Deftly blending New American and Spanish culinary propensities, Nicaro's menu changes daily to accommodate fresh flavors and culinary innovations. Recent offerings include bold, seafaring starters such as the shrimp bruschetta and the blackened, grilled, or barbecued salmon bites (each $9). The blackened chicken sandwich ($12) is served with steak fries and chipotle aioli, and the tossed house salad ($4.50 for a small and $8 for a large) unites julienne peppers, mushrooms, croutons, and bruschetta tomatoes in the perennial battle against boringly bagged grocery-store salads. The fettuccine with Alfredo sauce and basil pesto ($24) and the grilled vegetable platter ($15) both come stamped with the chef's recommendation.
At Lounge of Three, scarlet walls envelop a softly lit upstairs lounge lined with leather seating, while the ground level offers a TV-bearing bar, both of which show off a variety of small plates and sandwiches to complement cocktails and conversation. Mini morsels like the lemon-pepper-infused garlic wine shrimp ($10) can provide tantalizing previews to hearty meals or exercise seafood independence like so many daytime TV spinoffs of The Little Mermaid . Bantam burgers come in the carnivorous or meat-free variety, with the three-bean mini veggie burger ($9) acting as a peaceful pacifist to the hawkish Angus beef of the mini mama burger ($9). Full-sized flavors of savory sandwiches such as the cilantro-lemon-butter-infused tilapia pita ($10) and buffalo chicken sandwich ($8) fill main-course cravings.
Stylists guide their clients into sleek leather salon chairs to update appearances through specialized cuts and color services for men, women, and children. Further delving into the beauty spectrum, the salon also offers nail services, airbrush tanning, and eyelash extensions to wink at hard-to-reach dates.
Indulj visitors soak up the mellow party vibes of nightly musical acts, including the eclectic "psykédélique soul" sounds of Future on Friday nights, and customers are sustained by the innovative southern cuisine emanating from the kitchen. Near the sleek bar, patrons gather on modern, boldly colored furniture and savor reimagined soul-food staples such as catfish nuggets and ground-turkey spring rolls. Those who report to the second floor discover DJ Supa Scotty unleashing his propulsive beats and promises of free hand sanitizer to get the bodies on the dance floor. Indulj keeps meals, music, and table service shaking until 3 a.m. on weekends.
Red Lounge Bar & Grill’s two levels pulse with energy, both on the dance floors and behind the kitchen doors. There, head chef Marcus DiJon directs a culinary crew as they fold fresh ingredients into classic American appetizers and entrees with international twists, such as the chicken-piccata pasta or the curry shrimp with grits. Out in the lounge, patrons chat over meals in semiprivate booths, order cocktails from one of two bars, and boogie on the wooden floors surrounded by crimson walls. The lounge plays host to many live events throughout the month, including open-mic nights, standup-comedy performances, and regular appearances by the world’s biggest celebrity, air.