Forging a happy medium between the silver spoons of white-tableclothed fine dining and the greasy spoons of the neighborhood greasy spoon, Portobello’s Grill serves lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch in both its dining room and airy outdoor patio. The dinner tuba heralds the arrival of a pair of savory fire-grilled pork chops ($17.99) or cedar-roasted salmon ($17.99) dolloped with creole lemon cream. The Grill's namesake, the grilled portobello sandwich, is a bread-bookended pile of grilled mushroom and eggplant slices backed up by pepper jack, spinach, tomatoes, onions, and mayo, and is more suited to midday cravings ($10.50). Accidentally conjoined mad scientists can share a brunch of sweet and savory delights when they order bananas-foster french-toast ($13.99) and crab-cakes benedict smothered in creolaise sauce ($13.99).
LPK Bar & Grill's wood-burning ovens have been toasting handmade pizzas and Italian specialties for more than two decades. Today, their griddles also sizzle hearty American fare, such as steaks, burgers, and ribs, which waiters set on tabletops beneath glimmering widescreen TVs and a colorful panorama of an Italian street scene. LPK Bar & Grill also supports healthy eating with veggie-stuffed pita wraps, wheat alternatives to many dishes, and a dining room that is completely rattlesnake-free.
Under the on-site supervision of Brooklyn-ite owner and longtime pizza sage Omar, Roma Pizza’s pie-throwers skillfully knead their dough, slather on a potent combination of rich sauce and cheese, and bake until crusts are golden and bubbly. The thin crust and wide circumference of this authentic New York–style pizza will have you dreaming wistfully of quiet cobbled streets in Italy or screaming cabbies in Queens. A savory series of preconceived pies includes such crust-framed masterworks as the BBQ Chicken ($10.99–$16.99), Meat Lovers ($11.99–$16.99), and Hawaiian pizzas ($11.99–$16.99). Solo pie-packers include a hearty array of artichokes, roasted red peppers, spicy jalapenos, and a bevy of other delectable adornments. Calzones stuffed with ricotta and mozzarella cheeses range from traditional pepperoni or sausage ($9.99) to the shocking avant-garde of folded foods—the Philly cheesesteak ($10.99). Hot and cold subs are all priced at $6.99 and come dressed with your choice of cheese. Open seven days a week, Roma Pizza is constantly at the ready to serve a quick lunchtime slice to daytime workers or a dozen large pies to protesters rallying for more lenient cheese laws.
East of Italy serves up a menu of flavorfully fused Cajun and Italian plates, tantalizing taste buds with a unique dining experience. Local noon-time noshers can excavate layers of stacked sandwiches such as the Italian Special, a gravity-challenging product of gastronomy that tops pepperoni, ham, and salami with mozzarella cheese, black olives, and red onions before snuggling them between signature baked bread ($6.95). Dinnertime brings generously portioned plates such as the fettuccine alfredo, with garlicky notes paying tribute to an Italian classic ($10.95), and the lobster ravioli, dressed with a creamy pesto-cilantro sauce to nod toward stateside flavors ($13.95). Slice savorers can sink teeth into an array of nine pizzas ($11.95–$16.95) that includes the meatlovers, topped with pepperoni, italian sausage, ground beef, chicken, and ham, and the pesto chicken, sprinkled with pesto sauce, grilled chicken, and flavorful veggies. Creative types can catalyze their inner cook by building their own pie sans sauce gun or cheese saw using a list of both standard and premium toppings ($6.95+). Today’s Groupon is also good for East of Italy’s happy hour (daily from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.), which features a bevy of $5 martinis, unlike other venues' miserly hours where drinks cost twice as much.
When it comes to pizza making, the skilled chefs at Isabella's Pizzeria like to get creative. They top their specialty pies with inspired combinations of gourmet toppings, pairing sun-dried tomatoes with goat cheese, coupling sautéed shrimp with pesto sauce, and joining genoa sausage with ham and olives. The cooks extend their Italian culinary expertise to an abundance of pastas, paninis, and calzones. Diners can linger over bites within the pizzeria's casual dining rooms, or opt for takeout services to enjoy meals within the comfort of their home or the coin-operated massage chair at the mall they've claimed as their own.
United Apparel Liquidators' fashion-savvy buying team compiles an immense stash of brand-new clothing and accessories from acclaimed designers, slicing 70–90% off their original retail price before featuring them on the boutiques' shelves. The stores—which have garnered press from fashion magazines such as Lucky and InStyle over their 30-year history—brim with men's and women's attire, shoes, and jewelry from prominent high-end labels such as Alexander McQueen, Chanel, and Marc Jacobs. Staffers aim to keep the vast collection current and up to date, harnessing their knowledge of the fashion scene to scope out threads from emerging designers and time-traveling thrift-store owners.