Chef and owner Hisashi Araki fuses authentic Japanese cuisine with European influences, combining flavors of Japan, France, Italy, and Germany in his reinterpretation of sushi. The chef's Araki sashimi platter stages a performance of six specialty cold dishes that change to match the freshest daily market selections. Slices of yellowtail carpaccio entertain diners with notes of cilantro, serrano chili, and lively games of pin the tail with the chopsticks, and the scallops sashimi coats tender bivalves with a spicy yuzu sauce. Cuts of the tai japanese sea bream luxuriate under layers of dry miso and chives, drizzled with a hint of truffle oil. Guests can pair elegant slivers with a flight of five homemade sakes infused with fruit to tickle palates better than bites from a knuckle sandwich.
Napoli Italian Restaurant summons the spirits of Old Country recipes by stirring up a menu of traditional Italian plates and pairable glasses from rackfuls of fine wines. Toasted bread dance floors hold aloft fresh tomato, garlic, oregano, and fresh basil atop an antipasto of bruschetta ($7.50). Patrons rest their incisors on a boneless bed of pollo marsala ($10.95) to dream of sweet marsala wine and dating the cute bicuspid across the jaw. Chunks of shrimp, calamari, scallops, clams, mussels, and salmon swim laps between strands of pasta in the linguini pescatore's pool of olive oil and light marinara or white sauce ($16.50). Oenophiles flex their matchmaking muscles by pairing varietals with their meal, marrying a full-bodied red to the milk-fed veal of the vitello piccata ($12.50) or setting up a glass of white with the baked chicken breast of the pollo florentina ($12.50).
Locally situated and independently owned, Sips Coffee clears bleary eyes with an assortment of caffeinated concoctions and savory pastries. Shake off nightmares of coffee bean uprisings with a tea latte, which melds milk and sugar with a selection of aromatic teas that include passion fruit, earl grey, jasmine, and more ($3.35–$3.95). Try dousing steamy maws with an iced coffee ($2.35–$2.70) or creamy blended smoothie ($3.90–$4.35) before indulging in flaky pastries ($1.95–$2.15), fruit cups ($4.75), and sandwiches ($5.55). Sips Coffee's amicable gang of bean barons also trade their blends in bulk, which can double as paperweights when penning a voluminous coming-of-age tome about a free-spirited West Coast coffee bean ($5.75–$12). Sips Coffee hosts live, local music on weekends, and spirited patrons can utilize free WiFi to stream live videos of their own interpretive dances during each song.
Hand-tossed dough sails sky-high at Bonello’s New York Pizza, where chefs pepper pies in an oregano-based herb blend sealed in by the flickering flames from a stone oven. Dining companions can peruse the menu’s inspired litany of toppings—which include balsamic marinated steak, cashews, and pineapple—which drift across eight hefty New York–style slices ($10.95+) or a Sicilian–style pizza doused in homemade marinara. Like an underachieving yardstick, Bonello’s hot and cold sandwiches span 18 inches and stuff themselves with hearty mounds of homemade meatballs, Neapolitan cold cuts, and sweet italian sausage ($4.95+/half, $6.95/whole). Marinara and melted mozzarella ooze over a tender trio of ricotta-stuffed manicotti tubes ($8.95), where ropes of angel-hair pasta lope themselves around chopped roma tomatoes, garlic, and basil ($8.95+). Those looking to feast in the comfort of their own castles can place on an order for pickup on Bonello’s nifty online order form, an accommodating alternative to ordering via phone or smoke signal.