Chef Lisan slashes a checkmark of sauce on a bistro plate. The sushi bar radiates with purple neon. Red walls stand stark against black lacquered tables, where bamboo mats tell Lisan's story—an upbringing in Tokyo and 20 years in New York dreaming of a restaurant just like Ginban Asian Bistro. An ever-evolving Omakase menu mingles Japanese, Malaysian, and Southeast Asian influences and presents everything from fresh sashimi to saucy filet mignon. After splashing soy on a slice of just-rolled sushi, patrons can retreat to the outdoor patio for a cocktail. The restaurant also caters parties of up to 200 people, or occasionally up to 201 people if the outlier can stay quiet beneath a friend's trench coat.
To enter Club Car Restaurant is to go backward into the past. Inside the restored space of what was once the Mamaroneck train station?originally erected in 1888?pressed tin ceilings and chandeliers gleam above the upscale dining room. A floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace looks like something out of Citizen Kane, and the marble and wooden bar juxtaposes with exposed-brick walls to create a rustic-yet-refined atmosphere. Whether sitting on a leather banquette or half-moon, tufted booth, diners sip pear-basil martinis as they take in the sights around them.
But, as noted in the New York Times, "the food here is as impressive as its decor." Seasonal menus have been known to feature plump escargot in "a mouthwatering garlic butter enhanced by pesto," and grilled filet mignon with jumbo shrimp. Meals are complemented by an impressive array of drinks, including a blood-orange margarita and wines from France, Italy, Spain, California, Chile, New Zealand, and Germany, to name a few.
Turkish Meze wants to transport its visitors away from the city?away from the jobs, the stress, the howling and screaming every time someone says the day's secret word?to the Mediterranean coast where an exquisite meal awaits. The hospitable nature of Turkish culture is evident here, especially in the food, which the chefs prepare by staying loyal to traditional cooking techniques. Their work produces a savory lineup of skewers, shanks, and kebabs, as well as specialty dishes such as chicken stuffed with rice, pistachios, peppers, and various other goodies that trick-or-treaters would love finding in their sacks on Halloween. The lavish flavors at Turkish Meze continue through dessert, with its bowls of almond pudding and flaky slices of baklava.
"Simple and elegant" is a phrase that describes not only the decor at Manor Inn, but also the menu. The restaurant's opening attracted the attention of the Examiner News, and its light hardwood floors and crisp white tablecloths foreshadow what you'll find to eat: an upscale mix of Italian, French, and American cuisine. From king-salmon puff pastry and brazilian lobster tails to braised veal shank and rack of new zealand lamb to wild-mushroom risotto and four-cheese ravioli, the menu spans international seafoods, meats, and pastas.
It shouldn't take long to enjoy a delicious meal. That's the philosophy at Salsa Fresca Mexican Grill, a casual eatery specializing in fast, fresh Mexican fare. Cooks whip up simple, yet satisfying classics using seasonal, local ingredients whenever possible, adding zest to salads with fire-roasted poblano peppers and stuffing burritos, tacos, and quesadillas with slow-braised pork, grilled chicken, or chipotle-seasoned steak. True to the restaurant's name, dishes can be topped with salsas ranging from a mild corn and black bean blend to a tomato and habanero sauce packing the flavorful heat of a volcano dipped in salsa.
In an inviting dining room with exposed wood walls and tables that are candlelit in the evenings, visitors to Kashiwa Asian Bistro can enjoy traditional Asian cuisine as well as fusion dishes. Chefs fashion dumplings, pan-fry noodles, and roll sushi with ingredients such as fresh Maine lobster, mango, and white tuna. Dishes such as tortilla-wrapped duck rolls with hoisin and honey mustard sauce blend Eastern and Western flavors.