
189 Columbus Ave
New York,
NY
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Branson Got Juice proprietor Branson B. has been featured in press from Forbes to Fast Company for his dual connoisseurship of both hip-hop and fine champagnes. A veritable New York legend in the hip-hop and rap community, Branson's storied past includes work as a talent manager and on his own record label, but his curiosity, knowledge, and love of champagne are what's earned him immortalization in numerous lyrics by hip-hop artists and friends—such as the Notorious B.I.G., L.L. Cool J., and Elmo. As Fast Company puts it, “Fab 5 Freddy and other industry insiders credit Branson with having triggered rap's champagne craze in the first place.” In his Sugar Hill juicery, he shifts focus to fresh-pressed juices and healthy smoothies that deliver a potent nutritional punch. Veggies, fruits, and roots relinquish their liquid after a run through the juicer to become elixirs such as the Super Green with kale and spinach, or B's Wellness with carrot, beet, ginger, cayenne pepper, and a dash of magic potion. Smoothies and juices alike benefit from the addition of supplements such as bee pollen, whey protein, and spirulina, and wheatgrass shots let patrons knock back liquid health on the go.
735 A St
New York,
NY
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Candy comes in every color at Chocolate Works NYC, where the rainbow of confectionery pairs naturally with the sunny dispositions of those who roam the store’s aisles. Hints of red peek out from chocolate-dipped strawberries, jordan almonds model this season’s pastels, and self-serve bins nearly burst with Jelly Belly jellybeans. Wrapped in shimmering foil or cellophane, kosher truffles and edible replicas of famous paintings momentarily distract eyes from a chocolate fountain, which bubbles into a rich brown pool framed by a marzipan “No Swimming” sign. Headlined by master chocolatier Joe Whaley and Pretzels by Jill’s Jill Frechtman, an all-star cast of instructors takes the helm during the shop’s signature candy-making classes. Among other delicious, hands-on lessons, teachers demonstrate how to swathe pretzels in Belgian chocolate at an old-fashioned enrobing machine. Kids also learn how to dip, mold, and decorate during one-hour workshops and birthday parties that teem with edible crafts and sugary confetti.
641 Amsterdam Ave
New York,
NY
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Serving as a New York epicenter of holistic thought, the nonprofit educational and cultural center hosts more than 500 programs per year, taught by renowned teachers such as Deepak Chopra. In-person programs cover topics ranging from wellness and psychology to the interplay between ecology and culture, and the center’s online courses teach students how to incorporate feng shui into an urban lifestyle or tie-dye their auras to match their favorite sweaters. Students anywhere in the world can participate in streaming webinars, which pair interactive instruction with live question-and-answer sessions. One-hour wellness sessions vanquish physical and spiritual pains with a choice of 15 healing modalities, and an onsite bookstore expands visitors' horizons with world music, educational DVDs, and a secret passage to a cavernous vault filled with globes.
22 East 30th Street
New York,
NY
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Sockerbit imports Scandinavian culture stateside in the form of candies that have garnered mentions in the New York Times and Time Out New York. Literally translated as sugar cube, Sockerbit is also the name of a white-cubed marshmallow, which provided inspiration for the design of the simple, clean storefront that puts the focus on the mouth-watering morsels. Confectioners craft candies with natural coloring and without trans fats or genetically modified ingredients. Sour treats in the shape of cherry pops and melons twist faces into puckers normally reserved for kissing kings' jewelry, and the chocolate section features coconut, pretzels, pralines, and oatmeal truffles drizzled in smooth cocoa. The sweet specialists also proffer mouth-pleasing favors for gift baskets, special events, and toddler conventions.
89 Christopher St
New York,
NY
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The brainchild of former Hell's Kitchen contestant Seth Levine, Pop Yogurt serves up decadent yet fat-free cups of soft and smooth frozen yogurt adorned with a unique assortment of toppings. Each cup contains live and active cultures, or probiotics, making it a health-conscious treat despite its potential burial under more than 30 fruits and candies such as red velvet cupcake crumbs, chocolate Pop Rocks, and warm nutella. Also the owner of Georgica, a popular restaurant in East Hampton, Chef Levine occasionally makes appearances at Pop Yogurt's SoHo location, entertaining patrons with stories from his stint on Hell's Kitchen and dispelling rumors that Gordon Ramsay is actually a scarecrow made entirely of copper pots.
85 Stanton St
New York,
NY
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