Founded by a bodybuilding and fitness enthusiast, Muscle Maker Grill supplies nutritious high-protein dishes that serve as a healthy alternative to traditional fast food. Guests can commence with a bowl of steamed edamame ($3.75) or shake hands with the buffalo wing's well-behaved younger brother, the texas chicken nuggets, served with fat-free sour cream and celery ($4.75). Grilled chicken breast and turkey bacon team up in the MMG signature wrap, backed by romaine lettuce, tomatoes, and onions with reduced-fat cheddar cheese and a zero-carbohydrate signature sauce ($8.95). Pastafarians can peruse the selection of whole-wheat penne (regular penne available as well) in dishes such as the sesame-chicken teriyaki pasta ($9.25).
The Embankment’s robust menu revolves around the concept of eco-gastronomy, carefully crafting cuisine with sourceable, environment- and animal-treatment-conscious ingredients. Let all the guilt-free goodness melt into your mouth abyss with the cassoulet, a medley of duck confit, house-made sausage, white beans, smoked bacon, and sage ($19). Or indulge in an ocean potion of baked snapper atop a bed of rice, stewed tomatoes, pine nuts, seasonal veggies, and basil ($22). If you're a sandwich lover, the goat-cheese sandwich with red peppers, mushrooms, baby spinach, and a balsamic reduction ($12) is a vegetarian bombshell. The Embankment is open for lunch and dinner six days a week (closed Mondays), as well as for brunch on the weekends.
"The Hamilton Inn on Jersey Avenue is a recently-opened restaurant near Hamilton Park and the Holland Tunnel in downtown Jersey City that has the feel of a country inn on a cold rainy night – a welcome oasis that as a bonus features a variety of great dishes emphasizing the best in American cuisine." Hudson Reporter
Village Pourhouse's beer selection is so diverse that the pub issues some customers a passport, stamping it each time they try a beer culled from 16 countries. They boast more than 100 brews that range from locally brewed ales to Japanese ginger beer, and even make beer the starring liquid in cocktails infused with fig vodka and pear cider.
Though beer takes the spotlight here, their pub eats play a worthy second fiddle. The menu fills bellies with pub classics, such as burgers, wraps, and hot wings. More eclectic dishes include lamb burgers and chicken tenders coated with pretzel breading. Bringing it all together, each dish is listed with its ideal beer pairing based on its astrological sign.
Hanging baskets line Marty O'Brien's front patio, contributing to a quiet sidewalk ambiance that contrasts with the pub?s convivial laid-back lounge. Regardless of where diners sit, they can expect tables brimming with plates of seafood, grilled chicken, and beef. Nearly every corner of the restaurant exudes an air of comforting americana, from the rugged blue-brick fa?ade to its name, which invokes Frank Sinatra's father's boxing moniker and the pen name gracing Teddy Roosevelt?s fan fiction. As servers roll out entrees, guests toast to each other?s health with glasses of beer or wine and share appetizers of chicken skewers and mussels.
Antelmo Ambrosio, the executive chef at Manhattan restaurant South West NY, curates a menu of sophisticated southwestern cuisine tinged with flavors of his native Oaxaca, Mexico. For example, he adds shaved red onion to squid-dorado ceviche and pairs mojo-marinated steak with chipotle-laced whipped potatoes and tumbleweed onions. Guests can sip drinks, such as the prickly pear margarita, while relaxing in the restaurant's rustic-chic dining room or head outdoors to a heated garden area.
South West NY's design, much like its menu, fuses sleek Manhattan style with the warmth of the southwest. Check out a few of the eatery's aesthetic highlights.
|Colossal Skylights||An Industrial Fireplace||Reclaimed Wood|
|Huge skylights crown the dining room and bar area, bringing in beams of shimmering sunlight or views of the moon.||An industrial-chic fireplace stretches 10 feet long, holding blue and gold flames within its metal surfaces.||Ruddy planks of reclaimed wood lend a rustic touch to the restaurant's interior.|