The sauce-slingers at I Love NY Pizza spin dough for pies heaped with classic toppings, such as olives, garlic, and eggplant. Sausage- and pepperoni-studded pizzas decorate mouths with more panache than a diamond-encrusted tongue ring and vegetables such as spinach and broccoli add verdancy to sprawling pie fields. A large tossed salad crunches between teeth, and soda quenches thirst as dining companions pull apart cheesy slices. Meanwhile, a quartet of patrons settles down to two eight-cut pies after munching on an appetizer of mozzarella sticks. Free WiFi lets laptop-toting groups type to each other when their mouths are full, preserving table manners the way mothers always intended.
Since 1903, The Orchard Tavern has been hindering hunger pains with a menu of classic sandwiches, salads, burgers, hearty dinners, and more. Protein gobblers or confused vegetarians can order up the meat-lovers pizza, a fresh dough sphere topped with cheese and a conglomerate of sausage, pepperoni, bacon, meatballs, and ham ($12.29). Those ordering for their brontosaurus sidekicks can sample the caesar salad filled with crisp romaine lettuce, onions, croutons, and parmesan cheese ($7.29). With its family-oriented atmosphere, warming fireplace, and historical Albany tradition, The Orchard Tavern is perfect for a hearty dinner with friends or as a warming refuge from an unexpected June blizzard.
LAX on Lark specializes in two distinct cuisines. There's the Italian end of the spectrum, including options such as chicken-parmesan sliders, and then the Asian end, with choices such as chicken satay. LAX's culinary team doesn't keep these flavors separate for long. Besides classic Italian and Asian mains, cooks create their own fusion dishes, from coconut salmon and red-curry sauce tossed with linguine to pizzas crowned with chicken teriyaki and sesame seeds.The kitchen supplies such feasts until 1:30 a.m. nightly, while bartenders pour and craft myriad libations, including a lychee-flavored cocktail made with sake.
Soho Pizza’s menu allows diners to create their own pizza-topping ensemble or summon a prearranged gourmet food disc. The teriyaki chicken pizza is a mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce dojo in which teriyaki chicken breast senseis train with green-belt green peppers, white-belt mushrooms, and translucent-belt onions ($13.99 for a medium). Non-saucer noshings include ziti, ravioli, and stuffed shells ($6.49 and up), boneless and buffalo wings ($7.99 per dozen), hot subs with al dente pasta sauce and melted mozzarella cheese, and crisp, cool sandwiches. Soho's Pizza spins saucy LPs out of its record playing brick oven until 2 a.m. 364 days a year.
Housed in a historic building originally erected in 1829, La Serre has been described as "frozen in [a] good moment in time" by Times Union. During dinner, the formal, wood-paneled dining room bustles with conversation as plates of truffle mousse pate, lobster ravioli, and beef au poivre travel out to tables draped in white. In the more casual bistro-style bar, forest-green leather seats cushion patrons as they sip old-fashioned libations or fold napkins into swans capable of real flight.
For nearly a century, the chefs at Lombardo’s Restaurant have packed the dinner menu full of shrimp simmered in marinara, veal sautéed in butter, and chicken stuffed with cheese. Diners can convey their approval of such group appetizers as the tortellini alla panna—meat-filled pasta drenched in cream sauce alongside prosciutto and peas—by blinking eyes 99 times for yes and 100 times for no. The broiled rib-eye-steak pizzaiola swims in marinara sauce, peppers, and mushrooms, and the gamberi lombardo douses shrimp and chopped prosciutto in brandy. Bow-tied waiters deliver glasses of wine to tables dressed in white cloths, and a wood-top bar holds the restaurant's decades of Old World charm in an airtight jar next to the lemons.