A suit of gilded armor greets diners when they step inside Chateau of Spain, reminding them that in both décor and cuisine, the restaurant seeks to transport to another land. As a peninsula nation, Spain has developed a cuisine reliant upon fresh, copious seafood, and bright-pink shrimp works its way into many of the dishes on this menu, including shrimp sautéed with mushroom sauce, stuffed with crabmeat, and hobnobbing with other shellfish in the seafood paella. The lunchtime menu showcases a mix of Spanish and American fare, including burgers and BLTs, which diners can enjoy as they watch the small fleet of televisions affixed to the wall broadcasting soccer matches or the latest Real Housewives of New Jersey dubbed in Spanish for easier understanding.
Jamie's Cigar Bar & Restaurant offers a little bit of everything, from grilled chicken sandwiches and beer to prime steaks and full-bodied cigars. These eclectic offerings make it a place to share an intimate date over tortellini in cream sauce or head to the sports bar area for Sunday's game or Wednesday's commercials. Meanwhile, a cigar menu lets smokers take their pick of finely rolled stogies including options from Rocky Patel and Padron.
Strip steak, prime rib, or filet mignon--the chefs at A&W Steakhouse have yet to meet a cut of beef they don't like. Wet-aged for 14 days, the pepper-crusted black Angus prime rib oozes flavor, and the pan-roasted filet mignon finds a worthy partner in white truffle fries. Then there's the sauces to choose from: bourdalaise, brandy pepper-cream, or cabernet reduction. Even the beef-averse can delight in such dishes as the herb dijon chicken roasted in a fresh blend of spices, pan-seared Ahi tuna served over black fried rice, and the double-cut pork chop atop a bleu cheese mash with apple relish.
Conceived by Las Vegas restaurateur Mark DiMartino, Tilted Kilt evokes Ireland by way of Vegas, with waitresses dressed in plaid mini kilts shouldering trays of chilled beer and pub fare. Like an enchilada stuffed with four-leaf clovers, the eatery’s Irish nachos interpret a south-of-the-border classic in a Celtic way, slathering potato chips in cheese sauce and seasoned ground beef; alternatively, pot roast and vegetables simmer traditionally in the Olde Dublin Irish stew’s Guinness-infused beef stock. Barkeeps pour a full bar’s worth of wine, cocktails, and beer, which surfaces in bottles, bombers, and multi-brew mixes such as the Blue Moon and Guinness combination. High-definition TVs glow with a ceaseless parade of professional and college baseball, basketball, and hockey, and live bands add to the entertainment smorgasbord on Friday and Saturday nights.
Its location across the street from the Middlesex County Courthouse flavors the atmosphere at Mike's Courtside Sports Bar & Grill, which blends judicial trappings such as wall-mounted gavels with sports memorabilia autographed by local athletes including Derek Jeter. The servers' T-shirts proclaim, "You've been served" as waiters and waitresses sling plates of rib-eye burgers, 12-inch personal pizzas, and other satisfying comfort grub. Two bars—one on each floor—serve up six rotating draft beers and more than 30 bottled brews as sports fans watch games on 1 of 13 MLB-package-equipped HDTVs. Mike's Courtside Sports Bar & Grill also features year-round outdoor seating and hosts Friday and Saturday night performances by live DJs and holograms of dead DJs.
From the outside, Il Giardino Restaurant, Bar & Grill resembles an elegant house more than it does an Italian restaurant. A chandelier glows through arched picture windows, and Doric columns frame a stone porch. It’s an ideal space for a restaurant that stemmed from the owners’ passion for hosting family dinners around the kitchen table. To fuel those dinners, chefs prepare traditional Italian cuisine: they simmer four varieties of risotto, and toss pastas with simple sauces. They prepare veal scallopini five different ways, from a simple lemon-and-caper sauce to prosciutto and melted fontina demi-glace. The eatery has served these meals since 1986, and it underwent a renovation in 2003, so the decor is almost as fresh as the food.
Servers are happy to recommend selections from the ample wine list. Oenophiles can also inquire about off-list bottles that are hard to find or have been hunted to near-extinction for yacht christenings.