The kitchen and wait staffs at Lemongrass Kitchen understand the importance of first impressions. With that in mind, they have surrounded the booths and plush chairs in the dining room with plum-colored drapes, vases full of lilies, and Asian-inspired artwork and pottery. To take it to the next level, each of their contemporary takes on Asian culinary traditions is plated with panache, such as jumbo shrimp suspended above a bed of fried rice noodles or Malaysian fried rice served inside half a pineapple.
Restaurant critics, neighborhood regulars, and first time visitors always agree about My Daughter's Place at Brookview Manor: the atmosphere is great, the food is superb, and the service is outstanding. The restaurant offers a casual atmosphere that is perfect for dining with friends, co-workers, and family members.
The comestible concoctors at red Steakhouse anchor down ivory tablecloths with a robust menu (menu subject to change) of high-quality cuts of meat and a mammoth wine list that dazzles tasters with elegant libations. Lap up splashes of the corn-and-lobster chowder ($9) before diving forkfirst into an entree of halibut, which shares its plate estate with chorizo, calamari, broccoli raab, and a Yukon potato puree ($31). After cashing in at the casino, guests can dine like oil barons, nursing a glass of Blackstone merlot ($8) while curbing carnivorous cravings with the grilled filet mignon ($36 for the petite cut; $45 for the steakhouse cut) or chef Stephan’s steak Diane, topped with wild mushrooms, tomato concassée, and dijon cognac cream ($38). The warm glow of pendulant chandeliers against chocolate-colored seating creates a dining environment both modest and luxurious—like a diamond donning a one-piece swimsuit. Reservations can be made online.
In 1981, Rolf Babiel disembarked in New York City with $500 to his name, quickly transforming the cash sum into Hallo Berlin—the city's first German food cart. Two brick-and-mortar locations now bear the Hallo Berlin moniker, vending traditional German dishes such as marinated herrings and schnitzels. The midtown location—a New York magazine Critics' Pick—surrounds guests between yellow and red walls that resemble the German flag and patriotic lederhosen. According to the New York Times, the restaurant's authentic fare "goes perfectly with the selection of German beers," which includes labels such as München, Kölsch, and Spaten.
Executive chef William Chen deftly wields his over 10 years of culinary experience as he crafts edible works of art at Mitsuba. Plates arrive at tables carefully layered with sushi rolls such as the colorful Mitsuba lobster roll, consisting of tempura lobster, avocado, mango, and marinated crabmeat. The Christmas roll, made up of fried shrimp, spicy tuna, and caviar, is a much better holiday treat than a visit from a money-seeking relative, and it comes with an eye-catching flower garnish. For cooked comestibles, diners need look no further than their own hibachi tables, which double as fiery surfaces upon which chefs sizzle filet mignon, salmon, and scallops.
Putt-putters can bask in the soothing phosphorescent splendor of Glowgolf’s mini course as they navigate their illuminated golf ball through glowtopia. Courses contain sights such as light-defying blush corals, incandescent fishes, and lush foliage. Each pass is good for three 18-hole games, giving golfers ample opportunity to outmaneuver any vividly bright and very alive windmills that may appear. Equipment is available on the spot, so you won't risk bending your own putter when you chase after that pesky, good-for-nothing, hole-digging, ball-stealing, and most likely hallucinated gopher.