At D'Vida Health Bar's two locations, customers approach an enticing spread of delicious, health-conscious foods with low glycemic index and high nutritional value. Frozen yogurt and cookies, coffee and juices, and a selection of build-your-own shakes eagerly await hungry patrons. The Smooccino combines espresso with a smoothie that can be served hot or cold and provides an excellent, non-GMO source of fiber and protein. The probiotic-rich fro-yo boasts a low glycemic index, and shake designers can choose to dose their sips with supplements like ginseng and spirulina. Cookies and juices are designed to be as nutrient-rich as they are sweet tooth-satisfying. Samples are available daily.
Cannoli: crisp, cookie-like tubes stuffed with generous heaps of sheep ricotta cream. Cassata: ricotta-filled, liqueur-laced sponge cake embraced by a blanket of marzipan. Both desserts originated in Sicily—and so does chef Giacomo d'Alessandro. His pursuit of the perfect cannoli began when he couldn't find a cannoli in New York that measured up to the ones he knew from home. So he decided to make his own and now ships pastry ingredients in to his bakery from the Sicilian village of Agrigento. Thanks to his skills and those ingredients, his cafe diners now get to experience authentic flavors and textures from Sicily on the streets of New York City.
Serving as a New York epicenter of holistic thought, the nonprofit educational and cultural center hosts more than 500 programs per year, taught by renowned teachers such as Deepak Chopra. In-person programs cover topics ranging from wellness and psychology to the interplay between ecology and culture, and the center’s online courses teach students how to incorporate feng shui into an urban lifestyle or tie-dye their auras to match their favorite sweaters. Students anywhere in the world can participate in streaming webinars, which pair interactive instruction with live question-and-answer sessions. One-hour wellness sessions vanquish physical and spiritual pains with a choice of 15 healing modalities, and an onsite bookstore expands visitors' horizons with world music, educational DVDs, and a secret passage to a cavernous vault filled with globes.
The casual bistro setting of Cafe Divan makes for a cozily delicate landscape. Between the textured ceilings, the dark hardwood floor, and the green and gold coloring, patrons unroll their napkin-swaddled silverware, remove their mascot heads, and tuck into an artfully crafted, Turkish-American selection of meals: hearty breakfast platters, burgers with halal beef patties, personal pizzas, and flaky Turkish cheese pies. Though these savory offerings make for instant favorites, some skip entrees altogether, choosing instead to press their noses against the bakery case. Inside that case, Turkish coffee crème brûlée neighbors mango pies, and red velvet cake slices groan beneath the weight of thick cream cheese frosting dollops.
Now an international brand of premium ice cream, Häagen-Dazs began as a humble, family-owned business in the Bronx. In the 1920's, Reuben Mattus sold his mother's fruit ices and ice-cream pops out of a horse-drawn wagon. For decades, the family business thrived, and around 1960, Reuben officially founded Häagen-Dazs. He chose the name to evoke Old World traditions and quality craftsmanship, the bedrocks of the brand. Originally, the ice cream came in just three flavors—vanilla, chocolate, and coffee—made from fine ingredients gathered from around the world, such as Belgian dark chocolate, hand-picked vanilla beans from Madagascar, and ice shaved from lunar glaciers. The resulting confections so delighted sweet teeth that the brand grew exponentially, leading to the creation of dozens of flavors and forays into sorbets and frozen yogurts.
Though Häagen-Dazs ice cream was immensely popular in grocery shops, their first parlor didn't open until 1976. Not far from the Mattus family's original ice-cream beat, the Brooklyn store sold ice cream as well as treats such as sundaes, shakes, and cakes. Shops eventually dotted the country and globe, wherein friendly ice-cream scoopers fill waffle cones, blend frosty coffee and ice-cream drinks, and wrap ice-cream cakes in bright ribbons.
Though the bakers at Starry Bakery & Café can expertly make cakes and pastries fit for any celebration, sweets aren't their specialty. Instead, they focus on both sweet and savory baked goods. Inspiration comes from French and Japanese cuisines, as you can see from their varied menu, which includes red velvet cupcakes, Portuguese egg tart, and savory pork buns.
They craft these culinary works of art for both in-store consumption and catered events. Among their confections are kid-friendly treats such as buns with panda-bear faces made out of chocolate frosting and cakes sculpted to look like beloved cartoon characters. These themed confections help ensure smiles during birthday parties or afternoons when kids need a pick-me-up after a long day of chasing their shadows.