Nestled in the heart of Columbus' Short North Arts District, The Rossi Bar + Kitchen offers an eclectic menu whose creative offerings include Smoked Ohio Pork Belly, pastrami-cured New York strip steak, and Cocoa Braised Short Ribs, as well as the Rossi Burger and Authentic New York-style pizza boasting fresh mozzarella cheese and hand rolled dough. Luckily, there's ample time to try different things: the kitchen serves food until 1 a.m. At the bar, patrons share conversation and libations including craft beers, creative cocktails, and an extensive wine list served until 2:30 a.m. Reminiscent of a big city bistro, The Rossi Bar + Kitchen is complete with a vintage 1940's era bar, discovered in Brooklyn, refurbished and brought back to life in the Short North.
Red Bar Sushi's talented chefs grace tables with servings of fresh seafood and Japanese fare. Standard rolls, such as the veggie-stuffed garden roll ($5.25) satisfy appetites for sushi-bar favorites, and specialty rolls tempt palates with kitchen creations that include the eel and tuna buckeye roll ($9.95), celebrating the ancient sushi traditions of the Midwest. Delicate six-piece servings of sashimi clothe taste buds in the mouthwatering flavors of snapper ($10.95), salmon ($11.95), or a chef's selection of thin-sliced treats ($25). In addition to dishing out snugly wrapped rolls of sushi and tasty morsels of sashimi, Red Bar plates appetizing two-piece portions of nigiri ($3.95–$5.95), ambrosial nibbles of fish that lazily beckon to diners from a comfy day-bed of rice.
Mozaik’s menu of elegantly prepared small plates careens taste buds through a tour of Asian, southwestern, and Italian flavors. The raspberry pecan salad drenches pecans, roma tomatoes, blue cheese, and dried cranberries in a tangy raspberry dressing. Fingers revel in an array of grilled naan flatbreads, such as pollo e pomodoro, which is festooned with homemade tomato jam, grilled chicken, and asparagus, or the mediterranean, which recruits a choir of hummus, feta cheese, green peppers, and kalamata olives to tap out flavorful tunes against tone-deaf molars. Average-size forks lance a selection of 12 small plates, including the NY Strip Tease, which nestles slices of char-grilled meat into a trove of truffles fries and parmesan cheese. Artistic chefs meticulously hand roll a rainbow of cabbage and carrots into the vegetarian-friendly spring rolls and masterfully craft the Voodoo shrimp plate out of Cajun seared shrimp soaked in a vat of Voodoo beer-tomato sauce paired with homemade cornbread.
Uninitiated Indian foodies can enter the chambers of Taj Mahal's bountiful menu of flavorful fare with a safe yet savory sampling of garlic naan ($3.50) paired with a plate of deep-fried cutlets packed with mashed potatoes and veggies peppered in spicy herbs ($5). Main plates will satisfy carnivores and vegetarians alike, with options ranging from boldly spiced chicken vindaloo pinched with lemon and vinegar ($15) to navrattan curry, which features nine garden-fresh friends hanging out in a simmering pool of yogurt, cashews, cream, and butter ($13). No matter the dish, you get to choose how much you'd like the chef to spice it up; specify whether you'd like it mild, medium, sporty, spicy, really spicy, or "Shiva's sweat," which requires you to sign a waiver first.