Bartenders at Austin's Steak and Ale House pair an extensive, international beer selection from far-away locales including Sweden, Belgium, and the Czech Republic with a menu of elegant pub-style comfort fare. Each of the 20 brews on tap boasts individual temperature and pressure controls, helping ensure that sippers experience maximum flavor and can construct sturdy sculptures from the foam heads. In the kitchen, chefs dish up classic pub fare peppered with creative ingredients, such as Black Angus burgers bedecked with garlic-cumin chili, fried egg, and pineapple, as well as entrees that showcase high-quality cuts of beef and fresh seafood. Outdoor seating areas deposit diners in a foliage-filled garden or on a patio covered by umbrellas. Inside, numerous paintings perch atop exposed-brick and dark wood-paneled walls, and dangling lights and flat-screen TVs illuminate the restaurant's dining room, full bar, and unnecessary collection of night-vision goggles.
One of the best parts about living in a big city is the access to food from a variety of countries. But it can be tricky to decide if you want Thai or Indian, Mexican or Greek. Venue hopes to make that decision a little bit easier with its menu of international cuisine from 14 different countries.
Patrons can dive into the Mexican-Indian hybrid Nanchos?clay-oven flatbread loaded with classic nacho toppings, including guacamole and cheese?or Thai chicken satay before switching countries and devouring a jerk chicken with fresh yucca, Turkish beef with eggplant, and Mediterranean wraps. Venue also dishes out classic American eats, like burgers with fries, to sate hungers of all sizes.
When Tuscan Hills’ owners first opened their rustic Italian spot, they followed the old Italian tradition of placing a horseshoe upside-down over the door to keep negative energy out. But as customers came in to try the new spot, they kept pointing out that the horseshoe was hanging the wrong way, so they switched it. After that, they had the worst week since they’d opened—so they turned it face-down again, and Tuscan Hills has been a charm to the owners and their customers ever since.
With exposed-brick walls, flickering candles, and folded linen napkins, Tuscan Hills feels like an Italian hideaway. As guests gather around tables to chat over glasses of wine, chefs toss pasta with seafood, fresh vegetables, and meats and then pull bubbling 13-inch pizzas from the brick oven. Main dishes include braised chuck of wild boar smothered in brown sauce and served over polenta as well as the signature traditional Tuscan-style fish stew, cacciucco alla livornese, which is baked with a crispy bread crust. Family-style platters of pasta, steak, and other dishes bring groups together to share the brimming platters or finally satisfy the hunger of yetis out to treat themselves.
"No wood, no brick, no coal—how does he achieve pizza greatness with a gas oven?" ask the New York Magazine reviewers who deemed Nick's Pizza in Forest Hills, Queens a critic's pick. Once the subtly charred crusts laden with molten lumps of fresh mozzarella arrive at guests' tables, however, no one really cares how owner Nick Angelis did it. They're too busy eating. A wine list more impressive than the findings at most pizzerias or French drive-throughs only serves to further the food's mysterious perfection.
Beneath the tall ceilings of Kosher Corner Dairy Cafe, the blue tablecloths catch light from the overhanging chandeliers, but the glass display case filled with kosher desserts is the real eye catcher. Under the rabbinical supervision of Vaad Harabonim of Queens, the kitchen keeps to strict kosher standards with a menu of more than 140 American-, French-, Italian-, and Mediterranean-style items, from frittatas to blintzes and falafel. The restaurant space is also available for hosting parties as well as takeout and catering services for special events for hermits attending special events remotely.