Praised by the New York Times, Chef Jon’s Authentic Chinese Cuisine dishes up delights from the old country and the new. The pinnacle of Chef Jon’s kitchen and the lighthouse ushering in adventurous diners is its diverse array of authentic Huaiyang and Shanghai menu items, such as Grandma’s Red-Cooked Pork served with bok choy and marinated eggs ($14.95). Eel in hot-oil sauce ($16.95), sautéed sponge gourd with dough sticks ($9.95), and fish gluten with salty egg yolk ($14.95) allow diners to sample exotic flavors without licking a curry-covered Ferrari. Additionally, notable fan favorites, such as kung-pao chicken, serve to unwind any belly tornado ($8.95).
Muscle Maker Grill appeases appetites with a high-protein-based menu of nutritious fare, including wraps, whole-wheat pastas, and salads. Start with steamy bowls of salt-dusted edamame ($3.75) before flexing fingers around scores of Muscle Maker wraps ($8.25), such as the Rocky Balboa, which delivers jabs of grilled chicken, turkey meatballs, reduced-fat cheeses, and its own meat locker for athletes in training. The Mardi Gras salad gathers cajun-seasoned grilled chicken breast, romaine lettuce, turkey bacon, tomatoes and onions, all tossed in the tantalizing technics of a low-carb salsetta dressing (salads range from $7.25–$9.65). Health-minded patrons fuse layers of 100% whole-wheat penne pasta with lean cuts of chicken, and the reduced-fat vodka sauce congenially works the bowl in style ($9.75).
Mountain Lakes Market, which first opened in 1914, caters to diners with discerning palates. Executive chef Matt Schmitt's New American menu features delectably contemporary eats crafted from fresh-made breads, gourmet cheeses, and artisanal Cheetos. Rouse a slumbering breakfast sandwich of eggs and cheese tucked into a kaiser roll bed ($3.55), or teach tongues to jitterbug with the Danish dancer, a panini layered with turkey breast, dill havarti cheese, tomato, wilted spinach, and sun-dried tomato aioli ($6.95). Entree-sized salads (from $4.99) are tossed with delectable, fresh ingredients, and 6-ounce Angus burgers ($5) sate heartier hungers. Like most celebrities' faces, the dinner menu is crafted anew each week.
The chefs at Garam Masala season halal-certified meats and fresh vegetables with the spices and flavors of Southeast Asia, preparing each dish to diners’ requests. Lamb, goat, chicken, and shrimp form the basis of dozens of entrees that swim in spicy curries or nest on skewers, and a litany of vegetarian dishes highlights ingredients such as peppers and cottage cheese. Crimson tablecloths bear the weight of buffet plates and unmannered elbows during lunch, and dinner gives way to à la carte dishes served between bold red walls decorated with artwork. Garam Masala’s catering services transport the eatery’s authentic chow to special events and corporate gatherings, supplying diners with a robust menu of Indian eats as well as tablecloths, tableware, cutlery, and food warmers.
Bensi co-owner Genci Previzi helms an immense menu of classic Italian cuisine, including hearty homestyle dishes with roots in Calabria, Italy. Entrees, joined by a house salad or cup of comforting housemade soup, range from spaghetti and meatballs to gluten-free grilled chicken in a lemon-garlic marinade served over a veggie medley. The chefs also prepare an array of specials such as pignoli-crusted goat cheese and arugula salad, barolo-braised veal osso buco, pan-seared Chilean sea bass with eggplant caponata, and nutella chocolate pizza with fresh strawberries. The dishes are served in a modern dining atmosphere where minimal table settings and simple dark-wood furniture keep the focus on the vibrant cuisine.