Executive chef Kevin Lee's 20-year career rolling sushi pays off at Japango. His skills shine at the trendy eatery, where he creates more than 50 varieties of sushi rolls, including the Japango Lobster Bomb—a bundle of tempura lobster, asparagus, and fish eggs encased by a shell of tempura lobster. Lee's experience with cuisines outside of Japan is highlighted as well, as the menu features dishes such as pad thai and beef and broccoli.
Japango's popularity has warranted an expansion to two new locations. Both hot spots mimic the original restaurant's modern vibe, characterized by clean lines and dim, tear-drop lighting, which sets the mood for a romantic evening or a tantalizing game of footsie with a table leg.
Many of NYC's favorite Italian-American specialties can be found more than a thousand miles away at Trio's Deli & Pizzeria. Chefs sprinkle thin-crust pizzas with a custom mix of sauces, cheeses, and toppings and toss wings in a signature buffalo sauce. However the cornerstone of Trio's is its deli fare: hot and cold sandwiches are piled high with layer upon layer of deli meats, cheese, and spicy peppers. For an extra meat fix, chefs can pair sandwiches with sides such as sauce-topped meatballs.
Chef Yozo Natsui's training in his native Japan, combined with more than 15 years of experience behind the stove, helped earn Bluefin Sushi & Thai Grill the distinction of Best Sushi, 2010 in the Sun Sentinel's Best of South Florida series. Inside a sleek dining room, servers transport fresh slices of fatty tuna and hand rolls from the sushi bar, where Yozo and his cadre of chefs carefully assemble edible cylinders lined with fresh seafood and cool vegetables. They accompany their platters of seared-steak teriyaki with soup or salad, and envelop medleys of vegetables in tempura batter before exposing them to a deep fryer—which is hotter and more philosophically profound than a bourgeois fryer. Servers pour an extensive selection of cold, hot, and flavored sake alongside various wines, imported Asian beers, and Thai iced tea.
A server sets fire to an appetizer of cheese soaked in brandy, and shouts of “Opa!” sound as the flames climb several feet in the air. After dousing the blaze with a squeeze of lemon juice, the server presents a sizzling plate of kefalotiri saganaki. On nearby tables, plates teem with filet mignon medallions seared by a wood-fired grill and ouzo mussels swimming in garlic tomato sauce.
Meals conclude with traditional Greek desserts or specialty martinis. Before leaving, diners can linger over polished wood tables in the dining room or enjoy the fresh air from outdoor seating on the patio. For large gatherings, Taverna Kyma can roast spit-fired pigs or lamb with 48 hours' notice, accommodating such events as weddings, seminars, and the 10-year anniversary of a successful seminar.
Scattered pimento-like across the Boca Raton area, Mitch and Cory Shidlofsky's microcosmic Brooklyns serve teetering deli sandwiches and hearty breakfast fare. Every morning, diners tuck into 20 types of bagels, including egg, sunflower seed, pumpernickel, and marble, and slather them in cream-cheese flavors such as scallion, honey walnut, and strawberry. Sweeter options abound as well, including challah french toast, and Oreo pancakes that help children-at-heart relive their glory days when their heads were the size of cookies. Gloriously messy sandwiches star on the lunch menu—foremost among them the New Jersey sloppy joe, in which roast beef, corned beef, and turkey spill out from under russian dressing and coleslaw.
According to The Boca Raton Tribune, Café Auribeau is a perpetual work-in-progress as owner and chef Allan Seiler constantly evolves his menu to reflect his love of French cuisine and the response he gets from his clientele. Serving up a combination of authentic French dishes and American staples, Café Auribeau gives locals an opportunity to taste French cuisine, without having to wait for their meal to get its own passport. "Auribeau" is French for "beautiful surroundings"—a fitting name for an eatery with large, airy windows, weathered wooden booths, colorful potted flowers, and bright white tablecloths in the outdoor seating area.