In a favorable review, the New York Times called Just Restaurant "a party waiting to happen," noting its playful decor and eye-catching culinary presentations. In describing the party bona fides, the article might also have mentioned the attendance of cool kids. The colorful scene has attracted a Zagat rating and a stylish clientele—including Jersey Shore alum Deena Cortese and Melissa Gorga from The Real Housewives of New Jersey—who gather in the neon-lit dining room to savor freshly marinated seafood and tender meats. Some of the finest dishes include a 28-day dry-aged in-house New York strip steak and seafood items such as a crab cake trio and volcano seared tuna. Executive Chef Jonathan Vukusich equals the glamour of the clientele by artfully layering his dishes with top quality ingredients that appeal to both the eye and the palette which are presented by a friendly and knowledgable staff. The bar, meanwhile, contributes to the celebratory scene with specialty cocktails, and the extensive, carefully selected wine list provides many choices to pair with meals.
At A'Tavola Ristorante, Chef George Fusco draws on his 20 years of experience to prepare a menu of elegant Italian entrees from scratch in an open kitchen. He and his kitchen staff top linguine with littleneck clams and fra-diavolo sauce and souse veal milanese in sherry vinaigrette and a balsamic-reduction sauce. For dessert, they whip up freshly filled cannolis, sugar-speckled crème brûlées, and new york–style cheesecakes, whose crusts are perpetually under construction.
Bakers at Peace of Cake craft their cupcakes with fresh ingredients for rich texture. They create a rotating menu of flavors, including raspberry swirl stuffed with jam and cookie dough filled with real cookie dough and crowned with chocolate frosting.
Since 1964, Blimpie has filled patrons' bellies with submarine-shaped sandwiches packed with freshly sliced meats and quality toppings. Each of the coast-to-coast franchise's locations offers an assortment of bread-based eats ranging from classic deli subs to paninis served between warm ciabatta buns festooned with grill stripes or uneven tan lines. Diners may alternatively embrace a wrap or gravitate toward the Lighter Stuff, a health-conscious selection of menu items with less than 400 calories and 6 grams of fat. Kids' meals satiate the appetites of youngsters 12 years old and younger, or adults who only eat box-based meals.
Assembling every order with fresh items baked throughout the day, Bagel Boy’s master doughsmiths supply a diverse array of breakfast foods and deli sandwiches. During the daily breakfast soiree, a roll plays host to eggs or egg whites ($2.75) while the guests of honor—bagels—mingle with a gallery of flavored cream cheeses, such as lox, vegetable, walnut, and strawberry. Pastry-chef Sherpas guide lemon-poppy and chocolate-chip adventurers to the tops of fresh muffins ($1.75) while a team of flavored croissants, including chocolate, cheese, and strawberry cheese, ($1.75 each) relays weather conditions and lends moral support.