Christened with a four-star write-up from noted restaurant critic Jean Le Boeuf, Agora's hearty Mediterranean and Greek cuisine charms customers' palates with rustic, enticing flavors in an effervescent waterfront atmosphere. Amidst murals depicting legendary locales from Greek and Roman history, including the Acropolis, the Colosseum, and the Department of Horse Drawn Vehicles, feasters warm up with appetizers such as spanakopita, phyllo dough snuggling fresh sautéed spinach with feta cheese and herbs ($7.99). Gentlemen and ladies who lunch may munch on a gyro sandwich filled with hand-carved meat ($7.99) or the horiatiki salad, a traditional Greek concoction of tomatoes, olives, and pepperoncinis ($10.99).
Accessible by boat or car, Al's Tiki Bar and Grill immerses guests in an island-tinged culinary experience marked by waterfront views, fresh grilled fare, and live music peppered throughout the week. Using Pavlov's theory of appetizers, chefs cause taste buds to salivate with house-cut, beer-battered onion rings ($4.95) or Al's Beach bread, piled with herbs, melted blue cheese, and tomato on a toasted baguette. For entrees, diners can savor the marinade from the jamaican jerk chicken ($10.95) or juggle between the surf 'n' turf's new york strip steak, 1 pound of snow-crab legs, vegetables, and jasmine-rice pilaf ($24.95). The kitchen also silences stomach grumbles with sandwiches, burgers, and kebabs, such as the bamboo-skewered hawaiian pork-tenderloin kebab with bell peppers ($10.95). In between bites, guests can tune their ear trumpets to live jams during weekly performances.
Tovos Grill draws its name from an acronym of the five joint owners, infusing the restaurant's American comfort food, sizzling grill fare, New York–style deli sandwiches, and pizza with quintuple bonds of friendship. Chefs load the dinner menu with carnivorous delights, including certified Angus cuts of prime rib ($17.99/14 oz., $15.99/10 oz.), slow-roasted and seared to successfully romance taste buds. Traditional homestyle dishes, such as meat loaf ladled with mushroom gravy ($11.99), settle comfortably into bellies and promptly hand up a framed cross-stitch. From the lunch menu, toweringly stacked deli meats straddle bridges of bread, as in the Times Square Triple Decker, which marries turkey to a classic BLT ($7.79). Pizzas roast in a wood-fired oven, including the Grande Pollo ($11.99/10", $14.99/14"), loaded with chicken, arugula, feta, onion, and olive toppings laid out in championship-winning chinese-checkers patterns.
Chris and Michelle Lussier learned some of their most important lessons from their grandparents—techniques for cooking meatballs so they are plump and flavorful, the proper amount of garlic to use in homemade sauces, and how to manage a family-style restaurant with both efficiency and warmth. The duo and their chefs have been whipping up Italian specialties in their cheerful neighborhood eatery for nearly a decade, from creamy pastas to plump calzones. They speckle their pizzas with gourmet toppings, such as barbecue chicken and tender steak.
After spending 33 years saving lives in the firefighting service, Firehouse Sports Grill proprietor Joe Wise collected beloved recipes from stations throughout the country to regale diners with firefighter feasts of burgers and sandwiches, pizzas, and pastas. A bar area decked out in polished aluminum tread plate evokes the raw power of a speeding fire engine, and crimson walls laden with ancient fire axes and keepsake pictures of old emergency crews hark back to a simpler time before fire poles were replaced with teleportation devices. Multiple flat-screen TVs broadcast sporting events as guests sip frosty drafts and potent cocktails and chow down on hand-cut fries, tangy salads, and tender barbecue ribs.