Sleek light fixtures dangle from Kohana Japanese Restaurant's ceiling and subtly illuminate a tidily minimal fleet of indigo and white chairs, booths abutting wavy-lined wall paneling, and plates featuring eats carefully crafted and presented by the chefs. Sharply dressed in the only two colors that can be worn together, black and white, servers march out with precisely sliced sections of signature dishes such as the Phoenix specialty roll, which combines spicy tuna, snow crab, and avocado with a multifaceted dressing. Non-sushi selections, such as crunchy shrimp tempura and baked salmon with eel sauce, also pair well with Kohana's selection of wine, beer, and sake.
The diversity of Relish's offerings—from its dine-in menu of salads and sandwiches to its bakery and frozen yogurt—represents the eatery's evolution from a small deli to a full-blown restaurant. Those early diner favorites, such as tuna melts and meatball subs, still fill bellies alongside bread bowls full of hot pasta. On the bakery side, custom cakes, gourmet cupcakes, and pies brimming with fresh fruit line the counters or await pickup for a future event. On Friday nights, the venue comes to life with the thrumming music of live local bands, followed by family-friendly Saturdays, on which kids eat free without having to pickpocket napping subway commuters.
Cooks at Michael Anthony’s Pizza kick out authentic Italian favorites such as chicken, veal, and seafood dishes as well as pasta and pizza. Breaded cutlets of chicken or veal parmigiana overflow with layers of tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese, while the broiled shrimp oregenata comes dressed in rich helpings of garlic and lemon. Pastas such as penne, rigatoni, and six-cheese pasta purses are prepared with sun dried tomatoes, prosciutto, and vegetables tossed in cream sauces or baked with sausage and peppers. The kitchen also kicks out pizzas, including a gluten-free variety, as well as American dishes such as chicken cordon bleu and NY strip steaks. On Friday nights, guests can enjoy live entertainment while they dine.
The pizza pros at Michael’s Pizza knead freshly made dough into circular palettes before slathering house-made tomato sauce, creamy mozzarella cheese, and a mélange of high-quality toppings. Michael’s menu includes masterpieces of handmade subs, pastas, salads, strombolis, and calzones.