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.
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.
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]]
With five locations—spanning Brooklyn, Queens, and Deer Park—the restaurant and juice bar fuels patrons with a health-conscious selection of dishes and drinks that are low in both fat and cholesterol. Cooks never fry or cook anything in oil, including the lean burgers, which arrive on wheat pitas or 100-calorie buns. The menu also features a number of fruity or creamy beverages that keep patrons’ health in mind, including the café mocha made with coffee, fat-free chocolate, and skim milk.
Bella's Pizzeria's chefs take their time to make every dish special, from the utterly familiar pepperoni pizza slice to the unusually tasty veal francese. Their pizza dough is made from scratch daily, and the chefs top each disk with homemade sauce and fresh toppings. The chefs imbue pasta dishes with secret spice combinations, and they bake up a few special treats, like buttery garlic knots to warm up the appetite, or nutella-filled calzones.