The culinary maestros at Molly Malone's Pub & Restaurant perform a satiating jig on voracious taste buds with a menu that fuses Irish, American, and continental flavors. Like a bald eagle wearing a red wig, an order of fried sea scallops and French fries ($19.99) from the dinner menu boasts an Irish-American flare, while the corned beef and cabbage ($11.99) lunch specialty rewards loyal mandibles with an authentic Irish delicacy (see full menus and prices). Diners can feast their ears on a rotating docket of live performances.
An unmistakable elegance permeates the dining room at New Peninsula Restaurant. Armless, checker-patterned chairs surround tables blanketed with crisp linens and gleaming silverware, and two milk-white horse statues stand mid-canter amid the lush greenery of the room's potted plants. With sporadic lanterns and track lighting casting a dim glow throughout the space, the shining, cerulean-blue aquarium stands out like a beacon. Overhead, the recessed ceiling features pinpoints of light against a blue-black background, mimicking the appearance of a nighttime sky or a Magic Eight Ball full of fireflies instead of advice.
Within this distinct setting, New Peninsula Restaurant's chefs indulge diners with a menu of pan-regional Asian cuisine that mainly draws inspiration from Chinese and Japanese culinary traditions. Sushi chefs fill plates with nigiri, sashimi, and more than 40 different rolls while the rest of the kitchen prepares classic dishes such as steak teriyaki and stir-fried soba noodles with chicken. Chinese dishes include Peking duck, roast pork lo mein, and shrimp in spicy Szechuan sauce.
From its green awnings to its wood-paneled interior, Lily Flanagan’s definitely looks the part of an Irish pub. But it’s not just the décor that transports patrons to the Emerald Isle: Irish food specialties take tongues along for the ride, too. Housemade batter swathes the fish 'n' chips, and mashed potatoes bake to a golden brown atop each shepherd’s pie. Bartenders pull foaming glasses of Smithwicks and Guinness from the tap or the udders of a nearby beer cow. Alternatively, burgers and sandwiches burst with American flavors, including BBQ spices from Willie B's. A roster of regular promos and events keeps up a festive atmosphere throughout the week. Visitors gather around flat-screen televisions to watch sports events or shimmy on the dance floor to the beat of local DJs.
According to the New York Times, visitors to Fratelli Trattoria immediately face a culinary decision when they step foot through the eatery's immaculate glass doors. To the left stands a hostess ready to escort diners to a private table inside a modern, two-story dining area. To the right lies the convenience of pizza by the slice flanked by free-for-all seating. Nestling into plush beige chairs, dine-in deciders choose from a slate of pastas swimming in tomato, cream, and cheese sauces alongside juicy cuts of chicken and veal prepared in more than 20 traditional styles. Meanwhile, the fast-paced right side quickly doles out slices of pizza, including crispy neapolitan and thick sicilian varieties slathered in plum-tomato sauce and melty mozzarella, forging transportable and tasty meals for guests with little time or lots of hands. Decked out in gleaming aluminum furnishings, the outdoor dining area lets patrons sate appetites while soaking in sunlight amid the exciting bustle of the Tanger Outlets at the Arches.:m]]
Five-year-old local favorite Ludlow Bistro cooks up innovative, yet simple cuisine and compliments it with modern décor and a friendly, attentive serving staff that will try to meet any request—except for those beginning with "I dare you to…" Diners can dig their claws into artfully arranged appetizers such as the lump crab cakes, whose citrus-marinated fennel and carrots jam harmoniously with chili aioli ($13). Pastas, such as the fresh buccatini, take tongues on a tour of the Tuscan countryside with a merry band of pan-seared chicken, hand-crushed plum tomatoes, and bruchetta goat cheese ($23), along with a sassy 40-year-old divorcée trying to find herself. Savor a whiskered water dweller with the Cajun seared cat fish, paired with a zesty duo of spicy coleslaw and chili cream-corn beurre blanc ($25). Carnivorous connoisseurs, meanwhile, will want to feast on finless finds such as the rib eye with herb gnocchi, caramelized peppers, and a port-wine reduction ($28) or a grilled pork chop, accompanied by braised red swiss chard, gorgonzola mashed potatoes, and caramelized peaches ($26). Oven originals are also on hand, including freshly baked breads and desserts.
When chef Isaac Asare and his wife, Gloria, came to the US from Ghana, they brought more than just suitcases. After toting several of their favorite West African recipes, the duo founded Taste of Africa, whose full name—The Ellas Food & Pizza - Taste of Africa—is a loving homage to daughters Isabella, Gabriella, and Daniela. At the BYOB restaurant, Isaac cooks up lamb and spicy beef, but those seeking vegan, vegetarian, or health-focused dishes are in luck too: the menu flourishes with hearty, plant-based dishes like yam-spinach stew and cooked plantains.