Under soft, low-hanging lamps, customers hang up tweed jackets before settling in for steaming plates and hearty pints at Scotland Yard. The many-splendored dinner menu lights on English lore to slay and roast the Dragon chicken sandwich, which slathers grilled or fried chicken in special Dragon sauce ($7). Scotland Yard’s pizza offerings ($10–$12) span a flavor spectrum, from the italian sausage and pepperoni of the classic ($10) to the eponymous Scotland Yard pizza’s goat-cheese-swaddled artichoke hearts ($10). Simmering edibles pair well with frosty potables, including Guinness on draft, bottled Brooklyn Black Chocolate stout, and uncorked Marquis de la Tour split champagne ($10 for a bottle). With Friday-night karaoke and a live DJ on the last Saturday of every month, Scotland Yard welcomes customers for singing and dancing in addition to the usual socializing and surreptitious fingerprinting.
Papaya Restaurant’s Asian dishes play with a range flavors to appease all taste buds. The freshly caught fish of the day is simmered in a spicy curry coconut sauce and drizzled with roasted red-pepper relish. A spicy-sweet basil sauce coats udon noodles, while pork chops are paired with spicy green beans and umeboshi plum sauce.
Just as the menu combines different styles of Asian cookery, the restaurant’s aesthetic plays with textures and materials. Exposed ductwork in industrial gray meets soft taupe walls. Wooden boards woven through metal bars serve as a modern partition between diners, and cable-threaded railings line the front of the dining area. Lime-green lighting illuminates the bar, where dangling starburst lights emit a red glow over plates of sushi rolls stuffed with sun-dried tomatoes, tempura shrimp, or seared steak or that day's elegant sashimi presentation.
No Irish pub is complete with the customary decorations: vintage Guinness posters, etched Jameson mirrors, and tin Magners signs. Caverly's Irish Pub has it all, along with a smattering of four leaf clovers and Ireland’s flag standing guard over the bar. And just like any bar, the libations flow freely. Bartenders pour Smithwicks, Harp, Guinness, and Magners into 20-ounces glasses. They also top off pint glasses with a bevy of craft brews, and wine is available for the oenophiles.
A mainstay for Best Irish Pub on Rochester Democrat and Chronicle's annual Rochester's Choice list, Johnny's Irish Pub welcomes the neighborhood in for appetizing eats and enticing alcoholic drinks. Mouth-mow your way through the menu, starting with a dozen jumbo buffalo-chicken wings ($8), served with blue cheese and celery sticks, or the nacho supreme ($7), which heaps melted cheese, tomatoes, jalapeños, and Johnny's hot meat sauce onto a tower of tortilla chips. Bread-and-bun-bookended offerings include a turkey or corned-beef Reuben ($7), a chicken Caesar wrap ($7), and a jumbo hot dog with sauerkraut ($4.50), as well as paninis ($7.50)—all are served with a side of chips, macaroni salad, or potato salad. Slide up to the bar and order a perfectly poured pint of Guinness before subsequently pouring it into your mouth chalice.
Hailing from channels such as Comedy Central, HBO, and BET, the energetic performers at Last Laff Bar & Grill keep audience members howling into heaping plates of American comfort food. Guests can guffaw to the candid remarks of actress and former Playboy playmate Julie Michelle McCullough, the witty jabs of Danny Liberto, or the biting, quick-witted pocket shark of veteran comedian Steve Sabo. Once they're nestled into plush, royal-purple booths, visitors can chortle over forkfuls of N.Y. strip steak rubbed in Montreal seasoning or a 14-ounce chunk of beer-battered haddock as comedians stand alone on a simple corner stage backed by marbled red-and-white bricks. Since acts change weekly, guests can check the schedule to choose a favored performer.