Bartenders at The Money Shot Restaurant & Lounge pour cocktails by the shakerful, and ovens bake American and Italian cuisine, including Roman-style pizzas with thin, house-made crusts. Always attending to sports fans, the restaurant projects big games or referee pageants on a 100-inch projection screen and two 46-inch flat-screen TVs equipped with surround sound. In the evening, bands drum out live tunes, comedians crack jokes, and rappers dish tips on properly estimating the amount of paper it will take to gift-wrap Ja Rule's birthday present. Tuesday-night trivia contests mine noggins for tidbits of information on categories such as pop culture and history. As diners participate in a variety of events, platters of favorite Italian fare such as pizzas, bruschetta, chicken parmesan, and garlic Ferraris accompany frosty brews and mixed cocktails.
A trio of retro bowling alleys lures visitors into their distinctive confines for old-fashioned entertainment. Southport Lanes & Billiards exposes groups to waves of nostalgia with four lanes of hand-set bowling, making it 1 of only 10 remaining of its kind in the country. Outside of the bowling area, sleek wooden floors lead visitors to a line of pool tables, and an outdoor patio gives glimpses of the blooming neighborhood in warmer months.
Seven Ten Lounge, home to a bowling alley, billiard parlor, bar, and restaurant, envelops guests in the trappings of a bygone era. Art-deco motifs, vintage posters, and mahogany furnishings surround revelers as they lob a ball, aim a cue, or pity the defenseless pins. Local microbrews pepper the draft list with homegrown variety, and house-made fare elevates the menu past a typical alley nosh.
Hyde Park's Seven Ten Lanes not only exudes a similarly stylish décor, but also features gutter guards to contain errant throws by children or carnival musclemen with inner-ear imbalance.
At Arabesk Palace, diners munch on marinated Middle Eastern eats, before smoking regular or special-blend hookah flavors. Shareable small plates—such as baba gannouj or grape leaves stuffed with ground beef—awaken eaters’ taste buds more pleasantly than swallowing a recording of reveille does. House-made toasted pita acts as chaperone for the rosemary chicken, which boogies all night with jalapeño and peppers in a spicy-tomato-sauce setting, and broiled beef shawarma crashes the party late with main squeeze tahini sauce. Servers pack hookahs with more than two dozen different hookah flavors, from Safari melon dew to vanilla, so that guests can blow smoke into rings or the shape of their missing car keys. Each week Arabesk Palace showcases the stylings of nationally known Arabic singers.
At Agami, Executive Chef Kye is not just interested in the taste of food, but in the complete sensual experience of eating it. Those who order the garlic delight specialty sushi roll will feel the warmth of the Bacardi 151 flame it's served upon. Meanwhile, those biting into a salt sun flower roll will hear the crunch of sunflower seeds, and those admiring the wild fire roll will see a colorful combination of red snapper, guacamole, and mango pico de gallo. Sushi is certainly the restaurant's specialty, but it's not all that's served here?in addition to specialty maki, nigiri, and sashimi, there's also sushi-inspired entrees as well as a kitchen menu with dishes such as steamed dumplings and teriyaki chicken.
The attempt to create a wholly experiential dining experience doesn't stop with the food. The modern restaurant was designed with high ceilings, textured walls, and seaweed sculptures, all to create the feeling of being under the sea. Underwater scenes are projected on video screens, and a lucite bottle rack behind the bar resembles bubbling ocean waters. Concentric half-circles separate the traditional dining room, lounge area, and bar, the latter two of which are open until 1 am on Friday and Saturday nights.
Tiny Lounge serves elegantly presented American cuisine and handcrafted specialty cocktails in a sleek, inanimate lounge setting. Cuisine is served until 1 a.m. seven nights a week, making this miniature villa of victuals a lovely place to sop up post-midnight pumpkin juice with tasty comestibles. Sate salt cravings with the tiny fries ($6), sprinkled with sea salt and guarded by tamarind ketchup and roasted-garlic mayo. Pizzettas ($10–$14) are available in a variety of hues, such as margherita and minced lamb, and grilled-chicken empanadas ($9) with achiote, fresh oregano, cotija cheese, and chimichurri sauce provide a palate-punching counterpoint to the Americana sonata. Foodstuffs are best off-set by Tiny Lounge's specialty cocktails, such as Tito's Hammock ($9), a mix of Tito's handmade vodka, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, fresh cucumber, and fresh lemon; or the Henry's Holiday ($9), which fills bellies with Tito's handmade vodka, fresh strawberry puree, simple syrup, and fresh lemon juice.
Revelers gather around Lizard's Liquid Lounge's antique mahogany bar and intimate tables for open-mic nights, clothing swaps, burlesque shows, and darts and pool-league games. Three widescreen televisions draw gazes to tiny men engaged in sporting spectacles, while local and imported brews such as Rogue, Three Floyds, and Smithwick's whet palates. Homage Street Food's chefs operate out of a kitchen space adjacent to the lounge, where they craft dishes ranging from curry chips to char-grilled-beef sandwiches and chicken curry. Glossy oil paintings by Polish artist Tomek stand out from two-toned walls, and live music incites ears to waltz in 3/5 time on Friday and Saturday. Lizard's Liquid Lounge is a dog-friendly establishment.