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.
Johnny B’s Coffee Shop serves up classic American eats in a classy '50s-style diner, layering modern sleekness over doo-wop ambience for locals looking for homemade goodness away from home. Breakfast is served all day, so get an early start to an afternoon by chowing down on made-to-order pancakes with peanut-butter chips ($6.99) and chasing them with freshly ground coffee ($1.25). Or grab a take-out-only commuter special to arrive at work fortified with two eggs, cheese, and bacon, ham, or sausage on a roll ($3.99). Lunchtime brings customers together on old-fashioned red barstools to unfold vengeance plots over a monte cristo sandwich, which encases ham or turkey and melted swiss cheese between twin french-toast slices ($8.95). Soups satisfy stomachs in different ways every day, and a rotating menu of daily specials means patrons are often graced with guest appearances by celebrity edibles ($3.95). If all the nostalgia floating around causes your throat to choke up mid-swallow, loosen it with slurpable desserts such as a soda float ($3.50) or an old-fashioned egg cream ($3.50).
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.