The sunny three dining rooms of La Campagnola Ristorante, which used to be a residence, surrounds diners in comfort while they savor from-scratch Southern Italian food. Complimentary, house-baked garlic bread forms the buttery, herbaceous foundation of every meal, which might include vitello francese, pollo capriccioso, or the house signature chicken Frank Sinatra, whose crabmeat-stuffed chicken is crowned with shrimp and then placed atop a pink vodka sauce nest of linguine. While these meaty dishes satisfy their share of omnivorous patrons, the menu also features vegetarian dishes such as fettuccine alfredo, gnocchi, and penne al forno?baked penne with ricotta, mozzarella, and tomato sauce. Meals can be paired with a glass of wine, sides like meatballs or saut?ed broccoli, or marinara-dressed computer chips for hungry androids.
Bagelicious's 20 varieties of dough wheels increase their edible utility by teaming up with 12 tasty gourmet cream cheeses and keeping an arsenal of pastries and lunchtime sandwiches close by. Silky sheets of vanilla-walnut-raisin and peach cream cheese ($7.25/lb.) blanket soft apple-cinnamon or whole-wheat bagel beds ($0.85/1, $4.15/6, or $8/13), offering taste buds a nutritious place to sleep. The bagel sandwich's two eggs and bacon ($3.50) sizzle melodiously, laying a beat for synchronized eating, and pizza trimmings tango atop midday bagels ($4.85). Meanwhile, mischievous apple fritters ($2.20) and muffins ($2.05) let tongues frolic through meadows of sweet flavor while they hot-wire the jaw and cruise away.
After transitioning out of a career in the entertainment and record industries, owner Jan Marc Dorfman jokes that he began looking for a new way to “sell round things with holes in the middle.” He fully embraced this new opportunity when he founded Delancey Street Bagels in November of 1989, originally stocking his shelves with 18 bagel varieties and a coffee machine that could only brew two pots at a time. Since then, he has expanded the selection to feature 22 different bagels—including cinnamon raisin, sourdough, and asiago cheese—as well as a full espresso bar with roasted arabica beans from organic and international producers as far away as Guatemala and Kenya. The staff fills the rest of the menu with hot deli sandwiches and an array of baked goods that can include muffins, cinnamon rolls, and scones alongside seasonal items.
Based on Delancey Street in New York City’s lower east side, a bustling corridor for local sidewalk vendors and pushcarts, the shop emanates nostalgia for an old-school marketplace with exposed brickwork and sepia-tone exit signs above the doors.
The Coopermarket whips up homemade, internationally influenced fare from seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, and is equipped with an array of menus designed to meet the demands of all culinary contexts. Furnish the tables of any home or adults-only treehouse with the market's on-the-go take-out or catering fare (pricing and menu items for catered orders varies case-by-case). The grilled and marinated flank steak quells protein cravings ($17.50/lb.), and the quiche with roasted tomato-basil-leek makes for a colorful, piquant fork decoration ($19.75). Meanwhile, incumbent fan-club presidents can regale the town's most well-to-do hobbyists with sumptuous hors d’oeuvres such as the spinach-and-artichoke dip ($7.95/pt.) and grilled tuna ($18.75/lb.), sprinkled with soy ginger and slathered in a lime marinade.
Boasting an impressive Zagat rating, Manny's Place lavishes its signature crab cakes and delectable menu of seafood and American fare with first-rate ingredients and graceful presentation. Handmade with a savory fusion of 100% jumbo lump crabmeat and fresh roux, Manny's specialty crab cakes coast into palate ports fragrantly broiled or deftly coated in golden panko crumbs ($8.45 each, $10.95 for a combo platter). A slew of hot seafood sandwiches ensconce crab cake, shrimp, oyster, or flounder in a fresh hoagie ($7.95+), and bacon-wrapped scallops stylishly blend the farmstead and sea with the panache of an overalls-clad Poseidon ($9.95 for eight pieces). Water-weary palates can seek refuge in Manny's Famous rotisserie chicken ($8) or chicken potpie ($7.95), taking comfort in the menu's complete lack of additives, preservatives, and peanut-oil pools reflecting the haunting visage of George Washington Carver.
Philadelphia calls Madame Saito the Queen of Sushi, and it's easy to see why. Armed with formal culinary training from Le Cordon Bleu and the Ritz Escoffier in Paris and experience from apprenticeships under premier Tokyo sushi chefs, she has committed the last 26 years to spreading her love for Japanese culture and contemporary fusion cuisine. Although she leaves time in her schedule to manage Tokio Sushi Bar—her sushi restaurant with French culinary influences—, The HeadHouse Cafe, and to conduct an annual sushi-making competition, Madame Saito counts education as one of her highest priorities. She regularly commits her quadrilingual tongue to demystifying the art of sushi during classes for aspiring chefs and casual students alike, teaching them how to hand roll maki and slice fish into perfectly uniform dodecahedrons.