Elegant Affairs elevates the concept of traditional brunch with delicious cuisine from lauded caterers and smooth jazz music. Elegant Affairs has been catering since 1989 and has experience crafting menus for intimate occasions or parties as large as 4,000 attendees. For the jazz brunch, they create a specialty menu that includes breakfast and lunch favorites such as french toast and caesar salad as well as a full cash-only bar stocked with mimosas, bellinis, and other morning cocktails. As guests taste sweet and savory brunch dishes, jazz musicians such as Jon Berman and Eric Bascom supply an ethereal live soundtrack.
At 40 years old, and with 20 of those years spent running a country club, Tim Gilchrist decided it was time to kick off the cleats. He opened a café and instead of branding it with a clichéd name or the license plate of his first car, Tim landed on something a tad more sentimental: his mother's maiden name. Today, natural light pours through two large windows stationed at the front of Greenleaf's Cafe, where diners gather at tables or along an elevated countertop for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner six days per week. The café also swings its doors open for parties and special events and caters outside gatherings such as weddings, birthdays, and anniversaries.
The Puiia family, native New Yorkers, dreamed up Between Rounds' menu in 1990, and ever since they have skillfully prepared its freshly made sandwiches and baked goods, in the process enticing the palates of reporters from Better Connecticut. Each day, bakers whip up signature New York–style bagels in a variety of flavors before pairing them with cream cheese, cobbling them into breakfast sandwiches, or hurling them in impromptu games of ultimate frisbee. Hailing from the lunch roster, freshly baked flaky loaves and rolls surround premium deli meats and cheeses as baristas grind fresh beans for gourmet coffees and specialty espresso beverages. The arena in which the bakers and baristas operate sparkles with the sunlight pouring over the tabletops of the colorful, WiFi-saturated dining room, and a drive-thru window allows customers to enjoy meals without leaving their cars, vans, or sleds.
LaRosa Marketplace's enthralling story chronicles the restaurant's growth over four generations from a garage-based sausage shop to a purveyor of delectable sandwiches, wraps, fresh salads, and house-prepared meats. Sate midday pangs with a panini sandwich such as the panino parma, an assemblage of parma prosciutto, veggies, fresh mozzarella, basil, and olive oil packed and grilled into crusty diamonds of flavor perfect for winning a stomach's love ($7.50). A roster of grinders challenges chompers with mounds of savory ingredients such as veal cutlet, sweet or spicy soppressata, marinated beef, and eggplant ($7.50–$9 for a half). Weekly specialties incorporate LaRosa's homemade sausages, made from lean meat with no additives, into dishes such as Thursday's roasted Italian sausage with orrechiette pasta and broccoli rabe ($8.99). Meat eschewers and veggie chewers frolic through a salad menu that includes the antipasto salad, which opens taste buds and pollinates tooth flowers with marinated mushrooms, artichokes, olives, and roasted peppers in a meadow of romaine lettuce ($7.50).
Black-eyed Sally's owner James Varano opened this BBQ-and-blues southern juke joint after an inspiring trip to Memphis in 1995. His re-creation of a southern blues club, complete with New Orleans-style dishes and country barbecue, caught the approving attention of The New York Times, which praised the "blackened catfish ... with its tasty sides of oven-roasted sweet potatoes, collard greens and a cilantro-lime cream saucing."
Lunch at Black-eyed Sally's can be a quick affair, with a po'boy sandwich, cajun burger, or a big plate of crispy cornmeal catfish (complete with salt-n-vinegar fries and slaw). But dinner is the time to linger. After eating a rack of ribs—which are dusted with a dry rub for 24 hours, slow-smoked over hickory wood, and finished with a touch of BBQ sauce—you can settle in and wait for the show to start.
The restaurant also started attracting some of music's biggest stars. Over the years, Graham Nash, Dave Matthews, Clarence Clemons, and other rockers have dropped in to jam (or just get their barbecue fix). Live music starts at 8 p.m. most nights, with a mix of jazz, blues, and rock acts. Check out the music schedule here.
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