By day, the restaurant occupying 145 NE 4th Avenue goes by the name Crepes by the Sea, a French creperie with fresh-roasted coffee. But at night, it transforms into SWIG Wine Bar, a wine and craft beer lounge serving a melange of French and Italian dishes. Meals might begin with appetizers of sushi-grade tuna tartar with avocado and sun-dried tomato, or a salad decorated with gourmet ingredients such as pears, walnuts, and sweet gorgonzola. Entrees include classic pasta dishes, such as four-cheese gnocchi, as well as specialty creations. Cuts of mustard-crusted salmon plunge into a beurre blanc sauce, and truffle mashed potatoes pair nicely with grilled rib eye steak. On Wednesdays, guests can follow an in-depth exploration of both the food and wine menus with regional pairings, and on Thursdays, live music sets the scene more pleasantly than someone loudly narrating each diner's movements.
Though Executive Chef Christina Scifo sticks to ingredients supplied by local and organic farmers, her dishes at Tryst span the globe. Here, truffle aioli accompanies chicken schnitzel, smoked sea salt flavors fish and chips, and snow peas, carrots, peanuts, and chile sauce unite to create vegan pad thai. The bar's massive selection of microbrews likewise hails from around the world, including trappist ales brewed by actual monks??not just brewmasters still wearing their Friar Tuck Halloween costumes. An equally gargantuan wine list sticks to varietals from North America and Europe, as do the more than 30 wines available by the glass. Feasts unfold amid a homey atmosphere of exposed brick, sparkling chandeliers, and a cozy fireplace. Live musicians croon from Tryst's stage every Wednesday, while a roomy outdoor patio welcomes patrons in warm months.
D'Angelo Trattoria's chef, Enrico Esposito, adheres closely to tradition. He's modeled his eatery after classic Neopolitan trattorias, and he loves rustic family recipes that have withstood the test of time?so much so that he hasn't modernized the baking process for his Neopolitan pizzas. Crowned with toppings from arugula to Parma prosciutto, they're still baked in a wood-burning stove.
The eatery's venue, a bungalow home from the 1930s, is as time-honored as its recipes. The wine cellar houses more than 1,000 bottles, each vintage hand-picked by Chef Enrico. Diners can order their vino by the glass, the quartino, the bottle, or, for an extra-festive night, by the wine-filled pinata.
Palm trees and flower boxes create a verdant border around Café Loredana, transforming the eatery’s second-story patio into a private enclave. Inside this 100-year-old Victorian building, sunlight streams through lace curtains and illuminates hardwood floors and canary-yellow walls. The timeless elegance of these surroundings inspires chefs to assemble a menu of equally classic Italian dishes. They toss fresh seafood and tender pastas with complex sauces infused with wine, citrus, and herbs, and they melt mozzarella cheese over lightly breaded cutlets of veal. The restaurant also boasts an extensive wine list punctuated by Italian chiantis, pinot noirs, and fermented umlauts.
Boasting a wide array of sandwiches, E&J's Sandwich Shop specializes in sandwiches and hoagies lined with genoa salami, capicola, roasted peppers, and homemade meatballs parmesan. They use deli meats to create cold hoagies such as the Classic, which features turkey, roast beef, and smoked bacon layered with a choice of toppings such as banana peppers, oil and vinegar, and mustard. But for their hot items, they either grill the entire sandwich whole as in the cuban panini or serve it with jus as in the french dip. To complement their sandwiches, they offer deli pickles, coleslaw, and giant cookies fresh from the oven.
The frock fixers at Aloha Dry Cleaners, established in 1964, cleanse garments onsite using environmentally friendly dry-cleaning processes. They also perfect alterations for all garments ranging from draperies and upholstery to dresses and suits. The 13 trained staff members help to preserve wedding gowns and keep everyday wear stain-free. As a courtesy to their customers and community, they clean any American flag or stuffed animal for free, so long as teddy bears are registered to vote.