Disenchanted with the stigmatization of pool halls as dark, grimy places, lifelong billiards enthusiast Faheem Zia decided to give the game he loved room to thrive in a well-lit and smoke-free joint with an art-deco aesthetic. Gleaming cues dip back and glide smoothly between fingers tented against the main hall's 13 pool tables, which include Diamond Pro-Am units topped in cerulean felt and 9-foot Brunswick Gold Crown IV tables. A heated Søren Søgaard model without pockets serves as a venue for less-common billiards variants and lacks the traditional spots to hide an extra pair of aces.
Each table makes an appearance on the professional circuit monthly, when one of three rotating professional leagues visits and fills the room with an orchestra of cracking Super Aramith balls. During matches, café-style tables surrounded by high-top chairs and stools fill with a range of upscale pub fare such as wings dry-fried in ovens. A jukebox crouches in one corner, spilling forth a varied soundtrack on waves of neon light, and a panoply of touch-screen games and two dartboards let patrons compete while avoiding green felt after a teary falling-out with Kermit.
If you vow to try a new piece of sushi, maki, or shasimi every month at Sakari Sushi, make sure you aren't moving any time in the next three years. That’s because the sushi chefs, who boast more than 40 years of combined experience, artfully plate more than 30 varieties. They assemble classic ingredients to create innovative combinations, such as the Mount Fuji roll with spicy crawfish coated in tempura flakes, the Mexican roll with shrimp tempura, cream cheese and jalapeno, and a California roll uniquely crowned with baked scallops.
Beyond the sushi bar, Sakari's culinary team prepares meats, seafood, and veggies in traditional style, such as tempura, teppan, and teriyaki. They even serve thinly sliced, marinated portions of pork or ribeye over a hot stone slab decked out with onions. Hot and cold sakes, imported Japanese beer, and an extensive wine selection complement meals, which unfold inside Sakari's hardwood dining room, as well as on an outdoor patio in the event of warm weather or an apocalyptic solar flare.
Laughter fills the air as kids zip down slides and caper about a jungle of wall-to-wall inflatables and obstacle courses within Monkey Joe?s play center. Kids 12 and under romp throughout the air-conditioned playscape?s obstacles, and tykes 3 and under stretch their imaginations on the softer and smaller attractions in the toddler play area. An orchestra of electronic beeps fills the arcade, the scents of savory pizza waft from a concessions stand, and a redemption center filled with gadgets and plush toys awaits kids ready to redeem their tickets. Colorful balloons and cakes pack party rooms, where birthday boys and girls unwrap presents and brand-new imaginary friends.
Safety is paramount to Monkey Joe?s. The well-lit play areas are supervised by trained staff, and a child security system tracks visitors through identity bracelets and video monitoring. These safety measures?combined with thorough cleaning and sanitizing?put parents at ease.
Corpus Waxing Center specializes in Brazilian bikini waxes that incorporate the latest advancements in hair-removal techniques, offering clients a high-quality waxing experience that involves medically sterilized equipment and fresh batches of hard, green wax. Owner, Dea Prieto, is dedicated to providing a warm and welcome environment for customers in the center's newly renovated space, while continuing to expand the services offered. Services include glow-and-go facial, as well as nail treatments at the Nail Bar & Lounge, which features nail polishes from around the world. While being pampered, customers can relax and partake in a refreshing drink as they indulge in a spa experience.
Whether seated in the indoor atrium or enjoying the outdoor courtyard, guests of The Bistro on Park Avenue will find a delectable assortment of stomach comforters on which to nosh, such as a pair of pan-fried crab cakes with a homemade sweet Asian sauce ($15) or shrimp Louie salad, which decorates fresh mixed greens, red onion, cucumber, tomato, and boiled egg slices with curly sea runts ($13). Bistro pot roast quickly woos taste buds with slow-roasted meatiness accompanied by mashed potatoes and the day’s seasonal vegetable ($19). For savory sandwiched fare, try a Cajun black-and-blue burger, which traps a half-pound sirloin burger between the halves of a toasted kaiser roll and sprinkles on blue cheese crumbles and fried jalapeño slices ($12). Dessert options include key-lime crème brûlée ($8), Jack Daniel's chocolate cake ($7), and Kentucky-bourbon pecan pie ($7).
Orchard Thai’s menu features well-spiced, authentic Thai dishes. Begin with the Thai summer roll, a montage of lettuce and carrots nestled within vermicelli noodles and served with hoisin sauce and crushed peanuts ($4), or sip your way into satisfaction with the traditional spicy lemongrass soup seasoned with kaffir leaves, lime and chili tamarind oil with chicken, tofu or shrimp ($5). The braised short rib massaman sautés potatoes and bell peppers in a sweet chilli sauce ($25), while the larb chicken lobs minced chicken with spicy red onion, cilantro, scallions, mint and lime into your mouth mitt ($18). Soothe spice-laden palates with Thai iced coffee ($4) or sticky coconut rice crowned with a fleshy slab of mango ($7).