Black lights spill across an indoor arena, casting a fluorescent glow over a squadron of laser-tag players as they wait silently for the start of a new round. Suddenly, fast-paced music blares and the air is filled with more flashes of red than a confused stoplight. Friendly battles like these are everyday occurrences at Fun Station. The sprawling family-centric center houses everything from air hockey, to skee-ball, to a miniature bowling alley. Laughter emerges from within colliding bumper cars, while pizza and hotdogs anchor the snack shop's menu. The family attractions also extend outside, where visitors are often found settling land disputes at a miniature-golf course or speed across a tire-lined go-kart track.
Restaurant critics, neighborhood regulars, and first time visitors always agree about My Daughter's Place at Brookview Manor: the atmosphere is great, the food is superb, and the service is outstanding. The restaurant offers a casual atmosphere that is perfect for dining with friends, co-workers, and family members.
The comestible concoctors at red Steakhouse anchor down ivory tablecloths with a robust menu (menu subject to change) of high-quality cuts of meat and a mammoth wine list that dazzles tasters with elegant libations. Lap up splashes of the corn-and-lobster chowder ($9) before diving forkfirst into an entree of halibut, which shares its plate estate with chorizo, calamari, broccoli raab, and a Yukon potato puree ($31). After cashing in at the casino, guests can dine like oil barons, nursing a glass of Blackstone merlot ($8) while curbing carnivorous cravings with the grilled filet mignon ($36 for the petite cut; $45 for the steakhouse cut) or chef Stephan’s steak Diane, topped with wild mushrooms, tomato concassée, and dijon cognac cream ($38). The warm glow of pendulant chandeliers against chocolate-colored seating creates a dining environment both modest and luxurious—like a diamond donning a one-piece swimsuit. Reservations can be made online.
When Ronn Teitelbaum opened the first Johnny Rockets location in 1986, his goal was to create a restaurant where people could escape the postmodern blues of everyday life and experience a taste of time-honored Americana. The name itself is a nod to this ideal?it combines the star of a classic American fable, Johnny Appleseed, and a classic car, Oldsmobile?s beefy Rocket 88. The chain now makes itself at home in America's cultural landmarks, including Yankee Stadium and the Flamingo Hotel.
During dinners at the famous burger joints, you?ll see signs of simpler times, starting with the cooks and servers?dressed head to toe in white, including white paper hats, they look like they?ve fallen out of a wormhole from the 1950s ready to sling shakes and cook up some eats. Behind a stainless-steel bar lined with red leather stools they tend to their traditional diner fare, including burgers and melts with sides such as chili-cheese fries and onion rings. Riding sidecar to each meal is a collection of hand-dipped and hand-spun floats, shakes, and malts topped with whipped cream.
The cooks at New Amber Indian Restaurant expertly season their Punjabi Indian dishes with a wide range of carefully selected spices. Whether it's marinating chicken in yogurt and freshly ground spices before cooking them in the clay tandoor oven or seasoning shrimp curry, the cooks strive to bring out all the traditional flavors in each dish.
Inspired by her Jewish family heritage, Susan Herlands opened My Mother's Delicacies Inc. in 1988 to share her grandmother's respected rugelach recipe and other traditional treats that are certified kosher dairy. Shoppers can peruse an assortment of the coveted, hand-rolled rugelach ($14.99/lb.), a crescent- or square-shaped pastry crafted using a buttery, flaky, cream-cheese-infused crust and speckled with cinnamon, sugar, or nuts. A pound of Hungarian hand-rolled kipfel cookies ($14.99) bubbles over with raspberry, walnut, or apricot fillings, and a small tin of black and white cookies ($21.95) dazzles dessert lovers with a duochromatic treat as decadent as snacking on a 1920s film star. The shop sells pastries individually and by the pound as well as platters and gift towers sizeable enough for parties or a high tea with longtime frenemy Betty Crocker.