At Ya Hala—named for the Arabic word for "welcome"—chefs revel in the traditional flavors of Lebanon by crafting a menu of tender lamb dishes, sizzling kababs, a homemade daily dish, and flaky desserts sprinkled with syrup and pistachios. The dishes resemble those a traveler might find abroad, from drinks such as syrupy jellab topped with pine nuts to slices of chicken that teach diners the proper pronunciation of "shawarma." During the month of Ramadan, the chefs also serve hearty evening feasts with an Iftar menu that changes daily.
Green-blue lights illuminate the oversized oceanic mural, hitting the paint in such a way that the tropical fish, coral, and whale seem to come to life. The underwater scene?complete with a sunken pirate ship?is the centerpiece of Tara Thai?s dining room, which accompanies d?cor such as a molded wave that spans the front of the bar, plates painted with colorful fish, and dangling lights fashioned to look like jellyfish.
With the aquatic ambience, you might make the mistake of thinking Tara Thai serves nothing but seafood. But in reality, dishes like fresh mussels with lemongrass and chili sauce are only part of the lineup of traditional Thai dishes. Those traditional offerings include the Chef recommended spicy roasted tofu and honey duck curry, as well as classics like crispy spring rolls which, despite their name, are served year-round.
Since opening their first location in 1996, Robeks' associates and franchise owners across the country have been passionate about the benefits of healthier eating, and what they can do to help guests maintain active and healthy lifestyles, all through portable smoothies. Customers can step up to the counter and order from a menu of fresh, premium ingredients in unique, made-to-order combinations. Robeks Premium Fruit Smoothies aims to create innovative ways to reach the daily recommended 9-13 servings of fruits and vegetables without compromising on flavor. Each Robeks Premium Fruit Smoothies location makes a concerted effort to support the neighborhood it resides in, through local organizations, such as Save the Children.
At Koi Asian Bistro, executive chef James Y. Park crafts a pan-Asian fusion menu that integrates fresh, local, and organic ingredients. Park draws from more than 20 years of experience, which includes stints collaborating with the original Iron Chefs in Japan, cooking in South Korean restaurants, and unearthing new seafood recipes in Atlantis. The menu showcases wholesome, flavorful bites such as a honey-butter sweet potato appetizer, monkfish pate, and a spicy tuna vampire roll. Chefs display entrees and sushi rolls in eye-catching arrangements replete with artfully drizzled sauces and unfussy white dishes.:m]]
Chefs at I-Thai Restaurant & Bar lean on the sweetness of shredded mango, the distinctive aromas of kefir lime leaves, and the bright greens, yellows, and reds of spicy thai chili pastes. Inside the dining area, natural light streams in through the windows, flitting through the steam that rises from marinated cornish game hen grilled with spicy sour herb sauce and deep-fried duck crowned with chili sauce and basil leaves. During lunch hours, a buffet near the full bar brims with vegetables, fried rice, and noodles like lyrics written by a hungry musician. The simple black-and-white interior contrasts sharply with the colorful food, letting green papaya and crimson peppers shine.
This sophisticated and inviting establishment is the hatchling of master restaurateur and rhyme master, Chef Geoff Tracy. He’s built a menu with great latitude, covering a wide variety of dishes served throughout the day. Sunday brunch features classic egg dishes such as steak and eggs (NY strip, sunny-side-up eggs, and golden Yukon hash, $18.95) and lunchier sandwiches like Lia’s burger with tomato, pancetta, sautéed onion, and provolone ($10.95). Take a lunch break to the Mediterranean with a big salad ($13.95–$16.95) such as the crispy calamari caesar (with tomato, prosciutto, scallions, and grana padano) or a feta, black olive, tomato, and pepperoncini pizza pie ($12.95). Check out the hours each menu is offered here.