If you’re pork-passionate, beef-bananas, and sausage-smitten, today’s Groupon will melt your little animal protein-loving heart. For $25, you’ll stuff your stomach with all the skewered meat you can eat at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse. The cost per person of the unlimited rodizio dinner is $39.50, so you'll have money left over for drinks and dessert to get your $50 value at Chima.
Inside Picanha Brazilian Grill, diners sit back as waiters slice endless amounts of freshly grilled meats at the table. The meat masters roast the tender tidbits over a charcoal grill, ensuring each cut retains its natural juice and flavor before slicing it tableside until visitors' carnivorous cravings have been sated. As waiters ration off beef sirloin, ribs, pork, chicken, and sausage, mouths water, crying at the thought of the meal's end. Each rodizio meal also includes selections from the hot food bar, such as fried bananas, rice, beans, and polenta, as well as verdant greens and fresh fruits from the salad bar. Although not included in today's meal, guest eaters can moisten palates with one of the Brazilian tropical fruit juices and smoothies or bring their favorite brew or grape juice to the BYOB establishment.
Inside Made in Brazil's brightly colored walls, waiters brandish sword-like skewers of roasted meat that can be sliced directly onto diners' plates. Taste an array of savory meats with this serving style, known as rodizio de churrasco ($23.93–$25.95), which was invented in the early 1800s by Brazilian gauchos. Diners can also peruse the equally scrumptious entrees on Made in Brazil’s menu, from the grilled-onion-topped sirloin steak known as bife acebolado ($16.95) to the robalo ao molho diablo ($18.95), a tasty fillet of striped bass and mussels. The steakhouse has spacious, comfortable booths for reclining after a long day of equator drawing, as well as a full bar that serves specialty drinks such as the Caipirinha, Brazil's answer to the mojito, and classics such as martinis and beer.
Growing up, Marcie Spampinato watched her father, Mike, masterfully manage a local country club. By seventh grade, she was working alongside him, and today—with a restaurant management degree from Penn State under her belt—she joins with Mike to co-manage their steak-and-sushi joint, Spamps.
Chefs trained in Japan artfully stuff the eatery's sushi rolls with fresh ingredients such as black-pepper-crusted tuna and flying fish roe. Fusion flourishes such as kimchi tartar sauce, miso beurre blanc, and sake reductions give entrees such as rib-eye steak an Asian flair.
And much like a chocoholic's dream journal, the eatery's new cocktails revolve around sweet flavors, especially Marcie's favorite, the pumpkin-pie martini. Libations, which also include wine and beer, flow freely behind a copper bar with TVs or fill glasses in a dining room with exposed brick walls and private booths. At an outdoor patio dubbed The Grotto, lofted TVs illuminate trellises and tabletops as well as bar-goers shimmying to a live DJ's beats on Friday and Saturday nights.
Everything about Reserve exudes swank. Dark wood-paneled rooms and crimson curtains, more than 100 aged bourbons, and a cigar lounge—not to mention contributions from the menu such as organic steak and wild king salmon—work to redefine locals’ impressions of fine dining. Those morsels share tabletop space with entrees including roast duck breast and striped bass, the likes of which chefs lavish with seasonings such as pancetta butter, green peppercorn cream, and truffle chicken broth. The kitchen’s culinary artists also craft morsels of oyster and lobster at a raw bar whose offerings rival the bounty of Poseidon’s larder.
Reserve’s mixologists take over at the bar, where the restaurant’s cache of bourbons pour alongside a dozen draft beers, specialty cocktails, and an array of wines from the grapevines and bottle-growing bushes of California. While perched upon black leather stools amid corinthian pillars, guests also can listen to strands of live jazz as they take in everything.
Under the guidance of chef Tim Bennett, the cooks at Marmont Steakhouse and Bar hand carve tender steaks and prepare fresh seafood, lamb, and chicken dishes. The eatery's diverse steak offerings include lean cuts of filet mignon wrapped in applewood-smoked bacon or topped with crabmeat and sliced asparagus. In warmer months, patrons enjoy outdoor seating that harks back to the days before the invention of walls. Marmont enlists a regular stable of DJs and live musicians to perform throughout the week, with an international wine list and dozens of martinis to embolden listeners to dance.