Every weekend, the soulful notes of blues bands fill the air of the casual, Zagat-rated eatery with lively and exciting ballads. National acts such as Popa Chubby, CJ Chenier, and Jeffrey Gaines complement the sounds of tribute bands as well as Monday open mic participants. Having first opened in 1991 in Westchester with a Ridgefield location opened in 2013, experienced chefs in the kitchen orchestrate dishes of spicy jambalaya, boiled crawfish, and exotic alligator sausage that are every bit as expressive and flavorful as the tunes they complement. Dishes arrive with steam still curling into the air, awaiting diner's selection from a menu of 100 gourmet hot sauces that customize dishes with fiery flavors of habanero peppers, smoked chipotles, peach and vidalia onion, and dragon tears. Bayou’s chefs also whip up their creole food for special events with their catering services.
While its green exterior and wooden booths are reminiscent of an Irish pub, Rockwells American Restauant’s cuisine embodies the “American” found in its title. Burgers topped with gorgonzola cheese, bacon, and other accoutrements share menu space with steaks, chicken sandwiches, and alcoholic drinks such as mudslides, as well as red and white wines. For entertainment, the restaurant broadcasts NFL games every Sunday, hosts comedians on Saturday night, and encourages diners to reenact their favorite Dogs Playing Poker painting under the emerald bar lights.
The Bagel Loft's owners, Jimmy Pappia and Ralph Rodriguez, make their bagels the old fashioned way. Then, they are enhanced with a variety of sweet and savory toppings including eggs and cheese, white fish, and cinnamon raisin cream cheese. These bagels transcend their status as a breakfast food when sliced and used to bookend smoked turkey, grilled chicken, roast beef, and other sandwich fillings. Patrons can also pair their bagel bites with cheeseburgers, pancakes, or salads.
For more than 40 years, chefs at the family-owned Villa Nova E. have been sticking to time-tested recipes and techniques to craft authentic Italian cuisine. They tuck cheese filling into homemade ravioli, douse veal and shiitake mushrooms in cognac sauce, and top sea-scallop scampi with an herb-and-white-wine sauce. Along with a gluten-free menu, chefs create a trio of catering menus built around buffets, brunch, and Sweet 16 parties, where each dish is cooked atop the engine of the guest of honor's new car. In-house meals unfold inside Villa Nova E.'s spacious dining room, or parties of up to 140 guests commence in two upstairs rooms.
On a warm summer evening, candles on the patio tables in Maggie Spillanes rooftop garden illuminate guests toasting with mojitos and margaritas or steadily sipping Guinness and Maggie’s red ale—2 of the bar’s 16 beers on tap. Beside the drinks lay plates of American and Irish pub-food favorites, including eight types of sliders, corned beef, and lamb stew.
Downstairs, courtesy of the MLB package, 17 flat-screen televisions beam high-definition images of baseball players. Additional entertainment comes in the form of trivia and karaoke, as well as a DJ spinning contemporary tracks mixed with the occasional hyena cackle.
The ovens at Lil Joe's Pizza And Pasta work long hours to cook up a menu full of Italian favorites. Pizza crusts are smothered with cheese and varied toppings such as chicken, broccoli, onions, pineapple, and sausage. Platters of veal and eggplant parmesan can be enjoyed on their own, or as part of a sandwich. Chefs simmer pots of Lil Joe’s signature spicy vodka sauce, and boil gnocchi, ravioli, and spaghetti to create classic Italian meals.