Framed in arched woodwork, scenic murals of the Italian countryside line one wall of La Piazzetta Cafe and mirrors stand guard over teal banquettes on the other. Small bouquets of vibrant-hued flowers are eternally in bloom at the center of each table, weighed down with plated Italian favorites. Shrimp, veal, chicken, meatballs, and eggplant all receive the parmigiana treatment, and pasta dishes offer more than 20 varieties, including rigatoni montonara and dried macaroni for making crafts at the table. Guests can share a specialty pie such as the buffalo-chicken pizza, or horde their own 12-inch personal pizza. Diners can feast inside where a television entertains kids, relax at a bistro table outdoors, or order catered fare for their next Golden Girls viewing party.
Chef Ayhan opened his first restaurant on Long Island more than 35 years ago, setting the stage for a fiefdom of successful Mediterranean restaurants across the region, each one serving up freshly caught seafood, succulent kebabs, and creamy hummus. The menu draws inspiration from the cuisines of Cyprus, Turkey, Greece, and Israel, entertaining taste buds with an eclectic mix of dishes, such as doner gyro kebab, spinach-and-feta pie, sesame-crusted salmon, and char-grilled calamari.
With five sizes of burger, 28 free toppings, and up to 378,000 possible flavor combinations for shakes and malts, Cheeburger Cheeburger is a perfect stop for picky eaters and brilliant statisticians alike. This national 50s-style burger joint is notable for its sweeping menu of sandwiches, platters, and shakes, as well as its commitment to quality ingredients, such as Naturewell natural Angus beef. Everything is cooked to order, including the fresh-cut fries ($2.29–$4.29) and battered onion rings ($2.99–$4.99). Burgers range from the Classic ($5.29), weighing in at 5.5 ounces before cooking, to the signature Famous Pounder, a 20-ounce slab of bovine ecstasy ($10.99). Champion beefeaters can earn their photograph on the "Wall of Fame" for slaying this burger behemoth. Herbivores can opt for the grilled portobello-mushroom melt with sautéed onions and swiss cheese on rye ($7.49), or the veggie burger ($6.99), whereas lovers of air-meat can indulge in the My Bleu Chicken ($7.49), a grilled chicken breast smothered in swiss and blue cheese. Carbophobes can avoid filling up on bread with bun-free CheePlatters, sandwich fillings served with choice of cheese, toppings, side, dipping sauce, side salad or coleslaw, and sautéed onions ($9.99), or meal-sized, custom salads (starting at $6.99).
Founded in 1954 by James McLamore and David Edgerton, Burger King rapidly expanded from humble beginnings as a lone burger joint to more than 12,400 locations across 79 countries today, making it the second-largest fast-food-hamburger chain in the world. Its signature burger—the Whopper—consists of one to three flame-broiled, quarter-pound beef patties crowned with a miniature fedora and a fully customizable array of toppings such as tomatoes, onions, and dill pickles. Focused on continual improvement, the chain recently reinvented the fries that accompany each value meal, outfitting the spud slices with a thicker cut of potato for a fluffier texture on the inside and crispier golden-brown exterior. A spread of decadent desserts including dutch apple pie and an Oreo sundae keeps sweet teeth from elongating into fangs, and made-to-order breakfast sandwiches clasp eggs, american cheese, and bacon, sausage, or ham between two halves of a flaky croissant to round out the speedy menu.
Though it's nestled in the lobby of a Four Points by Sheraton hotel, Super's Cafe is no ordinary hotel restaurant. Because it takes its name from the nickname of Chris Pickford, one of the first firefighters to give his life rescuing survivors when the Twin Towers were hit, the eatery has much to live up to. Pastas get a personal touch with housemade bolognese and parmesan pesto, and entrees carry international influence, as seen in dishes such as the kung pao chicken and churrasco steak. Diners also bulid their own half-pound burgers by choosing from a range of ingredients, while inventive burger creations include Super's Blazing Hot, a blackened beef patty served with hot sauce and blue cheese.
Tucked in a quiet corner of the Holiday Inn, Bistro 46 serves upscale steak-house and seafood dishes in a sleek, elegant environment. At the central bar, lattice-backed chairs surround a marble countertop under several HDTVs glowing in a recess in the ceiling. Polished wood floors and silver-rimmed wall sconces fill out the dining room, and in the kitchen, Chef Ernie Herzog whips up bistro specialties such as Maryland jumbo crab cakes that once graced that state's official flag before Governor Spiro Agnew ate them all.