Vindalu curries hail from Goa, a state in western India. Kadai curries are a specialty of Pakistan. And so-called special club curries trace their lineage to the imperial kitchens of the Mughal dynasty, centuries in the past. Chefs at The Curry Club pay homage to these time-honored recipes as they add touches of flavor to medleys of veggies, meats, and seafood. Besides perfecting the restaurant's titular dish, they also hide spiced potatoes and peas inside samosas' crispy crusts, roast skewered lamb pieces in a clay oven, and marinate tandoori chicken overnight to lock in juices likely to sneak out after curfew.
Calda Pizzeria & Restaurant’s extensive menu of pizzas, piles of pasta, and burgers parades past gleaming tables flaunting time-tested Italian flavors. Diners can share 18-inch chicken-club pizzas ($21.95) decorated with produce, bacon, and ranch dressing, or guard their own personal-size eggplant-and-ricotta pies ($9.95) from herbivorous velociraptors. The Pizzeria burger ($9.95) merges the best of both worlds by draping a half-pound slab of Angus beef in homemade tomato sauce and a mantle of melted mozzarella. Linguine fruti di mare ($17.95) lets a school of mussels, calamari, and shrimp play Marco Polo in a pool of marinara sauce, and california penne with sun-dried tomatoes, grilled chicken, and broccoli spears ($12.95) lobs crisp fistfuls of veggies like a farmer on a Carnival float. The Levittown eatery features soft lighting and a row of burnt-sienna stools, and windows at the Hicksville establishment admit cascades of natural light.
The chefs at Fuel Your Body Cafe combine their wits and nutritional knowledge to concoct a menu that does just that: fuel your body to help it run better. Freshly made juices, protein shakes, and low-carb options fill out the extensive selection, where everything is grilled or baked, and nothing is cooked in oil, fried, or likely to spontaneously combust. Breakfast omelets, protein pancakes, and oatmeal are served all day, and lunch fare includes low-carb and high-fiber pizza options, bison burgers, and wraps. One menu section, titled Doctor's Orders, doles out “prescriptions” that include whole-wheat pasta with low-sodium tomato sauce and grilled chicken with brown rice carefully spooned into the shape of an illegible M.D. signature.
True to its name, Crossroads marks the intersection of two seemingly dissimilar hangouts: it houses an elegant dining room clad in black linens and yellow wall sconces where pastas, steaks, and seafood are served, as well as a sports bar stocked with pub grub. As Crossroads' famous marinated skirt steak and seafood fra diavolo top plates in the dining room, the bar's 15 TVs—each one baked fresh that day in time for the game—join a jukebox in wooing eyes and ears. Special events include visits from a local medium who tries to connect clients with the afterlife, get-togethers to cheer on the Rangers and Jets, and holiday meals.
Founded in 1954 by James McLamore and David Edgerton, Burger King rapidly expanded from humble beginnings as a lone burger joint to more than 12,400 locations across 79 countries today, making it the second-largest fast-food-hamburger chain in the world. Its signature burger—the Whopper sandwich—consists of one to three flame-broiled, quarter-pound beef patties crowned with a miniature fedora and a fully customizable array of toppings such as tomatoes, onions, and dill pickles. Focused on continual improvement, the chain recently reinvented the fries that accompany each value meal, outfitting the spud slices with a thicker cut of potato for a fluffier texture on the inside and crispier golden-brown exterior. A spread of decadent desserts including dutch apple pie and an Oreo sundae keeps sweet teeth from elongating into fangs, and made-to-order breakfast sandwiches clasp eggs, american cheese, and bacon, sausage, or ham between two halves of a flaky croissant to round out the speedy menu.
Save for the sunlight streaming in through the windows, Blue Fish Restaurant and Lounge immerses patrons in a sleek, dimly lit lounge as they wash down the Japanese cuisine with swigs of hot sake. Behind the bar bathed in dim blue light, chefs carefully prepare bites of fresh sashimi and specialty sushi rolls such as the Coco Loco—spicy tuna topped with coconut shrimp and avocado in a piña colada sauce.