Cut from the cloth of 1930s-style delis, Miller’s Delicatessen transports diners back to a simpler time of tastiness with a bevy of comforting dishes and scrumptious sides. Like shopping for a wedding dress, visitors enjoy a buzzing, cafeteria-style atmosphere while ordering from the counter and munching on juicy, flavor-doused meats amid a stylish dining room lined with celebrity photos. Scan the menu for traditional dinners such as the roast-beef brisket with brown gravy ($11.99) and grilled liver and onions ($10.99), or keep high-five dispensers occupied with a corned-beef and pastrami sandwich ($9.99) or meatloaf and bacon sandwich with fried onions and jack cheese ($9.99). Savory soups such as the matzah ball ($3.69) or cold borsch with sour cream ($3.69) will help meaty bites slide friction-free down to blissfully satisfied stomachs.
Quarry's approachable, contemporary shop caters to sippers of all skill sets. With more than 800 wines and selections divided according to price (under $15 and under $25), taste (light, medium, full), color, and common-sense descriptions (food pairings, flavor notes, astrology-sign compatibility), Quarry makes it easy for wine explorers to discover their grape grail. For truly monumental decisions, Quarry's expert, friendly staff is always on hand to toss out suggestions on the perfect pour and how to raise goats to have human emotions. Come summer, pack an elegant liquid-based picnic, one-up neighbors at the annual block party, or just wipe a sweaty brow with a chilled bottle of Riesling.
Gourmet Again emphasizes fresh groceries and homemade goods in its myriad marketplace departments. In addition to fresh meat, seafood, and produce options, guests can spring for picnic fare or fall into a summer lunch with Gourmet Again's extensive deli menu. Here, shoppers can top their choice of bread—options include rye, pita, Kaiser roll, multi grain, whole wheat, and French roll—with meats, condiments, and extras such as bacon, cheese, and sun-dried tomatoes. Indulge in egg salad ($4.95), dominate the Old Dominion flavor of Virginia baked ham ($7.50), or sink mouth hooks into jumbo shrimp salad ($9.50). Baked goods are also plentiful, with a wide assortment of daily-changing oven offerings such as pastries, fresh fruit pies, and homemade cookies.
The Falls serves up an eclectic menu of casual American fare in a glittering, Italianesque café environment. Start with an order of fresh mussels in garlic-leek sauce ($8), or give your tongue a hearty hug-punch with crunchy green-chili wontons, served with salsa fresca ($6). Salads ($4–$8) and sandwiches, such as the succulent bison burger ($9), offer mouths a tasty tour of the café's flora and fauna. Meanwhile, the eatery's generous entrees, such as a grilled pork chop with seasonal vegetables ($15) or the pan-seared salmon drizzled with lemon-caper-vermouth sauce ($16), promise an elegant plateful of protein to sustain your all-night coyote-chase-and-cuddle club. Wash everything down with a glass or bottle of fermented fruit from an extensive wine menu.
The Chocolate Publishing Company's gourmet chocolate shop features a multitude of sweet delights, including frozen yogurt, gourmet popcorn, custom chocolates, and more, that are fresh and kosher. Frozen yogurt options (small $3, medium $4, and large $4.50) can be garnished with toppings that include kiwi, mango, melon, cookies, M&Ms, and more (toppings $.50 each or three for $1). Coat kernels of gourmet candied popcorn in caramel, tutti-frutti, or kettle corn flavors (small $3.50, large $4.50) and add a milk- or white-chocolate drizzle ($.45). Chocolate-covered strawberries are a great way to say "I love you" or "I ate your stamp collection," ($2.50 each, six for $12.99, twelve for $24.99) and caramel, candied, or chocolate-coated apples ($3.50–$5.50) satisfy sugary fruit cravings.
Candylicious Arrangement's sugar-smiths sculpt colorful candies into creative bouquets that, unlike floral arrangements, will never wilt or fade. Their sundaes made of Hershey Kisses, topiaries made from hard candies, and Mickey Mouse heads crafted from gumballs spark conversations and brighten tables at parties, and candy stations offer guests a spread to sample and stuff under their top hats. The arrangements and gift baskets make perfect presents for occasions such as graduations and anniversaries, or thank-yous, and sugar-free options for each arrangement enable everyone to dig in.