This cafe and bakery, owned and operated by a Ukrainian mother-daughter team (the name means "chocolate" in their native language), feels chic but welcoming. Walls are sponged in a metallic gold, silver and rust-colored pattern while simple black sconces elegantly light the corner space over black tables set against a tan, marble-like tile. At the same time, Ukrainian dolls and decorative plates make the cafe feel comfortable.
Shokolad specializes in pastries; traditional treats like Linzer cookies and pecan balls are tightly arranged on platters next to more decadent treats like French-style opera cakes and cheesecake-ball lollipops. Sandwiches, paninis, and salads are served, but go here for the ethnic fare. Sweet and savory crepes as well as borshch, a Ukrainian beet soup ($3.25/bowl), are served daily. Or try the dumpling-like varenyky in the potato and cheese, meat or cherry variety ($7.75-$8.25/dz).
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Kate Puhala