High on the wall at Your Mother's House Kitchen & Bar, large white lettering proclaims "Eat At Mothers"—a sign that welcomes visitors whether they're sidling up to the bar or slipping into one of the wide hardwood booths. After they get settled in, servers bring them plates of steaming Southern creations, such as housemade chili-mac 'n' cheese, creole snow-crab legs, barbecue ribs, and Carolina-style pulled pork sandwiches. As a whole, the menu relies on pure ingredients such as coarse sea salt, sushi-grade tuna, and raw milk cheddar harvested from only the surliest cows. Above the tables and booths, heavy wood columns stretch up to a cavernous ceiling, against which shines light from dozens of HDTVs—including some more than 20 feet wide. The restaurant's ample space frequently hosts events ranging from live music every Friday to screenings of special sporting events from the NFL, NBA, and UFC.
Seven days a week, the technicians at Little Neck Car Wash can be found enhancing automated washes with finishing touches, such as hot sealer wax and Wheel Brite. During full-service details auto interiors can be likewise purged of dust and grime as vacuums suck up loose debris, shampoos purge carpet piles of set-in soil, and special leather cleaners leave seats clean and supple. The techs can also treat scratches, tar, and extra-dirty upholstery with compound cleaning methods, and restore shine with a hand wax or hearty coating of cooking spray.
Owned by baseball legend and semiprofessional magician Darryl Strawberry, Strawberry's Sports Grill pleases crowds and palates with a menu of updated American favorites and thoughtful comfort food. Slide head- and feet-first into a plate of crawfish-and-cheddar hushpuppies ($8.95) or get started with some championship chili ($7.95), loaded with enough ground beef, brisket, red beans, peppers, and onions to dominate chili challenges and handball round-robins. A bevy of burgers features beef, lamb, turkey, and falafel options, including the Hellenic 1986 burger ($12.95), with a lamb patty, feta cheese, cucumbers, and tzatziki sauce, and Strawberry's "Double Beef" burger ($14.95), whose beef patty is stuffed with chopped brisket and topped with fried onions and barbecue sauce. Barbecued ribs ($18.95) and chicken ($16.95) are smoked in-house, while surf and turf ($29.95) pits land (16-ounce rib eye) against sea (fried shrimp) in the greatest elemental cage match since wind defeated fire in 1937.
With chef Joseph Cannella at the gustatory helm, Bourbon Street Cafe serves up tasty Cajun meals that have earned it an award for Best Brunch on a Budget from Page Six Magazine. Dishes such as blackened catfish and New Orleans po boys compete for attention with the house-specialty seafood gumbo and jambalaya, in which chicken and shrimp carouse with ground zydeco notes in a creole-sauce-slathered nest of spicy rice and andouille sausage. The large eatery further captures the essence of a New Orleans–style café with its colorful wall murals, fringed tabletop lamps, and plates accompanied by Mardi Gras beads, and its multiple flat-screen TVs light up with Sunday football action when the New York Scallywags play the New England Ne’er-do-wells.
Sip City’s lunch and dinner menus gather food from around the globe and intrigue taste buds by clothing comforting fare in exotic disguises. Dinner-craving tongues can alight on the sesame-crusted ahi tuna, which shelters baby bok choy from a drizzle of ginger-honey soy sauce ($19), or delve into the middle eastern lamb chop platter, where sumac-rubbed lamb and grilled zucchini dwell ($24). When the lunch trumpet sounds, mouths can consume the ciabatta-enwrapped blue cheese avocado steak sandwich, in which skirt steak, grilled onion, and tomato hide under a blanket of bleu-cheese-avocado spread, fearful of the oozing ketchup monster lurking under their bed of truffle-oil-drizzled french fries ($10). Chewable morsels are complemented by a specialty drink menu that touts such sippable splendors as the lychee martini ($10), coconut mojito ($8), and a dirty martini that floats a gorgonzola-stuffed olive in a pool of reassuringly clean vodka ($10).
When he decided to open a hookah bar, Farrukh Pakal knew that one thing had to be perfect: the seating. “If my body is not relaxed,” he reasoned, “I cannot relax my mind.” So, within Silk Hookah Lounge's cherry-colored walls, guests’ backsides will not bounce into a single hard-backed chair. Couches and sofas sprawl throughout the space, inviting patrons to linger over teas imported from Pakistan or hot chocolates sprinkled with coconut, cinnamon, or vanilla. And, perhaps most importantly, the cushy seating cradles holders of Egyptian glass hookahs. Like anger over an incorrectly punctuated parking ticket, these slowly burn for up to three hours, releasing scents of chocolate, mint, lemon, apple, or other fresh fruits into the air.
While enjoying their hookahs, groups can grab cards, dominoes, or other games as LED lights splash a rainbow of colors overhead. On weekends, DJs infuse the flavorful airwaves with music.