Inside Bellini Italian Restaurant & Brick Oven Pizza, wall sconces and tea lights swathe wooden tables in a romantic atmosphere. Exposed-brick walls hold aloft framed pictures, glass mirrors, and carved artwork below wooden cabinets packed with bottles of wine. Within these rustic environs, patrons can savor with classic Italian pastas such as lobster ravioli and penne à la vodka, smothered in creamy sauce. Alternatively, oven-baked pizzas feed those who care to share with other diners or an imaginary friend who's allergic to food with corners.
Tale' Thai Cuisine's ambitious menu ventures into many of the Thai style's less frequented flavors, from pumpkin-infused curry to mango and lemongrass salsa. Chefs also instill standard dishes such as duck and filleted fish with classic spices and textures such as Thai basil, cashews, and sweet-and-spicy tamarind sauce. The bright hues of red peppers and broccoli stalks pop against the restaurant's hardwood floors and dark leather chairs, both dominated by a sleek backlit bar that, like every public library, stacks its shelves with bottles of wine and fine liquors.
Nocturnal chowhounds can sink their canines into the hunger helpers on Prohibition Room's dinner menu, available every night until 1 a.m. Before indulging in the full-size foodstuff, ready your meal sack with mussels and sausage ($10), a land-meets-sea medley of Prince Edward Island mussels, Thai sausage, and roasted red peppers swimming in a spicy beer broth with artisan bread. Evade ornate epithets with the big sandwich ($15), a protein packer piled with turkey, corned beef, roast beef, pepperoni, provolone, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, and onion, with horseradish aioli on toasted focaccia bread. Veggie adventurists can frolic in the jungles of the grilled-vegetable sandwich ($10), a surfeit of zucchini, roasted peppers, tomatoes, spinach, fresh mozzarella, and homemade pesto aioli on a hoagie roll, and carnivores can devour the meaty glory of the Kobe meatloaf ($16). Prohibition Room also offers a sprinkling of soups ($3–$5), salads ($3–$10), and pastas, ($12–$14), as well as a lunch menu with similar stomach stuffers for just a few pence less.
The family at Zingone Brothers stocks their neighborhood grocery store with a rainbow of fresh, colorful produce and other sundry necessaries neatly arranged inside an unassuming storefront. A fish-adorned sign inside announces that they've been "bringing you Old World quality" since the Jazz Age, which means that select employees remember the days when moon landings were considered authentic.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art's four-block-long building, located in Central Park, functions as a time capsule, preserving hundreds of thousands of paintings, sculptures, and artifacts that collectively demonstrate mankind's finest achievements. Founded in 1870 to bring fine art closer to the general public, the Museum has since become a means of exploring worldwide cultures through art.
With more than 400 galleries open to the public, seeing all the Museum has to offer is more of a lifetime achievement than an afternoon commitment. Paintings by preeminent artists such as Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh draw huge crowds, but unexpected treasures await those willing to dig deeper. One collection of galleries features the world?s most comprehensive collection of American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts. Another, equally compelling?and newly reopened?collection is devoted to intricate Islamic artwork from as far westward as Spain and Morocco and as far eastward as Central Asia and India. It's also impossible to overlook the galleries of Egyptian art and its approximately 26,000 artifacts, making it the largest collection of its kind outside Cairo.
The Met?s collection is so expansive that it cannot fit entirely in its Fifth Avenue location. Travel to Fort Tryon Park in northern Manhattan, and you'll find the Museum's collection of reassembled cloisters, which opened to the public in 1938. These beautiful medieval structures currently house around 2,000 manuscripts, tapestries, and stained-glass artworks largely dating from the 12th century through the 15th century. Three of the cloisters even feature gardens planted in accordance with medieval tradition.