Wings To Go's cooks paint with a palette of 20 house sauces, imbuing fresh chicken morsels with spicy, tangy, and sweet flavors. Sauces ranging in intensity from mild all the way to homicide coat menu stars boneless buffalo wings ($7.79 for 10; $14.99 for 20), which can also arrive drenched in a blend of garlic and fresh-grated parmesan or soaked in a Chesapeake Bay flavoring that salutes the tastes of Maryland's seaside. House dipping sauce complements a plate of buffalo shrimp ($7.99 for five; $9.99 for 10), while the Southern-style chicken sandwich ($5.99), like a bachelor who's run out of body wash, bathes in barbecue sauce. The lengthy list of sides includes straight cut and syrup-less waffle fries ($2.99–$4.99), cooling coleslaw ($2.75–$5.75), and fried pickles ($4.99).
Though called the American Bistro, this restaurant takes every effort to evoke a rustic meal on the Mediterranean. Sun-washed frescoes of the Italian countryside cover the dining-room walls and plates of hearty Italian pastas and entrees fill the linen-covered tables. Seafood entrees incorporate a mélange of fresh catches, such as clams and lobster tail, and pastas come coated in a rainbow of sauces ranging from zesty marinara to verdant pesto to cream vodka. At the enclosed bar, wine glasses glitter before filling with red and white varietals and clinking to toast a recent escape from a haunted mansion.
Beneath sunny yellow walls and colorful hanging lights, the griddles at Sofi's Crepes sizzle with sweet and savory creations. Owner Ann Costlow opened the crêperie, named for her beloved and spirited puppy, after cultivating a passion for the culinary arts through work as a galley chef and extensive French travel. Breakfast crêpes shroud maple syrup, blueberries, and bacon in an edible blanket, and spatulas flip up an extensive menu of specialties that can be enjoyed throughout the day and used to lure out the singing phantom that lives in every house’s attic. Savory avocado, gruyère cheese, and mushrooms compose a hearty crêpe, and sweet Nutella and homemade butterscotch toppings allow customers to design delights that pair well with coffee, cocoa, and cider.
Café Fresh proves that speedy service doesn't have to preclude healthy choices. Straw devotees and toothless fairies can select from an enticing menu of smoothies ($4.29–$5.29) that sports both classic fruit concoctions and unusual blends, like the avocados and cream creation, with soy milk, nonfat frozen yogurt, avocado, banana, coconut cream, and agave. Boost your smoothie's bastions with a free fortifying supplement, or get your nutrients in the solid form with a protein- and veggie-packed wrap or panini. In addition to forging bonds between nutritious and delicious, Café Fresh serves all food and drinks in 100% biodegradable cups, and packaging materials are made entirely out of adopted corn.
Of all of New York’s exports, perhaps one of the most ubiquitous is the New York–style bagel. In the early 20th century, a Polish immigrant named Isador Goldberg came to New York and brought his own recipe for this classic baked good with him, and it’s in his honor that the owners of Goldberg’s New York Bagels decided to name their shop. The Zagat-rated bakers still use Goldberg’s original recipe, assembling ingredients from scratch, boiling the halos of dough, and finally baking them to give each bagel the perfect crunch that pairs well with a schmear of cream cheese or a layer of lox. Though the bagels come in a range of sweet and savory flavors, all of them are kosher-certified and easily pair with other breakfast items such as omelets, four flavors of blintzes, and waffles. The shop opens at 7 a.m. to serve both breakfast and lunch all day, allowing clients to stock up on staples such as sandwiches, frozen yogurt, or salad-bar selections all day long.