The aromas of Middle Eastern spices and grilled meats waft through the restaurant’s windows and doors, drawing passing noses closer with every outpouring of scent. At Prestige Lounge & Lebanese Cuisine, chefs reproduce authentic Lebanese recipes that draw from both Eastern and Western culinary influences to give diners a taste of the Middle East that lingers on in memories with expressive herbs and sizzling meat dishes. Chefs build their culinary sonatas using only halal meat and prepare yogurts and build on their flavor profiles all in the restaurant’s kitchen, ensuring that each bite is fresh. As live entertainment gets rolling on Friday and Saturday nights, the food gets a worthy competitor for diners’ attention spans. Belly dancers perform on weekends, and other talents, such as Middle Eastern singers and DJs, electrify the dining room with their lively shows.
Inspired by the small-town taverns of the Midwest, Pete & Shorty's Tavern is an unpretentious and a friendly gathering place where friends and families flock for comfort food and cold beers. Step into the tavern's cozy interior and wrap your taste buds around a selection from the meat-centric menu of appetizers, sandwiches, and entrees. The sandwich offerings include a pan-fried pork tenderloin sandwich ($6.99) and the sought-after Loose-Meat Pete ($3.99), a more seasoned and far friendlier cousin to the morally questionable Sloppy Joe. Grab a dozen ($10.99) or half dozen ($5.59) famous Shorty burgers to eat on the patio, or share a pork shank ($11.99) with your mother or your recently paroled college professor. Pete & Shorty's Tavern also serves up draft beer from its full bar of libations—toast to coastal erosion during the tavern's late-night hours, or sip away the seconds during one of the restaurant's two daily happy hours.
Amid a downpour of confetti, beams of laser lights, and the pulsing beats of a live DJ, partiers trip the light fantastic on a two-level dance floor at ZO Lounge. Designed as a respite from the daily grind, ZO Lounge couples its nightly music, which ranges from top 40 hits to live local artists, with specialty martinis, cocktails, champagne, and beer poured at two full bars. An adjoining outdoor patio offers fresh air and a more relaxed setting in which to mingle and socialize, though it remains in full range of the entertainment. Every night of the week, ZO Lounge honors a different theme, such as Old School Dance Party Saturdays and Techno Tuesdays, in which DJs spin dubstep and electro-house music while simultaneously fighting robots with their turntable needles.
The chefs at Taverna Skara never stray far from garlic, tahini, olive oil, and other quintessential Greek seasonings. Chilled dips, such as hummus, and warm appetizers, such as grilled haloumi cheese, kick off meals before waiters bring out rich entrees, such as pastitsio, which layers thick pasta, ground beef, and béchamel sauce inside a traditional clay pot. As diners sip Greek and Napa wines, they settle into blue pillow-topped banquettes beneath a mural of Greek figures draped in togas sewn from some of Zeus’s old curtains.
Coconuts Comedy Club, located in Jack’s Joint since 1998, has been luring in chuckle-seekers for more than two decades with a glittering stage filled with nationally touring comedians. To keep growling stomachs from heckling comedians out of frustration, visitors can mute tummy rumbles with a full menu bursting at the seams with saucy wings, 14-inch hand-tossed pizzas, and brawny steaks.
Housed in an entertainment hotspot, Viaggio bursts with distinct flavors and ingredients inspired by various European cuisines within its romantically lit upscale confines. Accidentally brush fingers with your date or the amiable stranger at your table over a plate of splitable tapas such as the garlic feta shrimp ($12) or the potato- and spinach-flanked filet and chorizo ($11). Especially hungry diners or those who failed Sharing 101 can lasso the gargantuan succulence of the 24-ounce sterling-prime-porterhouse steak swaggering in house-crafted steak sauce ($38). The lobster- and crab-crusted Atlantic swordfish spears oceanic appetites ($29) and the stuffed-chicken breast delights feathered fowl fans ($17).