Eat This New York’s resident foodie describes his first trip to Bagel Boy as a when “the line was practically out the door.” But he was rewarded for his patience when he bit into a plain bagel, just one of the fresh varieties that all three stores bake fresh each day. Offered up oozing with cream cheese or topped with BLT fixings, the bagels come in a many types of styles though really only one shape. At lunchtime, bagels switch off with soups and sandwiches packed with imported Italian meats such as hot cappicola.
Manhattan Bagel’s expert dough-smiths craft 21 flavors of fresh-baked bagels daily, serving them alongside a menu of deli-style sandwiches made with Boar’s Head meats and cheeses. Vainly search for the beginning or end of a traditionally flavored bagel ($.89 each, $8.99 a dozen), such as everything and pumpernickel, or explore the innovative tastescape of the french-toast variety, which doubles as an engagement ring for a Parisian giantess. Diners can festoon their bagels with cheese and eggs cooked any way ($2.49) or wrap mandibles around the grilled Ellis Island pastrami sandwich, sealed with gooey swiss cheese and onion ($6.49). Patrons can also sip on a selection from the espresso bar while noshing on the Wall Street roast beef ($6.49), a diversified sandwich portfolio of roast beef and mild horseradish sauce on a cheddar roll.
To make a YO! Blast?one of Let's Yo! Yogurt's newer creations?customers fill their cup about 2/3 full of frozen yogurt in any combination of flavors, then add toppings. Next, a staff member "blasts" it to create a sweet treat that's a bit chunkier than a smoothie and smoother than crushing s'mores with a fork. This is just one of the dessert offerings at Let's Yo! Yogurt, where guests choose from 70 frozen-yogurt flavors and 100 toppings to create their own signature treat. If the relative healthfulness of yogurt compared to ice cream isn't enough, non- and lowfat flavors, as well as no-sugar-added and gluten-free varieties, give customers health-conscious options. The rank of toppings includes fruit, candy, and 16 different cereals. As customers spoon up their snacks in the bright-green mod space, they can borrow in-house iPads to play games or check their email.
There's literally no sweeter war won than cupcake war. Just ask Ruthie and Ron Bzdewka, who in 2008 founded House of Cupcakes in Princeton, New Jersey after taking home top honors from the second season of Food Network's Cupcake Wars. The owners' cupcakes are even more in demand than they were before their victory on the show, which is why they now fling them at celebrities during special events including the MTV Music Awards. The secret to Ruthie and Ron's success: their grandma's cupcake recipe, which is the basis for increasing selection of more than 45 unique flavors, such as the award-winning Espresso Brownie, Salted Caramel, and Coconut Vanilla Snowball.
Not limiting their expertise to cupcake orders, baked goods-lovers can delight their palette with the tastes of other creations, including push-pops, cake-pops, cookies, mini-cupcakes, gourmet banana pudding, and brownies. Gourmet handmade ice cream sandwiches are also available, and are made from scratch with a choice from 15 different cookies, brownies, and 30+ ice cream flavors. Their large selection can be produced into custom orders for any event, such as color-coordinated cupcakes for weddings, logo-emblazoned pull-apart cakes for corporate outings, and tailored treats for baby showers or birthdays.