Pananas Restaurant continually surprises diners with a selection of upscale entrees that change with the season. The spring menu promises fresh options such as the grilled salmon, which is sautéed in creamy pesto before it comes to rest atop bitter greens and risotto-stuffed tomato ($21). Ensconced in an au poivre crust, the 16-ounce bone-in Delmonico steak frolics through sprinklers loaded with balsamic grilled onion and gorgonzola cheese sauce ($28). Pasta options abound, including farfalle aglio e olio, which adds zing to bow-tie pasta with breaded chicken and broccoli rabe sautéed in extra virgin olive oil, garlic, and crushed red pepper ($15). The stuffed artichoke Francese brims with sundried tomatoes, boursin cheese, and lemon butter sauce ($8). Since main courses rotate seasonally, chefs can take advantage of the migratory patterns of vegetables to guarantee access to the freshest ingredients.
Casa Di Lisa enchants eaters with a broad steak-and-seafood driven menu of authentic Italian cuisine. For starters, keep temperamental taste buds from shouting fashion advice to strangers with a distracting starter of beef carpaccio ($8), plated with capers and reggiano parmesan, or opt to begin with an order of clams casino ($7), cousin of the less-refined three-card-Monte oysters. Deep-sea divers can recapture the freshness of ocean-floor feasts with dishes such as swordfish au poivre and baked Atlantic cod (both $18) or lobster fra diavolo ($26). Inch-and-a-half-thick bone-in pork chops ($17) and a 24 oz. Italian-style rib eye ($26) inflame protein-powered passions; optional add-ons to the grilled goodies—such as jumbo stuffed shrimp ($8) and scallop and shrimp scampi ($10)—bring the opposing forces of surf and turf together for an appetizing armistice.
The cuisine architects at Tommaso's Ristorante whip up a towering menu of Northern Italian noshes made from scratch and crafted from quality ingredients. Heat lovingly cradles the slow-cooked prime rib au jus for 18 hours before depositing it beside a homemade soup ($18.95, only served Friday and Saturday) or the front doors of an Ivy League culinary school. Tooth trek through the eggplant rolatini's cheesy terrain ($13.95) or the chicken francaise's egg-battered fields, streaked with streams of white wine, lemon, and butter ($15.95). Garlic and scallions fight for top billing in the culinary stage production of Tomasso's salmon, costarring a veggie dance troupe that trained in accentuating flavors and doing the robot ($16.95).
Bourbon Park Bar & Grill comforts guests with nightly neighborhood hangouts fueled by a menu of classic bar fare. Grill gurus craft seven unique burger mercenaries to neutralize hungry hordes and stage edible reenactments of Kurosawa's The Magnificent Seven. Beefy patties take center stage on the plain hamburger (a $5 value), and strips of bacon and blankets of cheddar, american, or swiss cover further food-group bases on the bacon cheeseburger (a $6.50 value). Specialty burgers accessorize buns with a homemade bourbon glaze on Feda’s bourbon burger (a $5.95 value) and a warm flow of thick cheese sauce on the nacho burger (a $5.95 value). A posse of french fries (a $1.50 value) will escort each burger, ensuring no meal arrives at the table unchaperoned or has to take its cousin to the prom.
Executive chef Michael Presnal oversees The Federal’s kitchen, which turns out a constantly shifting menu of elegant American dishes inspired by seasonal local ingredients. Give hunger a stylish sendoff with a starter of grilled asparagus partnered with a fried organic egg, prosciutto, parmesan, and truffle oil ($8.95). Like beach balls, The Federal’s risotto balls—served by the bucket with black truffled butter ($10.95)—are perfect for sharing with a crowd, but unlike billiard balls, they’re not meant for lobbing at noisy woodpeckers. Cornmeal-dusted soft-shell crabs ($25.95) are among the enticing entree options for the surfily inclined, whereas turfatarians can satisfy their protein passions with Portuguese-style pork and clams, which pairs charred pork ribs with chorizo-clam ragout ($26.95). A pared-down lunch menu on Fridays keeps reverse-werewolves from having to start the weekend by noshing on their neighbors.
As a child in Greece, Tony Rizos would watch his father set out in a tiny boat to catch fish for the family. The image clung to Tony throughout his youth and into his adulthood, eventually inspiring him to open a restaurant in its honor. The façade of Kaptain Jimmy’s bears the image of Tony’s father at age 20, reimagined in pirate gear. Inside the large eatery, tables populate with fruits of the sea, such as steamed lobster and pan-seared scallops, as well as harvests from land and sky, including prime rib and "parrot" wings. Each meal comes with a splash of entertainment, as servers saunter up to tables dressed to the nines in red and black garments, bandanas, and flashy rings and earrings.
The Opa Tap Bar is fashioned to look like the side of a giant ship, with three faux masts supporting the tap handles for more than 60 brews. If beer is not a diner's choice of beverage, an onsite microdistillery—a passion project of Tony’s—cooks up more spirits than A Christmas Carol, including whiskey, vodka, gin, rum, and ouzo.