Catering by Jill, a full-service catering company, supplies dishes for events ranging from picnics to elegant black tie affairs. In addition to planning events, consulting for bridal menus, or answering questions about the biggest sandwich ever made, the caterers design menus tailored to specific requests. Hot lunch menus feed hardworking film crews, and picnic menus serve up traditional hamburgers, slaws, and potato salads. Catering by Jill also equips events with items such as glass plates, flatware, linen napkins, or inflatable gravy rafts at no additional charge.
At Twister’z Premium Frozen Yogurt, guests line up to fill their waffle bowls and cake-bottomed cups with frozen-yogurt flavors such as mango, peanut butter, and watermelon. Next, they top off the creamy peaks with rainbow sprinkles, sour gummy worms, nuts, and crunchy cereal from a toppings bar that stretches for nearly the length of a wall. Before settling in to savor their calcium-filled, riboflavin-rich treats amid the shop’s bright-orange walls, guests must weigh their cups at the cash register. This pay-by-weight system allows for complete customization and may explain why helium-filled gumdrops are among the shop’s most popular toppings.
Roma Ristorante Italiano has been owned and operated by the Giambanco family since 1976. After crossing turbulent seas of marinara during their voyage from Palermo to Brooklyn, the Giambancos' culinary prowess and authentic Italian recipes finally landed on American soil in 1968. Chefs continue to cook the family’s homemade Southern Italian cuisine, which includes pastas, hand-tossed gourmet pizzas, and seafood. Their extensive dessert menu tempts sweet teeth with delicate profiteroles and sheep's milk ricotta cannoli. The dining room oozes comfort and charm with striped banquettes, a colorful mural of the Colosseum, miniature street lamps, and potted plants strung with white lights. Roma Ristorante Italiano's recently remodeled lounge, full bar, onsite banquet hall, and catering services ensure that parties can break bread and celebrate Italian culture without applying for a gondolier’s license.
Though it’s far from the border, Nuevo Mexico Restaurante serves up dishes of traditional Mexican cuisine. The staff rolls seasoned pork or chicken burritos, stuffs taquitos with beef, or grills spinach and tucks it into quesadillas. One of the benefits of their location on the East Coast is the ability to ship in real blue crab from Maryland, granting chefs fresh ingredients for crab salads and enchiladas. One location’s decor unites rich wood accents with exposed red brick, a mural of a matador dodging a bull, and a bar that has three sides, like any argument between a husband and his wife with a crime-fighting alter-ego.
Tropical Smoothie Café's wholesome smoothies are filled to the gills with fresh fruit, juices, yogurt, chocolate, nuts, and healthful supplements, minimizing the crushing guilt of dessert consumption to a soft heartbeat emanating from the floorboards. Puréed potions such as pomegranate plunge (pomegranate, banana, strawberries, and cranberry; $4.79) are stuffed with super fruit, and low-fat options, such as mango magic (mango, pineapples, and non-fat yogurt; $4.29), trick gullible taste buds into believing that they are traversing a candy factory full of whipped-cream lollipops. Supercharged smoothies are stocked with a healthy dose of supplements, such as the kiwi citrus green tea's antioxidant-laden matcha charge or the muscle blaster's whey or soy protein ($4.79 each). Individual supplements can also be added to any other smoothie ($0.79 extra), boosting its magic points by +10.
Inside this elegant eatery, undulating mirror segments reflect glimpses of signature kebab and kahari plates precariously stacked along the waiter's arm. Below small ceiling lights arranged like a constellation, tables are festooned with traditional clay-oven tandoori and masala dishes—but this is a small part of Noorani's ample repertoire, which ranges from Indian and Pakistani fare to a completely separate menu of traditional Chinese dishes. The staff prepares fresh fish and chicken coated in zesty sichuan, ginger soy, and orange sauces over noodles or tender rice. Guests, meanwhile, can load plates with cuisine from the 15-item daily lunch buffet and question regulars about Noorani Kabab House's live entertainment. The merriment syllabus presents comedy nights, concerts, and some guy who used a single chopstick to eat a bowl of hot-and-sour soup.
Kebab & Biryani's menu draws dishes from all over India, from the foothills of the Himalayas in the north to the coastal provinces of Andhra and Chettinadu in the south. Fresh cilantro, fried onions, and yogurt marinades accent lamb, vegetable, or chicken biryanis from Hyderabad. Other south Indian specialties include dosa, or thin rice crepes, topped with paneer cheese, spiced potato, and chilies. For a fusion touch, chefs also populate plates with Indo-Chinese entrees such as sautéed chili fish or Hakka-style noodles.