The staff at Dunlays makes this bar and grill into a welcoming spot to grab a bite or knock one back. Dine in comfort in the warm restaurant space, which features ample amounts of richly stained wood and a variety of menu selections. Commence the feed with the chicken roulade with roasted parsnips, sautéed brussel sprouts, and cider jus ($14) and the beet salad with arugula, goat cheese, and spiced walnuts ($9), or sate the hunger of an entire group of ravenous highwaymen with the sopressata (aged pepperoni) pizza ($11). A daily soup of the day ($5) warms up the ice-riddled stomachs of patrons throughout the winter, while the famous skillet cookie ($8) is a house-specialty way to sweetly complete any meal. At the bar discover martinis with an assortment of freshly squeezed juices, a craft-beer menu, and a variety of wines by the glass or bottle.
Odyssey Greek Taverna has two locations, both of which maintain old-world charm with crisp white linens, dramatic pillars, stone-textured cream walls, and interspersed colorful murals. Dinners begin with bites of moussaka, which layers eggplants, zucchini, and potatoes for a multitoned meal that doubles as a cutaway model of the earth's crust. The gyro plate showcases spreads of beef and lamb with pita, tzatziki sauce, tomato, and onions, and warm, flaky phyllo dough wraps around spanakopita —a savory spinach-cheese pie.
An extensive wine list loosens first dates’ tongues so they can give better PowerPoint presentations detailing their romantic qualifications.
Service is tops at Ed's—not because of its astute manners and upscale decorum, but because of its attitude. Offbeat servers are sometimes sweet, sometimes saucy, and often abnormally entertaining. They'll be taking your order one second and dispensing a drive-by insult the next, only to randomly drop their guard and bust into a choreographed countertop dance routine. Over the past 25 years, Ed's affectionately abusive dining experience has amassed a loyal army of paper-hat-wearing fanatics.
Pita House Restaurant, lauded by Talk of the Town for superior customer service, stuffs pita pockets and adorns platters with warm falafel and piquant zabiha meats. The letters on the menu are arranged to spell out a host of sandwiches, including crisp falafel ($3.65) and turkey shawarma, rotisserie turkey bathing in sauce and put to sleep inside a warm pita pocket ($4.45). The veggie entree unifies hummus, baba gannouj, falafel, and grape leaves ($6.45), while the meaty kefta kebab pairs skewers of minced sirloin with crisp salad and a fluffy bed of rice pilaf ($7.25).
It all starts with an egg at Pulp Kitchen, where the staple forms the foundation for a gourmet brunch menu studded with organic ingredients. Artists within their chosen medium, the chefs fry seven types of benedicts and augment a host of classic bakes and scrambles with sweet-and-savory surprises such as the caramelized-pear, cinnamon, and cream-cheese omelet. The kitchen also dispenses decadent, housemade breads and crepes that are designed as a gateway for a habit-forming praline sauce—their own blueberry compote—or savory truffle butter. To satisfy more wholesome cravings, fresh fruit is pressed until it fills cups with antioxidant-rich juice, and nimble hands strip rich yolks from healthy scrambles and whole-wheat french toast.
Club sandwiches and half-pound grass-fed Angus burgers represent the direction of lunch dishes, most of which can be dipped in bowls of the neighboring diners' daily soup. The dining room channels an airy, Martha Stewart variety of farm chic, with playful sculptures of roosters strutting along taupe walls and tidy white moulding that matches the chairs.