Many of NYC's favorite Italian-American specialties can be found more than a thousand miles away at Trio's Deli & Pizzeria. Chefs sprinkle thin-crust pizzas with a custom mix of sauces, cheeses, and toppings and toss wings in a signature buffalo sauce. However the cornerstone of Trio's is its deli fare: hot and cold sandwiches are piled high with layer upon layer of deli meats, cheese, and spicy peppers. For an extra meat fix, chefs can pair sandwiches with sides such as sauce-topped meatballs.
Executive chef Kevin Lee's 20-year career rolling sushi pays off at Japango. His skills shine at the trendy eatery, where he creates more than 50 varieties of sushi rolls, including the Japango Lobster Bomb—a bundle of tempura lobster, asparagus, and fish eggs encased by a shell of tempura lobster. Lee's experience with cuisines outside of Japan is highlighted as well, as the menu features dishes such as pad thai and beef and broccoli.
Japango's popularity has warranted an expansion to two new locations. Both hot spots mimic the original restaurant's modern vibe, characterized by clean lines and dim, tear-drop lighting, which sets the mood for a romantic evening or a tantalizing game of footsie with a table leg.
Ecuadorian food is the specialty of Los Andes Restaurant. But like the mountain range, the menu meanders through other South American countries, including Peru, Colombia, and Chile. Chefs prep empanadas according to the three regional styles, and ceviches and soups can round out adventurous snack times. Larger entrees feature grilled meats and slow-simmered stews accompanied by rice, potatoes, or french fries. Plantains or black or red beans can also be found playing a supporting role in meals, while cakes, ice cream, and sweet fig close out meals better than a soprano shattering a crystal ball.
Guests clinking shots of tequila or sipping margaritas fit in seamlessly with Baja Cafe Deerfield's festive atmosphere, conspicuous in its vibrantly colorful dining room that often displays balloons, streamers, and decorations. The tequila list includes more than 400 varieties, from distillers such as Jose Cuervo, Arette, and El Tesoro.
Baja Mexican cuisine sets off the flavor notes of these tequilas, tantalizing taste buds with entrees such as mahi-mahi tacos, various asadas, and the spicy Satan's Revenge burrito with housemade chili con queso. The lunch menu includes most dinner items, and all dishes can be made spicier, or "el scorcho" style, upon request.
Just because a menu is brief doesn’t mean it doesn’t offer a lot of choices. At Wild Wild Wingz, chicken wings fill about a quarter of the one-page menu, tempting diners with sauces as varied as teriyaki and bacon cheddar. The rest of the menu dabbles in a menagerie of other meats, including full or half racks of baby-back ribs, new york strip steaks, or salads bulked up with mahi-mahi. When not congregating around the bar, patrons can reserve a private room where they can challenge each other to games of pool or practice juggling controllers for Xbox 360 Kinect or Nintendo Wii.:m]]
Mozart Cafe’s chefs draw culinary inspiration from modern Israeli cuisine, and the result is an eclectic mix of made-from-scratch kosher dishes ranging from pizza and salad to breakfast salmon platters. The Balkan pizza blends Israeli and Italian flavors with olives chunks of smoky eggplant sitting atop a bed of sauce, mozzarella, and feta cheese. Though the café is decidedly health-focused, plates arrive piled high with portions as generous as what you’d find in a neighborhood diner or your mom’s kitchen.