Before it became the set of one of the most polarizing television series finales of all time, Holsten's was a classic diner and ice cream parlor. Now, it still serves its homemade ice cream and house specials—two burgers, made with beef chopped that day—but camera flashes aren't uncommon, especially near one particular booth. People who sit there tend to order onion rings, because that's what Tony Soprano ordered just before the show ended.
The staff doesn't mind the extra attention that The Sopranos fanbase showers on their restaurant. In fact, they sell T-shirts emblazoned with the phrase, "The Final Episode." But they also stay true to their roots, whipping up diner fare from BLTs to grilled cheese and double-decker club sandwiches. The dessert menu features ice cream in flavors such as vanilla, black raspberry, and butter pecan, all of which can be piled atop brownies or bananas to make a sundae. There's also homemade candy, including truffles, assorted chocolates, and seasonal sweets more appetizing than autumn leaves dipped in honey.
Striving to highlight the diversity of India’s regional cuisine, the cooks at Mehek Restaurant have mastered vegetarian, seafood, lamb, chicken, and rice dishes from across the subcontinent. The eatery’s name, which means “aroma,” serves as a playful tribute to the way each creation from the expansive menu sates several senses at once. Kebabs, vindaloos, masalas, and biryanis can all be ordered with various proteins, and glasses of mango lassi cool off spicy bites. Mehek also offers a buffet rich with options for vegetarians, meat-eaters, and those on strict naan diets.
Like the songs of Frank Sinatra—a former regular at the eatery—the Market Diner’s history is full of highs and lows. The hanging lights above the faux-snakeskin booths went dark when the eatery closed down in 2006, but it was too soon for the restaurant’s rich 50-year history to come to an end. The diner is open again today, allowing patrons to feast on the omelets, half-pound burgers, and pies that have fed celebrities including Diane Keaton, Bette Midler, and even notorious gangsters from the ‘70s. An episode of Seinfeld also featured the restaurant in an important scene, which means patrons can revisit a favorite show without putting flowers on Alf’s grave.
Within the classic interiors of Pop Diner, mouths and eyes hungrily feed on all-day menu items influenced by Asian, Latin, and Caribbean flavors. Sink salivating chops into a triple-decker sandwich—sliced turkey, bacon, lettuce, and tomato smooshed between slivers of toast ($9.95)—or the Godfather burger—roasted red peppers, grilled onions, and mozzarella piled atop a patty doubly certified in Angus beefiness and lifeguarding ($9.95). Noodle aficionados and vegetarians can dive into a helping of pasta primavera deluged in vegetables and herb tomato sauce ($11.95). Thai–style grilled salmon—soaked and dressed in candied ginger and citrus segments ($14.95)—and Latin chicken ($13.95) allow patrons to live globe-trekking adventures vicariously through their taste buds.
Glendale Dental Associates' Dr. Robert Cukier protects pearlies with sophisticated dentistry and up-to-the-minute technology in the modern interior of his studio. Dazzling smiles are inspected for signs of decay, cysts, bone loss, and tooth-fairy embezzlement before a full set of dental x-rays peer deep into tooth interiors, assessing root positions and gum-line closets. A hygienist then carefully chisels tartar from tooth siding along with any plaque that is provoking periodontic surliness. A session-ending polish leaves chompers beaming with a brightness rivaled only by an honor-roll firefly.