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.
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.
Having just celebrated their grand opening, the chefs at Amcook Fusion Cuisine, a new sushi restaurant, fill their specialty sushi rolls with fresh ingredients such as spicy snow crab, avocado, and sweet mango. In addition to sushi the chefs feature Thai style green curries made with coconut milk and fresh basil and Japanese style yaki soba dishes of stir fried noodles with shrimp, onions, and mushrooms. Amcook Fusion Cuisine also offers an extensive lunch menu with daily specials and a traditional family dinner for Chinese New Year.
The global cuisine at Crown Restaurant & Lounge satisfies myriad hankerings. You'll find chicken penne vodka, chorizo tacos, Mexican roasted corn, hummus, and Angus burgers. The diverse menu comes together as gracefully as the smooth cuts of wood that dominate the main dining space. Exposed brick, gold-colored seats, and tufted upholstery add a touch of refinement to the lounge, where you can sip on sake, caipirinhas, or lambic beer until 2:30 a.m.
Doubling as a wine and espresso bar, 181 Cabrini serves up scrumptious small plates and hearty entrees in a relaxed neighborhood atmosphere. The dinner menu showcases innovative twists on tapas-style fare, such as curried chicken empanadas ($7), pulled-pork sliders served with kewpie coleslaw and fast-cured cucumbers ($8), and fried brussels sprouts with chili-caramel sauce, a rare combination of green vegetables and caramel, America’s two most popular ice-cream toppings ($7). Famished feasters can satisfy stomachs with large-plate options, including french country chicken stew over rice ($14) and black pepper-crusted yellowfin tuna with sinus-tickling wasabi sauce ($17). 181 Cabrini boasts an expansive wine list, which features an international who’s who of fermented grape gulpables sold by the bottle ($28–$65) or the glass ($8–$12).
With more than two decades of experience peddling authentic Korean cuisine, the culinary whizzes at Gammeeok ladle out a cornucopia of tempting appetizers and traditional beef entrees. Shared starters of freshly steamed dumplings and flaky seafood pancakes commence duos' chew-a-thons and competitions in napkin folding. Grilled beef short ribs arrive to tables backed by special soy sauce, and twosomes can accompany their meal with BYOB drinks and liquefied poltergeists. On Tuesday and Friday nights, live jazz seasons the air as moonlight streams in through Gammeeok's vast floor-to-ceiling windows.