Salvatore of SOHO's handmade neapolitan crust are covered in authentic toppings and fired in its custom-built coal-fired brick pizza oven, creating perfectly crisp crusts for pie aficionados. Mozzarella crafted each day, san marzano tomatoes, and organic farm-grown spices and herbs smother the limelight on the chewy, smoky crusts, with a classic menu singing backup.
Bombay Palace's expansive menu dons a mélange of piquant platters. Start off with the savory vegetable pakora ($7), a motley band of vegetables coated in chickpea flour and fried. The restaurant's clay oven bakes entrees and bread to perfection, complementing dishes like the chicken tikka ($21), which mixes boneless chicken cubes marinated in yogurt and spices, and can be paired with white-flour naan ($4). Restore a stomach's veggie rations with the kadai paneer ($17), a succulent blend of cottage cheese, green peppers, dried fenugreek leaves, and cardamom, or the vegetable biryani ($17), its basmati rice and fresh greens baked into a casserole with saffron, nuts, and raisins.
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.
The bakers at Sweet Melissa Patisserie have drawn acclaim from the New York Times for a combination of fresh French-influenced American pastries and epic wedding cakes. During the afternoon tea service, twosomes enjoy a choice of fine teas served with a fresh scone, delicate finger sandwiches, and petit fours in the softly lit pastry-filled shop. Tea sippers can stretch pinky fingers at four-top tables with flower centerpieces or in the lush fenced-in garden outside, where shady umbrellas shield them from the untoward leering of dandies in passing zeppelins.
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.