Brushed Tanning Studio's skilled spray-gun wielders provide a healthy alternative to traditional sun worship with UV-free sunless-tanning treatments. Using an FDA approved, 100% organic formula derived from raw sugar cane, certified technicians carefully cover every curve and contour with a golden glow that gradually appears over the course of 24 hours. The entire process takes as little as 10 minutes and lasts an average of 7–10 days, though results can last up to two weeks for clients who exfoliate sparingly or are particularly adept at time travel.
Ropa vieja slow-simmered in garlic and spices from Old San Juan transports taste buds to the island of Puerto Rico, but not just the well-known tourist attractions. The menu delivers authentic tastes of Puerto Rico from its well-trod beaches to its tropical jungles. To set the scene, an indoor tree spreads its branches over the dining room and cave-like stone shelves store glasses and flatware. Servers blend cocktail mixes with BYOB libations at a bar that's offset by a wall of water trickling over stacked gray stones. Flat-screen TVs play sports highlights or the tree's favorite talk shows, and karaoke offers live entertainment once a month.
Murals depict giant hot dogs and hamburgers on the sides of Steve's Burgers, a quaint roadside eatery built from red and white wooden planks. Inside, owner and chef Stephen Chrisomalis brings the images to life, grilling up hand-sculpted burgers and hot dogs that he'll crown with housemade chili, sauerkraut, and other toppings. Much to the chagrin of intergalactic bounty hunters, he never freezes his burgers, making them fresh each day so they retain their savory juices. He also serves up philly cheesesteaks and fries smothered with gravy or cheese.
Named for one of Malaysia's states, Penang Malaysian & Thai Cuisine reflects the diverse history of that region in its eclectic bill of fare. The menu sates appetites with a selection of more than 100 dishes, all showcasing a blend of Chinese, Malaysian, and Thai spices and cooking techniques. Appetizers of roti canai—crispy Indian-style pancakes served with curry-chicken dipping sauce—might share table space with Malay beef satay, marinated in spicy peanut sauce and skewered on bamboo sticks. The house special, Thai basil chicken, serves up chicken with bell peppers, onion, and chili in a tasty Thai basil sauce.
True to its name, Just Grapes Lounge focuses on wines, with more than 30 vintages poured by the glass and 18 more varieties sequestered on a reserve bottle list. Microbrews, champagnes, and ports round out the lounge's full bar, complementing a Mediterranean-tinged tapas menu. Small plates, ranging from hummus and crostini to stuffed baked clams, are ideal for smothering appetites or boosting a tiny table's self-esteem. Three styles of rustic pizza artfully pair tomatoes with cheese, whereas molten fondue, served in a bread bowl, comes in varieties including gorgonzola and double-cream brie.
Striking contemporary design and a cornucopia of organic ingredients have earned Nanoosh's hummus bars and counters media recognition from publications including the NY Daily News and the New York Sun. Each location manifests the company's nationwide emphasis on nutritionally balanced food with carefully designed menus chock full of luxuriously nutritious items such as quinoa salad, hummus chicken wraps, and lavender tea. Since Nanoosh offers both table and counter service, patrons can stop by to enjoy a sit-down meal served by a waiter or quick bite to eat delivered by an easily persuaded friend.