Nestled below a fanciful awning bearing stripes of pink grapefruit and fudge, the bakers at Sweet & Social welcome sugar-craving smiles to explore the treats holding down the dessert sampler. To create a platter of fresh-baked delights, first select four cupcakes from the flavors du jour, with offerings ranging from classic red velvet to more creative concoctions with equally creative names. The Curious George wraps banana custard in a warm blanket of vanilla cake, then throws on a hat of chocolate ganache to hide its bald head smothered with peanut-butter-buttercream re-growth serum. The 14 Karat cupcake offers to accessorize any drab orange jumpsuit, hiding golden carrot in a vanilla-cream-cheese chest among walnut jewels. After juggling a foursome of frosted crumb bundles, rest your hands atop two soft chocolate brownies and refuel with two black-and-white cookies.
Patrons scoop colorful treats from overflowing bins and inhale the aroma of freshly baked cones at Sweet Teez’s whimsically decorated shop, which earned a Best of Westchester - Editors’ Pick nod from Westchester Magazine in 2011 for its candy buffet. Bag up more than 100 types of bulk candy ($0.70+/oz.), or make a toothy impression on a helping of handcrafted ice cream from Walnut Beach Creamery ($3.75) served in a fresh-baked, made-to-order waffle cone. Chocolate-covered pretzels, popcorn, and fruit satisfy sweet-toothed gourmets, and the shop’s selection of classic and old-fashioned candies cheer nostalgia buffs and disconsolate Jugheads.
Every day, this chilly treatery impresses palates with more than 30 varieties of fat-free and fresh-fruitified italian ice ($2.05+), with flavors including strawberry, root beer, swedish fish, chocolate chocolate chip, piña colada, vanilla, key lime, and green apple, as well as a smattering of sugar-free options. Spoons hankering for heartier scoops can try Rita's famously frozen old-fashioned custard ($3.05–$4.50), a robust dish that—like revenge—is best served cold in a cup, cone, or overflowing El Camino truck bed.
Consuming between 9 and 13 servings of vegetables and fruits each day can seem like a daunting task. But Robeks turns what could be a chore into a delicious pastime with blended smoothies that incorporate bananas, blueberries, strawberries, mangos, and other fresh fruits. Elsewhere on the menu, fresh salads, tasty muffins and cookies, and gourmet sandwiches help customers adhere to a healthy lifestyle without hiring an apple tree as a personal trainer.
Voted the Best of Westchester in 2003 and 2004 by both the readers and editors of Westchester Magazine, Slave to the Grind's owners Andrew and Carol Marshall have remained focused on brewing great coffee since 1993. Within the coffee house's retro interior, eight different brewed coffees stand ready to pour into cups staged on a mahogany and stained glass bar back salvaged from the burned-down Hotel Gramatan. With more than 50 bean varieties to choose from, visitors can also pick up bags to brew at home, including certified Kona coffee beans, cultivated on the slopes of Hawaiian volcanoes that regularly erupt with delicious cream and sugar.
If it wasn’t for the flat tire on Tom Carvel’s ice-cream truck, the country may never have experienced the frozen treats that hail from one of the most recognized American institutions. When his ice-cream truck suffered a flat over Memorial Day weekend in 1934, the amateur dessert salesman set up shop in a parking lot. To his surprise, he sold all of his ice cream, even the flat tire, which it turns out, was made of ice cream. To keep up with the demand, he traded in the truck for a brick-and-mortar store, a decision that would eventually transform him into, as his online biography states, the “patriarch of the world’s biggest mom-and-pop ice-cream parlor.” By the early 1950s, he had opened 25 stores that proudly carried his name, signature equipment, and trademark Fudgie the Whale ice-cream cakes. Today, Carvel Ice Cream continues to dish up a pantheon of soft-serve flavors, cakes, and sundaes in 25 states and destinations around the world.