Catfish Cafe is more than just a restaurant. It's a place that seeks to nourish both the body and soul with Southern specialties. Chicken comes in myriad forms, fried and sided with waffles or cooked in one of three styles—baked, barbecue, or jerk. If seafood is your thing, try the catfish, whiting, or tilapia entrees, or opt for the hearty seafood platter, complete with all three fish in nugget form. You can keep your taste buds guessing by pairing meals with collard greens and candied yams, or by finishing things with a slice of sweet potato pie.
Rooted in the traditional fusion cuisine served in its namesake city, Nanking delights guests with Chinese dishes that borrow from both Cantonese and Pekingese preparations. After appetizers such as crispy lotus stems drizzled in honey sauce, diners can opt for anything from simple black-pepper chicken to wok-fried lamb slices served with button mushrooms and oyster sauce. A separate Asian fusion menu introduces Indian influences, seen in dishes such as tandoori lamb chops and shrimp curry. Like an underage bartender, "mocktails" mimic classic cocktails, including virgin bloody marys and jungle juice with pina colada mix and four types of juice.
Pinang Malaysian Restaurant's behemoth menu packs a smorgasbord of eats that spans from India to Malaysia. The roti-canai starter preps bellies and fanny packs for main courses with a homemade Indian pancake dunked in curry-chicken sauce ($3). Shredded-mango entrees strike a sweet chord alongside the bass notes of tofu ($9), chicken, beef ($12.50 each), shrimp, or fish ($13 each), each steeped in a spicy sauce. Diners can bury forks or priceless family heirlooms in the num-yee duck casserole's savory layers, lined with bean paste, ginger, and scallions ($9.50). Adventurous eaters boldly go mouth first into the chicken or beef peppercorn sizzling platter that defies diners with a fiery brown sauce ($11).
Amid the shimmering Eastern-inspired décor of Wild Ginger’s warm-toned dining room, Japanese sushi mingles with Thai, Chinese, and Vietnamese dishes. Seasoned sushi chefs carve fresh seafood into specialty Spider rolls with soft shell crab and Red Dragon rolls with spicy tuna, as grills sizzle with seafood, meat, and poultry, and stovetops simmer with noodles. The prixed-fixed menu rolls out a four-course dinner of soup, salad, an entree, and dessert, which diners can toast to with an extensive menu of wines and sake. Brick walls and a towering palm tree ensconce diners at tabletops and booths in the dining room, and bar seating hosts rounds of linear musical chairs.
The dining room at Turquoise Seafood Restaurant might seem familiar to reality-television fans—last year, the eatery had a cameo on the Bravo program Shahs of Sunset. It’s no wonder the affluent cast was attracted to Turquoise’s elegant new digs, recently updated with arched ceilings, crystal chandeliers, and white leather chairs. The food is just as luxurious: the menu’s crown jewels are large whole fish such as barbounia and dorado royal, which are often grilled, fried, or skewered on a diamond-encrusted scepter.
Those looking for a smaller entree can opt for plates of crispy broiled sea scallops or butterflied jumbo shrimp served over rice. Turquoise’s team of five chefs, who have served in the same kitchen for more than 10 years, give equally considerate treatment to the sides. Long Island Newsday’s Feed Me columnist Marjorie Robins said the “homemade green tahini, baba ganoush, tzatziki, and pickled vegetables . . . don’t get better than this”, and her colleague Peter Gianotti raved that “after a course or two, you’re hooked.”
At Thomas Cole Salon, experienced stylists use top-notch products designed by the owner and founder to tame unruly manes into eye-catching coiffures. Services such as a women’s haircut ($95+) or men’s haircut ($50+) can be complemented by a blow-dry ($40+) or men’s hair coloring ($50+). Instead of duct-taping road flares to their heads, beauty seekers can spiff up their cuts with glance-baiting highlights ($150+) or a nourishing Brazilian keratin treatment ($300+) that simultaneously strengthens and softens hair.