Save for the sunlight streaming in through the windows, Blue Fish Restaurant and Lounge immerses patrons in a sleek, dimly lit lounge as they wash down the Japanese cuisine with swigs of hot sake. Behind the bar bathed in dim blue light, chefs carefully prepare bites of fresh sashimi and specialty sushi rolls such as the Coco Loco—spicy tuna topped with coconut shrimp and avocado in a piña colada sauce.
Ginger Grill serves up a plentiful menu of Asian-inspired kosher cuisine in a friendly steakhouse setting. Kick off your taste buds' cross-cultural journey with a savory appetizer of dumplings filled with beef, chicken, or vegetables ($7.50), or warm up after group hugs at your Snowmans Anonymous meeting with a bowl of matzo ball soup ($5). Ginger Grill boasts a meat-filled cornucopia of protein-rich entrees such as chicken with black mushrooms and bamboo shoots ($16) and Szechuan lamb ($23). Steakhouse-flavor favorers, meanwhile, can carve into a hearty rib eye ($28), while the indecisive can blend multiple meats with the wok specialty happy family, which brings together chicken, beef, veal, and mixed vegetables to form a brown-sauce smothered portrait ($19). General Tso's tofu ($12) will delight herbivores and herbivoyeurs alike with its vegetarian-friendly spin on a fusion standard. Ginger Grill also serves up a wide selection of pasta and fish dishes, as well as classic and signature sushi rolls.
For the bakers of Fay Da Bakery, slices of fruit are just as much decorations as they are ingredients. Their menu of more than 24 cakes features vanilla cakes with elaborate fruit tops, such as the fruit decor cake top with swirling patterns made from strawberries and kiwi. The bakers also customize cakes for a variety of occasions, with hand-piped designs and congratulatory messages. Patrons can pick up Fay Da's cakes at locations throughout NYC, and conveniently order cakes online and pick them up a few days later when their clown car is out of the shop.
Though BC Chicken—formerly Bonchon Chicken—may have changed its name, its menu still centers on poultry. Here, diners get their fix with crispy fried wings or drumsticks dressed in soy-garlic sauce. The Asian-inspired marinade hints at dishes included in the expanded menu, which features pot stickers stuffed with chicken or hot shrimp. Beef makes an appearance in the form of Korean-style bulgogi, which is the basis for the cheeseburger buried under kimchi coleslaw and the beef tacos with soy sauce and onions. Set to the backdrop of the bar’s 70-inch projection screen, meals are complemented by helpings of fried Oreos.
Viru Restaurant demonstrates its authentic Peruvian roots with a wide variety of traditional dishes. Causa rellena de camarones satisfies bellies with shrimp, as long as those bellies like their shrimp hiding inside chilled mashed potatoes that are spiced up with lime and yellow chili ($12). The parihuela, a soupy sea of seafood cooked with white wine, spices, and panca chili, moisturizes parched stomachs with a torrential downpour of flavor ($24). Representing the eternal battle between land and sea, the bisteck a la chorrillana—a grilled New York steak with a sauce made of panca chili, onions, and tomatoes ($24)—wields haricots verts clubs against the pescado sudado, the fish of the day poached in seafood broth and herbs ($19). Placing a comforting cap on dinner, flan reminds diners of former days when sweet, creamy desserts grew everywhere all the time and only cost a nickel ($6). In addition to edibles, Viru Restaurant nourishes guests at the bar, which stocks its shelves with an impressive supply of domestic and imported beers, sangria, wines, and chicha, a drink made of fermented maize.
Statues strike meditative poses atop Spicy Thai's front desk, as if they're contemplating each delicious scent that emanates from the kitchen. Beyond this checkpoint lies a dining room peppered with gilded masks, red ceiling tiles, forest-green napkins, and tablecloths as crisp and white as a freshly ironed snowflake. Here, friendly servers deliver colorful plates piled high with traditional Thai fare such as pad thai and panang curry with peanuts and broccoli. The chefs also prepare several house specialties, including an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet and phuket grouper, a deep-fried fish fillet accompanied by onions, green peppers, and a tangy chili sauce.
Having just celebrated their grand opening, the chefs at Amcook Fusion Cuisine, a new sushi restaurant, fill their specialty sushi rolls with fresh ingredients such as spicy snow crab, avocado, and sweet mango. In addition to sushi the chefs feature Thai style green curries made with coconut milk and fresh basil and Japanese style yaki soba dishes of stir fried noodles with shrimp, onions, and mushrooms. Amcook Fusion Cuisine also offers an extensive lunch menu with daily specials and a traditional family dinner for Chinese New Year.