Just behind its deceptively quaint, sleepy front-porch facade, The Landing Bar and Grille crackles with the kinetic energy of live bands, games of pool, a vast menu of pub-style grub, and a nightly happy hour. At the tchotchke-lined bar, domestic bottles wash down giant wings, which diners customize with one of five sauces. For a hunger-decimating half-pound of Black Angus, nine different burgers step up to the plate, including one with a peppercorn bourbon glaze and one that's confident enough to show up to tables accompanied by nothing but lettuce and tomato. The kitchen also prepares a dozen kinds of specialty sandwiches, as well as a handful of wraps lined with veggies, tuna, or grilled chicken breast.
Chakara Bistro & Bar's chefs prep a constantly evolving menu of original recipes influenced by Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, and Indian cuisines. Said chefs ditch MSG and food coloring when concocting their dishes, many of which feature noodles made in-house with a Taiwanese noodle press. Vegetables are always fresh, and vegetarians can order almost any menu item with tofu in place of a meatier protein. Takeout and catering services allow enjoyment of Chakara Bistro & Bar's one-of-a-kind flavor blends at home or upon a Sea-Doo.
When it comes to wine, David and Tasia Verno follow the same philosophy as Goldilocks: Why settle for one when you could try three? Trios of wines from across the world are thus a mainstay of their menu at Flight Wine Bar. These samplers come with themed names—Instant Zen and California Retreat, for example—and incorporate wines from Italy, Chile, France, and Germany in addition to the United States. There's the Bubbly Flight for sparkling wine enthusiasts, the alluring scents of Aroma Therapy, and Sweet Emotion, which matches a Red Newt riesling with a Bigi Orvieto Classico and an Elmo Pio moscato.
Of course, Flight Wine Bar also has wines available by the glass or bottle. In addition, the staff furnishes tables with artisanal snacks. Guests can order imported cheeses, such as the sycamore-leaf-wrapped Spanish valdeón. The dessert chocolates are all handcrafted, and the truffles are all handpicked from the secret truffle tree that you should absolutely not tell anyone about.
A cozy, chic space, Veritas Wine Bar feels less like walking into a bar and more like walking into a fashionable friend's apartment—albeit, a friend with a nice wine collection. Even the Rochester City Newspaper took notice, saying of proprietor Paul Powers and his wife, Amy: "they've parlayed their passion for the grape into a charming spot for both hardcore oenophiles and aspiring aficionados." Having previously worked at wine shops and as distributors, the two have curated a constantly changing selection of vinos from around the world. A quaint menu of a wine-friendly sampler plate pairs with the vintages, making Veritas a charming spot for a date, a casual meeting, or a cutthroat game of Chinese Checkers.
The soft sounds of live jazz flow through a low-lit restaurant, easing guests into a comfortable state as the aroma of grilled steak and seared fish fills the air. It's just another night at Bistro 135, a multi-level space that hosts local musicians throughout the week on a balcony stage, who spice up the atmosphere as diners savor a fusion of international and American cuisines. Pairs can share blackened jumbo scallops and manchurian cauliflower at high-top tables in the bar area and enjoy their meals in the cozy outdoor courtyard to soak in the warm weather or surprise eclipses.