Upon graduating from the New York French Culinary Institute, Chef Pasquale Pascarella continued his education under two of contemporary Italian cuisine's most famous chefs: Mario Batali and Scott Conant. He learned well—today, Chef Pascarella serves up his own take on Italian cuisine at Bar Sugo, a critically acclaimed eatery known for its cozy atmosphere and classic food.
For edible evidence of Pascarella's Italian mastery, look no further than his meatballs prepared six ways—some with duck and foie gras, others with beef, melted gouda, and red onion jam. But those who do look further will discover brick-oven pizzas topped with pulled pork and 12-year-old balsamic, as well as house-made pastas such as mint tagliatelle with lamb ragu. That same tasteful touch is extended to the beverage selection, which encompasses wine, Italian beers, and cocktails made with liquors aged and awarded their diplomas in a barrel. But no matter what guests select from the menu, Bar Sugo's laid-back decor—featuring brick walls, a red-and-white checkered floor, and a copper-topped bar—invites them to sit back and savor every bite.
BJ Ryan's dishes out hearty entrees and effervescent brews in an industrial-chic atmosphere. Diners slide into banquettes or dark wooden chairs and tuck into steak sandwiches, burgers and chops lavished with sauces from ponzu to b?arnaise. Pizzas on white or whole-wheat crusts embrace decadent toppings such as truffle oil or housemade pesto, and plates of pulled pork nachos complement the dining room's rustic exposed-brick walls hung with large plasma televisions. Carved wood encircles the bar, whose inlaid mirrors reflect golden pints of house brews and the haunting stares of bottled spirits. BJ Ryan's also crafts platters of small bites, wings, and pizzas for special events, and a private party room is available for both dinner and cocktail parties
Brennan's Tap Room satiates hunger with a selection of classic American dishes, such as burgers, roast beef, and boston fish sandwiches. Hearty entrees include a sliced flat-iron steak topped with crispy tobacco onions, jumbo shrimp scampi in garlic sauce, and baby back ribs coated in a honey-barbecue glaze. A state-of-the-art sound system and 18 high-definition televisions broadcast sports games as fans cheer over a glass of one of 16 beers on tap. Regulars can return for happy-hour deals, including $0.50 wings and $1 off drinks, or bring a friend for police, firefighters, and EMS discounts on Tuesdays and live music on select weekends. During the summer, Brennan's Tap Room also runs a seafood festival, pairing its brews with fresh fish and oysters.
Drinks slide over bars illuminated by fiber optics while dance music thrums throughout Episode Lounge and Event Space's two levels. On the bottom floor, the lighting changes depending on the amount of dancing or lightsaber battles there are. On the top floor, artsy multimedia pieces played over plasma screens hypnotize onlookers and seem to move to the beats of the soundtrack supplied by the house DJs. To keep the party going, dedicated waitresses cater to the VIPs at each of the 15 tables available for reservation, keeping glasses topped off with premium vodkas, rums, and gins.
Black Bear Saloon may have all the wood paneling of a Wild West watering hole, but it boasts many modern amenities, including 33 plasma televisions that deliver sports from around the globe thanks to a DirecTV sports package. Cooks keep stomachs fueled for the action with a selection of wraps, sandwiches, and Angus-beef burgers.
After a game has aired, the staff dims the lights and cranks up the volume on the bar’s speaker system and turns the stage over to a live DJ every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. On Saturday, before the rise of the moon transforms the mild-mannered dining room into a dance floor, the saloon hosts the kid-friendly Cub Club. The club’s staffers lead tykes in crafts, games, and Wii activities, which gives parents time to grab a relaxed afternoon meal or nap on the cool floor behind the bar.