With adoring accolades from the New York Times, Jean Marie Patisserie & Bistro delightfully dishes out European and American cuisines set in a cozy Parisian café-inspired atmosphere. With around 30 years of experience creating culinary charms, owner John Muscarello and his staff stuff paninis, pastries, salads, and more with fillings and gourmet flavors ready to greet tongues tired of only tasting the underside of envelopes and the crusts of other people's sandwiches.
The skilled confectioners at Kron Chocolatier turn out decadent cocoa-flavored treats according to kosher standards and Hungarian-derived family recipes. Windows displaying the kitchen’s inner workings allow patrons a view of spatula puppet shows as well as a look at the chocolate-making process as chocolatiers craft mouthwatering morsels such as dark-chocolate budapest crème truffles ($25.50–$45.50). Gift boxes ($15.50–$32.50) carry precious cargo accented by nuts, caramel, marshmallows, and fruit, and wooden crates ($58.50–$150.50) brim with twice-dipped pretzels, dried glazed fruits, and butter crunch ($58.50–$150.50). Milk chocolate or dark chocolate molded in the shape of computer screens ($46.50) and life-size replicas of the International Space Station could tempt even the staunchest Luddite to join the 21st century. Though shipping isn’t included with this Groupon, delivery is available.
32 Degree FroYo satisfies sweet cravings with freshly baked cupcakes and a rotating selection of 36 low- or nonfat frozen-yogurt flavors sprinkled with more than 40 toppings. Customers can fill their cups (prices vary by weight; $5.50 average) from self-serve machines that churn out such flavors as Cookie Yo’ Cream, Pomegranate Yo’ Raspberry Tart, and Pump Yo’ Kin. The low-calorie desserts earn the admiration of discerning squirrels by donning crowns of fresh-cut organic fruits, nuts, and chocolate chips. Alternatively, customers can eschew live and active cultures for frosted cupcakes ($8/six). The brightly colored eatery also boasts free WiFi, so guests can browse the web or troubleshoot ways to get spilled frozen yogurt off of laptops.
With a dozen or more flavors concocted on-site daily, Rita’s frozen desserts are tossed out at the ripe-old age of 36 hours so that newborn ices can be enjoyed with youthful gusto. Mouth-water turns to ice with fresh-fruit induced, trans-fat-free italian ices such as juicy pear, kiwi-strawberry, chocolate-peanut-butter, and pina colada, including a variety sweetened only with Splenda and baby giggles ($2.50–$3.75). Rita’s smooth, signature old-fashioned custard gives spoons something to cling to as they tunnel under added hot fudge or caramel toppings ($3–$4.25). Figure-watchers can extract rich flavor from a soft-serve, zero-fat version of custard, the Slenderita ($3–$4.25). Rita’s most popular delight, the Gelati, layers refreshing ices upon fluffy custards ($4–$4.50) and the Misto whirls frozen treats into a single, sippable cup, ideal for toting along to fire-eating lessons ($4.25–$4.75).
Much like its name, Sugar & Spice combines two temptingly complementary culinary ventures: a gourmet restaurant focused on modern American takes on seafood and beef, and a full onsite bakeshop. Chefs rise early, preparing brunch dishes such as peppercorn-crusted tuna and shaved-black-truffle omelets. At dinner, they plate arrangements of new york strip steak, daily fish catches, and five-cheese mac 'n' cheese, and grind and blend their burgers in house to ensure none contain rare vintage baseball cards. Inside the bakery, cake-makers and designers build 50 flavors of cupcakes and more than 50 cake combinations, as well as custom wedding cakes, fruit and chocolate pies, and decadent cookies. Sugar & Spice also provides catering services and have supplied meals for special events such as backyard barbecues, film shoots, and other large gatherings.