Upon entering Tuscany Ristorante, guests are greeted by the sweeping country landscapes that pepper the bright-yellow walls, evoking summers spent under the Tuscan sun, sipping wine and dancing the tarantella until the INS showed up. The warm interiors paired with crisp white linens and hardwood floors infuse the restaurant with a casual elegance to match its classic, flavorful fare. The chefs whip up rich Tuscan dishes, including hearty pasta; prime, dry-aged steaks; and decadent housemade desserts. Pasta and risotto entrees showcase carb sculptures such as the rich rigatoni boccelli, which, like any marble statue, comes doused in pancetta and light vodka sauce. As guests dine, they can indulge in a bottle of wine plucked from the floor-to-ceiling wine rack that lines the walls with rustic wood planks and elegantly displays hundreds of bottles.
Metric Bar and Grill seasons fresh-caught seafood and aged beef with Asian and Caribbean flair that also takes in worldwide influences from Italy to Louisiana. As skilled chefs sear thick steaks over an open flame, fresh greens get a mist of house-made salad dressing and woks sizzle vegetables and curries. Inside the eatery, original abstract art electrifies exposed brick walls offset by finished-glass tables and deep wood chairs. Beyond the chic dining room, Metric is known for catering special events, such as business meetings, cocktail parties, and Constitutional Conventions. The accommodating staff can happily fax daily specials to offices or whip up custom group orders on short notice.
French-American cuisine and sumptuous wines make their home in Epernay Bistro's casual fine-dining atmosphere. Chef and owner Peter Wroe forages for the freshest produce from local growers and irate farmers' carrot patches to craft a dinner menu that highlights seasonal ingredients. Inventive evening entrees include the provence-lamb stew over herbed noodles ($20) and a seared-sea-scallop chowder that marries onions, carrots, and celery with red potato and bacon ($23). Meanwhile, the house-made country pâté with dijon and cornichon represents the more traditional end of the fusion spectrum ($10).
When you bite into a burger from Moe's Burger Joint, you might feel like you've traveled back in time. The burgers here have a classic taste evocative of those from a 1950's soda shop. To achieve that taste, cooks grill juicy patties of high-quality beef, pile on toppings such as caramelized onions and housemade chili, and croon doo-wop songs at the finished product for good measure. They also craft burgers with turkey, grilled chicken, or veggie patties to accommodate a variety of diets and preferences.
If you're not in the mood for a burger, you can still indulge in an all-beef hot dog or lighter options such as salads and wraps. Beer-battered onion rings and sweet-potato fries serve as crispy sides, and cool, creamy sips of freshly mixed milkshakes punctuate bites. Even the setting here is a treat; Moe's Burger Joint is located within Arcade Mall, an historic structure with a Victorian stepped-glass roof.
Though the brick bar and large, bright front windows immediately catch customers’ eyeballs, Bare Tapas & Vino is a restaurant best represented by its Mediterranean-inspired menus of tapas, pizzas, wine, and cocktails. Elegant small plates include grilled steak tips in a demi glaze, crisp, golden shrimp, or crab cakes. Flatbreads easily carry toppings such as roasted tomatoes, fresh basil, and mozzarella, or combinations of asparagus, roasted onion, and smoked peppers. In accompaniment, wines hail from the vineyards of California or Portugal, while cocktails of exotic fruit blends sport colors more vibrant than the cheek of a crying two year old.