At Jean Albert’s American Style Soul Food, the sauce makes the meal. Which is why the chefs don’t just lay their housemade hot sauces and six styles of barbecue sauce on the side—they offer to bake it right in. From the sweet-and-tangy berry-rum barbecue sauce to those infused with tequila or whisky, the condiments add extra oomph to the fried catfish, classic pulled-pork sandwiches, and chicken-and-biscuit dishes that serve as staples of soulful fare everywhere. Served with a slice of sweet-water cornbread and a choice of traditional sides, the hefty portions evoke an air of Kentucky living without requiring the purchase of your own tobacco farm. Meals culminate with classic desserts such as sweet-potato pie, peach cobbler, and layered banana pudding.
Friday’s Roast Beef House serves juicy, generous helpings of its titular roast beef, as well as seafood, steaks, and other hearty fare. Roast beef, the dinner menu's succulent headliner, comes in five different cuts, ranging from a 7-ounce slice ($23) to the epic 20-ounce King’s Cut ($40), which arrives with the rib attached and makes an impassioned argument defending primogeniture. The kitchen’s surf-derived offerings, meanwhile, include a pair of broiled lobster tails ($37) and halibut grilled, broiled, or pan-fried to order ($28). At lunchtime, guests can tackle sizable sandwiches such as the Ultimate Turkey sandwich on multigrain bread ($12) or twirl forks among savoury tendrils in one of the menu’s pasta dishes ($12–$16). An extensive wine list comprises vintages to complement diners’ meals or hairstyles.
Aroma Meze Small Plates and Wine entreats families with Greek Mediterranean dishes for sharing and fragrant wines for imbibing. Each of the two celebratory locations concocts its own unique small-plate sensations and encourages multiple samplings. Poutine receives a welcome Greek spin with yukon gold fries, kefalotiri cheese, and mint aioli in the vlaxika patatakia ($8). The octapodaki stars charred octopus marinated in herb-and-lemon extra-virgin olive oil and is also available with grilled chorizo, olive mayo, and fried capers ($19). Dolmades, or grape leaves stuffed with extra-lean halal ground beef and dill rice ($10), pair nicely with keftedes, minted beef meatballs and tirokafteri cheese dip. Save room for the honey-lavender ice cream or peruse the commodious wine list before leading a group in graceful kalamatianos steps.
Going to 222 Lyon Tapas Bar for the first time feels more like going to an old friend's house than visiting an unfamiliar eatery. The restaurant inhabits a 19th-century home, where small tables pepper a 30-person dining room that bears a carved-wood fireplace. A larger booth rests in a nook framed by stained-glass windows, which filter ample sunlight onto a tabletop strewn with Spanish-tinged plates of pork tarragon and smoked salmon. Daily offerings and shape-shifting fonts enliven the regular menu, whose smaller portions encourage ordering several plates to share with dining companions. Fresh fruit, chocolate, and real cream build a succinct selection of desserts, and a litany of wines balance out overseas spices via 6- or 9-ounce glasses or bottles.
Ruhul Amin Chowdhury presides over The New Nupur’s elegant dining room and kitchen, tapping into more than 20 years of business experience and a passion for Indian cuisine. His family members help wait tables and spice up authentic dishes such as chicken tikka, lamb curry, and vegetable biryani. White linen tablecloths, traditional wall hangings, and soft music help transport diners to New Delhi without the hassle of getting jet lag or selecting a sturdy enough migrating bird.