On Sunday at Cannon's Blackthorn, a fluid collective of flutists, drummers, and fiddlers gather around brick fireplaces and play traditional Irish music through the afternoon. They welcome all musicians into their circle, as well as the occasional Irish dancers, whose footfalls reverberate off the dining room's stone floors and wood walls. Though Sundays provide the liveliest display of Irish pride at Cannon's Blackthorn, the eatery celebrates Irish culture in more subtle ways throughout the week. Dining companions can settle into private enclaves to share a romantic dinner and whisper sweet nutritional facts into one another's ears before noshing on hearty meat stews and pot pies. Additionally, bartenders pour brews until 4 a.m. seven nights a week.
A resurrection of Al B. White’s 1939’s vaudeville landmark, the “new” Retro Lounge serves up a menu courtesy of executive chef Nilka Hendricks, best known for her work on season seven of Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen. Chef Hendricks' diverse array of palette-pleasing dinner dishes ranges from the grilled rib-eye steak rubbed with jamaican jerk seasoning ($23) to the zesty shrimp and crab enchiladas with saffron rice and a lobster bisque sour cream sauce ($14). At lunch, guests can build their own sandwiches from more than 50 different fillings culled from beasts of the land, sea, air, and soil ($4.25–$5.25), or gobble up a slew of salads ($6–$7.50) or gourmet paninis such as the Brooklyn Avenue, with veggies slathered in goat cheese, olive tapenade, and balsamic-honey ($6.75).
Bahia Social Club's chefs craft Brazilian small plates ornamented with skirt steak, toasted tomato, and selections from a varied menu. Introduce a friend, date, or long-lost yearbook advisor to portuguese mussels in saffron broth (a $14 value) as you pour from a pitcher of red or white sangria. Churrasco skirt steak (a $14 value) mingles on the grill with sociable tostones and sweet plantains, as nearby patatas bravas's snappy potatoes drip with condescension and spicy aioli (a $5 value). Toothpicks cross with a rain of sparks as diners duel for bites of the pulled-pork arepa (a $12 value), which is slow-cooked over 18 hours, much like plastic army men that fall into the hands of enemy children.
Sutton Place is a casual dining establishment boasting a large menu packed with innovative American dishes. Commence consumption with the twisted Kung Pao calamari ($13), a plate of affectionate face-licking chicken wings ($10), or delicately dine on the vegetable napolean ($11), a medley of balsamic-roasted portobello mushrooms, heirloom tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella. Specialty dishes include a Caribbean-spiced mahi-mahi ($22), served with shrimp and pineapple fried rice and intoxicated with a dark-rum piña-colada sauce, and a skirt steak with shrimp scampi ($26). Meatberg mongers will want to evaluate the caliber of the Kobe beef burger ($16), dressed in Jack Daniel's barbecue sauce and playing off the acerbic wit of house-cured pickles and pickled onions. The manually mischievous, however, can keep idle hands too busy to set fire to anything by filling them with the pulled Carolina pork sandwich ($9), the turkey club ($11), or the roasted portobello and vegetable wrap ($10). An extensive wine list and full bar menu is also available.