Chef and owner Ayman Noufal crafts gourmet Italian dinners at Lantana Café, a charming neighborhood restaurant and bar. The menu features classic meat entrees including veal and chicken marsala, and a handful of vegetarian pastas such as tortellini alia pesto. You’ll also find a variety of local seafood—shrimp, mussels, baby clams, and a half Maine lobster top the signature Lantata Al Forno linguine dish, which can only be eaten with Poseidon’s trident. Brick-oven pizzas and global plates such as paella round out the rest of the menu.
Guests enjoy all of these dishes in an intimate 45-person dining room. Tinned ceilings, chandeliers, and a wooden hutch stocked with glassware add a touch of elegance to every meal. This classy yet cozy vibe carries over to the bar and lounge area, where diners can watch their meals spring from a giant slingshot out of the partially open kitchen.
PotatoFreak is a unique concept. The restaurant features 2 venues in one: a Dining Lounge and a Chocolate Express Fondue feature offering customers variety while offering exclusive dining experience and the excitement of express fruit/chocolate fondue within a single establishment. The restaurant features a cozy and open co
Bread & Company crafts scores of Brazilian- and European-influenced edibles alongside coffees and teas from around the globe, showcasing more than 300 unique pastries, sandwiches, and soups daily. Guests drop in as early as 6 a.m. seven days a week to study the sweet geometry of a belgian waffle ($5.50) and the tasteful synergy of the ham-and-cheese omelette ($6.25). Meanwhile, fried appetizers such as the fried pastel ($2.95, filled with beef or cheese) flaunt Southern-Hemisphere street flair. Or dig into the culinary history of Italy without broasting a bust of Nero by gobbling dinner plates of chicken-broccoli ziti ($8.95). Meals can be sweetly capped off with tropically kissed coconut-cake slices ($4.25) or crispy, fried churros ($2.95).
Tom Yum Koong's chefs build on traditional Thai recipes to load their menu with exciting and eclectic ingredients ranging from tangerines and mango to wild boar and squid. Sugar and spice join forces to season the thick sauce simmering in the black-pepper-mango curry ($10.95), a flavorful bowl of vegetables and cashews mixed with a choice of meat. A medley of seameats such as mussels and squid sizzle in the Phuket fried rice ($10.95), and the fantasy tilapia ($13.95) takes time off from reading J.R.R. Tolkien to glide out of the kitchen atop a bed of veggies simmering in chili sauce. Basil leaves join peppers, onion, and pork in a skittering dance across the skillet in the pan-fried wild-boar basil ($9.95). Fresh-fish cravings recede at the sushi bar to prevent persistent urges to trawl through exhibits at the local aquarium.
Ball Square Café prides itself on a casual hang-outable atmosphere, accented by a staff that's warm and friendly without asking a lot of intrusive questions about your apartment layout. And though the café's servers are no longer shirtless and its bus staff no longer sleeping dogs, their hospitality will take care of all the details so that you're free to lounge and people watch as you like. Ball Square is best known for its bountiful breakfast menu of omelets, Belgian waffles, pancakes, breakfast plates, and beyond—all of which are available at any time of day. Gird yourself for the day's or night's adventures with delightful diurnal delicacies such as the Tunisian omelet ($8.95), stuffed with green olives, scallions, tomatoes, and feta, or the toothsome tower of caramelized-apple and cinnamon Belgian waffles ($8.50). And if you're drawing undue attention because you accidentally wore the same outfit as Lady Gaga that day, a macchiato ($3.25) will disguise you with a cream mustache so that you can finish your mango-banana pancakes ($7.95) in peace.
Although it offers drinks and café fare to go, Fortissimo Coffeehouse is no drive-thru pit stop. Instead, the coffeehouse cultivates a welcoming charm with record players spinning classic vinyl and small, intimate tables perfect for a lunch date or an afternoon of getting work done. The team behind the counter helps further either of these pursuits by mixing up steaming cups of coffee, lattes flavored with Monin syrups, and smoothies filled with more fruit than the Chiquita Banana lady’s headshots. Alongside the drinks, baristas make and serve a select menu of breakfast dishes, veggie-filled wraps, and a range of paninis that can be converted into salads. The menu incorporates a variety of flavors, creating unique options like the popular Uncle Toni, which combines jerk turkey with chipotle-smoked gouda, colorful peppers, and guava spread on a choice of panini or atop a bed of salad.