Founded in 1954 by James McLamore and David Edgerton, Burger King rapidly expanded from humble beginnings as a lone burger joint to more than 12,400 locations across 79 countries today, making it the second-largest fast-food-hamburger chain in the world. Its signature burger—the Whopper sandwich—consists of one to three flame-broiled, quarter-pound beef patties crowned with a miniature fedora and a fully customizable array of toppings such as tomatoes, onions, and dill pickles. Focused on continual improvement, the chain recently reinvented the fries that accompany each value meal, outfitting the spud slices with a thicker cut of potato for a fluffier texture on the inside and crispier golden-brown exterior. A spread of decadent desserts including dutch apple pie and an Oreo sundae keeps sweet teeth from elongating into fangs, and made-to-order breakfast sandwiches clasp eggs, american cheese, and bacon, sausage, or ham between two halves of a flaky croissant to round out the speedy menu.
While its green exterior and wooden booths are reminiscent of an Irish pub, Rockwells American Restauant’s cuisine embodies the “American” found in its title. Burgers topped with gorgonzola cheese, bacon, and other accoutrements share menu space with steaks, chicken sandwiches, and alcoholic drinks such as mudslides, as well as red and white wines. For entertainment, the restaurant broadcasts NFL games every Sunday, hosts comedians on Saturday night, and encourages diners to reenact their favorite Dogs Playing Poker painting under the emerald bar lights.
For more than 40 years, chefs at the family-owned Villa Nova E. have been sticking to time-tested recipes and techniques to craft authentic Italian cuisine. They tuck cheese filling into homemade ravioli, douse veal and shiitake mushrooms in cognac sauce, and top sea-scallop scampi with an herb-and-white-wine sauce. Along with a gluten-free menu, chefs create a trio of catering menus built around buffets, brunch, and Sweet 16 parties, where each dish is cooked atop the engine of the guest of honor's new car. In-house meals unfold inside Villa Nova E.'s spacious dining room, or parties of up to 140 guests commence in two upstairs rooms.
A restaurant is only as good as its head chef. Luckily, Tombolino has Pietro Siciliano. Recognized in 2010 by Bon Appétit as top chef in Westchester, Siciliano prepares scratch-made pastas and other Italian-style delicacies daily using imported ingredients and kitchen mastery learned during his training at the Culinary Institute in Italy. A selection of more than 500 wines pair well with Siciliano’s creations, which include house specialties such as almond-crusted chilean sea bass and veal milanese.
Taco Sueño serves a menu of authentic Mexican cuisine, fueling lively meals in the restaurant's cozy dining room or filling carryout orders for at-home appetizing. Limber up out-of-shape taste buds with an order of jalapeños rellenos ($3.50)—house-pickled peppers stuffed with tuna—or a bowl of fresh guacamole served with chips, warm tortillas, or a T-shirt cannon for delicious airborne delivery ($5.75). A collection of tacos calms hands-on hungers with grilled beef, homemade chorizo, and other fillings topped with guacamole, onions, cilantro, and your choice of salsa ($2.25 each, three for $6). Supplement satiation with Mexican entrees such as a trio of tasty enchiladas ($9.95) or milanesa de pollo, a chicken torta topped with Oaxaca–style cheese, avocado, and a warm blanket of refried beans ($7.95). Patrons get around tortilla allergies with refreshing bowls of sopa de verduras ($4.75)—a savory mushroom-and-squash soup—or ensalade de aguacate, featuring diced avocados, tomatoes, and onions tossed in a lime-juice vinaigrette ($6.95).
Throughout the week, Burke's Restaurant and Bar is a cozy Irish pub featuring Irish-American pub fare, but in the evenings it transforms into a lively nightlife spot for night hawks, evening sparrows, and wee-hour warblers. Burke's is a full-service restaurant with extensive menus, including prix fixe options named for famous Irish wordsmiths. Burke's serves lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch, complete with Dublin-style fish 'n' chips ($12), traditional homemade pot pie ($12), and more. Certified Angus-beef burgers served with thick-cut steak fries and a crisp pickle come plain ($12) or topped with barbecue sauce, sharp cheddar, and Irish bacon ($14). Adventurous diners can pounce on creative craveables such as a Hawaiian burger or a Pizza burger served on a traditional ($11) or Angus patty ($14). Check the website for full menus and pricing.