Meats, cheeses, fruits, and veggies line the counters and display cases at DaVinci Gourmet Market, where chefs draw upon a palette of fresh ingredients to compose take-home entrees and catered meals each day. To-go containers nearly overflow with wild-rice salad or crab cakes, and entrees of grilled salmon or roasted chicken make for ephemeral table centerpieces. The sun rises over omelets and traditional two-egg breakfasts, and the lunch menu’s specialty paninis invoke the Leaning Tower of Pisa with their stacked toppings and unstable groundwork of toasted ciabatta bread.
As stuffed with delicacies as a traditional grape leaf, Greek Corner's expansive, authentic menu ranges widely over lamb- and feta-spiked savories. Split with a pal a pikilia platter of cheesy tiropita, potato croquettes, and greek meatballs piled high on a field of lettuce ($13.95). Nibble at twin skewers of tender, marinated lamb bolstered with a side of potato and greek salad ($15.95), or order a solo-sized greek pizza ($6.95) with spinach and tomato huddling under a blanket of feta, kefalotyri, and mozzarella cheeses like ancient Greek children hiding from the minotaur in the closet. At meal's end, culinary cohorts can munch on sweet baklava ($4.25) or tiramisu ($4.95) while enjoying one of seven varieties of beer.
"We do not carry Bud, Coors, or Miller."
So reads a line on the website of Croxley's Ale House, but it might as well be a mission statement: for more than 20 years?long before the crazes of drinking microbrews or having fun took off?thirsty patrons have headed to Croxley's for flavorful tastes of Long Island craft beers. Such dedication to serving local libations earned Chris Werle & Jeffry Piciullo the Pioneer Award at the 2013 Golden Tap Awards Gala, a testament to their "forward thinking" and dedicated spirit.
At all six locations throughout Long Island and New York, Croxley's Ale House serves local and high-end beer on tap paired with hearty feasts of hamburgers, pulled-pork sandwiches, and fish and chips. At Croxley's original location in Franklin Square?offering 60 craft beers on tap?visitors can gather for games around one of 30 HD TVs or belly up to the bar for ten-cent and twenty-cent wing nights throughout the week.
Before the doors open to Little Enrico's Pizzeria, the chefs are already busy making pizzas, calzones, and pastas. Their creations are displayed behind glass cases for customers to peruse an order on the spot. Classic pepperoni and olive toppings join more eclectic ingredients, including spicy buffalo chicken pieces and rigatoni noodles, on pizzas and inside calzones. In the dining area, a mural of a Venetian canal oversees patrons at tables.
Frosty's manages to hit the sweet spot for both kids an adults with a wide variety of cool treats, from six-layer sundaes to specialty espresso drinks and frozen hot chocolate. On the enormous menu, visitors will find everything from Nutella milkshakes to belgian waffles laden with scoops of ice cream and swirls of fluffy whip cream. A long list of teas is also available on chillier nights, while more than 30 flavors of specialty sno-cones are the perfect way to honor a fallen snowman on the first day of spring.