The chefs at Ume No Hana II draw on Chinese and Japanese influences to craft a lengthy menu of Asian dishes, ranging from specialty sushi rolls to Chinese lo mein to spicy szechuan beef. A BYOB eatery, Ume No Hana II also readies its cuisine for delivery and takeout, where the burden of service lies on friends forced into being your butler after losing a bet.
With its black and white photos, stained-glass lamps, and rough-hewn ladderback chairs, Kelch House embodies an elegantly appointed historic room. In the daytime, sunlight streams through floor-to-ceiling windows that face the Delaware River, affording prime views of passing boats and the whales that gently nudge them along. Come evenings, candlelight illuminates the dining room and a live pianist takes the floor, transforming the eatery into a romantic enclave.
White columns, tapestries, and venetian blinds bespeak both American hominess and Italian tradition at Christine’s Restaurant. Under the house's a-frame roof, Chef James Armetta prepares cuts of eggplant, veal, and chicken in the style of parmigiana or of Picasso's Dinner Period. Patrons bring their own beverages for lunch or dinner as they tuck into seafood, steak, pasta, and burgers. While Chef Armetta prides himself on his traditional Italian cooking, he is also given to experimenting with original creations that riff off of classic plates.
The down-home cooking at Amy’s Omelette House serves up myriad made-to-order breakfast, lunch, and dinner feasts with a gargantuan menu best observed from outer space. Namesake omelettes ($6.25+) sizzle in more than 200 varieties, mixing three eggs and every cheese, veggie, and meat imaginable for a patchwork quilt of egg-threaded mouthfuls. Breakfast yields 30 different sweet blends of pancakes and french toast ($4.50+), and 11 new angles on eggs Benedict ($7.50+), memorized and delivered by superhuman servers who can divine drink orders by feeling the prongs on your fork. Sample a specialty sandwich during lunch, such as the Grumpy Waitress ($8.95) with pastrami, fried onions, and jack cheese on grilled rye, or the Jolly Waiter ($8.95) with fried flounder and tartar sauce on texas toast. After 3 p.m., dinner dishes of southern-jerk-seasoned pork chops ($10.95) and baby back ribs ($16.95) unbuckle belts with a flourish of flavor and a pair of needle-nose pliers.
Though it's not literally constructed out of kebabs, Trenton Kebab House boasts a variety of the classic meat skewers inside its modest confines. Diners can belly up to lamb, chicken, and shrimp kebabs simmered in paprika and hot peppers, or taste-test gyros, falafel sandwiches, hummus, and stuffed grape leaves. These Mediterranean dishes share menu space with Indian cuisine in the form of samosas, vegetable curry, and tandoori chicken, alongside lunch and dinner specials that can take up to four diners and transform them into one clean-plate club.
Chicken alfredo, shrimp scampi, eggplant parmesan. More than 30 housemade pasta dishes emerge from the kitchen every night at Piccolo Trattoria of Newtown. Chefs scatter pistachio nuts and goat cheese into fettuccine, smother penne with baby shrimp and pesto cream sauce, and cover fusilli with oyster and shiitake mushrooms.
Earlier in the day, however, these recipes take on a different form: they become pizzas. During lunch, chefs whip up more than 20 gourmet pies, crowning them with classic pasta ingredients alongside non-Italian flavors such as taco and cheesesteak fixings. Besides tossing noodles and flinging dough, the BYOB eatery's chefs cook salmon in a port wine reduction and sauté veal with figs and mushrooms in a cognac cream sauce.