Sleek light fixtures dangle from Kohana Japanese Restaurant's ceiling and subtly illuminate a tidily minimal fleet of indigo and white chairs, booths abutting wavy-lined wall paneling, and plates featuring eats carefully crafted and presented by the chefs. Sharply dressed in the only two colors that can be worn together, black and white, servers march out with precisely sliced sections of signature dishes such as the Phoenix specialty roll, which combines spicy tuna, snow crab, and avocado with a multifaceted dressing. Non-sushi selections, such as crunchy shrimp tempura and baked salmon with eel sauce, also pair well with Kohana's selection of wine, beer, and sake.
The diversity of Relish's offerings—from its dine-in menu of salads and sandwiches to its bakery and frozen yogurt—represents the eatery's evolution from a small deli to a full-blown restaurant. Those early diner favorites, such as tuna melts and meatball subs, still fill bellies alongside bread bowls full of hot pasta. On the bakery side, custom cakes, gourmet cupcakes, and pies brimming with fresh fruit line the counters or await pickup for a future event. On Friday nights, the venue comes to life with the thrumming music of live local bands, followed by family-friendly Saturdays, on which kids eat free without having to pickpocket napping subway commuters.
Along with constantly questing for the choicest coffees, the Decadence team rotates its repertoire of ambrosial bakery delights throughout the day to keep them fresh. Decadence’s warm, bright interior invites guests to cuddle up in a cozy chair with a foamy cappuccino ($2.75–$4) or a more summer-friendly frozen latte ($3–$4.25) as they muse about whether chameleon meat tastes like rainbows. Fantasy baseball fans can keep tabs on the big doubleheader between House Targaryen and the Noldor Elves via free WiFi while indulging in a rich, chocolaty black-forest cake ($4.50), bite-size decadent drops (cake $0.75, cheesecake $1), or a jumbo mint-chocolate-chip cupcake ($3).
Edelweiss's rustic Bavarian décor complements a mouth-watering billow of scents and sights, from succulent sandwiches to a daily selection of traditional sweets. The menu transports gastronomes into delectable Deutsch dining, much like the pumpernickel-paved autobahn, with heaping schnitzel sandwiches ($7.99) flanked by german potato salad, and currywurst platters, which showcase a duo of bratwursts cloaked in curry sauce ($8.99). Parched wurst-wolfers can swig one of Edelweiss' German beers or explore the eatery's rotating cast of fresh-baked sweets, such as black forest tortes, apple strudel, and a variety of sugar-free options. Edelweiss's traditional breakfast includes cold cuts, two rolls, and preserves ($8.79), while the Polish alternative ($8.79) taps the taste-bud-trouncing power of kielbasa.
Freedom Deli's army of hearty sandwiches, available for carryout or delivery, can ably oust hunger from meetings and get-togethers. Bread such as sub rolls, croissants, pretzel bread, and ciabatta—like the walk-in safes of wealthy butchers—lock up rich, flavorful Boar's Head meats. The shop's epic Heavy Lift comes stacked with a farmyard trinity of roast beef, Virginia baked ham, and smoked turkey ($9.95), and the corned-beef sandwich slathers its marble rye canvas with sauerkraut, swiss cheese, and thousand-island dressing ($6.95). Former college students looking to showcase their mature tastes can brandish the pizza sandwich, a refined handheld that encases pepperoni, marinara, and mozzarella ($6.95). Delivery is available within 10 miles of Freedom Deli, and a minimum eight-sandwich order is required.