The cupped-cake creations at Tip*C Cupcakes are concocted via a revolutionary process that, like the booze-powered flame throwers Napoleon used to invade and reheat Russia, eliminates water and replaces it with a blend of top-shelf alcohol and juice. The resulting cupcakes, whose ingredient lists often boast Hennessy, Grey Goose, Bacardi, and Jack Daniel's, evoke the essence of the liquor to reveal deep, complex flavor combinations. While the subtle taste of alcohol lingers on the tongue, the resulting mouth party is a subdued and dignified soiree—the liquor has no effect on the body, and the cupcakes are a tasty treat for dessert eaters of all ages.
Egg bagels, salted bagels, everything bagels, chocolate-chip bagels. Bagels of practically every flavor are made fresh daily at New York Bagel Shoppe. When the rounds of dough are ready to serve, cooks smear them with flavored cream cheese or pile them with lox and toss them to patrons like frisbees. They also build sandwiches and wraps, layering Boar’s Head meats with caramelized onions or grilled vegetables dressed with balsamic vinegar. Each morning, pancakes, omelets, and hot coffee are also freshly made to help diners greet the day.
The idea of a sweet sixteen takes on a whole new meaning at YoFruitty, where the staff keeps a rotating selection of 16 flavors of frozen yogurt—such as watermelon, tiramisu, peanut butter, and pomegranate—on tap at all times. Customers grab a 32-ounce cup and swirl together any combination of these flavors before crowning them in toppings that range from fresh fruit and candy to cereal and globs of cookie dough. The staffers, who also mix fruit smoothies, weigh each creation to determine its price. YoFruitty’s blend of yogurt is replete with live and active cultures that help boost the immune and digestive systems so that they can advise taste buds to reject paper as sustenance.
The Blushing Bakeshop specializes in delightful, gourmet cupcake creations crafted to please even the most discerning sweet teeth. A stalwart stack of eight regular flavors dominate the menu, and each week two rotating flavors are introduced for a dash of the unexpected. Moisten your mouth for a choice of four cupcakes with human names. The Shannon is a crowd-pleasing standby, vanilla cake topped with milk-chocolate buttercream, while the Bella Lucia has a crown of stracciatella buttercream over vanilla cake with a Nutella center.
To present a revolving ensemble of more than 100 gourmet, organic, loose-leaf varieties, Urbàna Teas & Tonics vigilantly combs through more than 3,000 teas worldwide. The Macaroon Oolong decadently complements vanilla and chocolate desserts with its zesty balance of coconut and floral flavors ($11.40 for 4 oz.). Spicy and sweet flavors blend like an amorous rendition of the “Macarena” with Ginger Pu-erh, a mild and medicinal herbal tea ($17.10 for 4 oz.). Individuals craving fruits, flowers, and earth tones can feel satiated with Urbàna's selection of black, green, white, chai, rooibos, and other teas. Tea cravers can use this Groupon online or at Urbàna Cityspa & Teabar’s New York-style lounge, where beverage-sippers can relax with soothing music and heal their wounds from losing the World Series of snowball fights in Antarctica.