Pastry chefstrodinaire Michael Graham, who studied at The Culinary Institute of America, fills the bakery’s burly display case with sweet-laden and fruit-strewn delights. Tear into the sugar-crusted labyrinths of pastries such as linzer tarts ($2.50), chocolate-mocha boats ($2.75), and hamantaschen ($1.95). If you need a pie ($13.95–$19.95) to throw in the face of a tardy cable repairman, choose from black cherry, southern pecan, coconut custard, strawberry rhubarb, and eight others. Savory popovers ($2.75), scones ($1.95), and croissants ($1.95–$3.95) complete the bakery’s motley cornucopia. Cakes are available in 8- or 10-inch raspberry buttercream ($26.95/$32.95), decadent mocha nutella ($29.95/$34.95), and triple-tiered vanilla or chocolate ($24.95/$29.95).
The top brass twisters at Auntie Anne's, one of the world's largest hand-rolled, soft-pretzel franchises, create enough twirly treats every year to wrap the earth in deliciously salted dough three times over. Pretzel professionals prepare a wide array of sweet and salty snacks, spiraling them into ornate knots with the delicacy of a grandmotherly sailor and baking them to golden brown in full view of customers. A plain pretzel offers a satisfyingly simple snack, while sacchariferous ingredients such as cinnamon sugar and toasted-almond toffee make tongues sweat with anticipation. Mouths will mambo to the Mediterranean flavors of the garlic pretzel, a perfect treat to submerge into a dunk tank of marinara or one of the other available dipping sauces. Or, sample slender tubewiches swathed in the warm embrace of pretzel dough with signature pretzel dogs. Pair braided bites with a chalice of lemonade or a frozen ICEE drink, both of which pack a flavorful punch that’s more refreshing than a brisk morning run that successfully evades a pursuing snow leopard.
The mixing bowls and ovens at Eliza's Bakery are always busy, churning out diverse cakes, pies, and cookies every day. The bakery’s cakes can be customized for any occasion, with artful decorations wrapping around unique flavors such as raspberry kirsch– or Grand Marnier–flavored crumb. Bakers roll sponge cake into seasonal frosted rolls, whether a spiced cake filled with pumpkin cream cheese or a chocolaty yule log that is superior to a regular yule log in every way but flammability. Flaky pie crust, baked from an old family recipe, wraps around fresh rhubarb, cherries, or pumpkin, depending on the season. In addition to custom cakes, Eliza's bakers can transform other baked goods into vegan, kosher, or sugar-free versions to accommodate dietary concerns.
Bagelicious's 20 varieties of dough wheels increase their edible utility by teaming up with 12 tasty gourmet cream cheeses and keeping an arsenal of pastries and lunchtime sandwiches close by. Silky sheets of vanilla-walnut-raisin and peach cream cheese ($7.25/lb.) blanket soft apple-cinnamon or whole-wheat bagel beds ($0.85/1, $4.15/6, or $8/13), offering taste buds a nutritious place to sleep. The bagel sandwich's two eggs and bacon ($3.50) sizzle melodiously, laying a beat for synchronized eating, and pizza trimmings tango atop midday bagels ($4.85). Meanwhile, mischievous apple fritters ($2.20) and muffins ($2.05) let tongues frolic through meadows of sweet flavor while they hot-wire the jaw and cruise away.
This cone-shaped sweet shop lavishes refreshment on tongues with an expansive menu of soft-serve and hand-dipped ice cream, fresh milkshakes, sundaes, and other savory snacks. After fastidiously scanning through the shop's 13 flavors of ice cream, transport dollops of sub-zero black raspberry or sumptuous peanut-butter weave ($2.79 for a regular serving) to your mouth via sugar cone ($.25 extra), waffle cone ($.75 extra), or frosted particle accelerator. Handmade milkshakes ($3.75) rescue jaws from the taxing duties of mastication, and cookies ($1) and funnel cakes ($1.75) succor sweet teeth sans the threat of orthodontic-headgear hypothermia. Those looking to maximize flavor variety can enhance icy eats with toppings such as rainbow sprinkles, gummy bears, skittles, and broken cookies ($.50 each).
Slinging sweet and creamy treats since 1949, Carvel's 5th Street site was one of the franchise's first freestanding locations, setting a supreme example for future Carvel locales by using top-quality ingredients and crafting its ice-cream cakes ($12.99+) daily. Dessert devotees with design aspirations can customize a cake based on serving size, flavor, and decoration; those averse to artistic pursuits due to traumatic glue-gun mishaps can paste their tongues to specialty ice creams and shakes. Each frosty ice-cream cup ($1.99+) or shake ($3.19) can be personalized with any combination of 12 different Flavor Shotz, which can be used to garnish special snacks or to leave a traceable trail of treats when wandering in witch-infested woods. Click here to learn more about Carvel's creations, including their history and how many angels can fit on a scoop of ice cream.