Lizarran infuses each small tapas plate, savory grilled dish, and steaming paella platter on the menu with authentic Spanish flavors. Rub elbows with table neighbors over carefully crafted tapas, including succulent shrimp sautéed with garlic and olive oil ($12) and deep-fried potatoes with spicy tomato sauce ($7).
Emulating a true-to-life New York deli, the interior at Gandolfo’s conjures the bustling streets of the Big Apple without the clamor of subways or the rush of the city. Inside each franchise—Gandolfo's locations, like New York City's five boroughs, are spread across 15 states—New York memorabilia dons the walls, overlooking helpings of more than 70 New York–themed sandwiches. From the Long Island chicken salad to the pastrami-stuffed King of Queens, each variety comes piled high atop a freshly baked hero or kaiser roll or sourdough, wheat, or rye bread. The deli also sates Manhattan–size appetites with chili-soaked Nathan’s hot dogs and relieves morning cravings with bagels buried beneath turkey and roast beef.
A small flight of stairs leads guests down into a rustically decorated room, which evokes the ambiance of a subterranean wine cellar with its earthen arches, barrel-lined walls, and soft chandelier lighting. Designed by the artisans who created Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean, the dining room appeals to a similarly nostalgic whimsy. However, the cooks slightly modernize the menu's historic European roots by introducing unexpected ingredients.
The chefs elevate simple grilled-cheese sandwiches by slipping in braised short ribs, caramelized shallots, and horseradish cream alongside the gruyere and monterey jack cheeses, and a splash of cognac adds even more richness to the silken lobster bisque. Thai barbecue-glazed tofu and basmati rice also help to distinguish the menu by lending it a distinctly international flare.
Staying true to its name, The Cellar proudly features a 1,400-bottle wine list, which, according to the staff, helped to garner the restaurant Wine Spectator's exclusive Grand Award. The selection includes familiar staples, boutique producers, and rare vintages from virtually every major wine-producing region except the Marianas Trench.
Yoga is a great way to stay toned and limber while temporarily storing worldly worries in a drawer with knick-knacks, spare change, and shrunken heads. Like a chameleon trapped in a box of Crayolas, each class transforms yoga into a different shade while remaining the same at its core. Classes range in difficulty and specialty, including such varieties as Vinyasa Flow, Hot Yoga, and other conveniently color-coded courses. Intense red classes incinerate fat, whereas the blue series keeps things slower and steadier. View the upcoming schedule for Long Beach here and Fullerton here.
8Eightyeight Cigar Merchants serves delectable libations and cultivates cigar-chomping camaraderie within a private facility that fuses elements of a cigar lounge, pool hall, and sports bar. The club's massive walk-in humidor houses brand-name cigars for members to puff away on while monitoring news and sports such as pay-per-view UFC fights on a cluster of flat-screen TVs arranged in front of comfy leather chairs or while shooting pool within the white-brick billiards room. In addition to members-only cigar and alcohol tastings, 8Eightyeight Cigar Merchants hosts a plentitude of private fundraisers, corporate events, and parties for Groucho Marx enthusiasts.
The lively culinary team at Florentine’s Grill cossets palates with its robust menu of flavorful Italian American favorites in a gorgeous dining room swathed in European décor. Delve into Florentine's selection of lunchtime specials for the crisp cobb salad with diced white turkey, bacon, egg, and more greens than Richie Rich's bank account ($9.99). Diners can anchor their incisors in an array of sandwiches, wraps, and half-pound burgers that include the bounteous bruschetta burger, hoisting mozzarella cheese and spicy mayo on focaccia bread ($10.99). For a sea of savory flavors, dive into the tilapia picatta drizzled with a lemon-butter caper sauce ($17.99), or quell a tumultuous tummy before it bellows like a wounded tuba by ordering the thick-cut prime rib, which is slathered in a creamy horseradish sauce and served only on Friday and Saturday nights, with hearty sides of mashed potatoes and creamed spinach ($22.99).