When she opened her eponymous dance studio, Cinzia DeGregorio already had more than 20 years of dance experience under her belt. She’d studied and taught everything from ballet to cheer to hip-hop to salsa, and continues to explore and combine a variety of different dance styles. Today, her studio offers a range of hip children’s classes such as breakdancing and Bollywood dancing, as well as more traditional dance forms, including ballet and tap. Customers can also create custom dance classes that incorporate the Jabbawockeez style, or arrange private dance parties to test out moves of their own. Cinzia also helps her charges stay slim and fit with dance-inspired fitness classes, such as Zumba and Ballet Bootcamp, that are open to women of all fitness levels.
The flavors and aromas of Mediterranean cuisine permeate the space at Taiim Cellar, making this restaurant and wine bar a small haven of warmth and culture. At the bar, cocktails inspired by warmer climes and wines from around the world are served alongside Spanish-style small plates for harmonious pairings. Dinner features lamb drizzled with pomegranate-walnut sauce, falafel with Israeli salad, salmon in a garlicky matbucha sauce, and apricot-topped braised quail. Benches set with Middle Eastern?inspired accent pillows and low lighting add to the cozy atmosphere.
Father-son restaurateurs Pasquale and Francesco Coli chose the name Massa' Italian Kitchen & Bar as a tribute to the southern Italian farmhouses, known as “masserias,” that line the countryside of their native Puglia, located on the heel of Italy. Their passion for the rustic, Old-World charm of Puglia permeates the kitchen, where chefs hand form pastas, chop local farm vegetables, and assemble housemade sausages. As a nod to Puglia's centuries-old maritime traditions, they also seek out fresh shipments of fish and seafood every day. Before diners embark on a gustatory expedition to Italy, servers suggest wine pairings from a list of more than 100 bottles, and bartenders mix signature cocktails with vodkas they infuse with vibrant fruits.
Today the restaurant continues to embrace its rustic roots, catering to diners and families who appreciate classic Italian cuisine and healthy portion sizes. The easy, dining-room evokes the feel of a rural cottage with its exposed-stone walls, floor-to-ceiling fireplace, and woodwork, which was constructed out of materials salvaged from century-old New England barns to created a relaxed dining experience. At each table, Old-World crafted entrees steam atop white plates, while families and friends breezily chatter amid the homey ambiance to the split-level dining room and wine bar.
Tufted leather booths, exposed-brick walls, framed bear portraits scattered throughout, and personal in-booth plasma TVs. That should tell you all you need to know about Black Bear Saloon, a laid-back spot with the demeanor of a steak house and the soul of a neighborhood tavern. Settle into one of the plush booths and sink your teeth into a Chef?s Presentation flatbread pizza, indulge in a rack of seasoned, rubbed, and slow-roasted ribs, or try a burger on a brioche roll with crumbled blue cheese and saut?ed onions. Any of the above should go down well with an ice-cold beer from the bar, especially while enjoying a game on one of 15 plasma TVs or one of the in-booth sets. Black Bear also features an outdoor patio that?s a perfect place to celebrate a victory or a referee?s new haircut.
Crave's carefully crafted menus provide sandwiches, burgers, and meat and seafood entrees for lunch and dinner. Take an afternoon break from lifting paperweights or mounting executive-level tickle-fights at work with a bistro-centric selection from the lunch menu such as the chicken sandwich served with broccoli rabe and provolone cheese on a ciabatta roll ($7) or the arugula salad ($7). For evening-time noshing, kick things off with a bowl of cauliflower soup ($7) before segueing to a lightly smoked Angus sirloin steak surrounded by a red-wine-pepper sauce ($28). Suckers for shellfish can opt for the mussels prepared with either a curry-coconut-milk-lemongrass broth or an Italian ragout of san marzano tomatoes, calamari, and hot pepper. The restaurant's wine cellar boasts an impressive list of bottles from three continents.
Rather than churn out recipes from the past, the mixologists at Blue Amber strive to craft cocktails with a contemporary flair. That's why, instead of staples such as the old-fashioned, they whip up original libations such as the fashionable??a blend of Aperol, thyme, Citron vodka, and lemon juice. Besides cocktails, the lounge's bartenders decant domestic and imported beers, as well as wines by the glass. All of these drinks complement the culinary team's artfully plated tapas, which are made with flavors ranging from melted goat cheese to apple- and ginger-marinated pork belly coated with apple-cider-barbecue sauce. Shared meals unfold inside Iron Shaker's cozy booths or along a polished bar lined with candles.