In the kitchen at Gaetano's Grill, cooks slide well-seasoned pizzas out of a brick oven and put the finishing touches on burgers made with prime sirloin, putting together feasts of Italian and American favorites. Like a ball gown made out of a sleeping bag, the surroundings are simultaneously fancy and comfortable: the Uptown Lounge rings with cheers and the sounds of karaoke and football shown on HDTV, and the sun-filled patio is filled with the scents of prosciutto-stuffed pollo novella and savory New York Strip steak. Guests sip frosty draft beers as they dig their forks into hearty baked ziti and penne vodka or chow down on Bronx-style pizzas topped with fresh garlic, pepperoni, and meatballs.
Persimmon-hued umbrellas line Hudson Water Club’s outdoor patio, where visitors dine along the picturesque Hudson River. In the kitchen, executive chef Michael Dobias tailors his lunch and dinner menus to the season’s fresh produce, adding Italian flair to dishes ranging from almond-crusted tilapia to wild mushroom gnocchi. An Italian-built wood-fired oven cooks pizzas in three minutes or less at temperatures over 800 degrees, creating lightly-charred pies topped with house-made tomato sauce, thin slices of prosciutto, and mozzarella.
Guests can also admire the river views from the indoor dining room, where floor-to-ceiling windows offer river views. During the weekend, you could catch a musical performance over from local DJs, bands, or champagne flutes filled to varying heights.
In the kitchen at Caesar's Grill Restaurant, fresh veal chops, filet mignon, salmon, and chicken breast alike transform into Italian classics. The culinary team can lightly bread the veal, for example, before topping it with tomato and fresh mozzarella, or crown custom-grilled filet mignon with blue cheese and onions. For chicken francese, they sauté egg-dipped chicken breast in lemon and white wine sauce. A simple brown brandy sauce, meanwhile, adds zest to their salmon, a tastier dish than the original Italian seafood, fish-shaped pizza.
The grills at Pomona Chophouse stay busy searing everything from burgers and T-bones to St. Louis–style ribs and salmon fillets. The chefs manning these grills also whip up appetizers to be shared in the family-friendly dining room. Wines from California, Italy, South America, and Down Under complement the upscale plates, and specialty martinis come in dessert-y incarnations such as caramel apple and key-lime pie.