The Kiriakidis family arrived in the United States carrying more than their luggage. They also packed some true Old World values: a love of good food and family. Much of their lives was spent working in kitchens, and it became something of a dream to one day open their own eatery. It took time and effort, but under the urging of patriarch Theodoros, the octet of siblings came together to found Pontos Taverna.
The family now spends their days making the same food they grew up with, chatting boisterously with one another as they stuff marinated beef with saganaki cheese or grill octopus to tender perfection. Theodoros—or Teddy, as many call him—serves as the head chef, whipping up his signature dessert of cinnamon-infused rice pudding that serves as a cinematic end to any meal, like a plate engraved with the kitchen staff’s names in movie-style credits. How good is the family’s culinary work? The New York Times gave it high praise in a review from December 2012, stating “The… word—triumph—could be used, over all, for Pontos, a great place to go for a family-style Greek ‘fix,’ and a budget fix as well.”
After the birth of his third son, Jerry Petrini opened his own family fun center. Within 22 years, the space expanded into what My Three Sons is today: a 22,000-square-foot family entertainment center that is known for their award-winning birthday parties. There, local youngsters descend from the four soft-play Jumpy Houses that include slides and obstacles, jump upon the balladium attraction where they can fire 16 pedestal-mounted air cannons at targets in the black-lit balladium arena, and pursue opponents through the laser-tag arena flooded with fog. The mining expedition, ideal for birthday parties, contain thousands of balls in a wall-length trough, which conceals bounty that grants guests entry into the cave treasure room, where kids open chests growing on trees to obtain the redemption tickets inside. More than 100 games and video simulators dispense additional tickets for prizes, and the center's in-house pizzeria revitalizes visitors with slices of its old family recipe made from scratch. My Three Sons also plays host to a variety of group events.
With a space designed for casual mingling alongside a menu more suited for expensive cutlery, Tinto Tapas Bar chef and owner Carlos Hernandez has created an eatery that is both upscale and unrefined. Guests lounge at tables amid vibrant hues of red and yellow as servers ferry out small, shareable plates of mushroom risotto with truffle oil and manchego, piquillo peppers stuffed with duck confit, and boneless Black Angus short ribs in a beer and rioja-wine reduction. Private parties mingle and celebrate in private rooms capable of accommodating up to 150 guests, and regular special events highlight rich Spanish wines, savory paella, and other authentic flavors.
In Paella Tapas Wine Bar & Restaurant's wine cellar, servers uncork bottle after bottle and cover plates in an array of Spanish-style tapas. Aside from the cellar—which can accommodate parties of up to 30 people—the restaurant also includes a wine bar and regular dining room. Patrons in all areas can share tapas such as of sautéed Prince Edward Island mussels or grilled tenderloin-tip kebabs, which come served with bell peppers and peppercorn sauce.
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