Ali's Sweet Treats bakes and decorates photo-emblazoned cookies customizable for any occasion. After customers send one high-resolution photo file via email or holographic carrier pigeon, Ali's army of confectionary connoisseurs turn the image into edibles baked with real vanilla and pure butter with no trans fat. Choose to overlay a baby photo, hand-drawn design, or mug shot of Cookie Monster onto 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch round cookies, or 3.5-inch rectangular cookies. Each order is then packaged in a clear cellophane bag and tied with a colorful satin ribbon. Any design can be cropped to the customer's specification, and patrons may choose to add up to three wise words of wisdom to the design for no additional cost.
The bakers at Mmmm…. Cupcakes whip up artfully decorated handheld treats in a scrumptious spectrum of traditional, gluten-free, and vegan varieties. Utilizing 30% less sugar and a full line of organic ingredients, the bakers craft cakes ranging from full-sized desserts to easily weaponized cupcake push-pops. All baking is done in the shop’s kosher-certified kitchen, allowing customers of all ilks to chomp into freshly baked bites of Butterfinger, cran-orange, or guava con queso cupcakes. Bakers also teach the basic skills of custom cupcakery in one-hour lessons, in which students learn how to decorate and devour cupcakes tastier than a fresh-baked vending machine.
The talented team at Sweet Escape creates dazzling dessert tables to help make sure each event is memorable. The spread can include treats such as red-velvet cupcakes, double-fudge brownies, cheesecakes, truffles, and cake pops, and can be tailored to suit events such as wedding receptions or your dog’s first day of college. The display also features flower arrangements and table linens. To create a dramatic tablescape, Sweet Escape’s staff uses ceramic cake-stands, glass vases, and shot glasses. The culinary team also designs cakes, offering a range of flavor and filling combinations, such as coconut cake with a cream-cheese filling.
Brothers of Brooklyn serves up an extensive menu of breakfast and lunch offerings in a New York–style atmosphere. Meander in morning or afternoon to munch bagels decked out in spreads, veggies and meats, egg breakfasts, and latter-day sandwiches. Breakfast specials (served until 11:30 a.m.) offer patrons prototypical morning fare, such as a trio of chocolate-chip pancakes served like a decadent subpoena with a choice of bacon or sausage ($5.95). Meanwhile, the all-day breakfast lineup features egg-centric eats, including a spanish omelette stuffed with green peppers, onion, pepperoncini, tomato sauce, and cheese, and served on a novelty-size pair of castanets ($6.75). Fresh-baked bagels ($0.80, $1.95 with cream cheese) are also available throughout the day and come in 10 varieties, running the gamut from sweet (e.g., cinnamon raisin and blueberry) to savory (e.g., onion and everything bagels).
At 6 a.m. every morning, the denizens of Little Havana awaken to the sweet scents that escape from the kitchens of nearby Rico Bakery & Cafe. A local institution for more than 25 years, the charming bakery has earned a dedicated following due to its fresh breads, Cuban and European desserts, and steamy coffee drinks. No item, however, flies off the bakery racks faster than the pastelitos, which come with sweet or savory fillings of coconut, cheese, beef, ham, guava, or piñata candy.