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.
Bubbling pots form the center of every table at That Fondue Place, letting off the savory scents of molten cheese blended in six styles. Chefs emulate the flavor of Thai food with a tom yum broth spiced with garlic and spring onions. Their sherry and soy sauce adds a bit of Asian flavor to the sukiyaki beef broth.
Customers can build their own meal from a list of eight meat and seafood options, which pair nicely with the French style of beef broth and burgundy wine or the light flavor of white wine and broth. Later on, guest can dunk pieces of fruit into pots of 100-percent Belgian chocolate blended with a choice of candies, Bailey’s, cheesecake batter, or nuts. The shop’s BYOB policy allows guests the chance to further develop their pairing skills.
Zara Mediterranean Cafe & Restaurant’s chefs fill patrons’ cuisine hangars with zesty Mediterranean bites served amid vintage ceiling tiles, antique-looking chairs, and vibrant rugs bathed in warm chandeliered lighting. Pairs or quartets of diners can nosh on one of 14 small plates or five salads such as the tricolor bean salad, grilled haloumi cheese sprinkled with oregano, or daily manti—petite ravioli pockets holding succulent meats and served by the restaurant’s mascot, Bob the Kebob. The entree roster includes white and dark chicken kebabs dressed in pilaf and cauliflower, as well as grilled branzino served whole or filleted. Zara Mediterranean Cafe & Restaurant is a BYOB establishment, so feel free to bring along a favorite wine, six-pack of beer, or boxed apple juice.
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.
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.
The menu at Hudson River Cafe blends two distinct cuisines, translating traditional American soul-food dishes into unique entrees with Latin accents and spices. Before heading to the theater or cicada symphony, companions begin the evening with a savory appetizer, such as spring rolls packed with braised short rib or beef-and-chicken empanadas on a pile of collared greens. For entrees, sweet plantains complement a roasted hunk of whole pork shoulder, and sweet-potato fries and corn-bread pudding add nectarous notes to racks of baby-back ribs. As patrons sip the last drops from a bottle of house wine, servers punctuate the meal with one of six desserts, from sugar-coated interrobangs to bread pudding and flourless chocolate cake capped by dulce de leche ice cream.