Cuisine Type: Brazilian-American
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 5?10
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular offering: Feijoada
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout Only
Outdoor Seating: No
Samba Cafe's owner Paulo champions the regional dishes of Southeast Brazil. The crown jewel of the menu is the "National Brazilian Dish," Feijoada. Though the stew started its life as a Portuguese import, the Brazilian version took on a life of its own. Samba Cafe's take on the dish incorporates black beans and a trio of meats?pork, beef, and sausage?and tops it off with saut?ed garlic collard greens, an orange slice, and farofa. "[Customers] are always surprised by the flavors," he says. In addition to other Brazilian specialties, including the Farofa da Serra?scrambled eggs, bananas, and spices?the restaurant also serves up a handful of American favorites, including wraps, panini, and burritos.
Critically acclaimed since its inception, Prime Steakhouse serves a menu’s worth of choice sirloin, seafood, and poultry in a dark-wood setting, lit by massive bay windows and populated by cozy, spacious booths. Exclusive Angus Reserve cuts, grilled to order by Executive Chef Dave Moscowitz and Chef de Cuisine John Strakal, pair with sides such as sautéed mushrooms or garlic-whipped potatoes. A breezy open patio, menu of deftly shaken cocktails, and flatware that gladly translates Baudelaire contributes to the restaurant's sophisticated ambiance, and the encyclopedically extensive wine list showcases varietals that complement meals. Prime’s deft juggling of epicurean elegance and family-friendliness garnered the attention of James Leach of Rochester City Newspaper, and the anonymous duo of Rochester Magazine's He Ate, She Ate were enchanted by the attentive service and "flavor galore."
Chef Anthony Dapice exercises three decades of culinary experience to pay homage to the tastes of France, Italy, Asia, Greece, and the United States’ many culinary regions. The menu spins a kaleidoscope of garden salads, including a French country salad ($7). A turkey-mango quesadilla allows the Thanksgiving favorite to take a tropical vacation on a ciabatta-panini raft ($7), and articulate dinner pangs speak their longing for the homemade lasagna ($15) or the roasted, gingered Atlantic salmon ($17). Marbleized walls, gleaming wood floors, and framed artwork are grounded by a warm but stern fireplace.
The grill at Sogo Japanese Steakhouse is not just a grill. With tables surrounding it, the flattop hibachi doubles as a stage, where chefs Binh and Matt juggle spatulas while searing lobster, steak, and scallops. While their customers grill their own portions of Kobe beef as an appetizer, the sushi chefs in the kitchen prepare both cooked and raw signature rolls with ingredients such as eel, deep-fried crab, and spicy tuna with a tempura crunch. The chefs also craft orders of live scallops, sea urchin, and lobster. All the while, customers enjoy the view of a modernly designed space, with bright pink walls by the grill and funky light fixtures throughout.
• For $15, you get $30 worth of authentic Irish fare during dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday–Thursday • For $5, you get $10 worth of authentic Irish fare during lunch from noon to 3 p.m. Shamrock Jack's invokes the spirit of authentic Irish cuisine with original recipes, dishing out a menu of grilled steaks and fresh seafood. Patrons can satisfy the wanderlust of evening appetites with the dublin broil, a grilled sirloin steak tucked into a bed of garlic mashed potatoes and serenaded with a drizzled lullaby of Jack's gravy ($17.99). Deli favorites, steaks, and seafood deliciously crowd the lunch menu like tourists in a fanny pack museum.
The mealtime maestros at Mario’s Italian Restaurant stiff-arm hunger with a robust menu of sophisticated repasts. Ease into the occasion with an antipasto such as Nonna's homemade meatball, a hand-rolled sphere of beef and pork ($8). Primed palates then welcome a platter of fettuccine alfredo, pancetta, and asparagus ($19) or a lightly breaded chicken parmigiano ($13). Patrons in a beefier frame of stomach should consider devouring a hand-selected steak such as the heartily marbled, 16-ounce Angus beef Delmonico ($25), gracefully grilled and dished up on a sizzling skillet to preserve cooking temperature. Mario’s Sunday brunch rewards visitors with treats ranging from made-to-order crepes and belgian waffles to eggs benedict, ricotta-stuffed shells, and a slew of pastries ($21.95 for adults, $12.95 for children). For those who don't believe in gluten, the restaurant cheerfully extends a gluten-free menu for inspection.