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.
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 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.