From their command center behind the open sushi bar, Umi Sushi’s skilled chefs champion fresh, authentic Japanese fare by sculpting vibrantly hued rolls and umami-packed entrees. These culinary gurus scuttle about the kitchen decorating sleek white plates with traditional morsels infused with inventive flavors such as honey wasabi sauce and pink soy seaweed. Artistically composed platefuls of fresh fish and bowls of steaming noodles arrive before guests perched on modern wooden benches in the dining room. When warmer weather rolls in, Umi Sushi’s outdoor brick patio beckons eaters to sun on its stone benches as their chopsticks click through the kitchen’s masterpieces.
Singas Pizza's chefs calm restless appetites by singing sauce-speckled lullabies from a menu of pizzas, pillowy pastas, sandwiches, wings, and burgers. Tuck teeth into 360 degrees of gustatory bliss with one of Singas's 10-inch pies, crowned with toppings that range from traditional pepperoni or sausage ($5.99) to less-orthodox accents including breaded eggplant ($6.99), buffalo chicken ($6.99), and anti-cheese. Singas's heaping bowls of spaghetti come in seven varieties ($5.49+), warming stomachs with a swirling array of old-world flavors with toppings including sweet italian sausage, creamy garlic sauce, and mushrooms. Palates pining for bread-ensconced eats can opt for a hot pastrami sandwich ($6.49), which smuggles sizzling meat, onions, and green peppers under a veil of melted provolone cheese.
Lauded by the New York Times, Butterfields Restaurant deftly pairs an upscale menu of New American cuisine with an opulent, chandeliered ambience. Let personal taste or a divining rod guide the choice among three lettuce, tomato, and onion-laden gourmet burgers, each flanked by a 12-ounce soda (a $2 value) and a retinue of adoring fries. The Parkside ($7.95) Burger presents a magnificent 10 ounces of Angus sirloin nestled in a toasted brioche, while The Butterfield Burger (an $8.95 value) adds to that embrace a guard of smoked bacon, cheddar, and frizzled onions. The Butterfield Bull Burger’s (an $8.95 value) tiers of smoked bacon and cheddar support a fried egg ripe for incisor yolk-goring.
With four generations of culinary wisdom running in their blood, the Pace family has a pretty good idea of what it takes to run a successful restaurant. Foremost on the list are top-notch ingredients—all meat served at Pace’s Steak House is handpicked in New York City’s famed meatpacking district and aged onsite in aging rooms filled with special lights and fans. After aging, some cuts are marinated for 24 hours. The menu's meatier selections—sizzling rib eye, filet mignon, and porterhouse steaks—are supplemented by oysters on the half shell, fresh seafood steaks, and a wine list, which includes 15 wines by the glass.
Soft candlelight illuminates the pistachio-green walls and minimalist decor of The Grill Room, a Zagat-rated, Manhattan-style restaurant that draws on pancontinental influences to craft its menu of New American fusion fare. While guests mingle over plates of chili-rubbed pork tenderloin and hearty Black Angus new york strip steaks, bartenders fill martini glasses with violet, green, and marbled cocktails and shake classic gin martinis to crystal-clear perfection. In the kitchen, Executive Chef Miguel Berrios oversees the creation of delicacies such as tuna tartar, Prince Edward Island mussels, and hibachi ribs. While the weekend crowd awaits tastings of his latest masterpiece, jazz musicians set up on the stage and prepare to regale their audience with saxophone solos, walking basslines, and crooning recitations of the bar’s daily specials.
The chefs at Lo Piccolo's Pizzeria and Restaurant specialize in thin and crispy New York–style pies, but they make a mean Chicago-style deep dish and thick Sicilian pizza as well. Specialty pies hold a variety of fresh toppings that range from the classic napolitano spread to a crust crowned with breaded chicken cutlets, bacon, cheddar, mozzarella, and ranch dressing. The menu offers other Italian specialties, too, including veal parmesan and pasta doused in marinara, vodka sauce, or Nickelodeon slime.