The touches of bright blue at Mikonos Restaurant—pendant lights, plaid tablecloths, and chairs—recall the blue and white shades that flourish on Greece's coast. Peppered with photography of the island it's named after, Mikonos strives to offer an authentic Greek experience. The chefs craft dishes based on family recipes passed down through generations, and they import much of their kitchen's stock from Greece—including feta, yogurt, Souroti sparkling mineral water, and the piping-hot flames for the saganaki flambé.
The menu ranges from traditional dishes such as spanakopita, moussaka, and lamb souvlaki to diner-style dishes such as omelets and a burger piled with bacon, Greek parmigiana cheese, and piquillo-smoked-paprika aioli. Since the spot opened in 2011, it's been noticed for its Greek flair. The New York Times praised the grilled octopus as "exceedingly fresh and tender—luscious, really—simply drizzled with olive oil and vinegar," and noted the "affable service at prices that are on the low side." All of this contributes to revelry at the eatery, the chatter of silverware punctuated by glasses of Hope Valley Wine clicking together.
Catering to the fast-paced clientele that frequents Markers Restaurant from the surrounding financial district, the weekday-only eatery has developed three distinct levels of service to adapt to their customer’s varied tastes.
In the dining room, art-deco prints hang over upholstered booths where diners dig into elegant entrees such as pan-roasted mahi mahi or meatloaf in a wild-mushroom sauce. Meanwhile, Markers Express caters to on-the-go patrons with stylized takeout and delivery, including Jersey City–based Kobrick Coffee and an extensive salad bar.
Additionally, the staff offers full catering services that include deliveries of artfully arranged sandwiches and dessert trays, as well as set-up of salad, parfait, and breakfast bars. The waterfront restaurant also features outdoor seating, where patrons can enjoy views of Manhattan’s downtown skyline.
When the Egoavil and Anguino families emigrated from Peru in 1992, there was an empty Mexican restaurant awaiting them in the United States. They quickly transformed the dining room with a bounty of Mexican and Peruvian art and the menu with a fusion of Mexican and Peruvian dishes, thanks especially to chef Said Anguiano's specialization in the cuisine of Mexico and and chef Carmen Egoavil's knack for Peruvian fare. Their efforts were so successful that they earned the Best of Lambertville Award in 2013.
Today, Anguiano stuffs fish inside tacos and Egoavil marinates the seafood in the ceviche dish’s lime juice and Peruvian peppers. She blankets chicken in a spicy pepper sauce in the aji de gallina dish, while Anguiano folds chicken into enchiladas, burritos, and tamales. The two countries’ traditional meals sit side-by-side on tables in the bright orange dining room or out on the pet-friendly patio.
At Acacia, diners savor innovative and classic New American dishes that draw inspiration and ingredients from across the globe. Tastes of the surf, such as grilled swordfish with chilled green-bean-and-beet salad and orange couscous, complement bites from the turf, such as the Moroccan-spiced Colorado lamb shank served with braising jus. Vegetarians fill up during lunch with a five-mushroom burger served alongside yucca fries, and during dinner with roasted eggplant Provencal kept company by fresh mozzarella and Israeli couscous. While sating their hunger, diners can sip from drinks they brought with them and glut eyes on the muted auburn and earthen walls covered with vibrant hangings. In the warmer months, the patio hosts bites beneath umbrellas kept open to supply shade and bait traps for magical nannies.
As forks and knives descend on plates of refined American and Italian dishes, The Runway Restaurant and Bar's vast eastern window reveals airplanes touching down and taking off from Trenton-Mercer Airport. While diners watch the aerial ballet outside, chefs in the kitchen whip up mainstays such as sun-dried tomato ravioli, orange-basil mahi-mahi, and chicken cacciatore. In addition to the plane’s nightly shows, The Runway also hosts live entertainment such as local musicians and parties celebrating holidays ranging from Halloween and New Year’s Eve to the birthday of the Wright Brothers.
Michael Stanzione began his 35-year career at the Culinary Institute of America. With more than three decades of cooking and managing restaurants under his belt, Michael deemed it time to set forth on his own adventure and opened Cafe 3131. He draws on his years of experience to create a masterful menu of breakfast and lunch dishes that showcase grilled veggies on a bed of spinach, or hot chicken cheesesteak sandwiches.