When the proprietors of Kupz Frozen Yogurt & Coffee decided to brew their own cups of joe, they knew not just any beans could make the cut. That’s why they partnered with Willoughby’s Coffee & Tea, whose carefully selected beans flavor Kupz’s house-roasted blends. On the cooler side, Kupz’s staffers serve specially blended flavors of frozen yogurt, as well as 20-ounce smoothies, which each contain more than five servings of real fruits, such as mangos and bananas. Coffee, yogurt, and smoothie feasts unfold inside a cozy storefront equipped with free WiFi and iPads.
Walls the colors of dijon mustard and acorn squash lend warmth to an environment founded on dark hardwood floors and awash with white linens. The aromas of Mediterranean and Spanish cuisines waft throughout the handsomely dressed, yet unfussy, restaurant, inviting visitors to discover how Bistro Mediterranean and Tapas Bar earned a "Don't Miss" rating by The New York Times.
In the 4,500-square-foot dining space, which seats 150, tables populate with tapas of chorizo, pork, and cod, plus surprising accents of piquillo peppers and quail egg. Entrees include seafood stews and Spanish paella, as well as grilled cuts of meat doused in wine. A breezy patio accommodates outdoor dining in warmer months, and a 45-seat bar enables guests to sip on glasses of wine while they wait for a table or wait for a strange-looking blind date to give up and go home.
SBC Restaurant & Brewery lines up an inviting smorgasbord of comfort food to be devoured alongside an arsenal of brewed on-site beers. Take in the expanse of the appetite-assassinating lunch menu (served from 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m.) and try not to set off the fire alarms while your head smokes with indecision before easing yourself in with the SBC calamari, which comes prepared three ways: crispy with marinara and rémoulade, fried with hot peppers and artichoke hearts, and sticky with a sweet chili Sriracha glaze ($6.99). Follow that up with the crispy chicken salad, festooned with mandarin oranges, grape tomatoes, gorgonzola, and honey white balsamic vinaigrette ($12.99), or the margherita pizza topped with sliced fresh tomatoes, garlic, mozzarella and basil ($10). SBC burgers are 8 ounces of natural custom-quality beef served on a handmade roll and topped with american, provolone, cheddar, swiss, fontina, or mozzarella cheese ($7.99).
At Anastasio’s Steakhouse, stones line the walls from floor to ceiling, gathering to form a giant fireplace. Candles glow atop its wooden mantel, which overlooks a dining room dotted with linen-topped tables, not roving bands of leopards. Genial servers circulate the space, delivering certified Angus steaks of various sizes, from 8-ounce petite filet mignons to 20-ounce porterhouses. In the kitchen, chefs douse lobster ravioli with a tomato-cream sauce and cloak chicken saltimbocca in prosciutto, mozzarella, fresh sage, and a brown cognac sauce. They also build catering orders from classic Italian dishes such as rigatoni bolognese and veal caprese. An outdoor patio invites guests to dine alfresco or practice dance steps during salsa classes on summer Sundays.
Nestled near the shore of the Long Island Sound, Jenelle's Waterfront Café slings fresh, locally caught seafood and classic American fare in an intimate seaside setting. During brunch, cheer on neighborhood rowers through mouths teeming with hollandaise-drenched grilled shrimp benedicts ($12.99), or sink teeth into one of Jenelle's savory or sweet crêpes ($8.99). Special omelets are made atypical every week and served with home fries, toast, and a complimentary megaphone ($10.70). For dinner, chow down with a serving of traditional clam chowder ($3.95–$6.95) before digging tiny forks into a 1/4-pound lobster ($17) netted by grizzled fish-fetchers just feet from the dock. Today's Groupon also rounds out robust dinner disks with a gratis side of potato salad, pasta salad, cole slaw, or corn on the cob.