Named for the initials of the owner's wife and daughters, Three A's Olde Bar & Grill beckons eaters in with an eclectic menu of Italian specialties and classic pub fare. Chefs use the eatery's signature vodka sauce to coat the stuffed pasta of the specialty lobster ravioli ($14), before they blanket a tortellini alfredo in grilled chicken ($14) to warm stomachs to Italian flavors better than Luciano Pavarotti's infamous bear hugs. Dough tossed into the air daily falls to earth to form the edible canvas for six specialty pizzas painted with toppings such as the house-made pesto, shrimp, and olives of the pizza pesto ($8). Teeth sink into the meaty morsels of homestyle pork chops ($17) or a grilled to order porterhouse steak drizzled in mushroom gravy ($22). Between bites, diners sip the potable blends of eclectic martinis ($10) such as peach cobbler. An original tin ceiling covers patrons as they watch plasma TVs at a hardwood bar or slip into a cozy dining area to serenade a date with operatic renditions of their favorite menu items.
This festive lounge and restaurant serves up contemporary renditions of classic Peruvian dishes. Hearty entrees come packed with spiced meat and fried seafood, while three different ceviches offer lighter, citrus-splashed doses of fresh fish. The drink menu features tropical cocktails, such as pisco sours and frozen margaritas, as well as more decadent concoctions, including a strawberry pineapple daiquiri topped with an upside down corona bottle and a pillbox hat. On the weekends, guests can sip on different variations until 2:30 a.m. The restaurant’s traditional brick facade belies a modern interior furnished with neon red walls and modern bucket seats.
Illuminated by glowing blues and reds, indiglo Restaurant & Lounge presents visitors with a chic, upscale atmosphere in which to kick back for meals, drinks, and live performances. Inside, two levels thump with tunes from the venue's advanced sound system as bartenders whip up cocktails and specialty martinis. Visitors may start their nights off with dinner, such as char-grilled 12-ounce rib eyes and penne shrimp pasta, or with happy hour, which occurs Mondays–Thursdays.
The cooks at Cafe Spezia prepare more than two dozen house-made pasta, chicken, veal, and seafood entrees and complement them with refreshing salads and sandwiches. Penne pasta is sautéed with sweet sausage and broccoli rabe in a white-wine sauce, and the lobster bolognese's diced lobster blends with cream and grape tomatoes over a bed of linguine. Grilled North Atlantic salmon is drizzled with citrus vinaigrette, and egg-battered shrimp francese is sautéed in lemon butter and white wine.
Customers at Caldwell Seafood Market & Cafe can take home morsels of fresh raw seafood handpicked daily from the Fulton Fish Market or sit down to sample the cafe’s menu of chef-prepared gourmet fare. At the market, adopt a fresh pound of plump pink shrimp, a heavy slab of Norwegian salmon, or a gaggle of glistening sea scallops to take home and cook for an evening feast. Prices for raw seafood vary daily depending on each variety’s market value and the number of engagement rings it swallowed before being caught. Then sidle up to the cafe to sample prepared fare such as grilled rainbow trout sprinkled in Cajun seasoning ($17.95) or the combo platter, on which a 4-ounce fillet bundled in breading beds down with three large fried shrimp, three jumbo sea scallops, and a teddy bear named Eddie ($19.95).
Designed after an Italian city square, Piazza Margherita brings the outdoors inside with striped awnings, faux-brick accents, and vines climbing the columns and streetlamps. A gurgling stone fountain at the restaurant's entryway welcomes guests with appetizer suggestions. The aromas of lasagna layered with ricotta cheese, pan-seared shrimp scampi in white-wine sauce, and cups of cappuccino flutter through the air, further transporting diners to Italian streets. During summer months, patrons flock to the torch-lit patio to split plates of chicken marsala and veal saltimbocca with prosciutto, spinach, and fresh melted mozzarella.
The Old Bay Restaurant takes diners on a savory sojourn to New Orleans with a menu of Cajun cuisine served in a Mardi Gras-inspired atmosphere. Commence the evening by munching on gator balls—a blend of alligator tail meat, pork, and seasonings rolled into mini meatballs, and simmered in a fiery sauce piquant ($9)—or the boneless chicken, tasso ham, andouille sausage jambalaya ($14). To unmeat any meal, the chefs also combine roasted eggplant, yellow squash, zucchini, red bell peppers, and pesto sauce in order to fortify the flavors of the vegetable Napoleon evangelia ($15).