Chefs at Indian Clove put a modern twist on the bold, flavorful spices of traditional Indian and Indo-Chinese cuisine. Working with organic long-grain rice and bread recipes that date back as far as 200 years, they forge aromatic South Asian dishes using fresh ginger, saffron, garlic, ajwain, mustard seeds, and curry leaves. The chefs' dedication to tradition is also evident in their use of the clay tandoor oven, which roasts skewers of marinated chicken, paneer cheese, and even lobster to tender perfection.
Evenings at Indian Clove don't have to end with dinner. In a separate lounge space, guests can savor the kitchen's creations while live DJs provide an eclectic soundtrack for their meal. To help keep spirits high, the lounge also serves specialty cocktails in addition to wines plucked from the restaurant's climate-controlled cellar.
Family-sized platters emerge from the kitchen alongside individual portions of familiar Italian entrees, entering into a petite but lavishly dressed dining room that the Hudson Reporter referred to as "one of those quality places that doesn’t intimidate you" in a 2011 feature. The menu's selection boasts housemade ravioli, grilled Atlantic salmon, and cuts of veal in one of the chefs' hearty sauces. To accompany meals, Buon Appetito also stocks its cellar with wines from across Italy and California, including fruit-forward reds and refreshing whites that are chilled to their ideal drinking temperatures inside of an igloo.
The dining room maintains a welcoming yet refined ambience, with black linens draped over every table, a ceiling lined with small crystal chandeliers, and walls filled with vibrantly colored vintage advertisements. Buon Appetito's delicatessen fulfills a separate gastronomic purpose, plying visitors with cheeses, sausages, and imported Italian foods instead of fully prepared entrees.
Drawing on his experience as chef and owner of Aesop's Table, executive chef Dominick Rappa constantly updates the menu of seasonally inspired fare at Rick's Cafe. Waiters serve wine and cocktails to pair with dishes topped with such toothsome curiosities as truffle porcini cream, chipotle ketchup, and marrownaise. Inspired by the character Rick Blaine from Casablanca, owner Joseph Aliotta steeps Rick's Cafe in a classic ambience set to big-band music—the building itself dates back from the Prohibition era, having sprouted from a single cluster of hops. Drinking glasses refract light onto an antique mahogany bar in front of an exposed brick wall. A fireplace illuminates cherry hardwood floors in the dining room, and a private outdoor patio hosts alfresco dining.
Strip steak, prime rib, or filet mignon--the chefs at A&W Steakhouse have yet to meet a cut of beef they don't like. Wet-aged for 14 days, the pepper-crusted black Angus prime rib oozes flavor, and the pan-roasted filet mignon finds a worthy partner in white truffle fries. Then there's the sauces to choose from: bourdalaise, brandy pepper-cream, or cabernet reduction. Even the beef-averse can delight in such dishes as the herb dijon chicken roasted in a fresh blend of spices, pan-seared Ahi tuna served over black fried rice, and the double-cut pork chop atop a bleu cheese mash with apple relish.
The Little Food Cafe’s cooks assemble sauce-slathered chicken-pesto press sandwiches, fresh salads, and mile-high meatloaf in a charming café setting. Midday hunger pangs meet their match in refreshing entrees such as the avocado club, a bacon-and-avocado bundle that fires up tongues more than trilling the first words of their high-school fight song. Greens include Italian-style salads strewn with bite-size eggplant and provolone and taco salads adorned with ground turkey, cheddar, tomato, avocado, and tortilla strips. Alternately, evening eaters can avail themselves of appetizers such as meat-filled rice balls, fish such as honey-dijon-glazed salmon, and down-home entrees such as mile-high meatloaf.
Mill House Restaurant's stonework builds up a façade that lends the eatery a traditional flair that perfectly synchronizes with its menu of Old-World Italian dishes. In the kitchen, chefs ladle marinara, white-wine, and cream sauce over fresh, piping-hot pasta and seafood, along with classic cuts of veal, chicken, and pork. The kitchen doesn't scrimp on dessert, either, and prepares each offering from scratch so customers can end meals on a sweet note by pairing their sugary treat with a house-made cappuccino or the faces of unsuspecting dining partners.