Like any good sports bar, 97 Lake Sports Cafe and Restaurant glows with the light of major events on high-definition TVs?28, to be exact?and a 108-inch big screen while serving ample pub-style food and beer. But 97 Lake stands out from the pack in a key way: it couples the regular menu, which is chock-full of half-pound burgers and sauce-slathered wings, with a gluten-free version for both kids and adults. The owner has celiac disease and so does his daughter, so he knows how eating out can be a frustrating experience for those with gluten sensitivity. To make his eatery a welcoming and tasty outing for everyone, the kitchen staff is trained to prepare a wide variety of gluten-free food, including pizza, pulled-pork sandwiches and onion rings, pretzel bites, fried pickles, and mac-and-cheese. All this combined has helped 97 Lake earn a win from Westchester Magazine for 2013's Best Sports Bar.
Contemporary decor and mosaic bamboo installations fill Silver Lake Asian Fusion and Sushi Bar, where multicolored neon lights illuminate bottles of Japanese sake as skilled chefs work in an open sushi bar. Fusing flavors from Japan, Thailand, and China, the eatery's culinary savants can artfully roll sushi with fresh ingredients such as spicy salmon or slice thin sashimi using nothing but a stern gaze. Aromas of succulent meats drift throughout the dining room, telling tales of crispy duck appetizers and hibachi-style filet mignon. Silver Lake serves its culinary constructions for lunch and dinner, which patrons can enjoy for dine in, carry out, or delivery via the world's longest shuffleboard table.
Voted Best Authentic Crepes in 2009 by Westchester Magazine, Rue des Crepes conjures a Parisian ambiance with a colorful street-side mural, cobblestone floors, and authentic French fare that "transports you to the quais of the Seine." According to metromix.com's mustachioed detectives, "all the classic fillings are there," including lemon, plantain, ham, and chorizo. Chefs prepare savory crêpes with a buckwheat-flour batter and, upon request, serve dessert crêpes à la mode. Rounding out the menu, pots of cheese fondue arrive with bite-size dunkers such as focaccia, shrimp, and buttons from Napoleon's doublet.
Whether they're children enjoying dinner with their families or senior citizens dancing to the sounds of Ang Rubino Orchestra, owners John and Maria Muscatella want everyone to feel welcome at Halstead's Bar & Grill. By combining the best parts of a friendly neighborhood pub with elements of a bustling Italian family's kitchen, the Muscatellas create a warm, friendly restaurant that appeals to a wide demographic.
Halstead's Bar & Grill menu features American comfort food alongside hearty Italian fare. The eatery's chalkboard features a list of classic sandwiches, as well as more creative selections, such as the paesano burger, which is topped with crumbled sausage and onions. Meanwhile, a brick oven fires the crust of margherita pizzas while chefs craft Italian pasta dishes such as penne alla vodka, linguine in clam sauce, and ravioli marinara.
Part of what makes Halstead's clientele so diverse is the restaurant's lineup of entertainers. One Friday, cover band Powderfinger may perform a host of classic-rock favorites, whereas comedian Vic Dibitetto may take the stage the next night. In addition to live performances, the eatery's calendar is also filled with special events, including paint nights and its annual charity poker tournament.
Delfino's does things old-school, down to making its fettuccine, pappardelle, and other pastas in house every day. These noodles get coated in rich sauces tossed with fragrant basil, succulent shrimp, and clams. Hearty entrees include dayboat scallops seared and finished in garlic sauce, and veal chops crusted in parmesan and topped with heirloom tomatoes. The dining room is a throwback too, with sumptuous leather chairs, a '20s-style mural on the wall depicting couples dancing, and a cigarette girl handing out wet-naps.