Family owned for 39 years, Roma Ristorante befriends neglected bellies and grants them access to a menu of scrumptious Italian dishes. Embark on a palatable journey with a hot antipasto of shrimp, clams, mussels, eggplant rollatine, and a stuffed mushroom ($12.95). Once properly teased, tongues can have their way with larger meals, artfully prepared by chef Charles Biondolillo—who learned his techniques from his father Pietro, a master Italian chef—including a plate of sautéed broccoli florets with cavatelli pasta ($12.95) and whole wheat primavera, a fusilli-based concoction that heats up a bed of garlic white wine or pink cream sauce with irresistible veggie companions ($13.95). After consulting the wine list, wash down bites of veal saltimbocca ($16.95) with delicious thoughts about a glass of Straccali chianti ($6). Diners admire the bright mural of sky clouds portrayed on the ceiling while sipping a glass of Geyser Park sauvignon blanc ($7) and savoring tilapia marechiara with clams, mussels, and marinara sauce ($19.95).
Mykonos Restaurant's full-flavored Mediterranean menu introduces tongues to hearty gyros and classic Greek dishes and allows for familiar fizz with a BYOB policy. Shareable starters, such as the homemade tzatziki served with pita bread ($5.95), marinate mouths before meals. Greek standards, such as the gyro ($6.25) or the gyro platter with greek fries ($13.95), provide pillowy pita for putting to bed memories of eating an entire tube of vitamin-infused cookie dough for breakfast. Seafood orzo lays shrimp, calamari, and octopus over a subtly spiced tomato-sauce bed ($14.95), similar to the marinara-filled mattresses that briefly proliferated after the popularity of waterbeds. Mykonos Restaurant is home to a friendly, welcoming staff and a warm, casual atmosphere, sating hunger for both friendly faces and customary Mediterranean cuisine.
Euro Lounge recreates the continental lifestyle all in one establishment—you can dine on Spanish tapas, sip French wines, and dance to international tunes in the club-like lounge area. Chefs prepare both hot and cold small plates, such as fried scallops in raspberry sauce and lobster salad with angel hair pasta. You can wash down these eats with cocktails from the bar, before heading to the dance floor, where colorful lights flash from the ceiling and beneath the bar. The space features live salsa bands on Fridays, house-style dance parties on Saturdays, and Latin-inspired rhythms on Sundays, the internationally recognized day of cha-cha.
One of the largest casual-dining chains in the world, Applebee's has been serving up classic bar-and-grill fare for three decades. But that doesn't mean that some locations of the family-friendly restaurant aren't ready to try something new. At 117th street, the first USGB LEED certified Applebee's serves the environment as well as hungry guests with a host of eco-friendly building features. A 30-foot living wall bursts with greenery on one side of the high-ceilinged dining area. Several trees provide shade and oxygen on the roof. Diners can investigate these and other green features via an interactive touchscreen tour before settling down to enjoy their juicy Freshburgers, Pick 'N Pair lunch combos, and other classic meals.
The culinary wizards at Spanish Pavillion adroitly sate hunger pangs with their multifarious lunch and dinner menus that feature authentic Spanish cuisine. Noontime noshers feast on handheld victuals such as an imported ham-and-cheese panini with saffron aioli ($8) or delve carnivorously lunching forks into the meaty depths of the 8-ounce filet mignon with mojo verde ($16). During dinner, put kindergarten-honed sharing skills into practice with the savory tapas menu, which dishes out small plates including a Galician bean stew ($4), grilled chorizo ($9), and octopus with hot paprika ($11). Larger entrees include the paella calasparra, hosting a toothsome protein party of clams, mussels, prawns, calamari, scallops, chicken, shrimp, and chorizo congenially hot-tubbing in a saffron seafood broth ($26, $49 for two). Red-wine-braised short ribs delight mouths with their tender flavor-kisses ($24), and the 1.25-pound grilled twin lobsters team up in matching red costumes for a palatable duet ($31).