Bagel Club's expansive menu ranges beyond its titular baked good, encompassing specialties such as pretzels and raisin-studded challah bread. Chefs also pile smoked fish—including sturgeon and lox—atop bagels, crack three eggs for each of their omelets, and fill sandwiches with deli meat or seafood salads. They can also add flavor to bagels or depleted scratch 'n' sniff stickers with more than a dozen specialty spreads, including chocolate-chip, spinach-and-garlic, and blueberry varieties of cream cheese.
Kosher bagels join sweet and savory comestibles at Bagels & Co.’s congenial refuge. Baked daily on the premises, bagels take on 13 flavor camouflages including onion, honey, everything, and the deceptively named plain ($1 each). Challah ($4.50 for plain; $4.75 with raisins) twists up without any help from novelty songs, and bialys ($1.10) delight solo or in the form of sandwiches bearing baba gannouj or egg salad ($4). Finally, close out meals by warming the hearts of sweet teeth with freshly baked desserts, including black and white cookies ($2.25) and rugelach ($3.75).
When passing by Francis Lewis Pastry Shoppe, you might think you've found what lies at the end of a rainbow. The shop’s twenty flavors of creamy gelato and brightly colored italian pastries create a rainbow of sweet treats, an even more enticing sight for sweet-toothed customers than a pot of gold. Bakers craft cupcakes, biscotti, and designer cakes using ingredients imported from Italy, giving every dainty treat a European flair without convincing it to wear a beret. To match their pastries, chefs also create Italian specialties such as arancini—meat or veggie rice balls—and paninis that pair well with drinks from the full coffee bar.
Each morning, the bakers at Gourmet Bake Shop fill pan after pan with large batches of dough, kicking off the process of baking fresh, piping-hot breads, pastries, and cakes. After cooling, cake rounds are stacked with layers of fruit fillings, topped with buttercream frosting, and sometimes carved into a custom shape such as a champagne bottle, heart, or Dora the Explorer. The shop also whips up Italian and French pastries and seven-layer cakes, which dazzle palates and geologists with a variety of cakes and fillings in each bite.