The ancients spoke of a day when a fellowship of highly intelligent strangers would journey to Earth to discover the magical coffee fields of middle earth. Together they would harvest this crop and forever break the decades-old curse of the evil mermaid! That day is now, and that coffee can be found at Brew Nerds!!
Wolfies Gourmet Frozen Custard's bounty of more than 100 flavors sandwiched between cookies, by the scoop, or in milk shakes earned the eatery a nod in the New York Times and make sweet holiday gifts. Custardologists make the sweet stuff in-store daily, using less air, and screams than regular ice cream. Among the rotating list of 100 flavors, tastes such as pumpkin pie, cherry vanilla, and thin mint make regular appearances, and eggnog, pecan-filled nutcracker, and candy-cane-laden peppermint drop in for the holidays. Two cookies cradle two scoops of custard with the Screamwich ($4.25), and guests can savor their way through one of four sundaes, choosing from toppings such as hot fudge, maple syrup, and pecans to cap their treat ($4.25–$5.95). A slew of drinks such as seasonal mochas, custard and coffee Wolfcaffes ($4.60), and milk shakes of any flavor ($4.60) are made to order as well.
Flashback’s thick, robust smoothies are chock-full of fresh fruit, juices, yogurt, sherbet, and healthful supplements. Indulge in one of 16 custom blends, such as the antioxidant-rich V8 Splash, an antioxidant-rich synthesis of V8 Splash berry blend, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberry sherbet ($4.63). Or, test the strength of a boastful straw against a thick and creamy peanut butter smoothie ($4.63), made with milk, peanut butter, non-fat vanilla yogurt, and chocolate syrup. For customers looking to try their hand at the dark art of recipe alteration, Flashback offers a create-your-own smoothie option, which allows guests to mix and match one juice, two fruits, and a choice of non-fat vanilla yogurt or sherbet ($4.40). Customers also have the option of supercharging a smoothie with a complimentary supplement, such as protein powder for muscle building, ginseng for energy, brewer's yeast for vitamins, or lecithin to aid in the break down of fat and cholesterol.
A rustic green sign hangs from the brick exterior of Haute Chocolate, hinting to passersby that the store’s delicate truffles and fresh-baked pastries have roots in an old-fashioned style of preparation. Store owner Jiliana Dulaney hand-makes all of her confections from scratch, calling upon fragrant essences of bergamot to flavor earl grey tea truffles and fresh-ground coffee beans to spike her italian-espresso candies with a jolt of caffeine. The passionate chocolatier also extends her talents to spongier regions of the dessert spectrum, dodging dive-bombing bees as she infuses cupcakes with freshly pilfered honey and lavender. Slices of flourless chocolate cake and cherry green tea sugar cookies line the store’s display cases or pile into large boxes to be sent to catered parties.
Angelina's Tea Shoppe is a haven of steeped serenity, boasting more than 500 varieties of tea, as well as a vast selection of tea-related accoutrements. Customers longing for the caffeinated civility of high tea can choose from hundreds of loose-leaf options, such as Versailles lavender Earl Grey, Night of the Iguana chai (both $1.75 per ounce), or Golden Monkey black tea ($3.95 per ounce). Impatient tea-totalers can tote their tea to go or opt to sip it in the serenity of Angelina's reading room, a cozy corner inundated with overstuffed couches, used books, and free wireless Internet. The quaint tea shop also sells a multitude of pekoe-related products including teapots, cups, bird-shaped mesh lemon squeezers ($4.95), and enticing edibles such as Sticky Fingers scone mix ($5.95), the official baking mix of the Rolling Stones' 1971 UK tour.
Each Bagel Station bagel is formed by hand from scratch using fresh ingredients, then cooked the authentic Brooklyn way: first boiled, then baked. The original Bagel Station offers 18 varieties, while Bagel Station II stocks 16 flavors. Accompany a cinnamon raisin, poppy seed, or chocolate chip circlebread ($.89 each/$8.81 for a baker's dozen) with sweet and savory toppings such as honey butter ($1.60 including bagel), scallion cream cheese ($2.60), or breakfasty melted cheese ($2.65). Bagelccessories include bagel chips ($1.99 per bag), muffins ($1.50), and scones ($1.69).
The staffers at Bows 'n' Batter whip up freshly baked, homemade cakes and cupcakes, and dress up edible presents-to-be with professional gift-wrapping services. They bake and frost classic confections such as rich chocolate cupcakes and tri-layer red-velvet cakes made from beloved weatherman Willard Scott's personal recipe. Bows 'n' Batter also features more unique sweets such as key-lime bundt cake, iced pound cakes, and giant sea sponges covered in fondant.