Sometimes, all you need to fill up is a tiny bit of something, a small bite to quiet the rumblings in your tummy. If you are a light eater, you’re aware of the looming fear of walking into a restaurant, ordering a small meal, and receiving a portion the size of a South Pacific island in return. In the wake of large soda bans and record-breaking weight gain across the states, some eateries have pared down their business model, serving meals fit for the meager eaters out there. Here are some business that have made it big by downsizing.
Baked by Melissa
As the tiniest member of the city’s Cupcake Mafia, Baked By Melissa has expanded to nine locations across Manhattan. It probably takes the inventory of nine locations to create a cupcake of regular size based on the looks of Baked By Melissa’s stash. Literally the circumference of a quarter, lines often form out the door for a bite of Melissa’s goods. At $1 a pop, the doughy bits are pricey relative to their mass, but the taste is so amazingly addicting, one finds it hard to stop. Recommended are the Chocolate Chip Pancake, Peanut Butter & Jelly, and S’mores flavors.
Their tagline is “Food With a Conscience.” The taste is heavenly. Heavy food (i.e. large grease laden burgers) work against the biological processes that keep us going throughout the day. Deprivation, however, also aggravates the body's temperament, so don’t skip that mid-day burger you’ve been craving. Instead, head to Dekalb Market to try Brooklyn Sliders, an upstart in the NYC foodie game. Warning: the team doesn’t use ketchup on their buns. They want you to savory the natural flavor from every little ounce of meat.
The Stanton Social
Yes, tapas bars are around the city ad infinitum. But Stanton Social gives it to you good — and to all of your friends, too. Come on, a mini-Rhode Island Style Lobster Roll and a Kobe Philly with truffle and goat cheese fondue? These are images that food porn dreams are made of. Put down that combo order and discover the power of a potent snack.