There is rarely a free moment during the bustling workdays of the chefs at Pompei Little Market. As soon as they enter their shop and slip into aprons, they begin slicing up meats, cheeses, and vegetables for their selection of made-to-order paninis, sandwiches, and wraps. They also whip up chunky tuna, chicken, and egg salads before darting over to stoves to stir pots of seasonal homemade soups. Once the lunch rush has ended, they turn their attention to catering orders, arranging platters of cold cuts, assorted paninis, and pastries. The chefs also pack large trays with freshly made Italian specialties, from meaty lasagna to savory mussels marinara.
Amid all this bustle, the market's staff also designs custom gift baskets to match a variety of occasions, such as baskets of fine champagne and chocolates to celebrate weddings or gourmet hard candies to support a friend's New Year's resolution to stop chewing. While customers await their orders of freshly made deli sandwiches, catered meals, or specialty baskets, they can also peruse the shop's selection of fine wines and liquors.
For more than 40 years, the LaMorte family has regaled diners with mouthwatering Italian meals that spotlight richly sauced pastas, juicy steaks, and ocean-fresh seafood. The fully handicap-accessible space charms visitors with its art-peppered walls, coral accents, and varnished wood. The sun-drenched patio showcases a dark wood bar and a wood-fired brick pizza oven. The restaurant's catering services banquets of up to 500 guests or two narwhals with family-style Italian fare and hot or cold buffets.
From pizza to liverwurst to breakfast scrambles, Marc's Deli and Pizza hushes stomach grumbles with a menu of classic comfort food. Savored under a flat-screen TV in a tawny booth, food tackles the heartiest of appetites. Stacks of Boar's Head meats crowd into overstuffed sandwiches and wraps, which are complemented by housemade macaroni salad, coleslaw, potato salad, or a big slice of build-your-own pizza. The catering menu's Seafood Treasures top plates with shrimp parmesan and poached Norwegian salmon that, like pirate's treasure, can be turned into a statement necklace.
The chefs at Levant Grille fire up a Mediterranean menu of dishes marinated in Middle Eastern spices and designed to be enjoyed as a group. Hot and cold appetizers welcome shared snacking on smoked eggplant in the babaganoush ($7.95), the rice-stuffed grape leaves ($6.95), or the minced-lamb kofte meatballs ($8.95). The Joeje kebab skewers tender chicken breast marinated in Persian spices onto a chorus line of chopped morsels, alternating between tomato, pepper, and onion that high kick over open flames and inspire diners to greet them with a shower of roses ($17.95). A charcoal flame kisses lamb chops on both cheeks and arranges a marriage with bulgur pilaf for the pirzola entree ($22.95), and food artists brush salmon with olive oil, sprinkling fresh herbs over fillets and adding ambiance with a cheerful vegetable medley ($19.95). Cooks dial ovens to lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., arranging shoestring potato fries alongside crispy falafel sandwiches doused with tabouli ($9.95) and Mediterranean burgers buried beneath layers of crumbled feta cheese, caramelized onions, and yogurt sauce ($10.95).
Down-home Southern cooking journeys to Harlem at Miss Madue?s Spoonbread Too. Owner, caterer, cookbook author, and unconfirmed superhero Norma Jean Darden honors her Aunt Maude?s family-famous meals. Served Southern style, meals begin with baskets of hot cornbread and are paired with candied yams, mac 'n' cheese, and other comfort sides. Entrees such as southern fried chicken, Louisiana catfish, short ribs, and BBQ ribs have earned the eatery rave reviews from the New York Times, the New York Post, and O, The Oprah Magazine, along with happy customers in veggie- or peach cobbler-induced happy dazes.
Jamie's Cigar Bar & Restaurant offers a little bit of everything, from grilled chicken sandwiches and beer to prime steaks and full-bodied cigars. These eclectic offerings make it a place to share an intimate date over tortellini in cream sauce or head to the sports bar area for Sunday's game or Wednesday's commercials. Meanwhile, a cigar menu lets smokers take their pick of finely rolled stogies including options from Rocky Patel and Padron.