Jerome Chang, the mastermind behind the much-lauded DessertTruck, gave his desserts a grounded home at Cathcart & Reddy, a café on the Lower East Side that sells many of the truck’s wares while expanding its purview. Run by Chang and two pastry chefs, all credited in their New York magazine listing as Le Cirque school alumni, the truck was nominated for two Vendy Awards and received heavy attention in a New York Times feature on dessert trucks for gourmet sweets that include chocolate bread pudding, vanilla crème brûlée, and french macaroons. The café also sells pressed sandwiches with mellifluous fillings such as goat cheese with caramelized almonds, thyme, and apricot jam, or domestic serrano ham with manchego, roasted garlic, and pine nuts.
When not slinging sweets behind the counter, staffers can be found in the kitchen, baking new batches of desserts or hosting workshops for aspiring chefs. Scheduled every few days throughout each month, the classes teach patrons kitchen secrets such as how to craft perfect soufflés and macaroons or gauge a cook’s feelings by the color of his chef’s hat.
Berrywild urges the sweet tooth to shed its shame and embrace a deliciously fatless dessert option. A menu of nonfat frozen yogurts stretches out over an artistically modern and intimate space, where healthy dessertists congregate over yummy fare. Fro-yo is served up in one of two special textures for discerning palates: berry smooth keeps the mouth properly coddled with its creamy agenda while kinda icy varieties instill subtle jags of frozen wonder for feisty teeth that enjoy a good frigid chomp. Though flavors may vary by season, taste buds can delight in the signature tanginess of plain frozen yogurt and the distinct flavors of Caribbean coffee, banana, passion fruit, and pomegranate offerings.
The Nutbox cracks open an assortment of nuts, candies, natural seeds, and snacks and mixes. Fill up assorted sizes of eco-pine gift boxes ($14.99), made from ecologically sustained forests in Wisconsin, with 1-pound bags of your plucking, such as dried blueberries ($15.99), sun-dried tomatoes ($4.99), or vegetable chips ($19.99). Caffeine connoisseurs can follow their nose and dopamine transmitters to the Nicaraguan ($14.99) and Tanzanian peaberry ($13.99) fair-trade organic coffee beans. The Nutbox gives back to the community by supporting several charity events throughout the year, and their cheery locations feature glossy hardwood floors and appetite-inducing orange hues, making snack selection an even more pleasant process than usual.
It's never too late to give a gift that's actually three gifts containing a multitude of other gifts—like a set of Russian nesting dolls filled with ball bearings. For $25, you get one Gingerbread Holiday Stacker from the world-famous Dylan's Candy Bar, a $40 value. This triple-tiered package is stacked with sweets and comes topped with a first-place blue ribbon and holiday bell powerful enough to get snow angels their wings and make newborn babies salivate for the first time.
With more than 845 locations, Jamba Juice proves to the masses that nutrition can be speedy and delicious. Since the beginning, the company’s product philosophy has revolved around choosing whole fruits and other natural ingredients over artificial flavorings, sweeteners, and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and trans fats, and it offers additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
This naturalistic approach is fully realized in Jamba Juice's selection of smoothies. Made with 100% fruit juice, sherbet, and frozen yogurt, the frosty delights range from all-fruit smoothies such as Peach Perfection and Strawberry Whirl to more indulgent creamy treats, including Peanut Butter Moo'd, an enticing blend of peanut butter, bananas, nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt, and milk chocolate. The lunch hour presents toasted bistro sandwiches and California Flatbreads that pack only about 320–420 calories each.
In addition to providing healthy eats to customers, Jamba Juice sponsors Team Up for a Healthy America. The initiative fights childhood obesity while encouraging fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to getting kids active—which they can do by visiting the main Jamba Juice website.
DeliManjoo Bakery is a Korean bakery where taste buds are treated to whimsically shaped cookies and crispy snacks. A unique selection of treats awaits guests: signature walnut cakes that couple double as an upgrade from paper footballs, frosting-drizzled cookies that look like fish, and puffed-rice discs called Magic Pop. One of the most popular snacks in Korea, low-calorie Magic Pop—available in flavors like pumpkin, honey wheat, and blueberry—can be used to sandwich sweet whipped cream or savory cheese.