Unlike jerk-chicken pudding or fried-tuna Twinkies, ice cream makes for a delectable dessert that properly caps off any meal. At Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream and Treatery, patrons can sample a huge menu of ice cream and other treats that are sure to slap a smile on any face and massage taste buds with sugary strokes. Try ice cream in flavor combinations such as the strawberry skateboard, with sprinkles, gummy bears, and marshmallows, or the cotton-candy ski jump, with M&Ms and marshmallows. Prices range from $2.99 to $6.99 for a cup or cone, $5.99 for a pint, and $7.99 for a quart. Ice-cream cupcakes ($12.95 per 6-pack) can be enjoyed with a spoon or spoon-fingers. Dream cakes ($19.95+), on the other hand, come in appropriately oneiric flavors such as s’mores and strawberry cheesecream and are available in 6”, 8”, and sheet-cake sizes. Health-conscious hedonists can indulge in strawberry-banana, mango, and mocha smoothies, while ice-cream pizzas topped with white-chocolate curls will perplex pizza-party attendees before blasting away reservations with deliciousness.
The bakers at Stace Of Cakes forge gourmet handheld desserts from 100% natural ingredients sourced locally whenever possible, with no artificial flavors. They expertly whip up classic flavors, such as red velvet and carrot cake with smooth cream-cheese frosting, or more intricate creations, including the Gone Bananas, a spiced banana cupcake lathered in rich Nutella frosting. The Englishman is a toffee cupcake that dons a toffee-infused vanilla icing sprinkled with bits of crushed Heath bar, which entirely debunks the myth that the Englishman can speak English.
Refusing to limit the range of these delectables, Stace Of Cakes also has a mobile cupcake van, which totes miniature delicacies straight to clients' doorsteps. The shop, meanwhile, draws a crowd by hosting classes and cupcake parties for special events such as birthdays or girls' nights out. In addition to providing vegan and gluten-free options, the accommodating Stace Of Cakes staff can augment boxes of cupcakes with specialty flavors for an additional charge or beloved pet left for collateral.
Thanks to its staff’s insistence on crafting fresh, rotating batches of gelato every day, Viva Gelato is stuck in a permanent chill. This doesn’t seem to dampen anybody’s spirits, judging from the smiles that spread across customers’ faces as they sample flavors that range from the traditional (vanilla and pistachio) to the outright creative (Blue Monkey and blood-orange creamsicle). Though many in number, these creamy flavors always seem to make room in their frozen cases for a few sugar-free and low-fat varieties. For a slight change of pace, try the frozen yogurt and yogurt-gelato blends, or sip on a steamy Small World coffee while using the shop’s free WiFi to search for a better cure for brain freeze.
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.
Juniper Organic Cupcakes is a licensed and insured cupcake delivery service that offers home-baked and organic goods. Made entirely with naturally produced or organic ingredients, these cupcakes arrive in recyclable packaging and wear naturally colored frosting. Casual flavors include vanilla and chocolate, and signature flavors include pumpkin pie, red velvet, and strawberry shortcake. The service also offers display accessories, scones, muffins, and fruit and granola bars.
The Goodnoe family looks to recipes perfected over nearly a century in business to churn rich treats at the Dairy Bar. Cups or half-gallons teem with one of 24 ice-cream flavors, which run the gamut from time-tested mint chocolate chip to decadent chocolate-raspberry truffle. Like a linebacker's lunchbox, cups of cookies 'n' cream hold actual crushed confections, and the chunks of royal bing cherries in the cherry-vanilla flavor distract tongues. To add a personalized touch to after-meal cups, scoopers sprinkle creamy hillocks with some of 17 toppings. Crunchy pecans dot ice-cream valleys, and warm butterscotch forms flaxen rivers that flow onto unsuspecting fingers and napkins scribbled with odes to cows.