When Chinese immigrants came to India—specifically Calcutta—centuries ago, they brought with them culinary traditions that slowly merged with local flavors over time. The chef at Bordoloi's Asian Fusion showcases the unique style of Indian-Chinese cuisine that developed from this blending of cultures as he serves up dishes such as chili chicken, Tangra-style mutton, and spicy red manchurian noodles. To accommodate vegetarian diets, the menu boasts a wide variety of herbivore-friendly options, including meatless momo dumplings, okra with chili, and vegetables with cashews.
The artful chefs at Fratelli toss and serve classic Italian cuisine alongside generously topped brick-oven pizzas. Appetizers such as red or white mussels ($9.95) or stuffed mushrooms ($6.95) ready incisors to take on more substantial spoonfuls and slices. The expansive menu enflames widening pupils and stomachs with all-day entrees, including the veal spiedini—stuffed with salami and provolone and bathed in a white wine sauce ($16.95)—and the oven-baked capricciosa pizza—bedecked with italian ham, artichokes, and hot salami jockeying for space on a 12-inch disk of crisp thin crust ($14). Seafood selections such as zuppa di clams ($15.95) or shrimp parmigiana ($15.95) warrant bottles of imported and domestic beer ($3.50–$4), house wine ($5 per glass), and water that's as free as a pardoned jailbird.
Dancers in shimmering gowns and tutus, tall hats, and sweeping silks—many crafted by costume designers at St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre—leap, sway, and spin in front of dinner guests. They flow through choreography set to Top 40 hits, contemporary international pop, and Russian classical music, filling a Broadway-sized stage with movements that glow and cast dramatic shadows. Though the show changes frequently, it currently packs in its most popular dances from its 20-year run as a moving homage to what Rasputin Supper Club and Cabaret has been treating its patrons to throughout its history: a taste of royalty.
That doesn't stop at the edge of the stage. While the dancers frolic under a 15-foot projection screen, guests sit back under 30-foot ceilings at the center of a palatial, double-tiered club with an interior designed to reflect the opulence of the old Russian monarchies. On chairs draped in shimmering crimson, guests cluster around gold-clothed tables spread out across hardwood floors. Gilt railings and gates separate the public from performers and private diners, and columns glowing with blue and amber lights scare off swarms of lost noblemen. During meals, the space fills with aromas from the contemporary French and aristocratic Russian dishes that occupy a collection of menus. Often using local ingredients, chefs craft frequently changing dishes such as smoked-salmon rolls, pheasant julien, roasted potatoes and mushrooms, and linguine with red caviar, leaving guests in a state of supreme relaxation while the regal dining area continues to excite.
Super Pet Expo is an animal lover's convention that induces enthusiasm in pets and pet owners alike, enlivening their weekend with whimsical shows and unique pet products not usually sold in stores. Browse merchandise from more than 150 pet-related exhibitors, then slither over to the repticon reptile showcase to meet a scaly menagerie of exotic reptiles. EVO World Class Frisbee Dog Show presents an acrobatic pack of drooling disc catchers, and the puppy playground lets rambunctious pooches run, roll over, and play poker on 5,000 square feet of canine-cavorting heaven.
Chef Walter Hinds weaves Spanish influences into the menu at Poco. Selections are based largely on tapas-style small plates such as skirt steak with chimichurri and pickled avocado, tuna tartar with pickled jalapeño, and chicken paella croquettes. Some also conjure hints of South American, Colombian, and Vietnamese inspiration, or call to mind American classics with selections such as pan-roast cod and mac n' cheese. The cocktail menu, which was hand-selected by Poco owner Sara Grizzle, offers drinks laden with fresh, all-natural purées, which infuse the popular blood orange mango mojito. Outside, an open-front façade draws guests in, where smooth, sultry music and a candle-lit lounge set an ideal mood for dates or trying to empathize with elders who grew up without chandeliers.
The culinary experts at Lioni Italian Heroes assemble more than 150 menu offerings, including more than 70 heroes. The shop’s sandwiches, each named after or previously spoken to by a famous Italian figure, combine Monteleone and Cammareri breads with a slew of fresh ingredients. House-made mozzarella augments heroes, and platters of sandwiches or breakfast items feed groups of up to 25 people.