Cuisine Type: Modern Hookah Bar
Most popular offering: Most of our fruit flavors and Starbuzz flavors
Number of Tables: 11?25
Outdoor Seating: No
Parking: Metered street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
In Judaism, the pomegranate is associated with knowledge, learning, and wisdom. It is also a symbol of righteousness because its 613 seeds correspond with the Torah's commandments. Although it's named after this ruby-colored fruit with a rich background, Pomegranate Restaurant's menu of glatt kosher Mediterranean recipes is anything but. Instead, it features dishes with subtle flavors formed with herbs, spices, and vegetables. Inside its sleek, all-white dining room with a neofuturist flair, an English- and Russian-speaking wait staff serves this understated cuisine, which includes moroccan eggplant, kebabs, and lamb chops. After enjoying their entrees, guests can order baklava, napoleons, or back-stabbing Brutuses to finish meals with sweet, sweet, revenge.
Though Bud's Ale House lives up to its name—its locations boast up to 80 beer taps, more than 16 bottled varieties, and up to 60 televisions—this versatile eatery has something for everyone. As tasty brews pour from taps, including a daily special of $2 Bud and Bud Light drafts, bartenders deftly mix up top-shelf margaritas, colorful martinis, and classic cocktails. These adult libations wash down a hearty menu that spans the entire spectrum of American cuisine: habanero barbecue wings, steamed local clams, and meaty burgers are served up daily alongside gooey quesadillas and German-style bratwurst. Bud's desserts threaten to steal the spotlight, capping feasts with deep-fried Oreos and tangy key lime pie.
Named after a small Dominican province, Macorix Bar-Restaurant & Grill has been a welcome sight to Central American and Carribean immigrants for some 20 years. Today, second-generation owners Steven Almonte and Elbys Gonzalez retain those familiar traditions amid a modern ambiance. Guests can slide up to the mahogany bar for a refreshing libation, or enjoy their meal on the outdoor patio. Steven and Elbys's chefs create dishes that range from mussels fra diavolo and steak with saffron rice to calamari and grilled pork loin.
The flavors of Latin America stretch from the ocean to the jungle, and Bungalow 31 Bar & Grill captures them all. Chefs sizzle up salmon filets with a citrus marinade and slather pork with a passion-fruit-rum sauce that recalls coastal beaches. Some of their seafood even comes with more seafood stuffed inside: the jumbo shrimp, for instance, holds a blend of seafood marinated in a spicy ginger brandy sauce.
Bungalow's ambiance also helps bring the more tropical aspects of Latin America to the Northeast. On warm evenings, guests can step onto the stone patio, shut their eyes, and pretend they've crossed the border as the breeze or a loyal friend with a palm frond fans their food. And once dishes are removed, guests can retreat behind the white sheer curtains of the patio's romantic couch area. There, they can sip tropical drinks while mingling long into the night.
Inspired by the street vendors of Japan, longtime friends Samuel Lu and Ben Lam joined forces to establish Honoo Grill & Noodle, an Astoria restaurant specializing in yakitori—or skewers—hot noodle soups, and seafood dishes. Opening their restaurant in January 2013, the duo adds diversity to the menu by serving traditional dishes such as tare-glazed chicken and housemade vegetable spring rolls alongside their more eclectic items such as grilled salmon steaks with Pan Asian sauce. Although a majority of Honoo's eats pack a spicy punch, entrees can be made with a lower spice level or customers can dampen internal flames with a dessert. Reporter Willa Plank from the Wall Street Journal pointed out the Limoncello gelato dessert in particular as being "tart and smooth," also coincidentally the main characteristic of the best fire extinguishers.