Kuzina is a transliteration of the Greek word for kitchen, and the restaurant is full of sights and smells reminiscent of that hallowed family gathering place. A cozy atmosphere is livened up with traditional Greek dishes made by chefs using authentic recipes. One taste of souvlaki, avgolemono soup, or spanakopita, and you'll be transported to a Greek grandmother's kitchen, full of fragrant, simmering pans but thankfully devoid of cheek pinches.
The mastermind behind French Tart is Chef Laurent, whose innovation earned him a gold medal for Most Creative Restaurant Dessert at the Eger Foundation’s 2011 Taste of Staten Island and whose flaky croissant recently won the New York Daily News' Best of New York award. His culinary team also whips up authentic French specialties, including sweet and savory crepes, cheese fondue, and French-style sandwiches, dashed with originality. The eatery’s ever-shifting menu has included such offerings as pan-seared salmon inside puff pastries, zucchini-flower omelets, and chocolate ravioli. Iced teas are served with a blend of rose petals, lavender, jasmine, and dried berries. Along with breakfasts, brunches, and dinners served six days a week, Chef Laurent and his crew fill gift baskets year-round with baked goods, imported French foods, and slightly smaller gift baskets.
Burgers N Dogs' comfort-fare menu fills plates with fried hot dogs, half-pound burgers, and piled-on sides. Chefs hand-patty half-pound portions of beef into meaty disks and spin them over an open flame to create each burger, finishing proteins with a dash special seasonings. Before piling on the traditional trimmings of a Chicago-style or chili-cheese dog, quarter-pound hot dogs do laps in the deep fryer to get ripped. Hand-cut french fries or onion rings and sips of soda or water augment the eats, alongside the traditional American takeout garnish, fortune ketchup.
Drawing on the culinary savvy that gave him the win on Food Network's Cupcake Wars, chef Paul Conti gives pub cuisine an upscale makeover at Bar One30. The contemporary menu includes such luxurious comfort food as pan-fried mac ‘n’ cheese bites laced with truffle oil and crafted with an artisan cheese blend and battered bahamian conch fritters. The Sloppy Joseph prefers to be called by its full name, sporting a gentlemanly combination of braised tenderloin and whiskey-barbecue-tomato reduction. When they aren’t delving into cheddar-topped burgers or sparring with saucy wings, guests sate their entertainment appetites with the bar’s live music and special events.
Though its menu stars an ensemble of oceanic delicacies, House of Crabs’s specialty is, not surprisingly, crabs. Crab and corn chowder and crab cakes give way to more focused dishes such as the crab combination platter, a behemoth plate of king crab, dungeness crab, and snow crab. Waiters also whirl around plates stacked with other sea fruits, such as lobster and shrimp, and the nautical-inspired space is studded with ships’ wheels, boat ropes, and a functioning wave pool.