The chef at Talisman Restaurant prepares dishes the same way she does for her family at home, drawing on recipes and secrets from Russia and the Ukraine. She crafts Russian specialties such as beef stroganoff, as well as chicken tabaka from Georgia and chicken kiev from the Ukraine. Talisman also specializes in nalistnik—crepes stuffed with chicken and topped with mushroom sauce and mozzarella cheese, as well as Uzbek dishes such as chicken kebabs, samsa, manti, and shurpa.
For nearly a quarter-century, the chefs at Golden China Restaurant have filled bellies with authentic Chinese food, including nine varieties of dim sum. The bite-size snacks vary from sticky rice in lotus leafs to sesame-rice dumplings to barbecue-pork buns. To complement the mini morsels, the lengthy menu includes Chinese food standards, such as orange chicken and kung-pao shrimp. Three gourmet dinners facilitate full-on feasting, each served with tea, cookies, appetizers, and entrees to share with another diner or friendly shadow person. The hearty meals pair with beer and wine, along with sweet treats, such as lychee nuts and coconut tarts.
At Streets of India Caf?, savory South Indian snacks tickle tongues before chicken, lamb, or vegan substitutes leap from lakes of curry onto awaiting taste buds. Patrons lounging amid sage-green and orange d?cor or sitting outside beneath green umbrellas can nibble on South Indian dosas, idlis, and vadas while measuring the hypotenuse on triangular samosas. Vegan palates can swap in meat substitutes for lamb vindaloo or savor masala dishes packed with okra or jackfruit, and midday diners feast at an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet.
Half art gallery, half upscale bar, Luca's Lounge concocts evenings that please eyes and palates alike. Lime wedges bob among muddled mint leaves and scotch tumblers glow amber at the marble-topped bar, where mixologists alchemize cocktails and pull draft handles to pour cool ales. Drink in hand, guests amble across hardwood floors to the spacious lounge area, where original paintings inspire creativity and couches recreate fun memories of stationary rollercoaster cars.
Outside of Arunee House, two giant signs and a dark-green awning bear the eatery’s MO: to serve up a mix of more than 100 Thai and Chinese dishes. The kitchen staff tosses chicken, pork, beef, or shrimp into six different types of thai curry and mixes chantaboon noodles with chili powder and sprouts to create generous portions of pad thai. Servings of spicy squid prelude the house-special vegetable plate, a cornucopia of snow peas, chinese cabbage, bamboo shoots, black mushrooms, and freshly weaned baby corn. Eaters can augment their meals with glasses of thai iced tea or finish things off with a dessert of sweet sticky rice with mango.
There are more than 70,000 songs on the karaoke machine at Michael's Bar & Grill, so it goes without saying that the restaurant embraces variety. A glance at the menu cements this fact: Cajun specialties share page space with pub appetizers, burgers, and an Italian addendum, full of hand-tossed pizzas and pasta dishes. It's an eclectic list with diverse ingredients—alligator and crawfish among them—but each option is served until midnight every day.
True Louisiana culinary classics include etouffee, blackened catfish, and jambalaya, as well as sweet, sugar-topped beignets. Southern influence is seen in the sandwich selection as well, where tuna melts can be had alongside po' boys. Luckily, nightly entertainment gives guests an excuse to sample the distinctive eats while filling their eyes and ears—there's stand-up comedy on Tuesdays, trivia on Wednesdays, and karaoke on most other nights. The staff also makes a point to broadcast pro football games on their big-screen TVs, rather than just yelling the score every five minutes.