The chefs at T.C. Island Restaurant & Lounge fuse big, bold Spanish and Latin American flavors into small plates. Their inventive tapas are sized for sharing, tempting sneaked seconds with vegetarian-friendly options such as the patatas bravas and canoa rellena, hot options such as coconut shrimp in a creamy coconut sauce, and cold edibles accented with creative combinations of spices and sauces. Diners may opt to order larger entrees, many of which feature seafood fresh from the piers of City Island. The festive atmosphere continues in the lounge and bar, which daily features bubbling hookahs and a cheekily named happy hour that runs from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday nights are scored with a soundtrack of karaoke, and Fridays and Saturdays host belly-dance performances.
Founded by a bodybuilding and fitness enthusiast, Muscle Maker Grill supplies nutritious, high-protein dishes that serve as a healthy alternative to traditional fast food. Guests can commence with a bowl of steamed edamame ($3.75) or shake hands with the buffalo wing's well-behaved younger brother, the texas chicken nuggets, served with fat-free sour cream and celery ($4.95). Grilled chicken breast and turkey bacon team up in the MMG signature wrap, backed by romaine lettuce, tomatoes, and onions with reduced-fat cheddar cheese and a zero-carbohydrate signature sauce ($7.95). Pastafarians can peruse the selection of whole-wheat penne (regular penne available as well) in dishes such as the sesame-chicken teriyaki pasta ($9.95).
Drinks flow and Gaelic feasts flourish in this Eastchester restaurant and pub, touted for its traditional Irish fare and relaxed neighborhood atmosphere. At high-top tables lining Mickey's photo-filled brick walls, earlier birds can browse Saturday and Sunday brunch selections, including Mickey's confectioner-sugared pancakes ($8.95) and create-your-own omelets ($8.95). Dinner delights diners seven days a week with an array of eats from across the pond, such as beer-battered, Dublin-style cod and chips ($13.95) and shepherd's pie ($14.95), thrown in the face of many a philandering sheep herder. A selection of beer, wine, and spirits are also available for palatable pairing. For the sportily inclined, televisions light up the evening hours with displays of athletic events of almost every variety.
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.
Chef Zef Gjelaj imports classic Italian flavors directly to Westchester's shores in his tender housemade pasta and zesty marinara sauce. His expansive menus span the breadth of Italy's diverse cuisine, from lobster ravioli and veal salvaggio with porcini mushrooms to gourmet white-ricotta pizzas. To complement the flavors of juicy filet mignon and seafood risotto, the staff helps guests peruse a vast wine list that includes reds, whites, and blush varietals from all over the globe. As Chef Gjelaj and his team create hearty feasts in the open-air kitchen, guests dine at white-clothed tables amid earthy walls and paintings of Italy's picturesque countryside.
A staple of the Bronx for more than 40 years, F&J Pine Restaurant boasts a pantheon of menu options, from seafood succulents to traditional Italian fare. Begin an edible excursion with a plate of clams Casino, where mollusks gamble away their pearly life savings while mingling with vinegar peppers and bacon ($12.50). Those looking to dive straight into an entree can anchor incisors in the farfalle rustica, a flavorsome concoction of grilled chicken, roasted peppers, and broccoli in basil-infused olive oil ($14.50 for a regular portion). Much like eating an R. L. Stine novel, omnivores can choose their own delicious adventure with the Milanese pine-style cutlet, where a pan fried slice of chicken, veal, or eggplant, gets into precarious situations with a swath of roasted peppers and fresh mozzarella in a warm balsamic vinaigrette ($11.50–$15.50).