At South Fin Grill, the ocean breeze mingles with a menu of upscale seafood and steakhouse dishes praised by New York magazine. Amid what critic Ethan Wolff describes as a "priceless" ocean view, servers roll out lobster, crab, swordfish, and salmon incarnated as pasta, soup, and sushi dishes. The "turf" portion of the menu showcases grilled new york sirloin, filet mignon, and barbecued pork, but the focus once again turns seaside at a raw bar that features clams and oysters kept fresh by pearl-shaped breath mints.
Beams of blue and yellow lighting hover above the interior dining tables, each blanketed with a white tablecloth and centered with a flickering candle. Outside, the ocean deck's sea-blue umbrellas shelter views of the boardwalk, ocean, and seagull beach volleyball tourneys. The restaurant bolsters its elegantly plated cuisine with occasional entertainment acts, which have included DJs.
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.
Venezia Restaurant & Bar transports palates to Northern Italy, stamping taste bud passports with a menu of elegantly simple dishes and a well-stocked bar. Warm up tongues for the big game with the pan-seared sea scallops, accented by a raw artichoke carpaccio ($14). Fungus fanatics can nosh the risotto, which zestfully cohabitates with wild mushrooms and fava beans ($22). Ward off clingy vampires with the linguine aglio, sautéed with garlic and red pepper ($12). Soaked in a chianti sauce, the protein-packed filet mignon builds more muscle than a sports-car factory ($29).