Viru Restaurant demonstrates its authentic Peruvian roots with a wide variety of traditional dishes. Causa rellena de camarones satisfies bellies with shrimp, as long as those bellies like their shrimp hiding inside chilled mashed potatoes that are spiced up with lime and yellow chili ($12). The parihuela, a soupy sea of seafood cooked with white wine, spices, and panca chili, moisturizes parched stomachs with a torrential downpour of flavor ($24). Representing the eternal battle between land and sea, the bisteck a la chorrillana—a grilled New York steak with a sauce made of panca chili, onions, and tomatoes ($24)—wields haricots verts clubs against the pescado sudado, the fish of the day poached in seafood broth and herbs ($19). Placing a comforting cap on dinner, flan reminds diners of former days when sweet, creamy desserts grew everywhere all the time and only cost a nickel ($6). In addition to edibles, Viru Restaurant nourishes guests at the bar, which stocks its shelves with an impressive supply of domestic and imported beers, sangria, wines, and chicha, a drink made of fermented maize.
Portofino Ristorante wins over visitors with feasts of baked clams, slow-cooked pork loins, and tender sautéed chicken atop beds of pasta. Perched upon City Island's waterfront, the restaurant cultivates an atmosphere that, like a tractor christening, is simultaneously rustic and urbane. The patio gives diners a view of New York's skyline; the interior evokes the image of a banquet hall in an Italian countryside villa—maroon leather chairs, warm light descending from chandeliers, and walls decorated in a stucco-esque scumbling and murals of Mediterranean harbor scenes. Guests sup on shrimp stuffed with crab meat or sautéed broccoli raab in cozy candlelit booths, break bread in the Piccolo Room or banquet area, or toast goblets of wine at the tucked-away wraparound bar.
A tasty spread of authentic Italian-style cuisine awaits within the pages of Louis Seafood Restaurant’s menus. Chew parties begin with fried zucchini ($7.95) or broccoli sauté ($6.95), and a specialty dish of gnocchi with mozzarella ($14.50) extends masticationary joys past the appetizer stage. Eggplant rollatini ($19.50) and broiled fillet of flounder ($19.75) magnet-draw mouths, with all meat, poultry, and seafood dishes accompanied by a choice of spaghetti, salad, french fries, or other tasty sides. On Tuesday nights, foodie Frankensteins can build a meal monster from the mix-and-match pasta, which pairs bowties, spaghetti, penne, and shells with a variety of sauces for an all-you-can-eat delight ($10.95). For the restaurant's namesake nourishment, sink hunger hooks into a seafood dish such as fried shrimp ($20.75), broiled fillet of flounder ($19.75), or deviled crab cakes ($22.75).
Nevaèh Cuisine sates choosey stomachs with a hearty yet healthy menu of globally influenced gourmet grub. Made fresh every day, Nevaèh Chef Gullotta recoils from faustian-dealings with artificial flavors, coloring, or intelligence, and extends the kitchen-side ban to gluten, trans fats, peanuts, and hormones, catering to those with special dietary needs or those just looking for a healthy meal. Breakfasters can awaken taste sensors with a low-fat yogurt muffin ($3), a plate of chocolate chip waffles ($5.75), and a cup of Guittard Italian hot chocolate ($2.75–$3.75); late and later-er risers can exercise incisors on a grilled-vegetable-and-goat-cheese panini ($11.75) or a bok choy salad chock-full of grilled chicken, fruit, seeds, nuts, and chive coulis ($11.99). Specialty options include a lemon-chicken dumping ($4.50), turkey burger ($7.50), and crab cakes ($8.50) and vegetarian choices such as the earthking omelette ($8.50) abound to quell green-meat cravings. A slurpable selection of nonfat smoothies ($5–$6), fruit spritzers ($3–$4), and coffee drinks ($3–$3.50) are perfect for quenching meal-side thirst or celebrating a breakup with tonsils.