Mitsuba's culinary crew rolls rice and sizzles hibachi-grilled entrees within a chic, modern atmosphere. The menu fuses authentic hibachi dishes, such as grilled scallops ($20.95), with hand-rolled delicacies that include the sweet-potato roll ($4) and the Green Dragon—a jumble of eel, cucumber, and avocado ($9.50). Entrees such as the New Hartford Meets Japan, an unlikely marriage of broiled gulf shrimp, vegetables, and black rice ($21.95), satisfy appetites while inspiring television producers with new romantic-comedy premises. Noontime noshers can nibble on Mitsuba’s lunch options, including seafood- or meat-packed Bento boxes ($8.50–$9) or the harmonious lunch-roll combo, which features two sushi rolls paired with soup and salad ($8.50).
Executive chef William Chen deftly wields his over 10 years of culinary experience as he crafts edible works of art at Mitsuba. Plates arrive at tables carefully layered with sushi rolls such as the colorful Mitsuba lobster roll, consisting of tempura lobster, avocado, mango, and marinated crabmeat. The Christmas roll, made up of fried shrimp, spicy tuna, and caviar, is a much better holiday treat than a visit from a money-seeking relative, and it comes with an eye-catching flower garnish. For cooked comestibles, diners need look no further than their own hibachi tables, which double as fiery surfaces upon which chefs sizzle filet mignon, salmon, and scallops.
In 1981, Rolf Babiel disembarked in New York City with $500 to his name, quickly transforming the cash sum into Hallo Berlin—the city's first German food cart. Two brick-and-mortar locations now bear the Hallo Berlin moniker, vending traditional German dishes such as marinated herrings and schnitzels. The midtown location—a New York magazine Critics' Pick—surrounds guests between yellow and red walls that resemble the German flag and patriotic lederhosen. According to the New York Times, the restaurant's authentic fare "goes perfectly with the selection of German beers," which includes labels such as München, Kölsch, and Spaten.
Bright red tapestries cover almost every surface at Aladdin's Restaurant and Hookah Lounge, setting the scene for a celebratory meal. The kitchen crafts classic mediterranean dishes, such as falafel and gyros and hummus, all served in a bi-level space trimmed in natural wood accents. Post-meal hookahs send fragrant clouds into the air, and on weekends, belly dancers invite diners to get up and dance to lively music.
The kitchen and wait staffs at Lemongrass Kitchen understand the importance of first impressions. With that in mind, they have surrounded the booths and plush chairs in the dining room with plum-colored drapes, vases full of lilies, and Asian-inspired artwork and pottery. To take it to the next level, each of their contemporary takes on Asian culinary traditions is plated with panache, such as jumbo shrimp suspended above a bed of fried rice noodles or Malaysian fried rice served inside half a pineapple.
Snow Ridge Ski Resort offers skiers and snowboarders 130 acres of snowy mountain terrain with 500 feet of vertical drop. Six lifts—including four double chairs, a T-bar, and a bunny tow—usher visitors to the top of 22 different trails. Skiers of all stripes will find terrain suited to their particular skill level, including healthy servings of green, blue, and black-diamond runs. A terrain park features a gauntlet of rails and boxes designed for grinding, jumping, and mid-air wardrobe changes.
The resort is also home to a PSIA-certified ski school, where kids as young as 3 learn the ins and outs of proper downhill technique through instructional games and props. For a snapshot of current conditions at the resort, check out the ski report, which includes information on recent snowfall, the percentage of open terrain, and the number of lifts in operation.