At Revel, the culinary team's careful execution of new American cuisines with worldly influences have caught the attention of more than the locals. The restaurant earned the praises of the New York Times' food critic Joann Starkey, whose visit was replete with cuisine that hit the mark. Starkey isn't Revel's only fan; the restaurant makes frequent appearances on best-of lists, taking home honors as Long Island Restaurant News's Best Restaurant, Best Chef, and Best Deal of 2014 and one of Newsday's Top 20 Restaurants of 2013. The dinner menu bears out these accolades. Meals starts with appetizers?such as roasted brussels sprouts drizzled with juniper honey and topped with cherries and pecorino?which lead up to entrees including braised pork osso bucco, grilled atlantic swordfish, and an 8-ounce filet mignon with a tiny flag that reads, "You made it."
Established in 1965 by Italian brothers lured westward by the American dream, Umberto's Restaurant & Pizzeria is less of a eatery and more of an institution. The award-winning pizza has lured the likes of Mayor Giuliani to the original location, which has since spawned several more. No matter the locale, a Tuscan-style ambiance is permeated with the scents of seafood marinara, veal parmigiana, and pizzas that come in Sicilian and Neapolitan styles, among others.
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.
Contrary to its name, the signature item at Rita's Ice is a sandwich. Well, sort of. Known as the gelati, the tasty creation consists of a mound of italian ice?made from scratch every day using fresh fruit?crammed between two giant dollops of frozen custard. The gelati, along with a construction team that demands to be paid in sprinkles, has helped Rita's expand to more than 500 italian ice stores in the United States over nearly three decades. The Kosher-certified franchise has become so popular that it even made the top of Zagat's list of Best Quick Refreshment chains in 2012.
But the expansion would mean nothing if the desserts themselves weren't delicious. Thankfully, Rita's carries more than a dozen flavors of italian ice, which run the gamut from cantaloupe and guava to cotton candy. The shop also serves gelati, cream ice, milkshakes, and sundaes awaiting to be piled with limitless toppings. To keep taste buds tempted, Rita's consistently adds inventive and seasonal flavors to their menu. Among these are strawberry Starburst italian ice, marshmallow peanut butter cream ice, and pumpkin cheesecake cream ice.
Tailgating Unlimited's attendants help humans meet their fundamental need to combine entertainment with food. They arrive at driveways and sports-arena parking lots, set up their orange trailers, and grill enough food for families, friends, and reserve friends. As attendants tend to wings and burgers, tailgaters can fill glasses with bubbly brews from a built-in beer tap and kegerator. The mobile parties entertain with the help of a stereo and a 52-inch Samsung high-definition television, while included chairs, tents, and tables create convenient viewing areas. Aside from games, Tailgating Unlimited's trailers are a familiar sight at fundraisers, graduation parties, and other outdoor events.
A beaming neon sign boldly glows above Carlyle At The Omni Diner, where checkered floors, rock 'n' roll jukebox tunes, and classic diner fare rewind reality to the 1950s. Short-order cooks whip up breakfast items until 10:30 a.m. each day, firing up their griddle to build towers of buttermilk pancakes and smaller duplexes out of belgian waffles. Lunch and dinnertime eats include classic deli sandwiches, specialty salads, and pizzas, which all wash down with coffee and tea. Open during business hours, the diner welcomes business people staying at the hotel to sink into plush red booths while nibbling cheesecake and pouring ketchup over their expense reports.