The mic is hot, the karaoke machine is ready, and a crowd of friends and family sits nearby cheering you on. All that's left is to pick a tune. That's not an easy decision to make at August Karaoke Box, however.
In seven private rooms, touchscreen karaoke machines blast the music and videos for more than 130,000 songs, including Japanese, Korean, English, and Martian hits. Since the rooms are private, groups don’t have to worry about stage fright or waiting through long lines of other singers. But if they really want to show off their pipes, singers can take to the public stage and belt one out to an adoring crowd.
Open until 2 a.m., August Karaoke Box encourages customers to croon well into the wee hours of the morning. To keep these performers energized, the staff serves hot green tea and snacks, such as Japanese-style fried noodles. They also let patrons bring along their own food and alcoholic beverages.
With at least 10 rotating flavors and more than 65 toppings available, Yogurtini lets sweet-seeking savants craft custom, self-serve treats. Culinary concoctions abound with each tasty creation going for $0.39 per ounce. Plop yourself onto one of Yogurtini's mint-green seats, the perfect pedestal for devouring cups of bananalicious, lemon-drop, and peppermint-stick yogurt piled high with fruity pebbles, cappuccino crunch, kiwi, marshmallows, diced walnuts, and more, sating creamy, calcium-based cravings until midnight, Yogurtini also carries at least one sugar-free and soy-based yogurt or sorbet option.
Mojo Yogurt nourishes tongues and tummies with an arsenal of 28 different flavors of frozen yogurt that brim with digestion-boosting probiotics and fat-free decadence. Walls lined with shiny self-serve stations bring forth swizzles of creamy and fruit-infused yogurt, which, like deli meats and boxers hired to sort schoolyard skirmishes, are priced by weight. After filling cups with swirls of açaí-, mint-chocolate-, and coconut-flavored goodness, guests crown their creations with sprinkles, fruits, nuts, and candies before finally weighing in their purchase. Since the dulcet treats come with a host of health benefits and Mojo Yogurt donates 2% of all sales to community nonprofits, guests savor each spoonful with a glowing sense of generosity and wellbeing.
Tea Infusion’s menu pairs sandwiches and salads with about 100 varieties of teas from around the globe, more than half of which are organic. The smooth, medium-bodied flavors of Ceylon Single Estate loose-leaf tea ($10/2 oz.) caffeinates neurons and lubricates throats for long discussions concerning hot-button issues, such as who exactly is to blame for heating all these buttons. The Golden Monkey blend ($10/2 oz.) teases tongues with exotically herbaceous keemun leaves, and the Irish Breakfast ($5/2 oz.) kick-starts mornings with a richly colored classic Assam blend preferred by residents of the Emerald Isle. As piping-hot teas wet lips and clear senses, the bacon- or sausage-imbued scrambled eggs of the fiesta burrito ($5.50) slay breakfast cravings, or the chicken milford salad ($8.25) prevents rapacious omnivores from devouring carpets with a bed of a crisp romaine lettuce topped in diced tomatoes, grilled chicken, and bacon bits drizzled with honey mustard.
Chill administers cooling doses of icy treats, as well as refreshing smoothies, milkshakes, coke floats, and hot chocolate. The menu yields a wide lineup of soft-serve sizes in low-fat chocolate and fresh fruit flavors ($1.99–$9.49), and gelato, soy gelato, and fruit sorbet in a hatful of flavors, such as Nutella, rocky road, pistachio, and more ($2.39–$11.49). Task mouths with targeting the establishment’s pride-and-joy concoction, the tart-sweet Chill-Beri frozen yogurt. Cow boycotters can spoon up its dairy-free alternatives and more in frozen soy or the hybrid treat Soyoflo ($1.39–$9.49). Complementing any palate, the store’s brightly polka-dotted banquettes allow customers to relax and savor the life-changing moment when dashing frozen flavors propose to enchanted tongues.
Until the staff at Water 'n Ice can create a delicious mist, they'll continue to specialize in the water and ice forms of H2O. Transforming water into an impressive array of sweets, they whip up 40 flavors of ice cream and 60 flavors of Hawaiian shaved ice. They also craft treats including smoothies, milk shakes, italian ice, and strawberry pop rocks, which when mixed with soda results in earthquakes. Their BPA-free water bottles and reverse-osmosis-purified water keep clients healthy as they hydrate.