Midtown's revival of bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues includes The Grille Midtown, a casually upscale dining cove serving from-scratch American classics. The Detroit Free Press called it a "welcome addition" to the area and expressed admiration for both its spread of carnivorous cuts and sandwiches as well as its "handsome" decor. In particular, the paper lauded the sleek look of the eatery's vaulted black ceiling and gray walls hung with glossy photos of automobile grills, which inspired the restaurant's name. Amid the softly ambiance, guests feast on everything from char-grilled double lamb chops with chimichurri sauce to prime burgers on houses-made brioche buns. Salads and sandwiches round a menu that diners may also enjoy while saddled up to The Grille Midtown's luxuriously long bar.
Go! Sy Thai couples convenience with traditional Thai cuisine. Using a fast-casual dining system, the kitchen creates Thai favorites, including pad Thai and spicy panang curry, as well as pan-Asian samplings of battered sesame chicken dish and udon noodles with teriyaki sauce. This menu accommodates special dietary needs by serving up gluten-free options and brown rice. Party trays are also available for events such as birthday parties or meet-and-greets for single doppelgangers.
Steeped in tradition, Mario’s Restaurant has served up old-school Italian cuisine since 1948, when it opened as a casual but luxurious supper club. The crystal chandeliers cast warm light on tables covered in white linens, which attentive servers top with a vegetable and relish tray the moment diners are seated. As chefs prepare house specialties tableside, the dining room fills with the rich aromas of buttery broiled lobster tails, veal piccante, and fresh pasta sauce. Guests can also take a whirl on the dance floor during ballroom-dancing sessions on weekends.
Bangkok Cuisine first started slinging authentic Thai food in 1983, throwing a bowl of spiced coconut milk across metro Detroit’s culinary landscape. The restaurant took taste buds by storm and quickly began opening full-service and express locations across the state. Today, it serves specialties such as bangkok chicken, vegetable curry, and shrimp or scallops pad thai from eight locations. All entrees roll out in queen-, king-, or Bigfoot-sized portions and come spiced to order in mild, medium, hot, or extra hot.
The Whitney is a grand, historic mansion built in 1894 for lumber mogul David Whitney. The Whitney restaurant itself sports a lavish interior of rich woods, beautiful stained glass, and linen-clad tables that host fine dining experiences at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Whitney's wine list includes dozens of palate-pleasing potables that pair with stuffed lobster, rack of lamb, and steaks seared to perfection. In the evenings, the live piano fills the halls with music, adding a festive vibe to the already plush environs.
High ceilings, exposed brick, and wooden floors inside a pre-war building set the stage for fancy dinners and power lunches at Atlas Global, where huge windows provide a great view of downtown or a quick and dramatic escape route. Their global menu lets diners experience a variety of cuisines in one sitting with plates of thai grilled shrimp, wild-caught Atlantic salmon with sweet-pea coulis, and braised lamb shank with a cumin crust.