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 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.
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.
Every day from 3 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Eko Lounge Patio's genial personnel furnish patrons with quality cigars, tasty hookah, and a satiating menu of sandwiches and snacks. Tossed salads, fried fare, and assembled platters complement the aromatic smoke of stogies from such name brands as Padron, Rocky Patel, and Romeo y Julieta, whose scent inspires customers to communicate entirely in sonnets. Both an outdoor patio and an indoor lounge area host leisurely digestion and inhalation sessions, whereas a dance floor invites visitors to shake their groove things to the thumping tunes spun by DJs three nights a week. Eko Lounge Patio's weekly events include a salsa-dancing night, preceded by free lessons, and Tuesday-night karaoke sessions.
The lively rhythms of twice-weekly dueling-piano shows serenade revelers at The Beach House Bar & Grille, where a pair of veteran local restaurateurs imbue classic American grill fare with tropical island influences. Caribbean staples such as jerk chicken, mango salsa, and fresh grilled fish accompany classic burgers and steak sandwiches as well as cocktails swirled at a fully stocked bar. Every Friday and Saturday, a pair of pianists duels by performing songs the audience requests and rolling their sheet music into battle-ready épées. Between songs, patrons can gaze at the TVs that line The Beach House's, peach-colored interior or foray to a 1,000-square-foot patio for al fresco merrymaking.
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.
The pub has long served as the epicenter of Ireland’s social life—a place where friendships are made and stories are shared over foamy pints of beer. Finn McCool's Irish Pub positions itself firmly within this tradition of communality, inviting guests to bond while eating fish ‘n’ chips or clinking glasses of Guinness at a hardwood bar that spans the length of the room.
The convivial atmosphere isn’t the only aspect of Finn McCool's that recalls the old country. Traditional Irish staples such as shepherd’s pie, corned beef, and bangers and mash fill the pub’s menu. Savory scents waft through the air as guests throw darts, play billiards, and soak in the sunshine on the outdoor patio. A lineup of flat-screen TVs hums with the sounds of the day’s sporting events, which guests can wager their pots of gold or leprechaun manservants on at the pub’s Colonial Downs betting hub. :m]]