More than 70 varieties of baked goods erupt with aromas from the Siblings Bakery ovens every day. Passersby catch whiffs of snickerdoodles, apple bars, and crumbly scones, then stop in and find artfully decorated cupcakes and soft cranberry-orange muffins. The bakery is home to an expert cake designer who has been in the business for more than 35 years. With the bakery's help, visitors solicit a custom 3-D wedding cake. They can also bring in a photo of a cherished friend, relative, or cake to be reproduced atop a brand-new cake.
With a frosted flotilla of french and classic bars, traditional round donuts, and textured twists, the friendly bakers at Avenue Donuts can dispatch sugary squadrons of 12 at a moment’s notice to quell the threat of volatile sweet teeth. With this Groupon, customers can shake off the authoritarian chains of presorted donut dozens and compose a custom collection of regular and fancy pastries. Dapper dozens of fancy donuts include éclairs filled with succulent custard, tiger tails, and cinnamon rolls ($15), and circular classics feature chocolate-frosted and sprinkled varieties ($9/dozen).
Family-owned since 1994, Old New York Deli & Bakery Co. specializes in doughy delectables and homemade schmears warmed and whipped on-site. The bagel emporium molds mouth-ready rings out of five preservative-free ingredients before boiling them and heating each in a 500-degree hearth that replicates Brooklyn's climate. The menu showcases 17 varieties of taste-bud-tempting, toroidal treats, including honey-oat raisin, pumpernickel, cranberry, chocolate chip, and sun-dried tomato. Festoon chewy bagels with a spread of one of nine homemade cream cheeses. Spice seekers can snatch a tub of jalapeño-cheddar, and ordinary Janes can opt for dollops devoid of forceful flavors, such as original or low fat.
Hawaiian specialties line the menu at Chill & Grill, where you can find entrees such as teriyaki chicken and kalbi short ribs. Classic burgers get Hawaiian upgrades, too, such as grilled pineapple, wasabi mayo, and teriyaki sauce. Satisfy your sweet tooth with Hawaiian-style shaved ice, made with syrups shipped in from the islands and ice shipped in from the islands' freezers.
In 1997, friends Dena Tripp and Debra Shwetz set out to create a luscious, melt-in-your-mouth bundt cake. What began as an endeavor in their own home kitchens soon blossomed into a bustling business with bakeries in 21 states. Rich cocoa browns and soft pastels lend a nostalgic feel to each bakery, where every day ovens warm up cake batter made from fresh eggs, real butter, and cream cheese. Flavors such as chocolate chocolate chip, red velvet, and white-chocolate raspberry are favorite staples, and a new seasonal flavor makes a guest appearance each month. Cakes come in several sizes, from the standard 8- or 10-inch bundt to the single-serving bundtlet and the bite-size bundtini, all crowned with signature cream cheese frosting.
Western Bagel has captured local tongues and breadbaskets since first exporting its circular treats to the bagel-barren West Coast 63 years ago. The freshly baked dough-discs cover a wide range of flavors and styles. Recruit a seasoned trio of sesame, poppy seed, and everything varieties from the stable of original recipes and erect a fort by spackling them with rich cream cheese. Meanwhile, each of the six alternative selections, all nearly fat-free and 110 calories, pack a flavorful punch without fostering paunch.