Chen's taps diverse Chinese, Japanese, and Thai traditions to forge a slate of Eastern dishes and creative cocktails that have gleaned numerous accolades from Zagat. Executive chef and owner Bing Zhou plates elegant portions of lemon chicken, peking duck, and seafood gently seasoned with Chinese spices as maki rolls nestle raw morsels of salmon, lobster, and yellowtail in innovative combinations. Bartenders sling more than 25 martini styles beneath the soft lighting of recessed sconces as bamboo floors support terra-cotta statues of historic warriors. In the lounge, overstuffed chairs sidle up to a crackling fireplace to share stories of their ottoman ancestors beneath cream and persimmon hues.
SCREENS Restaurant & Sports Lounge captivates casual moviegoers and cinephiles alike with its array of daily scheduled films and private group screenings in three high-definition theaters. In addition to a variety of cult and foreign flicks, towering high-definition screens broadcast the latest NFL Sunday Ticket games, X-Box and Playstation 3 tournaments, and national flossing championships to viewers nestled in comfy lounge chairs. Servers bustle from room to room, placing the menu's selection of gourmet pizzas, pasta dinners, and burgers on tables flanked by portraits of iconic Hollywood stars.
The disk artisans at Bocce Club Pizza make their pizzas from scratch daily using hand-stretched dough, a selection of 30 toppings, 100% whole-milk mozzarella, and sauce recipes that have been crafted into tasty combinations since 1946. Chunks of pineapple and canadian bacon surf mozzarella waves on the Hawaiian specialty pizza ($16.59), and steak and sautéed peppers make snow angels in a garlic spread on the steak white pizza ($18.59). All of the menu’s dough saucers boast a hearty whole-wheat doppelganger available upon request, and gluten-sensitive customers can play matchmaker between their single stomachs and a gluten-free quarter pie. To raise the edible altitude, Bocce Club Pizza also features un-flat fare such as the chicken fajita sub ($7.99) and a basket of 10 buffalo wings ($7.99), which—like romance novels—can be made hot, medium, mild, or Victorian.
Embers Grill offers a seasonally changing menu that evokes America's spacious skies, amber waves of grain, fruited meat plains, and shining sea creatures. Located on 12 wooded acres near the University of New York at Buffalo, the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center houses the tasteful lunch and dinner establishment. Sample soups ($3.75 and up), salads ($7 and up), and sandwiches ($7.25 and up) while warming someone else's hide by Embers' brick hearth. Rekindle the fires of an epicurean enchantment with pasta Louisiana ($21), black and blue sirloin ($21), or Tuscan-style salmon ($21) brushed with sweet-basil pesto, adorned with tomato bruschetta, and certain to ignite fond childhood memories of driving race cars. As toe tapping aids successful digestion, Embers hosts live music every Saturday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Chester’s Cajun Grille serves up an extensive menu of authentic, filling New Orleans–fare that bursts with fleur-de-lis flavor. A cast-iron skillet gives a fiery pizzazz to the award-winning blackened shrimp ($8.49 quarter-pound, $14.99 half-pound), which greets tongues atop Cajun rice with its butter-basted taste and Cajun seasonings. The chicken and andouille-sausage gumbo coats your throat with a melting pot of piquant tastes ($3.29 cup, $4.49 crock, $9.99 bowl with French bread slices), and the drunken bourbon chicken wings ($6.99 for eight pieces) amble on plates in a scrumptious haze. Anglers can snag a whopper fried catfish or crawfish with creole mayonnaise between an 8'' French-bread roll to build a savory po’ boy ($10.99). A tiled floor upholds the happy feet of patrons inside Chester’s lively atmosphere, surrounded by red walls and festive Mardi Gras regalia.