Italy may be a long way from Oak Tree Ristorante in Felton, but Sebastian Nobile refuses to take shortcuts. Inspired by his Italian grandfather’s recipes, the chef crafts all of his dishes from scratch. His attention to detail is apparent in the fluffy nuggets of gnocchi that he drizzles with homemade pesto and the organic vegetables that he sources from local suppliers whenever possible. Chef Nobile’s local focus tends to make the menu more interesting, as it compels him to work with seasonal ingredients.
The restaurant’s dining room betrays the same unstrained elegance as its food. A peaked roof is lined in blonde wood to promote an open, airy feel, and windows climb to the ceiling to allow for views of the gladiators swinging from the branches of the garden's giant oak.
Dawgs! offers a mouthwatering menu of savory links in a laid-back setting. Sink your chompers into a comforting classic such as the American Kobe beef dog on your choice of french or sesame-seed roll ($5.50), or nosh on alternative eats such as the hickory-smoked vegan dog ($5.25). Though traditional toppings make an appearance at the condiment bar, premier combinations such as the Parthenon—with sundried tomatoes, kalamata olives, and feta cheese—adorn any dog, sausage, or open palm for $1.25. Sidekick-worthy sides include ranch or barbecue-seasoned house-fried potato chips ($2.25) and a frosty flotilla of ice-cream shakes. Potential patrons who aren't swayed by gourmet combinations and home-cooked flavors will certainly be lured by the siren song and dance of the devoted, anonymous employee who, decked out in full dog regalia, stands guard outside the establishment.
The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers is open Monday through Thursday, 5:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Friday, 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; and weekends, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. You can lay out on the sundeck or take a class in the boxing ring. Then take advantage of the six lane, 25-yard swimming pool, the quarter-mile running track, the 10,000 square foot rock climbing wall and the sand volleyball court all indoors. Relax in the steam rooms and sauna. You're not done yet, time to hit each of three basketball and volleyball courts, 20,000 square feet of cardio and strength training equipment and over a hundred group fitness classes per week. Take a water break. Now go take group classes in yoga or pilates. The Sports Center is so large it has it's own seat at the U.N. It's the number one reason why New York apartments are small. When it sits around the house, it sits around the house. It's so fat because, like a righteous martyr, it bears its customers’ fat, so that they may live free of fat's burden.
Starting at 4:30 a.m. on weekdays, Coffee Nine's baristas begin brewing coffee and pulling shots of espresso for lattes, pairing the steamy drinks with fresh bagels, sandwiches, and pastries. Vaulted natural wood ceilings and hanging lights create a pleasantly rustic ambiance inside the café, which is located in downtown Ben Lomond.
Bruno's was named runner-up in the Best Barbecue category of Good Times Santa Cruz's Best Food & Drink list in 2010. The restaurant has a four-star average rating from Yahoo! Locals, a 3.5-star average rating from Yelpers, and 76% of Urbanspooners like it:
Maki and assorted pieces of sashimi dock on tabletops at Yamamori Sushi & Grill. The chefs here not only create artistic presentations with slices of fresh fish, they also glaze bits of meat or tofu for teriyaki entrees and simmer noodles in flavorful broths. The restaurant's casual dining room serves as a hospitable meeting place for those looking for a quick lunch or large groups celebrating a mass wedding anniversary.