In the right light, you can almost see how the 8,500-square-foot indoor soccer field, with its high ceiling and vast depth, was once a movie theater. Back then, it must have taken a lot of imagination to foresee the space as it is now—with painted stadium murals on the walls and competition lines drawn on the floor—but that's just how owner Miguel Garzon envisioned it. Today, the space is home to youth soccer lessons as well as adult leagues and tournaments. After all the soccer balls are put away, the facility spends some time each week as a salsa dance hall and a private event space for birthdays, club nights, and office parties.
For more than 50 years, Albert's Pizza's chefs have been prepping pies a little differently: they layer the cheese beneath the sauce, where it melts and merges with the crust. That crust is housemade each day, forming entire pies as well as square slices for purchase. You can customize your pizza or go with a gourmet option, many of which come with toppings that evoke Italian dishes. For example, there's a baked-ziti pizza, a fettucine-alfredo pizza, and a lasagna pizza along with classic meat lovers' and hawaiian variants.
The menu also features sandwiches, calzones, pasta dinners, and sliders, small versions of sandwiches served in 3- or 6-packs. None of Albert's extra food in the kitchen goes to waste?the staff donates the surplus to Island Harvest, an organization dedicated to hunger-relief efforts throughout Long Island.
Soft candlelight illuminates the pistachio-green walls and minimalist decor of The Grill Room, a Zagat-rated, Manhattan-style restaurant that draws on pancontinental influences to craft its menu of New American fusion fare. While guests mingle over plates of chili-rubbed pork tenderloin and hearty Black Angus new york strip steaks, bartenders fill martini glasses with violet, green, and marbled cocktails and shake classic gin martinis to crystal-clear perfection. In the kitchen, Executive Chef Miguel Berrios oversees the creation of delicacies such as tuna tartar, Prince Edward Island mussels, and hibachi ribs. While the weekend crowd awaits tastings of his latest masterpiece, jazz musicians set up on the stage and prepare to regale their audience with saxophone solos, walking basslines, and crooning recitations of the bar?s daily specials.
From their command center behind the open sushi bar, Umi Sushi’s skilled chefs champion fresh, authentic Japanese fare by sculpting vibrantly hued rolls and umami-packed entrees. These culinary gurus scuttle about the kitchen decorating sleek white plates with traditional morsels infused with inventive flavors such as honey wasabi sauce and pink soy seaweed. Artistically composed platefuls of fresh fish and bowls of steaming noodles arrive before guests perched on modern wooden benches in the dining room. When warmer weather rolls in, Umi Sushi’s outdoor brick patio beckons eaters to sun on its stone benches as their chopsticks click through the kitchen’s masterpieces.
Lauded by the New York Times, Butterfields Restaurant deftly pairs an upscale menu of New American cuisine with an opulent, chandeliered ambience. Let personal taste or a divining rod guide the choice among three lettuce, tomato, and onion-laden gourmet burgers, each flanked by a 12-ounce soda (a $2 value) and a retinue of adoring fries. The Parkside ($7.95) Burger presents a magnificent 10 ounces of Angus sirloin nestled in a toasted brioche, while The Butterfield Burger (an $8.95 value) adds to that embrace a guard of smoked bacon, cheddar, and frizzled onions. The Butterfield Bull Burger’s (an $8.95 value) tiers of smoked bacon and cheddar support a fried egg ripe for incisor yolk-goring.
Singas Pizza's chefs calm restless appetites by singing sauce-speckled lullabies from a menu of pizzas, pillowy pastas, sandwiches, wings, and burgers. Tuck teeth into 360 degrees of gustatory bliss with one of Singas's 10-inch pies, crowned with toppings that range from traditional pepperoni or sausage ($5.99) to less-orthodox accents including breaded eggplant ($6.99), buffalo chicken ($6.99), and anti-cheese. Singas's heaping bowls of spaghetti come in seven varieties ($5.49+), warming stomachs with a swirling array of old-world flavors with toppings including sweet italian sausage, creamy garlic sauce, and mushrooms. Palates pining for bread-ensconced eats can opt for a hot pastrami sandwich ($6.49), which smuggles sizzling meat, onions, and green peppers under a veil of melted provolone cheese.