New Harvest Restaurant treats its diners to a lavish menu of eclectic New American cuisine, served in a cozy, laid-back environment with friendly servers and barkeeps and homey brick walls. Guests belly up to the bar for a glass of cabernet sauvignon and conversations with friends?or cozy up next to a rustic fireplace in the dining area for bites of chicken proven?al, mussels in white wine, or chocolate cream cake.
The pizza at The Original Antonio's is so good, it converted a deep-dish-loving Chicagoan, who proclaimed their pies as "the best thin-crust pizza" with sauce that's "to die for" on the eatery's website. Their specialty creations range from a vegetarian Torino with roasted eggplant and lemon-cream sauce, to the Chrissy with New York strip steak and sweet peppers. But pizza isn't all they're known for?the Setaro family really shines when they use flashlights to prepare traditional Italian entrees such as housemade gnocchi with plum tomatoes. The menus' meatier dishes include an 8-ounce filet with wild mushrooms, and braised short ribs with tomato ragout.
Pies and Pints is neighborhood pizzeria and pub that offers visitors casual dining, award winning food, and an extensive craft beer selection with a friendly atmosphere. Chefs prepare half-pound burgers, gourmet pizzas, fresh salads, and inspired daily specials. The sheer size of the beer selection is also unusual. The Waterbury location, for instance, has 28 draft beers tapped and ready to pour. Most of the beer on offer is as carefully crafted as the food, and the owners often like to show off the two side-by-side with special prix fixe beer dinners that include a beer pairing with every course.
The deep swell of rolling balls and cacophony of falling pins punctuate conversations at family-friendly Amity Bowl. After retrieving shoes and selecting spherical pin-bashing implements, pairs of guests will assume command of a lacquered lane for ten frames of relaxed collaboration or energetic competition. Partake in traditionally lit pin-thrashing, or revel in the dim splendor of cosmic bowling, which, like most leisure and every incident of smearing toothpaste in a friend's hair, occurs during the weekend. Two frosty cups of bubbly beverages may help reinvigorate wearied bowlers during the seventh-frame stretch. As an automated mouth at the lane’s end continues restocking its hourglass-shaped teeth, bowlers may also visit the snack bar to sink their own teeth into classic bowling-alley munchies.
Zafra refers to the term harvesting sugarcane, which is one of the main ingredients in rum. And Zafra Cuban Restaurant knows rum, stocking its shelves with more than 300 different types of the liquor. Guests can drink rum mixed into mojitos and martinis, or sip the libation straight. While the rum selection is impressive, Zafra is also known for its cuisine, nabbing top honors from the OpenTable Diners? Choice award for Cuban food. Chefs tuck mango chicken into housemade empanadas and serve ceviche inside a coconut shell. Cuban entrees include guava-glazed salmon and grilled flank steak slathered in a chimichurri sauce. Another Cuban tradition occurs every Sunday night, when high-energy beats fill the restaurant and guests can spin and dip their way through salsa routines and games of tag.
Joker's Wild Comedy Club's stage showcases comics drawn from both the national touring circuit and the local scene. The intimate venue, which recently replaced its space-hogging booths with brand-new seats, features headlining comedians who fill Thursday–Saturday evenings with laughter during 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. shows. On Wednesday night, fledgling funny folk strive for their five minutes of fame at open mic night. Joker’s Wild also runs its own School of Comedy, where budding comedians can chase their dreams of cracking up audiences and keeping glasses of water on a stool. The club’s full menu of pub food mutes growling stomachs with appetizers and entrees for patrons hoping to perfect an onion-ring spit take.