The kitchen staff at Oggi Ristorante, which Frommer's dubbed a "neighborhood favorite," makes fresh pastas every day. But according to Gayot, this feat is nothing new. Formerly a homemade-pasta supplier for other restaurants, Oggi now stands on its own. Its chefs draw inspiration from homestyle Italian recipes and culinary techniques to creating a menu of comforting, Old-World staples. In addition to making whole-wheat spaghetti and perfectly square meatballs by hand, the chefs also create what Gayot described as "some of the most delicate stuffed pastas and supple seafood dishes in the city." Grilled scottish salmon arrives perched atop a bed of wilted spinach, and tilapia alla livornese is sautéd in a mixture of fresh tomatoes, capers, onions, and black olives. Other options range from classic chicken or veal parmigiana to filet mignon topped with a green-peppercorn sauce and accompanied by champagne risotto. The wait staff ferries these dishes across the dining room, whose white tablecloths and exposed-brick walls combine to create a rustic-yet-elegant atmosphere.
When preparing their eclectic lineup of dishes, the cooks at Paprika Mediterranean Restaurant and Hookah Lounge borrow a little something from all of the diverse regions bordering the Mediterranean Sea. From the southern waters, they take the Moroccan lamb carpaccio appetizer and the Tunisian churba soup. They also make their way up north, plumbing Greece's vast culinary traditions to assemble dishes such as the Athena salad with kalamata olives and the salmon filet wrapped in phylo pastry.
After meals, guests can head to the adjacent hookah lounge and partake in the old-world tradition of enjoying a beautifully ornate hookah, which they can load with one of 25 different flavors. Those interested in immersing themselves in the culture even further can make a reservation on Friday night to catch the weekly belly-dance show.
Equipped with reclining seats, video displays, and free WiFi, Xcursions USA's fleet of luxury motorcoaches goes where few buses dare?across the ocean. On their signature Key West day trips, the coaches travel across 43 bridges spanning 31 islands to ferry passengers to the heart of the "American Caribbean." While living the island life, visitors can check out sights like Ernest Hemingway's house, the Light House Museum, Ripley's Believe It or Not, and the southernmost point of the continental United States. Xcursions sends their fleet on other missions as well?like a trip to the Everglades where tour-takers can board an airboat, or a tour around the company's home city of Miami followed by a boat cruise.
Cuisine Type: Kosher Steakhouse with full sushi bar
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11?25
Parking: Metered street parking
Most popular offering: The Filet Mignon
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout Only
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Pro Tip: The menu is that of a French brasserie with 21 day wet-aged steaks,
chops, and Asian specialties.
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The restaurant is only a short walking distance from the famous Bal Harbour Shul and Young Israel of Bal Harbour, which comes in handy if you want to organize a private event for one of the Shabbat meals. Kosh is also an excellent choice for any event catering, whether off-premise or a private party inside the restaurant.
D?cor can say a lot about the type of food a restaurant serves. How does your d?cor inform or reflect your culinary practice?
The d?cor of Kosh is elegant contemporary with elements of art nouveau style: modern hanging lighting fixtures ... with more traditional chandeliers, mirrors and stylish photographs on the walls. Dark purple and grey color scheme with velvet chairs, soft purple light, and flowers on the tables. Alternatively, you can sit at one of our outdoor tables to dine in that evening breeze
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
The menu is that of a French brasserie with a selection of traditional and signature French bistro dishes, with the addition of tapas appetizers, Asian specialties, and full sushi bar.
When Sean "Diddy" Combs shares a post on Instagram, his three-million-plus followers are likely to see it. So it's saying something when he takes to Instagram to promote a new restaurant he's excited about?which is exactly what he did for the opening of Finga Licking @ Royal Castle.
Finga Licking is drawing the interest of plenty of other music-industry celebrities as well, which is likely due in part to the fact that the restaurant is the collaboration of music mogul Elric "E-Class" Prince of Poe Boy Music Group and Chef Latosia Colton. Prince was immediately drawn to Colton's food?think fried shrimp and lobster bites, wings smothered in signature sauces, and other chicken and seafood specialties. The southern soul food and Caribbean-flavored bites can be washed down with a Mystery rainbow punch served with fresh fruit on the rocks. And along with the food and the possibility to run into Flo Rida, the screened patio, complete with cooling fans and flatscreen TVs, draw in guests.
Rice House of Kabob's signature sumac sauce is known for its versatility—so much so that several customers want to buy it by the gallon. The coveted marinade was invented by Ali Shabani, one of the restaurant's four founding brothers, and seems to complement almost any item on the Persian menu. By seasoning char-grilled chicken, sirloin, shrimp, and vegetables, it serves as one of two constants in the kitchen. The other, of course, is rice—the family describes it on the website as "the world's ultimate comfort food" and lays it as a base for several platters, including housemade falafel and combination meals of ground-sirloin kubideh and charbroiled tenderloin.
From the vegetarian dishes to the pan-seared tilapia wrap, every item is prepped from all-natural ingredients. The culinary team arrives early in the morning to slice the preservative-free eats, which they always cook to order instead of reheating them beneath lamps or the smoldering gaze of Yosemite Sam.