With its New York City–style dining, warm, modern décor, and expressionist art hangings, Prime Steakhouse offers an original take on classic steakhouse fare. The expansive menu covers all the basics of a meatatorium, adding signature twists along the way. The wild Scottish salmon charges onto the plate, swinging a potato apple pancake at red cabbage and currants ($25), and the robust ricotta gnocchi comes side-kicked with artichokes, leeks, and pancetta ($14). Of course, no juice-craving jaw would be satisfied without an array of hand-cut, certified angus beef steaks (starting at $28) and a variety of domestic and imported beers (starting at $4). Prime Steakhouse takes its drink menu a step further from the potable mien with a full selection of wines and distinctive cocktails, including the Dark and Stormy, in which Goslings Black Seal rum is carried off by waves of mint, lime, and ginger beer. Walk-ins are welcome, reservations are recommended, and mouths are mandatory.
Prime cuts of beef sizzle at The Silver Fox Steakhouse, where chef Jack Atkinson curates a menu packed with steak, seafood, and elegant American eats. Take a break from bench-pressing enormous bottles of wine to dine on the Cab Calloway fillet ($37)—8 ounces of seasoned meat topped with three shrimp—which arrives smothered in bordelaise sauce, much like the microphones that Calloway ate after each performance. The champagne mussels arrive cooked in garlic, onion, thyme, and cream sauce ($12), while fresh fruits de mer can be plucked from tiers of barramundi, ocean perch, scallops, and shrimp ($32).
When Rizzi's Restaurant head honchos Rick and Steve envisioned the eatery, they hoped to draft a casual atmosphere that fostered both family camaraderie and singular romance. Today, the dining room houses relaxed dinner dates and congenial social events ranging from engagement celebrations to Halloween parties. Chefs season every affair with traditional Italian and continental victuals. Dishes such as tenderloin asiago or chicken marsala receive reinforcement from a staid wine selection, with bottles hailing from the lush vineyards of Italy and the carmine grapes of Mars.
Sakura Home Japanese Restaurant serves up a variety of specialty sashimi and sushi rolls such as Toro, which is comprised of tuna belly fat and uni. Guests further experience a Japanese dining tradition in the restaurant's tatami room, where they sit atop plush cushions on the floor and eat at low-resting tables. But the restaurant isn't entirely chair-free—a private hibachi room seats diners around a table with an inset grill, where skilled chefs make a show of slicing and sizzling steak, lobster, and vegetables. Out in the main dining room, sushi makers also put their skills on display while crafting specialty rolls with ingredients such as tuna and honey mayo.
• For $15, you get $30 worth of authentic Irish fare during dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday–Thursday • For $5, you get $10 worth of authentic Irish fare during lunch from noon to 3 p.m. Shamrock Jack's invokes the spirit of authentic Irish cuisine with original recipes, dishing out a menu of grilled steaks and fresh seafood. Patrons can satisfy the wanderlust of evening appetites with the dublin broil, a grilled sirloin steak tucked into a bed of garlic mashed potatoes and serenaded with a drizzled lullaby of Jack's gravy ($17.99). Deli favorites, steaks, and seafood deliciously crowd the lunch menu like tourists in a fanny pack museum.
The mealtime maestros at Mario’s Italian Restaurant stiff-arm hunger with a robust menu of sophisticated repasts. Ease into the occasion with an antipasto such as Nonna's homemade meatball, a hand-rolled sphere of beef and pork ($8). Primed palates then welcome a platter of fettuccine alfredo, pancetta, and asparagus ($19) or a lightly breaded chicken parmigiano ($13). Patrons in a beefier frame of stomach should consider devouring a hand-selected steak such as the heartily marbled, 16-ounce Angus beef Delmonico ($25), gracefully grilled and dished up on a sizzling skillet to preserve cooking temperature. Mario’s Sunday brunch rewards visitors with treats ranging from made-to-order crepes and belgian waffles to eggs benedict, ricotta-stuffed shells, and a slew of pastries ($21.95 for adults, $12.95 for children). For those who don't believe in gluten, the restaurant cheerfully extends a gluten-free menu for inspection.