Casual American and Irish fare fills the bellies of guests visiting to catch a game or catch up with each other. The black façade's narrow windows pop with scarlet curtains that offer just a peek into the interior, where even the mantel of the functioning stone fireplace has a TV screen. Televisions also punctuate the crimson walls and cast a glow behind the bar. Wooden booths face outward while swaddling their beer-sipping cargo in red cushions.
A Little Italy staple for more than 30 years, Joe's Deli pleases palates with a menu of deli-style favorites along with fresh-made cheeses and imported Italian ingredients. Carry out sumptuous platefuls such as the chicken alle prosciutto sandwich ($8.50 for a large), which quells insurgent appetites with a hot ensemble of mozzarella, prosciutto, and poultry. The Italian Stallion sandwich stacks up savory salami, provolone, and peppers ($6.50 for a large), sating stomachs and imbuing vocal chords with the ability to deliver uncanny Sly Stallone impersonations.
Grill 26 sits within the Club of Riverdale, enticing members and non-members alike with its diverse menu of classic American grill fare. Traditional egg entrees and challah french toast populate the petite breakfast menu while sandwiches, wraps, burgers, pasta, and grilled meats emerge at lunch and dinner. Chefs design the selection to suit any appetite: veggie burgers and roasted eggplant cater to vegetarians, hearty sirloin steaks and lamb chops sate meat lovers, and protein shakes and salads refuel athletes fresh from a workout or a race with a golf ball.
Diners can savor their meals at the wood-accented indoor bar lined with flat screen TVs, or cozy up under the umbrella-covered tables highlighted by glowing lights from a tiki bar in the outdoor lounge. For club members, Grill 26 grants entertainment in the form of live music and seasonal pool parties.
Though it may be located in the heart of Little Italy, don't listen for the Rat Pack at Casa Cafe Restaurant. Instead, notes stitched together to form Latin jazz and salsa tunes blanket the air, complementing the menu of Latin American flavors. Throughout the cozy dining room, flickering candles illuminate the tables, where guests dig into oxtail stew, fried pork chops, and chicken enchiladas smothered in swiss cheese and jalapeno salsa cream. Lunches and dinners offer up Latin staples such as tacos and quesadillas—stuffed with your choice of chicken, cheese, and shrimp—and breakfast offerings range from pancakes and omelets to breakfast burritos and huevos rancheros. And dishes are accompanied by fried-green or sweet plantains or yuca.
Surrounded by ultrachic stylings—from the ceiling dappled with convex mirrors to a curving mosaic wall—patrons lounge, drink, and dine at Asian Wave. Diners can cruise the drink list, whose offerings range from hot and cold sake to more than 10 types of specialty martinis. The kitchen's hot dishes, including homemade dumplings, thai coconut-curry casserole, and crispy tempura, couple with sushi and sashimi to compose a comprehensive Pan-Asian menu.
Perched just blocks from Yankee Stadium, Molino Rojo Restaurant stocks a clubhouse worth of chargrilled meats and succulent seafood on a menu that proudly represents the island cuisine of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. While either tucked into a table or sidled up against the front counter, pairs can contemplate their savory entree choices, including grilled lobster draped in garlic, lemon, or creole sauce. Known to many as "land lobsters," hearty steak fillets sport stylish porterhouse T-bone cuts or adorn their sirloin shapes with a crown of mushrooms. Nibbles on the main course can swipe spots with a side of traditional fried pork rinds or a sip from a soft drink or a glass of red or white house wine. Family owned for more than 30 years, Molino Rojo Restaurant has tamed hungers during the baseball season and after it, when bobsled teams race down the upper-deck aisles of Yankee Stadium.