Speed is one of the most important ingredients at Khyber Indian. The cooks here pride themselves on a quick turnaround, which is made possible due to their rejection of all things fancy. Disposable plates and silverware cut down on cleanup, and the dining room has no unnecessary decor, just a few casual tables. That way lamb curry, chicken tikka masala, and vegetable samosas can arrive shortly after customers walk up to the counter and place their orders. It also frees up time for the kitchen staff to try out inventive takes on the classics?such as samosas stuffed with pumpkin?and focus on every aspect of the meal. The selection of sweets is headlined by mango lassi drinks and carrot halwa (a garnished milk pudding), which makes the perfect dessert or appetizer for the rebellious at heart.
Dangling chandeliers and icy-blue and bright-orange backlit sculptures illuminate the dark-brown tables and booth benches at Zen Fusion Cuisine, where the wait staff drops off plates that meld the flavors of Thai, Vietnamese, and Japanese specialties. At the sushi bar, chefs prepare signature Zen rolls with spicy tuna, mango, and soft-shell crab and hand-wrap rolls in soy paper much like they wrap birthday presents for their cats. In the kitchen, cooks fry lightly battered whole sea bass and drizzle it with Vietnamese sweet-and-sour sauce and enhance stir-fried twin lobster tails with Thai flavors of ginger, basil, and scallion. Diners sit amid fan-speckled wallpaper and Japanese-style screens and sip housemade Thai iced tea or cocktails from the brightly lit bar.
As inviting as they are, the low, blue-tinted glow of the overhead bulbs and the rhythmic tunes emanating from live DJs and drummers probably won’t be the first things you notice when walking into Obsession Hookah Lounge. Your senses will most likely home in on the mingling of premium and exotic smoke wafting through the air, conveying the sweet aromas of Caribbean coconut- or lychee-scented tobacco. Like Carmen Miranda's wardrobe, hookahs can be enhanced with undertones of fresh fruit, including orange, pineapple, and grapefruit. Guests relax at the black-and-white lounge as late as 4 a.m. on Saturdays, playing pool and using complimentary WiFi to work on mobile devices.
At Five Brothers Kitchen & Cafe, it's natural to be indecisive. That's because the eatery boasts a wealth of culinary options that range from chicken kebabs and veggie burgers to marinated salmon and spring rolls. Here, diners can peruse the large menu in search of appetizers such as vegetable samosas and chicken nuggets, entrees in the form of a grilled beef platter, and sandwiches including a beef wrap and a chicken gyro. They can also top off meals with desserts such as baklava, cheesecake, and Oreo milk shakes.
For the chefs at Nu Urban Cafe, quality is their number-one concern. To that end, they try to refrain from cooking with frozen or canned veggies, preferring to import seasonal and fresh produce whenever possible. Their sauces, marinades, and dressings are made from scratch, using high-quality ingredients. When fashioning one of the caf?'s handmade desserts, chefs mix in real butter, quality vanilla and chocolate, and real eggs, known to be more flavorful and less metallic than ones laid by robotic chickens. This devotion to detail lends a crisp, fresh flavor to servings of glazed baby back ribs, thyme-seasoned red snapper, and apple-smothered pork chops.
Beneath lemongrass-hued walls reverberating with the strains of relaxed music, Roti Road House Cafe’s chefs bring Caribbean influences to a wide range of dishes. As they buzz through the kitchen, florets of steam sprout in the air, hinting at simmering oxtail, duck, and lobster. In the dining room, roti wraps cradle the stewed meats alongside an array of vegetarian options and jerk chicken wings. Juicers hum cheerily like a forgetful choir, blending fresh ginger, pineapple, mango, and kale, and patrons check emails on complimentary-use computers.