When Ricardo and Nancy Mermet opened Tango Restaurant, their mission was to bring a flavorful slice of Argentina to the Northeast. Sides of beef rotate slowly on spits over an open-flame grill, searing to premium tenderness and juiciness before a knife-wielding asadore (grill chef) carves off the choicest cuts. The menu revolves around beef entrees, such as filet mignon topped with roquefort cheese, but it also showcases grilled chicken marinated in lemon sauce and seafood dishes such as seasoned sole prepared with red sauce and cheese. Adventurous diners can try delicacies such as kidney and sweetbreads (usually made from the throat or pancreas), and super-adventurous diners can enjoy their meals while suspended above a shark tank.
Tango's vinegar-parsley chimichurri sauce complements the flavor of entrees, leading some diners to eat up to 2 pounds of meat in a single sitting, according to Ricardo and Nancy. Tango's chic wood bar pours wine and beer, and an open space invites diners to shimmy off their dinner by performing the eatery's eponymous dance amid dim mood lighting and exposed brick walls.
The chefs at Rosaria take pride in their steaks, insisting on working only with cuts of aged, corn-fed Midwestern USDA Prime beef. They exert equal energy and care when it comes to crafting their Italian dishes and seafood specialties, grilling the finest cuts of swordfish and salmon. Rosaria's elegant dining rooms tout glimmering chandeliers that beam down on hardwood floors, white-clothed tables, and big cushy banquettes. Behind the glossy wood bar wait more than 200 different varieties of international wines. The restaurant offers guests the option of having their own private wine locker, where they may keep their favorite bottles safe from malevolent corkscrews.
“Basta, basta!” The words may as well be a mantra at Midwest Grill. The term, meaning “enough” in Portuguese, is the perfect finish to the churrascaria’s all-you-can-eat cavalcade of grilled meats and hearty seafood dishes. Passadores—the Brazilian word for waiters—rotate around tables, slicing fresh-grilled skewers of beef sirloin, Brazilian-style ribs, and succulent lamb and pork loin on to plates at the feaster’s demand. This dining style is known as rodízio, and it doesn't just apply to churrasco meats; patrons can also opt for seafood options, such as Brazilian fish stew and sautéed shrimp, or engage a server in a duel with a carving fork. The all-you-can-eat meal is served at a fixed price at both lunch and dinner, and includes unlimited helpings from the salad bar and hot-food buffet. Each of Midwest Grill's locations also houses a TV-lined bar, where mixologists concoct cocktails and pop open bottles of Brazilian beer and wine.
Hotel restaurants are often a side note, but Bisuteki Japanese Steak House has become an institution in and of itself. Over the last 40 years, nearly three million people have spent an evening here being entertained by chefs trained in the art of teppanyaki exhibition cooking. As guests whet their appetites on salad and onion soup, they watch chefs set their cooktops ablaze and flip morsels of meat and veggies through the dancing flames.
Nearly any combination of meats can be selected for a teppanyaki entree—steak and scallops, chicken and calamari, or even a pair of lobster tails that probably came from two different lobsters. Chefs use fresh seafood and free-range chicken and beef, all of which are also found in teriyaki and noodle dinners. In addition to cooked fare, there's a menu of raw sushi prepared as maki, nigiri, and sashimi.
Multi-colored brick walls surround Osaka?s dining room, interrupted here and there by the distinct blue glow of a backlit fish tank or the white aura from overhead lanterns. But diners would be remiss if they didn?t keep their eyes squarely in front of them. The tabletop hibachi grill becomes center stage, and the waiter?donning dress whites, a red hat, and sharpened blades?becomes the evening?s performer. In a show of knife-wielding wizardry, he slices and dices sizzling portions of meats, veggies, and eggs, his blades a blur of silvery glints as the morsels are tossed and grilled to perfection before making their way onto each diner?s plate, piping hot and ready to be devoured.
At this hibachi-style Japanese steakhouse, helpings of fillet mignon, salmon, scallops, and chicken are cooked before each guest's eyes, merging the performing arts and culinary arts like a magician pulling a coin from an omelet. Equally as deft at their craft are the sushi chefs, who mete out robust rolls stuffed with kobe beef, asparagus, mango, and onion, or chopped king grab, salmon, and ikuru. As a finishing touch, many variations of hot and cold sake arrive from the tiled bar, where guests will also find a house plum wine, cocktails, and Japanese beers.