Siam Square is to Bangkok what Times Square is to New York—a place full of trendy shops, four-star hotels, and gourmet food. The folks at Siam Square Thai Cuisine want to bring the essence of that spot into their restaurant, but they don't rely on the chic decor or panoramic photographs of the square that hang around the dining room to do it. It's the menu's contemporary take on traditional Thai dishes that truly embodies Siam Square's hip, urban vibe. Chefs grill freshwater prawns to top with Pa-nang curry reduction and sprinkle with kaffir lime leaves, or they roast half-ducks, fry the skin to make it crispy, and apply a tamarind sauce galze. All their curries and stir-fries can be made with chicken, tofu, pork, beef, or shrimp, and there are vegetarian options upon request. Noodle dishes include traditional pad thai, spicy drunken noodles, pad-woon-sen (stir-fried clear noodles), and pad-see-eew (wide rice noodles served with broccoli and egg).
To handle the heat of a spicy curry, diners can order red and white wine and sake, or pick from a beer selection that includes SweetWater brews as well as Thai and Chinese imports. Diners can also sip thai iced tea or coffee as they linger in the modern dining room, which features red accents that pop against cream walls.
Village Taqueria & Tequila Bar, formerly known as Lime Taqueria, balances a menu of tacos, burritos, and Mexican entrees with tangy sips from the large tequila and cocktail list and rakes in praise from publications such as the Marietta Daily Journal. Chef Oscar Mendivil runs the kitchen, where he perfects the culinary art of tacos with perfectly braised barbacoa, fire-roasted poblano chilies, and grilled shrimp. The burrito de langosta—packed with sautéed lobster and manchego grits—makes fancy fare portable without the mess of wrapping crème brûlée in a sheet of gold leaf. A dozen margaritas and Latin cocktails grace the drink menu, sharing space with nearly 100 types of tequila.
From the brick-paneled walls and booths lined with dark wooden accents to the seasonal selection of gourmet American cuisine, Blackstone embodies every aspect of the classic steak house. A selection of hearty cuts anchors the menu, whether as solitary 8-ounce cuts of filet mignon, or massive 22-ounce cowboy rib eyes adorned with béarnaise sauce, jumbo lump crabmeat, lobster-shaped earrings, and other edible accessories. Guests can also savor a taste of the seas with plates of Atlantic salmon or pan-fried trout. Blackstone's wine list collects more than 35 pours, including 19 by the glass.
Fifth Group Restaurants began in 1993 with a hunger-driven dream and the opening of South City Kitchen in Midtown; in the intervening 17 years, the restaurant management company has grown to include a caravan of five grumble-silencing victual villas in a variety of cuisine styles. The restaurant group is also actively involved in a number of charitable and green programs, including a no-trash initiative where at least 95% of waste is either composted or recycled (Ecco is dumpster free and recycles or composts everything).
Blue Moon Pizza's menu of clever, tempting entrees, including its crispy, thin-crust pizza and creative salads, has propelled the restaurant to the top of the pizza food pyramid. Boggle your seas with a Mediterribbean jerk-chicken pizza ($10.79 for personal), topped with caramelized onions and cayenne-candied bacon, or try to tame the spicy flavors of the Luna ($19.49 for medium), with chorizo sausage, black olives, and jalapenos. Other signature items include Grandma's Pizza ($24.99), a 16" Sicilian-style pie topped with cheese, olive oil, plum tomatoes, sliced garlic, and fresh basil, and the cobb salad ($10.49) served on pizza dough with chicken, avocado, cayenne-candied bacon, crumbled blue cheese, onions, black olives, and roma tomatoes. If the creative entrees leave any gastric gaps, a warm chocolate-chip cookie topped with vanilla ice cream ($4.99) should help achieve maximum satiation, or gargle your dessert with a cheesecake martini, concocted with Cruzan vanilla rum, pineapple juice, and cranberry juice (specialty martinis are $6 on Thursdays). Blue Moon also has a gluten-free menu. Lunchtime drop-ins can take advantage of Blue Moon's lunch special: two slices of cheese pizza and soda for $4.99.
Doc's facilitates neighborhood socializing with mouthwatering burgers, a gargantuan bar, and festive events ideal for a postwork romp or a weekend night out with friends. Piled high with lettuce and tomato, the half-pound char-grilled Doc's burger entertains enormous appetites and, like a newborn baby, comes swaddled with thick-cut fries. Servers behind the trophy-clad bar pour cold beers, cocktails, and shooters, ensuring no patron goes without lubrication.