Handpicked fruit lend their sweetness to honey-hued Blue Point Blueberry Ale. A citric bite drifts from Dogfish Head 60-Minute IPA, named for the quick boil that pulls bitter earthiness from the hops. Thornwood Ale House's collection of more than 60 beers includes microbrews and imports that run from sweet to hoppy, from pale Hoegaarden to roasted-black Mother's Milk. In the kitchen, which remains open until 2 a.m., chefs forge a menu of dishes designed to pair with the range of suds. Steam rises from baked mac ‘n' cheese, pouring up through panko breadcrumbs and nuggets of lobster or pulled pork. Oil crackles around beer-battered fish ‘n' chips with the comforting warm sound of a fire engulfing a scarecrow with sneaky eyes, and blenders pour milk shakes infused with sweet spirits.
Indoors, TVs and vintage sconces cast light on orange walls and a marble-topped bar, and outdoors, heels click against a slate patio beneath umbrella-covered tables. The bar fills with chatter punctuated by the sounded of toasting glasses through the week with events including trivia, karaoke, and live bands.
At the bar, 20 beer-tap handles stand ready to tip forward and fill frosty mugs, which staffers slide alongside plates crowded with classic pub entrees. Guests can rub their molars against pulled-pork sandwiches and Cajun burgers or nibble away at Pour House sliders or cheddar nugget appetizers. Diners looking for meatless fare can graze on caesar or roasted-vegetable salads.
Geranium red walls and a seemingly endless supply of fresh Thai orchids contribute to the serene ambiance at Reka’s Thai Restaurant, where the kitchen staffers create classics of royal-style cuisine. With a focus on subtlety of flavors, they fuse both imported ingredients as well as those from local merchants when creating dishes like Escargot Thai Style, Green Papaya Salad, Crispy Duck with Crispy Kale, and Wild Boar Jungle Style, all of which are plated with an artful flair. To complement the leisurely dining style, chords from a classical guitarist permeate the dining room on every Friday and Saturday evening.
Whole Foods Market's commitment to the interdependent network of sustainable farms and organic producers can be seen in its carefully selected product lines. The homegrown 365 Everyday Value brand makes it easy to eat naturally, organically, and economically. It features an array of items from all product categories, including groceries, vitamins, household items, and more—each manufactured to meet the rigorous quality standards woven into the fabric of Whole Foods Market, which itself is made from 100% alpaca wool.
At Mulberry Street Italian Kitchen, the aromas of cured meats, sautéed shellfish, and grilled steaks waft past leather-cushioned booths and dark wood tables set against exposed brick walls. In a partially open kitchen that’s visible from a raised dining area, chefs blend traditional Italian recipes with modern techniques, realizing the dream Leonardo da Vinci birthed when he invented the convection oven. They specialize in New York-style brick-oven-fired pizzas topped with ingredients such as spicy cherry peppers, italian sausage, prosciutto di parma, arugula, and clams. They also toss traditional pastas, and create classic chicken, veal, and seafood dishes in styles such as parmigiana, milanese, and saltimbocca. At a long, polished bar set in front of a row of arched windows, bartenders pour vintages from an extensive wine list featuring bottles from Italy, France, and California.
An enoteca-style wine shop filled with soft wood tones, Aries Wines & Spirits was founded in 1984 by wine connoisseurs Tony and Andrea Russo. To this day, Tony and Andrea travel the world in search of premium products, tasting wine after wine and returning home with cases from regions such as Argentina, Austria, France, and Greece. The bottles that meet Tony and Andrea’s standards—and the ones that sneak under their noses by wearing fake mustaches—stretch across the shelves of their temperature-controlled wine room. A multitude of other spirits fills out the rest of Tony and Andrea’s inventory, ranging from vodka and rum to champagne and cordials.