NY Bagel Cafe & Deli's kitchen bakes its bagels fresh every day, fueling a savory expansion to locations across seven states. At the Newark site, a glass case displays doughy circles infused with ingredients such as sun-dried tomatoes and blueberries. Patrons can opt to decorate their bagels or the eatery's pumpkin-colored walls with cream-cheese spreads flavored with scallions, bacon, and strawberries. In addition, deli sandwiches enfold Boar's Head–brand meats and cheeses in italian bread, wraps, or rolls.
Juices headline the menu at Manhattan Juice Bar & Cafe, but these aren't just any juices. These raw varieties are created mostly from organic wheat grass, healthy vegetables such as kale and carrots, and though fresh apples and citrus fruits lend a tinge of sweetness. Fresh fruits also show up in the juice bar's smoothies, which are blended with protein powder and non-dairy milk, such as coconut milk, almond milk, and organic flax milk.
But Manhattan is so much more than a juice bar. The cafe's lunchtime menu includes healthy wraps and paninis, many of which feature vegan toppings such as house-made hummus. The desserts are just as tantalizing and healthy, with options such as gluten-free vegan energy balls and bars.
After a debilitating car accident left Elyissia Wassung’s mother, Barbara, unable to commute to work, she stayed busy in the kitchen, devising her own homemade chocolates. Nine-year-old Elyissia would then load her mother’s sweets into a shopping cart and sell them door-to-door around the neighborhood, learning entrepreneurial skills that would last a lifetime. After leaving a telecom job as an adult, Elyissia returned to selling chocolates by founding 2 Chicks with Chocolate (the other chick being her mom), teaming up with master chocolatier Patrick Coston and lead chocolatier Stephanie Vazquez. The dessert innovators create diverse flavors, such as spiced pear and caramel ganache, s’mores, and hazelnut praline, from scratch with spices and sea salt. Customers can also create their own bars online without venturing into the store, building on a selection of chocolate bases and toppings that range from pistachios to gummy bears. The store also hosts chocolate classes and enlivens parties with chocolate fountains and chocolate tastings.
Founded in 1976, the Coffee Beanery has wafted the enticing aroma of its beans not only throughout the United States but also over foreign soil. At each location, baristas brew the company's specially roasted beans and decaf coffee, which expels caffeine via the Swiss water process rather than with harsh chemicals. In addition to steaming espresso drinks and blending icy frappalattes, the staff stocks their shelves with bags of flavored coffees such as french toast, chocolate mint kiss, and Michigan cherry. Although guests are welcome to cozy up at a table or grab a cup to go, the beanery also lures shoppers inside to peruse a selection of coffee gifts, perfect for birthdays or Monday mornings.
Since it opened at its original Park Slope location, Connecticut Muffin has spread throughout Brooklyn and expanded its lineup of muffin flavors. Not content with such common muffin flavors as "blandberry," "burnt umber," and "muffin," the warmly scented shop puts a tongue-mesmerizing twist on each varietal. Assemble a six-pack of delights out of coffee-cake yogurt, honey banana bran, raisin bran, and lemon-poppy yogurt. Fitness enthusiasts training to be the first person to slow-motion dive across the English Channel can enjoy their share of muffin tops without sporting one of their own with healthy options such as 5-grain low fat, low-fat blueberry apple, cranberry pear low fat, and morning glory (carrot cake). Free WiFi allows patrons to politely headbutt Emily Post by chatting with their mouths full.
At Atlantic Bagel Cafe, cups of gourmet coffee and freshly baked bagels join lunchtime feasts of soups, wraps, and sandwiches. Chefs whip up wheat, pumpernickel, cinnamon, and bialy bagels from scratch, hand-rolling, baking, and hole-punching each one before topping it with cream cheese, lox, sturgeon, and salmon. Guests dig in to New York deli mainstays such as potato knishes and hot pastrami sandwiches, or order catered meals of party heroes, cold-cut platters, and bagel sandwiches.