From the brick-paneled walls and booths lined with dark wooden accents to the seasonal selection of gourmet American cuisine, Blackstone embodies every aspect of the classic steak house. A selection of hearty cuts anchors the menu, whether as solitary 8-ounce cuts of filet mignon, or massive 22-ounce cowboy rib eyes adorned with béarnaise sauce, jumbo lump crabmeat, lobster-shaped earrings, and other edible accessories. Guests can also savor a taste of the seas with plates of Atlantic salmon or pan-fried trout. Blackstone's wine list collects more than 35 pours, including 19 by the glass.
The red-lit corners, the tieback curtains, and the white leather banquettes all say it: Epic Lounge & Bistro is a place for a night on the town, adult-style. You can get a full meal of thoughtful American cuisine, but later nights call for for tapas-size portions to pass between rounds of martinis, cognac, or champagne. Depending on the day, the crowd might be dancing to bumping '90s jams, laughing at a local comedian, or, if it's Opposite Day, having no fun at all. And when there's not a DJ spinning hip-hop and R&B, there might be a live jazz band to keep spirits high.
Master Chef Rudolph Matthews adores the cuisine from his hometown so much, he just can't stop making it. He's passed down this fever to his sons as well. At A Taste of the Island Restaurant, his sons Kevin and Dashaan assist Chef Matthews in dishing up authentic Jamaican food. They make dishes such as curry goat and brown stew chicken fresh every day, not photocopied from a photocopy. One specialty, the jerk chicken, gets soaked in traditional spices before being flame-grilled.