Pulling from his years of formal training in culinary arts, chef Gabe Catalano captains a crew of highly trained chefs in Terrazza's kitchen. The team labors over pots of bubbling pastas and pans of sizzling meats and seafood before adorning them all with handcrafted sauces. Meanwhile, behind the bar, drink masters dole out glasses of fine Italian and California wines alongside specialty cocktails.
In the dining room, white tabletops speckle the floors beneath a sweeping mural of an Italian countryside. In the front of the restaurant, a red awning stretches out over a sunny front patio. Like an eye using a magnifying glass as a monocle, the restaurant's elegant bar transitions into a hotspot as the night wears on.
Farm 2 Bistro specializes in hot, steaming platters of the freshest comestibles, with seasonal ingredients sourced solely from local farms and markets. High noon hunger-havers can swing by for a lunch of barbecue pulled pork tacos with mango and sour cream ($9). As the sun dips below the horizon, the thoughtfully arranged dinner menu unleashes an eclectic home-cooked avalanche of fish, ribs, and chicken dishes. Quiet tummy grumbles with an appetizer of crab-meat-stuffed mushrooms ($10), or go straight for an entree of shepherd's pie ($15), freshly mashed potatoes over seasoned peas and beef. A different vegetarian dish rolls onto the menu each time the season changes.
The Brook Tavern doesn't need a tractor beam to incite diners into its cozy, wooden interior. Passersby need to simply smell the juicy steaks and burgers to stop whatever they were doing and indulge in a hearty meal. Once inside, a selection of starters makes an introduction to more food to come, with helpings of buffalo wings, macaroni and cheese, and Hotsy Totsy shrimp with a spicy tomato sauce. From there you can move onto thin-crust pizza with toppings like pear and gorgonzola, or go all in with The Big rib eye, an 18-ounce steak. If you want something a little different, try one of the many other entrees such as the pan-seared salmon or blue cheese burger paired with 1 of 20 beers on tap including Stella Artois, Brooklyn Blast, and Redd's apple ale. All of this can be enjoyed while watching the big fight on TV, celebrating a birthday in the private party room, or competing in a beef-skewer-eating contest, sans the beef.
Seven days a week, every day of the year, the chefs at Roka Mediterranean and Turkish Cuisine fill crispy phyllo dough with feta cheese and blend hummus with olive oil and lemon juice. Cooks make each dish from scratch, using vegetables straight from farm fields and breads and pastries that are baked onsite. Patrons are free to pair dishes with bottles of wine brought from home in this BYOB restaurant. In the dining room, the decor keeps the atmosphere light, with crisp linen tablecloths, white trim, and puffy clouds of falafel floating overhead.
The atmosphere in the casual dining room at Lando Peruvian Bistro is just as colorful as the chefs' authentic Peruvian dishes. Appetizers such as papa rellena—a potato croquette stuffed with seasoned ground beef—and a spicy soup of the day usher in meals in lieu of celebratory fireworks displays. Entrees include such tasty offerings as fried rice with bean sprouts and chicken, and slow-cooked fish served with a heaping of hot peppers. Fresh papaya or pineapple smoothies add to the tropical feel and help end meals on a sweet note.