Bagel Express fashions its bagels from scratch every day, dishing up breakfast and lunch fare alongside delectable dozens of its homemade baked goods. Unfurl eyelids with a three-egg omelet, such as a quartet of american, swiss, provolone, and cheddar cheeses ($5.95) or a version as stuffed with lox, eggs, and onions ($8.95) as an Old World teddy bear. At lunch, sandwiches including a classic reuben ($9.95) and deluxe grilled cheese ($5.25) arrive on palanquins of the restaurant’s signature bagel bread. Extend the epicurean excursion by scoping out the deli case’s panoply of Boar's Head meats and cheeses, available by the pound for picnics and back-to-school salami socials, and browsing a selection of gourmet cream cheeses whipped into such enticing flavors as walnut raisin and garlic herb ($2.95–$5.95).
Kolache Factory sates handheld cravings with its sweet and savory sachets stuffed with more than 25 flavorful fillings. The pastry purveyor's innovative bakers put a tasty twist on the traditional fruit-and-poppy-seed kolaches that originated in Eastern Europe, packing them with delectable stuffings, such as pepperoni and mushroom ($1.65 each, $17.82/dozen), bacon, egg, and cheese ($2.19 each, $23.65/dozen), and sausage, jalapeño, and cheese ($1.45 each, $15.66/dozen). Greet the slowly receding swirling darkness of morning with nibbles of sausage and gravy kolaches ($1.69 each, $18.25/dozen), or take a bite-size break with one of seven fruit options ($1.09 each, $11.77/dozen).
A former caterer for celebrities such as Beyoncé, Yao Ming, and Natalie Cole, Chef Reynold Darthard gives tongues the red-carpet treatment with Chef Rey’s savory brunch and dinner menus. The chicken and belgian waffle with creamy grits finds middle ground between warring breakfast and lunch factions ($15), and the vegetarian burger satisfies meat evaders with a heaping pile of grilled red onion, sautéed spinach, portabella mushrooms, zucchini, squash, leek, and tomato atop a whole-wheat bun with sweet-potato fries ($10). Nighttime diners can partake in a plate of smoked lamb chops with pecan-carrot rice and sautéed asparagus ($30) or double down on meat intake with an 8-ounce bacon-wrapped beef tenderloin ($28), served with elegant garlic potatoes that charm mouths with yachting anecdotes. The indulgent dessert menu delights in its all-day availability, charming diners with such sweets as crème brûlée ($7), red-velvet pound cake ($7), and Rey’s famous lineup of cheesecakes ($6), including strawberry, chocolate, raspberry swirl, cookies ‘n’ cream, and New York–style, complete with a baked-in subway map.
At Teacake Factory, ogling is accepted—so long as it's limited to the delicious-looking pastries in the display case. The baker's take the attention as a compliment, since they make an effort to craft pastries that are not only tasty, but beautiful. They specialize in tea cakes, into which they incorporate cherries, chocolate chips, and M&Ms to create crumbly cake-cookie hybrids that pair perfectly with a glass of tea. But they don't limit their baking skills to just tea time. They're well known for their cupcakes, which serve as individual desserts, pies, mini pies, cakes, cake balls, and individual cake slices. Different tea brews can accompany any order.
Ben & Jerry’s has double-handedly transformed ice cream from a dreary and dreaded after-dinner chore into a dazzling treat that can be easily stored in pants pockets. The shop offers a variety of frozen confections, from milkshakes to large ice-cream cups and cones, hot-fudge sundaes, and signature pints. Spoon the cuddly depths of Ben & Jerry’s famous original flavors, such as Cake Batter, Cherry Garcia, Imagine Whirled Peace, Triple Caramel Chunk, Peanut Brittle, Chunky Monkey, Half Baked, Coffee Coffee BuzzBuzzBuzz, New York Super Fudge Chunk, and more.
At their core, Aly's Apples are just like any other. In this case, it's what's on the outside that really counts. Their self-professed "over the top" gourmet caramel apples put boring old caramel apples to shame. Each day, they're hand dipped in smooth homemade caramel before receiving drizzles of chocolate and toppings that range from dark chocolate and pecans to marshmallows, M&Ms, and english toffee molded into a kitchen sink.