Lisa Markiewicz lends more than her zen-like surname to the wine bar and lounge she recently opened in Mount Vernon. Her extensive knowledge of pan-Mediterranean cuisine?including grecian tapas and grecian lamb chops?informs the menu at Waterstone Bar & Grille, and her love of the region?s signature libation shines through in a drink menu that features more than 100 wines sold at retail price.
The restaurant?s chic lounge space, recently opened for lunch in addition to dinner, strikes a balance between Old-World elegance and the hipness of the Mount Vernon neighborhood that surrounds it. Exposed-brick walls give way to plum pastels?a contrast mediated by the gauzy black curtains draped over windows and doorways, and the restaurant's prime location puts theaters such as the Hippodrome, Lyric, and Centerstage within close walking distance.
While scanning the pages of Nooddi Thai Chef's eclectic and lengthy menu amid the eatery's oceanic murals, eyes are forced to stop at words that stand out against the traditional "dumpling," "curry," and "satay." The kitchen staff's specialties cause these double takes on a daily basis, as they introduce eccentric proteins such as wild boar in a garlic red curry sauce or saut?ed alligator in an aromatic herb sauce. In addition to their Thai classics, the cooks assemble flavors from across Asia, including those in Vietnamese pho, Japanese yakisoba, and Indonesian mee goreng.
Supper Thyme's goal is to de-stress the breakfast, lunch, and dinner hours by inviting visitors to craft hearty and nutritious meals beforehand. After perusing the monthly rotating menu, customers can select an assortment of calorie-conscious, family-friendly, or organically inspired dishes and schedule an appointment to come in and assemble the ingredients. Staff members then gather all of the necessary ingredients and utensils, ensuring that each meal can be assembled in as few as 10 minutes. In between portioning out servings, visitors can enjoy a snack while listening to music or chatting with fellow attendees in the shop’s casual, low-stress kitchen environment. The meals can remain safely frozen in homes' freezers, with easy-to-follow cooking instructions allowing customers to quickly thaw and cook entrees whenever they might need to feed families, guests, or a lost restaurant reviewer.
The showpiece of India Garden Fine Dining Restaurant can't be seen by patrons. Instead, it is tucked back in the kitchen, exactly where a traditional clay oven should be. Heated by charcoals, the oven?s belly reaches temperatures of up to 900 degrees?enough heat to seal every drop of ginger, garlic, basil, and black pepper inside lamb chops, chicken, and tiger prawns. The tandoor oven also cooks vegetarian-friendly dishes such as the Baingan Bharta?s roasted eggplant with onions, tomatoes, and a smattering of Indian spices.
YogaFresh keeps palates cool in the summer. They blend fat-free frozen yogurt teeming with probiotics and a slew of fresh fruits and active yogurt cultures. Never made from powder and water, flavors rotate daily, and have included cookies and cream, banana, and vanilla, topped with fresh strawberries or pineapples, or blended into smoothies.
YogaFresh is at the same location as SoupsFresh and JuiceFresh.