Bensi co-owner Genci Previzi helms an immense menu of classic Italian cuisine, including hearty homestyle dishes with roots in Calabria, Italy. Entrees, joined by a house salad or cup of comforting housemade soup, range from spaghetti and meatballs to gluten-free grilled chicken in a lemon-garlic marinade served over a veggie medley. The chefs also prepare an array of specials such as pignoli-crusted goat cheese and arugula salad, barolo-braised veal osso buco, pan-seared Chilean sea bass with eggplant caponata, and nutella chocolate pizza with fresh strawberries. The dishes are served in a modern dining atmosphere where minimal table settings and simple dark-wood furniture keep the focus on the vibrant cuisine.
The Mad Chef Cafe & Grill creates a menu with a little something for everyone, whether they’re a vegetarian, carnivore, or simply craving a home-cooked meal. Flavor explodes in dishes such as crispy tofu stir-fry, blackened rib eye topped with frizzled onions, and shrimp and calamari tossed in a sweet Thai sauce with sesame noodles. For lunch, cooks unveil a spread of paninis, wraps, and burgers. Regardless of the time of day, patrons have the option of dining inside or on the patio during spring and summer. The restaurant also hosts cooking classes both in-house or from the comfort of the student’s own abode, ideal for those who tire of commuting with a full set of pots and pans tied to their back.
Quinta Bistro's chef David Kiser draws on his European background to design a menu replete with Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian influences that emphasize seasonal ingredients that pop with fresh, warm flavors. Paella Valenciana ($15.95) packs centuries of Spanish charm into on-the-bone roasted chicken and chorizo resting on a bed of saffron rice studded with cushy pea throw pillows. Spicy crab linguini ($17.95) piques palates with a rich San Marzano sauce. Homemade desserts including flan ($5) and crème brûlée ($8) make for a creamy ending to a dashing dinner and send guests home to dream in Portuspanitalian. With an inviting family atmosphere and a casual BYOB policy, Quinta Bistro stamps palates' passports for a culinary tour of Western Europe without the hassle of having each taste bud searched at customs.
One of the quicker ways to acclimate yourself to Reimei’s contemporary Japanese cuisine is to order the sushi pizza—it’s a scallion pancake that’s cut into triangles and loaded with chunks of spicy tuna, mango, and avocado. As a matter of fact, avocados are a fixture at the sushi bar, where chefs make use of them in 12 of the 14 specialty rolls (you also can choose ingredients to create your own roll). Other contemporary takes on Asian staples include fried rice served with lobster or taiwanese sausage, and prawns topped with macadamia nuts and honey.
An alternative to these offerings is Reimei’s hibachi cuisine. In a room with 10 grilling stations, skilled chefs spin their spatulas and perform culinary tricks as they prepare meat-heavy dishes such as swordfish, smoked duck, chilean sea bass, and maine lobster tail.
Though named for the Golden State, California Grill has flavors predominantly inspired by the cuisine of Italy. Chefs toss tilapia, mussels, and linguini into clam broths and saut? veal with mushrooms and prosciutto before adding a rich brandy demi-glaze sauce. There are numerous vegetarian options, such as risottos made with three types of mushrooms, as well as non-Italian fare such as black pepper-crusted New York strip steaks. Each feast?as well as the eatery's buffets and banquets?unfold in a spacious dining area amid burnt orange walls, wide windows, and elegant paintings.
Stacked-stone pillars, cherry wood paneling, and a marble fireplace inside Stoney Brook Grille surround diners as they feast on certified Angus steaks, cedar-plank salmon, and hearty, half-pound burgers. Additionally, chefs pepper the American-style cuisine with Mediterranean and Asian influences, including a sesame-crusted ahi tuna steak served with wasabi mashed potatoes. Unlike a single-choice exam, the drink list presents many options worth considering, including eight house wines by the glass and two-dozen specialty cocktails and martinis.