Bageltown Cafe, opened in February 2013, serves up coffee, tea, and classic deli cuisine. Patrons can order bagels smeared with scallion- or strawberry-infused cream cheeses, or opt for bialys and made-from-scratch baked sweets that are baked fresh each day. Cooks also grill panini sandwiches, prepare whitefish and lox salads, and sell Boar's Head meats and cheeses by the pound.
Sweet Karma Desserts' Newsday-recognized executive pastry chef Brian Fishman steers a sugary ship of individual desserts, some of which are gluten-free, toward sweet-tooth shores. Desserts come in diverse flavors, such as campfire s’mores, peanut-butter bliss, and banana-cream pie ($4.25 each). Fishman, who studied at The Culinary Institute of America and has entered his creations in several local pastry competitions, infuses each sweet with his artistic sensibility, creating perfectly rounded chocolate domes and lightly dusted tops.
Since 1931, three generations of Riesterers, including graduates of the Culinary Institute of America, have been baking breads, inventing icing, and producing pastries at Riesterer's Bakery. Donut desirers can stick a straw in a jelly or boston-cream batch ($10.49 per dozen) to cull creamy corporal fillings, and feng shui enthusiasts contemplate the perfect balance of a black-and-white cookie ($1.95). More than 50 varieties of cake, including black-forest torte, strawberry shortcake and red velvet (starting at $16.95), don icing cloaks in the Riesterer's fitting room before hitting the bakery stage. Triumph over small sweets with a gourmet jumbo cupcake in one of more than 20 flavors ($3.50), or sample savory slices of German sour rye bread ($2.85 per pound) designed to rein in sugar-binged tongues. People searching for shelter from meals made by a roommate who only knows how to use a blender can dine in or take out culinary creations from a café menu with pages warmed by waffles with fresh fruit and toppings ($6.69), hearty overstuffed omelettes ($4.59), and handcrafted burgers (starting at $5.79). Rolls, danishes, pastries, cookies, and other custom and gourmet items fill out pastry pantries recently vacated by traveling tortes.
Although A Taste of Home specializes in custom-made cakes—such as its ice cream cakes (starting at $14), strawberry shortcakes ($15), and multifariously flavored cheesecake (plain, various fruits, Oreo, amaretto, and more for $15.50–$19.95)—its selection of delightfully dough-based treats encompasses the entire traditional pantheon of divine delicacies. Load your chocolatank with brownies ($1.50) or feed the cookie monster of your soul with oversized rounds such as black-and-whites, chocolate chip, and linzer tarts ($1.25–$2). Custom orders are welcome, and the value of two Groupons can be combined for a supersized cakefest.
A shroud of fog surrounds Nitro Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt's staff members, who employ chilly liquid nitrogen to concoct smooth and thick custom treats in a futuristic-themed setting. The creamery—recently featured in the New York Daily News—invites clientele to experiment with combinations and invent vaccines against brain freeze using a wide range of flavors, colorings, and an unlimited supply of mix-ins. The process begins by choosing a base ice-cream flavor such as vanilla, chocolate, or mint, which can be prepared from soymilk, non-fat yogurt, organic ingredients, or sorbet. After choosing the coloring and mix-ins—which include oreos, Kit Kat bars, and gummy bears—the mad doctors transmute the ingredients into a creamy mélange with an industrial blender and a liberal application of liquid nitrogen, all the while shrouded in a safe-yet-spooky fog. Visitors can also expand their palate without stretching out their tongue by tasting eclectic fixtures such as the Bacon 'n Eggs—a nutritious breakfast of bacon ice cream and a candy gummy egg.
Helmed by husband-and-wife team Rob and Danielle, Moolala pampers neglected taste buds with smoothies, parfaits, baked goods, and 12 daily flavors of self-serve yogurt available in nonfat, low-fat, nondairy, kosher-certified, and gluten-free varieties. Yogurt ($0.49/oz., including toppings) arrives in flavors such as red velvet cake, pomegranate raspberry, and thin mint cookie and supports toppings as diverse as heath bar, lychee, or dark chocolate sauce. Fruit smoothies make healthy, drinkable treats out of strawberries, blueberries, and other nonveggies ($4.50), and cupcakes ($3) or gluten-free muffins ($2) are the perfect confections for savoring slowly in front of a hungry enemy. Each self-contained yogurt bounty is replete with active cultures and probiotics, bolstering the immune systems of customers training for the summer plague Olympics.