OB's Pub & Grill steadies appetites in a mellow, beachside bar with unobstructed views of both the ocean and a hearty menu of classic bar fare. A broad spread of appetizers supports casual snacking, with fried shrimp battered in Red Hook amber ale ($8.50) or, in season, steamed artichokes served with melted butter and mayo on the side ($7.50). Patrons flex fingers around hearty burgers and sandwiches, such as The South Bay, a half-pound patty stacked with Louisiana hot sausage and cheese ($9.95), or a pepper- and onion-packed Philly cheesesteak, served on your choice of a french roll ($9.50) or, for true Philadelphia flavor, a cardboard cutout of the Liberty Bell. Sate seafood cravings with a fresh salmon entree, either grilled or blackened, with your choice of two sides, ranging from fresh fruit to USDA-certified steak fries ($13.95). OB's also serves a variety of breakfast items for surfers out catching morning waves and single merpeople out catching morning merdates.
At Kah Asian Restaurant & Lounge, Chef Vit Suttichanond blends Thai, Japanese, and Chinese flavors into pan-regional cuisine that Easy Reader News has praised for its presentation and its approachable flavor combinations. Familiar Thai curries and noodle dishes fill most of the menu, although wok-fried orders of kung pao chicken and meaty fried rice lend distinctly Chinese touches as well. The sushi chefs also breathe new life into sushi-bar staples with inventive aesthetic details, such as the crimson slivers that explode from the center of the dynamite roll.
Sconce-lit walls and exposed ceiling beams surround the dining room's gleaming wooden tables. Separated by a line of high-backed booths, the lounge area's backlit bar brims with potent spirits and a collection of bottled sakes that diners can knock over in hopes of winning an enormous stuffed animal.
The cool, dark confines of the Mermaid are a shelter from the sun-drenched sand just beyond its doors, even before bartenders pour out cold beers. Guests lounging in its black-leather booths chow down on foods from popcorn shrimp to filet mignon, or linger sipping classic cocktails and fruity tiki drinks. Enormous front windows offer views of the action on the beach.
Surf or Turf?
Pick a side of the Mermaid's extensive menu:
|Fresh Seafood Dishes||Tender, Juicy Meats|
|Baja-style fish tacos||Grilled filet mignon with bernaise sauce|
|One pound of crab legs||Pan-roasted, bone-in pork chop with apple chutney|
|Beer-battered fish and chips with homemade coleslaw||8-ounce Angus beef burger with spicy thousand island dressing|
A Peek Inside
In terms of decor, The Mermaid keeps it simple. Recent renovations have softened the lighting without erasing the bar-restaurant's laid-back, dive-y charm. Blown-up black-and-white photographs of surfers smile out over diners in the front part of the dining room, while horseshoe-shaped booths ring red pool tables tucked in back of the bar.
After a breakneck start following his brothers into investment and then raising a small empire of restaurants, Allen Sanford decided to slow down. At the helm of Saint Rocke, he follows a passion for music, keeping his life low-key and fostering blooms of fast-tempo rock, hip-hop, and Latin tunes. To further spread his love of music, he streams high-definition live concerts across the Internet and regularly throws fistfuls of sheet music out his car window. Yet to fully experience the thrill of dancing crowds and pulse-thrumming guitar riffs, music lovers dive into the venue's intimate stage shows.
Studio Restaurant and Lounge is equal parts food and festivity. Here, filet mignon sandwiches and country-fried chicken are regularly served to the beat of drums, the strum of guitars, or the stylings of resident and guest DJs. Red and green light drenches the crowd on the dance floor as well as diners digging in to burgers and bacon macaroni ‘n’ cheese. Studio Restaurant and Lounge also entertains its guests with football nights and speed-knitting tournaments.