Plumes of fragrant steam swirl above bowls as waiters deliver hefty portions of paella to red-linen-topped tables inside Vivo Tapas Lounge. In the paella, clamshells, shrimp, mussel shells, and pearly scallops pop amid a heap of golden saffron rice. The eatery’s paella complements a list of hot and cold tapas, all of which exemplify the restaurant's Zagat rating of very good to excellent food. On small tapas plates, chefs arrange tiny patties of spanish tuna or mushrooms stuffed with onions, bacon, pine nuts, and mozzarella cheese. After meals, the crowd can get to their feet and dance the night away amid colorful beams of light and exposed-brick walls. Sheer curtains cordon off private seating with tufted, high-backed banquettes for VIP parties and laid-back tax audits.
Though Mantra Head Chef Purvesh Patel is known for his creative takes on Indian cuisine—including chaat, or snack food, garnished with tender lobster meat—his careful, French-inspired cooking also leaves its mark on the menu’s traditional entrees. "Each ingredient seemed to have bathed for just the right number of hours in its yogurt marinade; each was precisely cooked; and each carried a heady overtone of spices," a New York Times food writer recalled of a tandoori dish in 2008. In contrast to these subtle flavors, Mantra’s presentation often has theatrical flair; chefs chop chaat dishes tableside and set a banana flambé dessert ablaze with rum.
Both locations’ sleek dining rooms also go for drama with bold, modern decor. In Jersey City, red accents simmer against warm-toned walls. Next to the Paramus spot's mosaic-tiled bar, live flames dance on the low wall between the dining room and lounge, upping the “amazement factor” for Cody Kendall of the Star-Ledger.
For halal fare that is cooked and flavored to perfection, check out Paterson's Aleppo Restaurant.
When you're ready to pig out, Aleppo Restaurant is ready to serve you the scrumptious food you're craving.
On gameday, come here to cheer your team to victory and watch every triumph on the big screen.
Aleppo Restaurant is a great location to host a group dinner.
Al fresco eating options are also available at Aleppo Restaurant, which presents a lovely patio seating area for warmer months.
Weekends are when crowds really head to Aleppo Restaurant, so plan accordingly.
The bar is next to a parking lot, but drivers can also settle for street parking.
Menu items at Aleppo Restaurant tend to be mid-priced, so expect to plop down about $30 per person to dine here.
All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
Ten Brunswick Gold Crown IV pool tables offer up their ample pockets to shooters' careful aim in Joe Broadway's Billiards & Sports Bar's spacious playroom. Every night until 3 a.m., an Internet jukebox augments the triumphant clamor of hefty breaks with players' favorite songs or high-school geometry lectures. In between games of pool, players can belly up to the full bar for a drink of domestic or imported beer, play a game on the Xbox or PS3 console, or raise the stakes with a free round of darts. Seven large-screen plasma TVs let players keep one eye on the game, and an onsite pro shop lets serious shooters replace their repurposed parade batons with real cues.
Every day at more than 770 locations, Jamba Juice proves that good nutrition can be both convenient and delicious. Since the beginning, the company has based its philosophy on choosing whole fruits and all-natural ingredients over artificial flavorings and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and artificial trans fats, and it makes additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
Although Jamba Juice is serious about using wholesome ingredients, the company is a little more playful when it comes to the palate. Whole fruits and veggies can be blended into an extensive menu of great-tasting smoothies and freshly squeezed juices. But Jamba Juice?s commitment to keeping healthy eating simple informs its solid-food options, too. Customers can kick-start their morning with a steaming bowl of slow-cooked, steel-cut oatmeal, or stay energized throughout the day with six varieties of Energy Bowls: nutrient-rich blends of whole fruit, Greek yogurt or soy milk, and an assortment of dry toppings and fresh fruits.
In addition to nourishing and energizing the human body, Jamba Juice fights childhood obesity by sponsoring Team Up for a Healthy America. The initiative encourages fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes and other leaders committed to getting kids active?which they can do by visiting the main Jamba Juice website.
Fresh fare can be found at Crab's Claw Inn, where guests seek to sample every seafood dish on the menu.
Health nuts will love Crab's Claw Inn for its gluten-free and low-fat menu options.
Toast your evening out at Crab's Claw Inn with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
At Crab's Claw Inn, kids of all ages are welcome.
The patio tables outside of Crab's Claw Inn are the perfect spot for a summer meal.
You'll want to save quiet conversations for another spot, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
Get to the restaurant early to have your pick of tables — with its no-reservation policy, the place can fill up at busy times.
Shake off the stiff workday duds at Crab's Claw Inn — attire is casual.
If time is of the essence, Crab's Claw Inn's take-out option may be a better fit.
Drivers can find a space for their wheels on the street when dining at the restaurant's Grand Central Ave business.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Crab's Claw Inn.
There's no need to bust your budget at Crab's Claw Inn, with most meals costing under $15.
For a quick and easy payment solution at Crab's Claw Inn, pay by major credit card.
Morning, noon, or night, you can head on over to Crab's Claw Inn since they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.