Supplying all materials, Art By The Glazz's artist-led painting sessions kindle brush-wielding talents during hour-and-a-half sessions. Aided by pigment professionals and a complimentary glass of milk and cookies, little van Goghs recreate characters and concepts such as Happy Feet, Angry Birds, Sundae for Me, UP, and Nemo. Aprons protect against stray paint, but Art By The Glazz still recommends wearing old clothes. After engaging with music, laughing, and winning game prizes, each artist takes their finished masterpieces home, ready to be mounted on a wall or hung from the dining-room chandelier.
The nimble-fingered foodsmiths at Hana Tokyo forge grilled teppanyaki entrees and artfully layered sushi. Dinner patrons can seat themselves at one of the hibachi stations, where they’ll watch chefs craft such grill-kissed creations as hibachi scallops ($18.95). Freshly broiled tofu sports a glaze of teriyaki sauce ($10.95), and the chef specialty TNT roll ($6.95) disguises spicy salmon in black sesame seeds shaped like Ted Turner’s mustache. On the lunch menu, the beef negimaki pan-fries ribbons of steak before tossing them with scallions ($9.95), and a choice of two sushi rolls ($6.95) grants diners the chance to sample cylinders of tuna and Phish albums. Light-colored wood lines the restaurant’s hibachi grill stations and sushi bar, and hanging lanterns mood-light wooden tables.
Savio’s Restaurant and Bar populates its menu with authentic Italian dishes of seafood, fresh pasta, and veal. Chefs lovingly prepare the house specialty, veal medallions lathered in marsala-wine sauce ($13.95 for lunch; $17.95 for dinner). The ravioli a la rustica entree regales taste buds with baked beef, veal, and cheese ($11.95 for lunch; $14.95 for dinner), and a grilled swordfish steak swims through wine-gorgonzola cream sauce ($17.95) while making for a handy weapon for impromptu duels with mermen. Stomachs rumble at the sight of shrimp rubbing elbows with pesto and fresh mozzarella atop the pizza con gamberetti ($14.95), and the linguini agnello’s spicy strips of lamb hide beneath balsamic vinegar and tomato ($11.50 lunch, $15.95 dinner). The restaurant’s arches, flickering fireplace, and murals depicting sunny coastal scenes make diners feel like an ancient Roman emperor without having to teach their horse political science.
Shooter McGee's bolsters its neighborhood pub atmosphere with a menu packed with pub-fare classics and modern comestibles. Chefs prep appetites for satiation with hearty appetizers, including the modern-leaning trio of duck tacos, with spiced duck confit filling out tortillas ($9.99). Patties of Angus beef take up residence between pillowy buns for burgers such as the bacon and cheese, with applewood-smoked bacon and a choice of 10 cheeses, plus a side of hand-cut fries, slaw, mac 'n' cheese, or baked beans ($9). The herb chicken & greens salad piles herb-roasted chicken over mixed greens with fresh mozzarella and a balsamic reduction ($12). Revel in the twin-flavored pursuits of the strawberry-balsamic pork tenderloin ($16), or delicately nibble through the eight hours of flavor that go into each rack of barbecue ribs ($20).