Calda Pizzeria & Restaurant’s extensive menu of pizzas, piles of pasta, and burgers parades past gleaming tables flaunting time-tested Italian flavors. Diners can share 18-inch chicken-club pizzas ($21.95) decorated with produce, bacon, and ranch dressing, or guard their own personal-size eggplant-and-ricotta pies ($9.95) from herbivorous velociraptors. The Pizzeria burger ($9.95) merges the best of both worlds by draping a half-pound slab of Angus beef in homemade tomato sauce and a mantle of melted mozzarella. Linguine fruti di mare ($17.95) lets a school of mussels, calamari, and shrimp play Marco Polo in a pool of marinara sauce, and california penne with sun-dried tomatoes, grilled chicken, and broccoli spears ($12.95) lobs crisp fistfuls of veggies like a farmer on a Carnival float. The Levittown eatery features soft lighting and a row of burnt-sienna stools, and windows at the Hicksville establishment admit cascades of natural light.
What began in Brooklyn as a personal affection for italian ice eventually bloomed into a multistate confection empire on the strength of frosty family recipes. Uncle Louie G's Italian Ices & Ice Cream crafts its treats from the same recipes founder Louie G used growing up in New York City, before the invention of robot-run ice creameries. The expansive menu now includes more than 40 flavors of italian ices and two dozen ice creams. Fresh maraschino cherries, Dole pineapple, and a variety of other candies imbue the shop's italian ice with a dazzling array of flavors and textures.
From humble beginnings as a single donut shop in Lakewood, California, in 1953, Denny's has grown into a nationwide destination for classic American diner food served around the clock. After starting off as Danny's Donuts, the shop quickly expanded to a second location and began offering sandwiches. In just six more years, Danny's Donuts had morphed into Denny's and split into 20 franchises. Today, more than 1,700 locations thrive across the nation, serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner at any time that diners walk into or gleefully roll through their eatery.
Kiran Palace bestows traditional Indian tastes upon spice-seeking tongues. The lunch buffet unrolls itself seven days a week to reveal a trove of 25 taste treasures, including meat-laden kebabs, an overstuffed salad bar, and a jewel-box of edible rubies. Alternately, on the dinner menu, boneless chicken takes a swim in spiced yogurt before basking in the heat from the tandoor oven, reemerging as the classic chicken tikka ($10.95) and looking good enough to spark plastic-surgery rumors on gossip sites. Submerged in a simmering curry sauce, the lamb vindaloo ($11.95) scorches taste buds with spice, and myriad biryani iterations ($10.95–$17.95) cosset vegetables, chicken, goat, shrimp, or lamb on a fluffy bed of basmati rice. After either meal, linger at your burgundy-swathed table to sip a mango lassi ($3.95) whose sweet, cold smoothness washes away fiery aftertastes.
CJ Hair Company's eponymous owners Celeste Ciotoli and Jeanne Anastasiou built their salon around the Brazilian keratin treatment. Clients can avail themselves of the salon's library of keratin formulas, talking with one of the straightening-specializing stylists about the pros and cons of each elixir. Once clients have found their perfect match, they lie back and enjoy the three-hour smoothing service, which helps purge hair of frizz for three–six months by binding hair shafts with a strengthening, keratin-based solution. Clients can breathe easy during the entire process as the salon's specially chosen ventilation system whisks away any unwanted fumes. While the CJ's Brazilian straightening is its centerpiece, clients can also opt for traditional aesthetic services including haircuts, highlights, and Evalash brand eyelash extensions to help dole out monarch-worthy butterfly kisses.
Since 1997, families and friends have gathered around the timber-topped tables at H.R. Singletons for fresh, hearty American meals and frothy brews. Servers navigate checkered floors and leather barstools, securing the attention of diners with fat burgers, piles of pasta, and succulent dishes of fish, steak, and ribs, which come slathered in a barbecue sauce that makes them immune to ticklishness. Dark wooden paneling lines the walls surrounding a British-style bar, where 25 beers reach for the brims of glasses and five large plasma televisions display the most romantic sporting events to appeal to both halves of dates.