At Pearl Restaurant & Lounge, diners might find themselves twirling pasta around forks or trapping sushi rolls between chopsticks. Both eating styles are represented in the eclectic menu, which showcases inventive forays into Italian and Asian cuisines. There's pizzas piled with prosciutto and mesclun greens, raviolis stuffed with lobster, and pan-seared pork dumplings ripe for dipping into a spicy Szechuan sauce. And to model the food, there's also two types of dining atmospheres: a romantic outdoor terrace or elegant blue-lit dining room. Following meals, you need only step into the lounge area for a little nightlife; live music fills the 18,000-square-foot space on Friday and Saturday nights until 2 a.m. with the sounds of jazz, low-key beats, and Muzak renditions of the chicken dance.
Picking a meal at Grid Iron Ale House & Grille is no easy task, but that choice pales in comparison to selecting a beverage. That's because bartenders keep more than 30 craft beers on tap, not to mention many more bottled alongside top-shelf spirits and a dozen wines. The libations complement the culinary team's mostly classic approach to pub food, which includes Angus sliders with chipotle mayo and subs whose meatballs come stuffed with mozzarella. Feasts unfold amid constant entertainment, from live events such as karaoke and poker to games on HDTVs adorning every wall and carefully balanced on each server's head.
With more than 15 years of culinary experience under his belt, Chef Waulter curates the menu of Italian and American grub at Santinos Bar & Grill. He and his staff crank out saucy classics such as grilled pizzas and St. Louis–style barbecue ribs. Black Angus beef chuck and short rib form the basis of burgers loaded with fixings such as gorgonzola and crispy bacon. Meat-free options include leafy salads, veggie wraps, and sumptuous desserts.
Skarr introduces visitors to an exotic culture and tradition with its Lebanese-style menu and Middle Eastern-inspired ambiance. Tangerine-colored walls create a fitting aura amid hookah puffs, which fill the air with fruity traces including bananas foster and raspberry lemonade. Similarly, the cocktails menu features an assortment of sweet elixirs, such as the Godiva Seduction—a blend of Godiva white chocolate liqueur, vanilla vodka, and crème de cacao served in a chocolate-lined glass.
Unknowing passersby often overlook the inconspicuous entrance to Vanity due to its clever—albeit anachronistic—disguise as a telephone booth. A tribute to the profusion of speakeasy clubs that popped up in the Prohibition era, Vanity decorates its posh interior with black-and-white photos, vintage-inspired décor, and coat racks that look suspiciously like undercover cops.
However backwards-looking the décor, the menu reflects ultra-contemporary tastes with its mix of New American and Italian flavors. A selection of starters—aptly named "temptations"—include Italian eggrolls stuffed with shaved cold cuts, and "Vanity plates" include such colorful dishes as the Double Cross Delmonico rib-eye steak. Like any respectable speakeasy, Vanity features a lengthy drink menu with elderflower-flavored cocktails, sugar-rimmed martinis, and gin and tonics garnished with fresh eviction notices.
Inside the Omni Hotel, Centro's artistic cooks serve up elegant preparations of Italian dishes informed by the culinary traditions of central Italy. Diners can savor the taste of linguini with local little neck clams, pork milanese, and grilled Atlantic swordfish as they study the art on the walls or the flatscreen above the bar.