Inside Made in Brazil's brightly colored walls, waiters brandish sword-like skewers of roasted meat that can be sliced directly onto diners' plates. Taste an array of savory meats with this serving style, known as rodizio de churrasco ($23.93–$25.95), which was invented in the early 1800s by Brazilian gauchos. Diners can also peruse the equally scrumptious entrees on Made in Brazil’s menu, from the grilled-onion-topped sirloin steak known as bife acebolado ($16.95) to the robalo ao molho diablo ($18.95), a tasty fillet of striped bass and mussels. The steakhouse has spacious, comfortable booths for reclining after a long day of equator drawing, as well as a full bar that serves specialty drinks such as the Caipirinha, Brazil's answer to the mojito, and classics such as martinis and beer.
If cooking were a language, the chefs at Makoto Japanese Restaurant would be multilingual. They follow Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian, and Thai cooking traditions to craft dishes ranging from Thai-style duck with curry sauce to broiled eel with seaweed salad and Japanese pickles. At any given time, they might be slicing fresh sashimi in the kitchen or dazzling hungry guests at tableside hibachi grills. They approach grilling as a performance, thrilling audiences by flipping juicy steaks, sizzling tender scallops, and chopping vegetables fast enough to ignite the flames that light the grill. Wooden walls border the hibachi tables, creating an air of exclusivity as diners delight in the semi-private show.
The culinary sovereigns at the King George Inn sate the hunger pangs of all those who enter their domain with toothsome American fare depicted on the lunch and dinner menus, served in a historic building constructed in 1756. Midday munchers can delve into the seafood layers of lobster-and-shrimp crepes interlaced with mascarpone cheese ($13.95), or brandish forks to gleefully capture the chicken dijon with fettuccini in pasta-loving prongs ($10.95). For dinner, reward valorous stomachs for their emotional and abdominal support with tender veal-picatta medallions, flash sautéed in lemon-caper butter ($21.95), or sharpen mouth bones on the Dorneyville Sizzler, a 12-ounce, premium-gold, Angus NY strip steak gilded with maître d’butter and served on a blazing-hot pewter plate to discourage entrée burglars and hungry snowmen from snatching the precious dish off of tables ($31.95). Top off tuck-ins with a treat from the dessert menu, which bursts with renderings of homemade cheesecake ($6.95) and chocolate mousse ($5.95).
With nods from USA Today, CBS News, and The Washington Post, Rodizio Grill, founded by São Paolo–born Ivan Utrerahas, made a name for itself as an authentic Brazilian charrascuria—a South American–style rotisserie. Cooks slow-roast and skewer select cuts of beef, pork, poultry, and lamb, as well as seafood selections and grilled pineapple. They also offer a gourmet salad bar that encourages diners to pair marinated pork loin or Brazilian sausage with fresh, leafy greens and farm-fresh croutons plucked right off the tree. All the while, gauchos—also known as Brazilian cowboys—bustle about the restaurant bringing unlimited slices of tender meat directly to tables.
Housed inside a refurbished 200-year-old farmhouse, Stone Manor 101's enormous 14,000 square-foot space is surprisingly cozy. But the two working fireplaces, a long, wooden bar, and shining hardwood floors are just the beginning, as evidenced by a recent The New York Times review. It might be the tall, leather chairs, or it might be the fresh ingredients, all of which are selected daily from the Hunts Point meat and produce markets in the Bronx. With a Mediterranean focus, the menu lists dishes such as bruschetta and artichokes, but centers around a large selection of steaks, from petite filets to a 45-ounce porterhouse for two people or one very hungry growing teen.
Operated by veteran restaurateur Peter Sideris (who has worked at New York's Smith & Wollensky), Hamilton & Ward Steakhouse serves meticulously prepared cuisine with world-class Kobe beef, prime beef that been dry-aged for a minimum of 28 days, and high-quality seafoods. Hamilton & Ward's dinner menu is loaded with several scrumptious cuts, from its signature 48-ounce porterhouse for two ($79) to the 32-ounce Flintstone ($54), a bone-in rib eye that'll stimulate Stone Age–era taste buds and tip over most foot-powered cars. Disguised bears, meanwhile, can hunch into their trench coats and break into a few fresh Maine lobsters (market price) or savor the restaurant's grilled Atlantic salmon ($25). Keep first-date conversations lubricated with any of the 400 wines in Hamilton & Ward's exquisite Mediterranean wine cellar, or guarantee a second with a glamorous glass of Louis XIII Black Pearl cognac, the only liquor to have been elected president of a Micronesian island.