Since Karl Ehmer opened his first butcher shop on a bustling New York City street corner in 1932, his German meats have received several shout-outs from the press. Meat Processing Magazine did a cover story on the operation in 1970, and a ’97 edition of Food & Wine Magazine recommended using Karl Ehmer’s “superior ham” for one of its decadent holiday recipes. Now in its fourth generation, the gourmet produce shop continues to churn out quality German meats including sausage, wursts, salami, and smoked ham, which are stocked at more than 40 stores across the country, and at their online store. There’s also a large selection of imported foods such as Skansen herring, assorted chocolates and candies, and gingerbread houses prepared by North Pole elves.
Sangria Tapas Bar and Restaurant lavishes dining coteries with sharable small plates, flavorful steaks, and dishes of fresh seafood forged in Spanish and Portuguese traditions. The menu incorporates diverse dishes concocted to represent the complete culinary landscape of Iberia, from the seafood-studded feasts of Portugal to the leafy paella orchards on Valencia's coastal plain. In addition to crafting plates of cool olives and cheese or piping-hot seafood and skewered meat, chefs sling more substantial fare in the form of juicy steaks, seasoned fish, and marinated chicken and pork morsels.
With chef Joseph Cannella at the gustatory helm, Bourbon Street Cafe serves up tasty Cajun meals that have earned it an award for Best Brunch on a Budget from Page Six Magazine. Dishes such as blackened catfish and New Orleans po boys compete for attention with the house-specialty seafood gumbo and jambalaya, in which chicken and shrimp carouse with ground zydeco notes in a creole-sauce-slathered nest of spicy rice and andouille sausage. The large eatery further captures the essence of a New Orleans–style café with its colorful wall murals, fringed tabletop lamps, and plates accompanied by Mardi Gras beads, and its multiple flat-screen TVs light up with Sunday football action when the New York Scallywags play the New England Ne’er-do-wells.
Cooking with fresh ingredients and prodigious skill, Teaspoon Bake Shop's skilled confectioners handcraft gourmet and artisanal sweets in their newly opened Queens hub. The treat-toting menu satisfies sweet teeth better than blackmailing the Tooth Fairy by parading arrangements of muffins ($2.25) and scones ($2.50) in front of famished mouths. The flaky-crusted whole pies ($5–$18) hide fresh fruit within their circular edges, gracing tongues in varieties such as triple berry and salted caramel apple. Six-inch round cakes ($15) show fledgling cupcakes ($2.25) the ropes of the old-fashioned dessert bar, adorning counter space in flavor combos such as banana cake with Nutella buttercream, red velvet with sprinkles of children's wishes, and chocolate cake with raspberry preserves and vanilla buttercream.
Beneath the tall ceilings of Kosher Corner Dairy Cafe, the blue tablecloths catch light from the overhanging chandeliers, but the glass display case filled with kosher desserts is the real eye catcher. Under the rabbinical supervision of Vaad Harabonim of Queens, the kitchen keeps to strict kosher standards with a menu of more than 140 American-, French-, Italian-, and Mediterranean-style items, from frittatas to blintzes and falafel. The restaurant space is also available for hosting parties as well as takeout and catering services for special events for hermits attending special events remotely.