Open since 1947, Millers Bakery offers a wide array of freshly baked goodies, from seasonally themed cookies to decadent cream cakes. Early-morning risers can wake up with a ring or filled donut ($0.85 each), with tempting varieties such as oat bran, cinnamon, powdered jelly, and chocolate French. Gift a special someone a frosting-laden hazelnut cream or carrot cake specialty cupcake ($1.95 each). Pumpkin, apple, and blueberry pies ($8.50 for 8-inch pie) will be hot commodities for those looking for dessert on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Three Stooges reenactment day. Those who reject sugary pastries can simply stock up on Irish soda bread ($3.50 for 1.2 oz.) or grab a 20 oz. cup of house-blend coffee to go ($1.75).
Tast Eatery serves up healthy meals made from organic and locally sourced natural ingredients. The menu boasts a mouth-watering spread of burgers from grass-fed cattle ($5.95–$11.95), garden fresh salads ($5.95–$9.95), and sandwiches made with free-range chickens, organic veggies, and more. Organic egg sandwiches ($3.25–$4.25) pair a variety of meats and cheeses with the eponymous ovals grilled in olive oil and served on a bagel, roll, multi-grain bread, or whole-wheat wrap. The homemade veggie burger ($8.95) arrives at tables preassembled with sliced avocado, tomato, a nest of organic greens, and hummus spread, saving guests the trouble of raising their own menagerie of minerals, vitamins, and chronic-disease fighters. Thirsty patrons can sip chilly beverages, such as a banana-nutmeg moo smoothie concocted with hormone- and antibiotic-free milk or organic soy milk ($4.85–$5.95).
Combining coffeehouse cool with club beats, Sip Bar entices patrons with an inventive array of international eats for brunch, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant delights morning diners with rise-and-shineables such as granola and yogurt ($7) or eggs in a basket, a more portable alternative to orange juice in a butterfly net ($10). Tongues in need of a tasty wakeup are treated to frothy, creamy cappuccinos ($4). Later in the day, small wooden tables cheerily grumble beneath the weight of roasted eggplant sandwiches, stuffed with garlic, roasted red pepper and mozzarella ($9), garlic shrimp ($17), and Hungarian-style goulash with potato dumplings ($20). Sip serves its full menu every day until 4 a.m., ensuring that hungry night owls needn't gnaw on coasters or deep-fried napkin rings.
Chill Berry of Harlem's wall of up to 10 frozen-yogurt flavors swirl sweet and frosty peaks beneath an array of more than 40 decadent toppings. Patrons sidle up to the self-serve stations with cup in hand to engulf frozen varieties such as pomegranate-vanilla swirl with a kaleidoscope of fresh fruit, rainbow sprinkles, vanilla wafers, and cookie crumbs. A quintet of flat-screen TVs emblazon plum-hued walls to complement the treat tailoring, as an array of pendant lamps illuminate every inch of the berry-colored sweet shop. Customers can indulge in their creamy concoctions as they rest weary legs on Chill Berry's cushy chocolate-leather booths or crabwalk on the slate gray ceiling.
An afterschool job became a career for Jessica Echevarria, who first honed her culinary prowess as a high schooler under the tutelage of master bakers at Soutine—a popular Manhattan bakery. Armed with degrees from the Taylor Business Institute, Jessica embarked upon an entrepreneurial adventure when she put her intimate knowledge of cupcakes, wedding cakes, and French pastry on display at One Cup Two Cupcakes. Creative cupcakes and gourmet pies line the shop’s shelves, and custom cakes and cupcake-tower displays bloom beneath Jessica's deft hands, which also regularly hand out baked goods to homeless shelters and afterschool programs.