Owner Parvesh fulfilled his childhood dream of stuffing the community with delightful Indian dishes when he opened Urban Curry - Indian Grill. In the kitchen, halal meats soak in spiced curries and cook inside a clay oven heated with natural charcoal. Chef Raj also stuffs homemade cottage cheese inside naan or the open hands of hungry passerby, and coats shrimp with biryani’s long grain rice, herbs, nuts, and raisins.
Bella Pizzeria's dexterous dough sculptors cobble together a menu of pizzas and authentic Italian dishes using fine ingredients shipped in from Brooklyn and Italy. Diners can wrestle with their own personal pizza ($6.50) or call upon their local cross-stitch club to tackle larger sizes ($8.50–$39.50). They may choose from specialty topping combinations, such as Meat Lovers or barbecue, or craft an original garnish medley to demonstrate culinary creativity. Patrons who complement entrees with an order of garlic bread ($3.50–$5.50) can use any leftover garlic bread to pull off the tough feat of making friends on crowded elevators or in a football huddle. Hero sandwiches in several varieties ($6.50–$18.50) shush insubordinate stomachs, and a lasagna dinner ($9.50) graces tables briefly before inexplicably transforming into a marinara-stained plate.
Inducing bouts of gratifying brain freeze since 2000, Ollie's Frozen Custard treats overheated pipes to nectarous invigoration with freshly crafted sundaes, milkshakes, and basins of creamy custard. On-the-move snackers can choose to stack cones and dishes with one, two, or three scoops of custard ($2.24–$3.25), and milkshakes and malts provide convenience in a cup with flavors such as chocolate, strawberry, and peanut butter ($3.49). Confectionery decorators adorn a regular sundae with the customer’s choice of toppings, including chocolate chips, blueberries, pineapple, and an optional set of throw pillows ($3.99). Spoon paladins can tame temperamental tongues with pacifying bites of a banana split ($4.49). Or experience the preferred drink of whippersnappers with a drug-store-style soda that floods mouths with sudsy carbonation to the tune of Perry Como’s greatest hits ($3.49).
The kitchen at Taverna Red turns out Mediterranean-inspired and American dishes to delight every appetite within its warm and expansive enclave. An array of small plates succinctly satisfy, doing double duty as shareable appetizers or solo suppers. The mini pork shank ($7.50) dons a sweet glaze, and steamed Prince Edward Island mussels luxuriate in a tomato, garlic, and white-wine broth ($8.50) to emulate their natural oceanic environment. For heartier hunger, the menu musters up a hefty roster of grilled meats, sautéed seafood, and fresh pastas. Pan-seared triggerfish hides beneath a beurre-blanc sauce ($16) as it silently aims its side dishes at loudmouthed wine glasses. Homemade fussili pasta, on the other hand, peppers a pink cream sauce with fresh salmon, baby spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes ($15). An array of specialty cocktails ($6–$7) buttress tantalizing tastes, and diners can also sample selections from the abundant wine list in 3-ounce portions ($3–$4) or complement cuisine with a full glass ($5.50–$8).
In the 40 years since the first Hungry Howie's opened, the restaurants' chefs haven't just focused on getting new and inventive toppings. Instead, they have also innovated the their pizzas in other ways, such as creating their eight signature flavors of crust. Crust options include sesame, garlic and herbs, Cajun seasons, or even onion, adding a subtle flavor to custom pizzas. Guests can choose which crust would go best with their mix of the house's 15 toppings, which include options such as bacon, feta cheese, anchovies, and pineapple. In addition to pizzas, chefs also create oven-baked subs and fresh salads to create full Italian meals.