With hundreds of cake flavors and designs, the options are nearly endless at Pinky Sweets Cupcakes and Confections. A rotating selection of cupcakes delights taste buds with flavors such as chocolate salted caramel, chocolate turtle, lemon coconut, and red velvet. Pinky's bakers also design specialty cakes and cupcakes for weddings, and they can arrange cupcakes on custom displays.
Pinky's birthday-party packages, which have themes ranging from spa party to tea party to tax-filing party, allow kids to take on the cupcake-decorating responsibilities while munching on snacks. They often feature a professional photographer.
Fronted by British-Nigerian lead singer Sade Adu, Grammy-winning band Sade has seduced eardrums with a potent mélange of R & B, soul, and jazz for nearly 30 years. Performing songs from the new compilation album The Ultimate Collection, Sade will delight fans with greatest hits as well as a smattering of brand-new songs, melding soul-stroking vocals with eye-tickling dancing and onstage spectacle. Special guest John Legend will also throw his honeyed voice into the ring, soothing ears damaged by the cacophony of city life and by wearing graphing calculators as earrings.
Cena offers time-strapped families and plan-aheaders quick, economical, and delicious dinner options good to take home or on vacation. While the menu changes every two weeks, current offerings include the stuffed beef tenderloin, rolled with fresh spinach, roasted, peppers, and mozzarella, while a mango cilantro sauce and fresh peppers and onions top the hearty Caribbean chicken. Each half-sized entree from Cena's rotating menu feeds three people. Cena also features a small Bolivian river's worth of wines, and the well-informed staff will happily assist part-time winos in choosing a suitable bottle to pair with your meal or C-SPAN marathon. The crisp, fruity notes of Maso Canali pinot grigio agreeably complement Cena's pork tenderloin in shallot sauce, while the floral tones of L'Ecole No. 41 Chenin blanc go gorgeously with the mahi-mahi fish tacos, like hot dogs sitting in the bleachers of a hot-dog-eating contest.
Since opening in 1974, The Jewish Mother Backstage has hosted the likes of Dave Matthews, Hootie & the Blowfish, and Ice Cube. But despite its famous visitors and the media frenzy surrounding Ice Cube's melting accident, the New York–style deli still maintains a neighborhood atmosphere. Local and regional music acts fill the stage with groovy tunes, and the menu of hearty comfort fare is rooted in tradition, inspired by the owner's own Jewish mother. More than a dozen delicatessen sandwiches boast family names such as the Mother's Son reuben and the Mother's Sailor Friend, a split knockwurst with gooey swiss cheese and pastrami. Aromas of meatloaf fill the eatery at dinner, and breakfast service sates guests' early-morning hunger and desire to crow onstage.
In order to fully relish the Nana Sushi dining experience, one must first sit back and admire the artistic presentation of his or her roll, then quickly resolve to devour it. Behind the sushi bar, chefs add colorful swirls of sauces to plates of freshly rolled maki, such as the spicy mango lobster roll, which is wrapped in pink soy paper before being surrounded by a ring of liquid hearts. The menu includes more than 20 of these specialty rolls, each with an appearance as special as a fireworks show viewed from outer space. In the kitchen, chefs sear scallops, shrimp, and teriyaki-glazed salmon across a blazing grill as well as sauté chicken and pineapple with mounds of fried rice.
Mazzika Mediterranean Restaurant's culinary artisans marry the piquant flavors of Middle Eastern fare with the mild aroma of the shared hookah pipe. The lunch and dinner menu reveals an assortment of delectable appetizers such as the labneh bi toum, a thick yogurt cream topped with olive oil and garlic ($3.99), which is great for pairing with a pita or fueling a yogurt-powered car. For heat-seeking stomachs, the shish tawouk platter fences away hunger with skewers of grilled marinated chicken breast served alongside rice, garlic puree, tomatoes, pickles, and a choice of hummus or salad ($10.99 / lunch, $14.99 / dinner). Fruity concoctions including the Monarch juice—a blend of kiwi, orange, bananas, and strawberry juice ($6.99) that demands to be stirred with a miniature scepter—finish the meal on a refreshing note. Meanwhile, a large variety of shisha flavors on the hookah menu make inhalation a perfumed pleasure. Choose a Mazzika Speciality hookah ($8.99), or add fruits and herbs such as apple, lemon, and mint with an Elie's Premium hookah ($12.99), in which shisha burns through the fruit at the top of the pipe, adding a natural flavor and inspiring partakers to blow smoke in the shape of pineapple rings.