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Empire Cake Bakery

I happened to be passing by when I saw an amazing layered cake in its window. This fabulous, rotating cake was decorated with many iconic symbols and artworks for Pride Day 2014: As someone whose favorite dessert is an exotic fruit, my perfect level of sweetness is relatively low to medium. The snowball offered at Empire Cake Bakery had a very nice texture without being overly sweet. The cake filling and marshmallow complemented each other well. Perhaps head here for a wedding cake, though I’m not too sure. There seemed to be a lot of promotion for catered cakes in-store. Planning...

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Mermaid Oyster Bar

Immediately walking into the Mermaid Oyster Bar, I was distracted by the lively bar, and dimly lit setting with high chairs and booths (my favorite type of furniture). The busboys made up for the busy, though accommodating waitresses. This restaurant is a good dinner place. Though I couldn't bring myself to order any of the seafood plates (small or big) because while I was not necessarily craving lobster rolls or crudo, the items did not seem to be interesting enough to justify their prices either. The crackers provided as a starter came with chilled butter and tasted nice topped with its poppy...

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Flex Mussels East Village

Seafood joints are always a fun place for friends and cocktails. Flex Mussels, a place that specializes in Prince Edward Island (Canada) mussels, is definitely a fun time for friends to sit down and share some well-cooked mussels in delicious and interesting broths. Generally, the place should offer more butter for the nicely seasoned bread basket, but diners can use their broth eventually. Definitely try the truffle fries and charred octopus with potatoes (which I cannot find on the online menu for some reason). The prices were good, and you always end up more full than you think. If you don't...

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