Bageltown Cafe, opened in February 2013, serves up coffee, tea, and classic deli cuisine. Patrons can order bagels smeared with scallion- or strawberry-infused cream cheeses, or opt for bialys and made-from-scratch baked sweets that are baked fresh each day. Cooks also grill panini sandwiches, prepare whitefish and lox salads, and sell Boar's Head meats and cheeses by the pound.
Although A Taste of Home specializes in custom-made cakes—such as its ice cream cakes (starting at $14), strawberry shortcakes ($15), and multifariously flavored cheesecake (plain, various fruits, Oreo, amaretto, and more for $15.50–$19.95)—its selection of delightfully dough-based treats encompasses the entire traditional pantheon of divine delicacies. Load your chocolatank with brownies ($1.50) or feed the cookie monster of your soul with oversized rounds such as black-and-whites, chocolate chip, and linzer tarts ($1.25–$2). Custom orders are welcome, and the value of two Groupons can be combined for a supersized cakefest.
Sweet Karma Desserts' Newsday-recognized executive pastry chef Brian Fishman steers a sugary ship of individual desserts, some of which are gluten-free, toward sweet-tooth shores. Desserts come in diverse flavors, such as campfire s’mores, peanut-butter bliss, and banana-cream pie ($4.25 each). Fishman, who studied at The Culinary Institute of America and has entered his creations in several local pastry competitions, infuses each sweet with his artistic sensibility, creating perfectly rounded chocolate domes and lightly dusted tops.
At ZuckerBakers, a team of bakers whips up a menu of kosher, pareve, and nut-free bread and treats under the kosher supervision of the Vaad Harabonim of Queens and the Udvari Rav of Brooklyn. The menu includes seven varieties of challah bread, custom cakes, cookies, and rolls.
Johnny B’s Coffee Shop serves up classic American eats in a classy '50s-style diner, layering modern sleekness over doo-wop ambience for locals looking for homemade goodness away from home. Breakfast is served all day, so get an early start to an afternoon by chowing down on made-to-order pancakes with peanut-butter chips ($6.99) and chasing them with freshly ground coffee ($1.25). Or grab a take-out-only commuter special to arrive at work fortified with two eggs, cheese, and bacon, ham, or sausage on a roll ($3.99). Lunchtime brings customers together on old-fashioned red barstools to unfold vengeance plots over a monte cristo sandwich, which encases ham or turkey and melted swiss cheese between twin french-toast slices ($8.95). Soups satisfy stomachs in different ways every day, and a rotating menu of daily specials means patrons are often graced with guest appearances by celebrity edibles ($3.95). If all the nostalgia floating around causes your throat to choke up mid-swallow, loosen it with slurpable desserts such as a soda float ($3.50) or an old-fashioned egg cream ($3.50).