The chefs at JD's Steak Pit grill up meaty cuts of certified Angus beef, ribs, and other classic steak-house dishes for both lunch and dinner. Bi-colored capsicums and flecks of bacon garnish the baked-clams casino starter ($13), and an 8-ounce petite filet mignon ($21–$23) campaigns to win the title of Cutest Steak by an impartial jury of butchers. In the kitchen, chefs prepare slabs of JD's baby back ribs ($22) for plateside naps and unite the Odd Couple's chicken and shrimp on a marriage alter of scampi sauce and rice ($18–$20). Each dinner patron sips a free pour of wine proffered by the glass, such as an Australian shiraz by Gotham (a $12 value), a William Hill Estate chardonnay (a $13 value), or a goblet full of juicy bartender secrets.
With more than two decades of experience peddling authentic Korean cuisine, the culinary whizzes at Gam Mee Ok ladle out a cornucopia of tempting appetizers, traditional beef entrees, and exotic liquors squeezed from rice. An appetizer of freshly steamed dumplings or flaky seafood pancakes commences duos' chew-a-thons and are intended to be split between two people, much like the responsibility of rearing a perforated child, before guests receive two shareable entrees. Grilled beef short ribs come backed by special soy sauce in the wang galbi, and the japchae showcases sautéed beef tossed with glass or sweet-potato noodles and soaked in soy cream. Bibimbap, a mix of shredded beef and vegetables over rice, comes in a sizzling stone bowl (dolsot bibimbap) or au natural. As they dine, twosomes can sip on exotic spirits such as bottles of Korean rice wine, sake, vodka-like soju, or liquefied poltergeists.
Santorini Taverna’s chefs combine choice meats, fresh vegetables, and authentic ingredients to create an extensive dinner menu of Mediterranean eats. Dining duos and quartets can dig fluffy pita into a shared platter of assorted cold dips, featuring hummus, tzatziki, caviar taramosalata, eggplant melitzanosalata, beets, and grape leaves. Entrees of charcoal-grilled lamb chops or Greek-style chicken arrive to tables with a choice of fries, oven-roasted lemon potatoes, rice, or dry-cleaned-and-steamed greens. Servings of succulent crabmeat fill stuffed fillet of sole, and diners can usher bites to their stomach seats with sips of house wine.
Tast Eatery serves up healthy meals made from organic and locally sourced natural ingredients. The menu boasts a mouth-watering spread of burgers from grass-fed cattle ($5.95–$11.95), garden fresh salads ($5.95–$9.95), and sandwiches made with free-range chickens, organic veggies, and more. Organic egg sandwiches ($3.25–$4.25) pair a variety of meats and cheeses with the eponymous ovals grilled in olive oil and served on a bagel, roll, multi-grain bread, or whole-wheat wrap. The homemade veggie burger ($8.95) arrives at tables preassembled with sliced avocado, tomato, a nest of organic greens, and hummus spread, saving guests the trouble of raising their own menagerie of minerals, vitamins, and chronic-disease fighters. Thirsty patrons can sip chilly beverages, such as a banana-nutmeg moo smoothie concocted with hormone- and antibiotic-free milk or organic soy milk ($4.85–$5.95).
Tucked away in the kitchen of each Paris Baguette, bakers trained in French techniques craft buttery, flaky croissants and tart crusts, and their success at this has earned attention from the likes of the New York Times. In addition to pastries and sweets such as mocha rice balls, the bakers knead bread for their namesake baguettes and yeasty creations that hold an Asian twist, such as red-bean-paste-filled donuts. The experts also create fondant-cloaked cakes that venture beyond classic flavors into green tea, cappuccino, and sweet potato, delighting partygoers bored of the same laminated sheet cake that makes its appearance at each year’s birthday celebration.
To wash down these treats, patrons sip cups of java or more exotic drinks such as wheatgrass and black-sesame lattes, persimmon smoothies, and bubble tea. At lunchtime, many locations layer sandwiches, filling hungry stomachs with croque monsieurs and baguettes stuffed with chicken and pesto.