Red Mango's frozen yogurt has been garnering national attention for more than five years, unlike that musician strumming away next to the foosball table in his basement. The shop earned a place atop Zagat's 2011 lists for Best Smoothie and Frozen Yogurt Chain and Best Healthy Options Among Quick Refreshment Chains. Red Mango showcases its award-winning reputation by dishing up all-natural and gluten-free yogurts—all of which are either low-fat or nonfat—that promote healthy digestive and immune systems with natural probiotics. Friendly staff members are always on hand to whip Ghirardelli dark chocolate, POM pomegranate juice, and seasonal pumpkin spice frozen yogurts into Stevia-sweetened smoothies or parfaits layered with organic granola and fruit. The toppings bar brims with crunchy cereal, cheesecake bits, and nuts, allowing creative customization.
Pubs west of the Atlantic often pay homage to the UK, but Dan McGuinness Pub goes one step farther: it was actually made in Ireland. Shipped to Memphis, Tennessee in pieces, the first Dan McGuinness was entirely assembled by a team of five Irishmen, who still manually hold it together today. The franchise's other locations weren't built this way, but they all carry on the original pub's tradition of friendly service and classic Irish dishes such as corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash, and shepherd's pie. American and English influences also permeate the menu in dishes such as blackened chicken fingers and fish ‘n’ chips made with Atlantic cod dipped in Harp lager batter.
The pub's beer list similarly mixes up European and American offerings with brews from Guinness, Smithwick's, and Sam Adams. Feasts at Dan McGuinness unfold amid a convivial atmosphere, with entertainment such as billiards and live music every Friday and Saturday night.
Kush Hookah Lounge engages eaters and puffing patrons alike with a menu of Mediterranean eats and a full hookah lounge, featuring 20 tobacco varieties. Complement puffs with a fete of small plates, including creamy hummus ($5.99), curry fries ($5.49), and six different types of wings, including garlic and chipotle ($6.99+). Guests can synchronize blown smoke spheres of smooth and fragrant tobacco flavors such as coconut, apple, or strawberry ($14) while reclining on a mound of silky throw pillows. Adventurous inhalers can sample more exotic essences, ranging from passion-fruit mojito to blue mist, a blend rivaling only microwaved peanut butter in smoothness.
The chefs at Custino's Restaurant & Bar hand batter mozzarella sticks, prepare signature sauces, and make fresh cannolis each day. House specialties include the 10-layer lasagna with seasoned ground pork and beef and ricotta cheese and hand breaded chicken parmesan crowned with melted mozzarella cheese.
51st Street Speakeasy dishes up a savory spread of creative American staples in a vintage-style bar with an intimate stage hosting live entertainment. The fresh menu brings together tacos, salads, and burgers in a culinary harmony unseen since the California Raisins dominated the airwaves. Guests can rev stomach engines with a starter such as chicken or beef nachos, stacked to stratospheric heights with tomatoes, jalapeños, and cheese and served with luscious guacamole, sour cream, and salsa ($8). A traditional caesar salad with freshly made dressing ($7) makes for a well-rounded meal when paired with a cheeseburger, amassing a half-pound patty seasoned and cooked to order ($8).
More than 30 years in the business of providing lip-smacking hospitality has taught the proprietors of The Library how to keep its customers coming back. A slew of regulars populates the eatery's bar-side chairs and group-size banquettes nightly, often chomping through head chef Justin McNutt's generous burgers, meaty sandwiches, and buffalo wings—each named after an infamous author or literary masterpiece. Besides hosting special events within its dining chamber, The Library also invites guests to live it up during private parties with custom menus and flowing libations within its indoor courtyard.