The chefs at the newly opened Grape Leaf cook up hearty Mediterranean cuisine that spans Middle Eastern to Greek specialties. They cook up a variety of sandwiches, appetizers, and entrees that include stuffed grape leaves, rack of lamb, and zesty beef shawarma. On select nights, belly dancers spin circles around the dining room as diners nibble at falafel and baklava.
21 East serves a number of cocktails that's easy to remember: 21. Its libation menu also catalogs 12 rotating draft beers and 25 bottles of wine. Perhaps the only thing flowing through the restaurant as profusely as the drinks is the sense of local community. 21 East showcases the talents of local artists who perform between exposed brick walls and under blue-tinted light.
Locally sourced ingredients help inspire a feast of American cuisine. From entrees such as new york strip steak to lobster mac 'n’ cheese and citrus-marinated mahi-mahi, the menu unites a whimsical blend of upscale and down-home taste.
Live music and stray taquitos bounce off the walls at Park Avenue Pub, a members-only establishment replete with blues and jazz bands, billiards, big-screen TVs, and eclectic American eats. The pub’s virile taps flow with more than 80 varieties of beer, each working up a sweat in order to win over sippers scattered throughout the extensive outdoor patio or in the bar's tune-filled rooms. In between shots at the billiards tables or staring contests with the big-screen TVs, members can mouth manifestations from the inventive dinner menu, summoning dishes like greek nachos, which pair deep-fried wonton chips with a house cheese blend, fresh-pitted Kalamata olives, and peperoncinis ($7.95), or hand-battered mushrooms with horseradish sauce ($6.95) and overenthusiastic truffle pigs. The menu also hosts organic and gluten-free options to sate all edible interests.
A lengthy lineup of traditional game-day fare and a sports atmosphere captivate fans at Fox and Hound - Bailey's, where the kitchen remains open as late as its neighboring fully stocked bar. Chefs cook until the wee hours of the morning and always until the bar closes, baking Bavarian pretzel starters, crafting towers of onion rings, and preparing hand-battered chicken tenders that are cooked until they are golden brown. They blend their own seasonings to sprinkle over grilled-to-order burgers, and draw from a diverse roster of cheeses and toppings to crown their wood-oven-inspired flatbreads.
While manning the bars, bartenders tap into a stash of libations, such as UV Whipped vodka and Patron Silver tequila, to mix their specialty cocktails. To further foster a sporting ambiance, high-definition TVs glow with sports games and custom music-video playlists, and guests partake in pastimes of ump bashing, billiards, or competitive people watching.
When discussing CT's Grillin & Chillin's atmosphere with reporters from Metromix, founder Mike Fletcher explained, "I didn't call it a sports bar on purpose." Mike wanted his eatery to be something more than just a sports bar— a place where his son could perform music, where his daughter could work during summer break, and where family and friends could gather over classic American dishes. So while the 12 televisions are often aglow with the latest sports games, on other nights, the bar hosts live music, karaoke, and trivia nights. Servers hoist plates of hearty sandwiches and spicy wings from the kitchen, while bartenders dole out mixed drinks and pour glasses from their selection of more than 25 draft brews.
Neon beer signs cast a nostalgic glow across the dark-red walls of the cavernous dining rooms, illuminating the large booths and wooden tables. A spacious area in the front of the venue is equipped with microphones and speakers, creating an ideal stage for open-mic nights or public declarations that calculus is boring, no matter what popular opinion says.