Glendale Dental Associates' Dr. Robert Cukier protects pearlies with sophisticated dentistry and up-to-the-minute technology in the modern interior of his studio. Dazzling smiles are inspected for signs of decay, cysts, bone loss, and tooth-fairy embezzlement before a full set of dental x-rays peer deep into tooth interiors, assessing root positions and gum-line closets. A hygienist then carefully chisels tartar from tooth siding along with any plaque that is provoking periodontic surliness. A session-ending polish leaves chompers beaming with a brightness rivaled only by an honor-roll firefly.
Within the classic interiors of Pop Diner, mouths and eyes hungrily feed on all-day menu items influenced by Asian, Latin, and Caribbean flavors. Sink salivating chops into a triple-decker sandwich—sliced turkey, bacon, lettuce, and tomato smooshed between slivers of toast ($9.95)—or the Godfather burger—roasted red peppers, grilled onions, and mozzarella piled atop a patty doubly certified in Angus beefiness and lifeguarding ($9.95). Noodle aficionados and vegetarians can dive into a helping of pasta primavera deluged in vegetables and herb tomato sauce ($11.95). Thai–style grilled salmon—soaked and dressed in candied ginger and citrus segments ($14.95)—and Latin chicken ($13.95) allow patrons to live globe-trekking adventures vicariously through their taste buds.
Father-and-son duo Peter and Bill Tsibidis pepper Crosstown Diner's broad menu with ingredients hand-picked weekly from farmers' markets, featuring a cheeseburger that the New York Daily News deemed among the city's top three in 2011. Taste buds tingle and occasionally faint in the presence of celebrity burgers ($6.99+) such as the famously fresh open-faced cheeseburger, a build-your-own delectable, or one of the diner's 11 specialty burgers. Chefs salute the restaurant's Greek heritage in chicken athenian, a breast stuffed with spinach and feta ($15.99), and glasses of wine (a $5.29 value) toast nine specialty pasta dishes tossed in velvety sauces ($9.99–$19.99). Two country eggs team up with Eire's finest bacon or sausage to rout out hunger in the irish breakfast ($8.39), and pancakes as fluffy as clouds stuffed with teddy bears assemble outfits of red velvet batter, bacon bits, and bananas ($8.99) to attract forks.
Sometimes a menu is best described as a fusion, but at Flo Cafe it's more accurate to call it a collection. The chef collects delicious dishes from all over the world to create a menu that features southwestern eggs benedict alongside sushi rolls and italian pastas. The staff also curates an extensive wine list with varietals from Argentina, France, New Zealand, and California to complement their diverse menu.
Inside, pale wood paneling coats pillars and surrounds enormous, wall-dominating portraits of colorfully made-up models. Couches and chairs fit snugly into a decor scheme of entirely warm colors, echoed in the dried grass and red-tinged leaves of the plants, giving the whole establishment a golden-hued glow like Donald Trump's gold-plated night light.
Soho specializes in a healthy horde of fresh gourmet sandwiches, wraps, breakfast fare, and more in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. Early morning risers can pore over the menu, which features breakfast favorites such as whole-wheat and honey pancakes ($5.79), yogurt parfaits with fresh fruit and granola ($3.79), and three-egg-white wraps with scallions, tomatoes, and provolone ($3.49). Denver omelets ($7.75), folded with red and green peppers, ham, and bacon, are prepared on top of the Chrysler Building each morning in order to impart authentic mile-high flavor on gaping mouths far below.
Chef Cheryl Smith builds home-style meals that incorporate global flavors into rustic recipes using techniques she has shared on Food Network features including Melting Pot, Soul Kitchen, and Gordon Elliot's Doorknock Dinners. Market-fresh dishes blend seasonal and regionally sourced ingredients, astounding savor receptors with the latest tastes from farmers' market flavor runways. At lunch, baked goods and crisp salads share satiating duties with personified sandwiches including the Steve, made with cured bacon and vine-ripened tomatoes ($7.95). Dinner selections fuse agrarian fare standards with worldly accents such as Moroccan vegetable stew over rice pilaf ($15.00) or Korean marinated rib-eye steak and watercress salad ($22.00).