Cupcake'm Cafe invites customers to customize their cupcakes by picking a flavor, a filling, and a type of icing. Visitors can create a variety of gourmet flavors including key-lime pie, S'mores Galore, Triple Berry Blast with real berry chunks in the icing, and black forest with shaved chocolate slices and a cherry on top. They can then munch on their massive cupcakes and relax in the cafe or surf the Internet on free WiFi. In addition to its namesake treat, Cupcake'm Cafe also serves sandwiches, bagels, and muffins.
A world of cuisines opens up before diners at Bonu Cafe. That's not an overstatement?the menu ranges from Mediterranean gyros and falafel to Mexican burritos and quesadillas. Or take your pick from barbecue burgers and french toast sandwiches to buffalo chicken wraps and hot ham and swiss sandwiches. If there is one thing to focus on, though, it's the restaurant's trademark dish: the kolach. This Czech pastry is traditionally stuffed with candied fruit, and at Bonu, they expand on those fillings and make egg and cheese, pepperoni pizza, and vegetarian versions as well.
The dough experts at the recently opened Bread Box Bakery & Cafe bake seven types of bread fresh daily for building savory panini sandwiches. Dining duos unhinge lips and hips in a midmeal hula over handheld fare such as the hot hawaiian-chicken panini on ciabatta bread with fresh pineapple, sweet onion, and napa cabbage in a teriyaki glaze. Herbivores might opt for the tomato-basil panini, a focaccia-bread base layered with basil pesto, tomato, fresh mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil leaves. Free refills on fountain drinks prevent parchment from remaining dry, and a choice of a french roll, potato chips, or fresh fruit personalizes plate fringes. Paired patrons can sit at the front window's counter, which, according to Susan Gottshall of the Morning Call, "makes a perfect people-watching perch," as diners admire the colorfully tiled walls and use free WiFi to send each other electronic invitations to the next lunch date.
Once people find a favorite dish at a restaurant, it can be hard to get them to try anything else. Sweet Indulgence Cafe helps people get out of their dinner ruts by never having set entrees; instead, it's up to the chef to create whatever dish they want that week.
The casual dining and wine bar gets creative with its decor, too. It resembles a European chalet and features separate rooms full of shabby-chic furniture and exposed brick fireplaces. The cozy venue is perfect for a dinner date, girls' night out, or brunch outing with eggs benedict and french toast.
There are no cornucopias behind the counter at Natural Treats NYC. But that doesn't stop staff from blending together a feast of fruits and vegetables into their fresh juices and smoothies. They combine this fresh produce with a range of healthy add-ins, from stomach-friendly yogurt to memory-improving gingko to three styles of protein powder, all designed to enhance health and bodily function. For an extra boost, they also infuse their line of hot drinks with vitamin B12 and antioxidants to create their line of healing drinks that soothe the throat. For those who prefer dishes over drinks, they also serve up berry bowls made from fruit blended with yogurt and topped with granola, nuts, and coconut flakes.
The Fruited Plain Café's amiable staff lures eaters with an eclectic menu of made-to-order breakfast classics and hearty sandwiches crafted with fresh ingredients. Recharge sluggish neurons with morning-time edibles such as the egg sandwich—fortified with the choice of bacon, sausage, or Taylor ham ($3.25)—or the egg-laden hashbrown wrap brimming with meat and cheese ($4.50). Diners can muffle afternoon stomach laments with a hot bun swaddler, such as the philly cheesesteak ($6.50) or BLT ($4.75). Or, choose a sandwich from Fruited Plain’s selection of specialty creations, ranging from the avocado-speckled Vermont cheddar ($6) to the light and airy Hart’s Favorite ($6.50), a comestible construction stacking together roasted turkey breast, brie, cranberry mustard, and greens. The Fruited Plain also dishes out daily soup specials ($2.89), grills up half-pound burgers ($5.50–$6.75), and rolls together wraps such as the spicy buffalo chicken, an enswathement of breaded chicken tenders, blue-cheese dressing, and hot sauce squeezed fresh from the udders of lava-grazing bison ($6).