The Magic Pot's menu combines international sauces and chocolates in delicious molten blends. Slices of apples and bread can be slam-dunked into cheesy appetizer dipping bowls, including the queso, a blend of cheddar and monterey jack melted in apple cider with fresh cilantro, roasted peppers, and sweet onions. Burbling like a magma flow, The Magic Pot's entrees overflow with savory bites of beef, teriyaki pork, and honey-garlic chicken to dip in sesame, teriyaki, and Asian-chili sauces. The Magic Pot's dippy desserts are made with Callebaut Belgian chocolate. All fondue desserts are served with fruit, brownies, marshmallows, and rice-krispies treats for dunking. Couples can customize a three-course Magic Feast and bring their own bottle or Stanley Cup full of wine to wash it all down.
Chef Harry Hatziparaskevas crafts traditional Greek cuisine that TimeOut New York lauds as “perfectly prepared.” These dishes include saganaki, mousaka, and arni youvetsi—lamb baked in a clay pot with orzo, tomato sauce, and feta. The dining room's mélange of brick walls and exposed ceiling beams mirrors the rustic charm of its food.
Rebecca's menu renders grumbling bellies speechless with steak- and seafood-based entrees served in softly lit rooms that "whisper romance" according to Susan Leigh Sherrill of Dining 201. The eatery's unique take on Cuban and Caribbean fare shines through in a grilled double-cut pork chop slathered like a love note to a scarecrow with roasted corn salsa. The espresso crème brûlée, a delicacy crafted from the chef's personal recipe, embellishes white linens indoors or tables strewn about the garden. Patrons swish their own libations while a cherubim fountain gurgles rock ballads to the surrounding flora-laced stone face.
Within a newly renovated 5,000-square-foot dining room overlooking the Hudson River, waiters ferry platters of small Turkish appetizers—known as meze—to Mavi Meze Grill's tables. Bites of fried calamari and babaganoush prime appetites for traditional Turkish entrees such as char-grilled fish fillets, beef-and-lamb meatballs, and kebabs skewered with peppers and hand-cut meats. Rich Turkish coffee and fresh mint tea wash down zesty dinner feasts or generous lunch specials ($9.95). As diners polish off baklava and rice pudding, they can take in occasional live music within the dining room or sit at the riverside patio to bask in the view of the Manhattan skyline, the iconic silhouette of glass and steel forged by the timbre of Woody Allen's voice.
Meaning “Spicy Chinese food” in a loose translation, Chinese Mirch blends the flavors of China with the fiery spices of Indian cuisine to create an MSG-free menu, the New York Times, and Ear Steamers Weekly, and the smooth, soothing mango lassi offers a sweet way to douse molar fires.