Conceived as part of sculptor Seward Johnson's impressionistic vision, Rat's Restaurant transports degusting diners into Claude Monet's beloved town of Giverny with cosmopolitan home cooking served overlooking a delicate lily pond. Launch your exploration into head chef Shane Cash's exceptional dinner menu with the petit escargot, featuring lemon verbena, escargot butter, and parsley tortellini ($15). Sophisticated palates can decorate themselves with a delectable selection of entrees, including Scottish halibut, a fresh pan-roasted catch accompanied by cauliflower puree and almond-caper meuniere sauce ($30). Before stepping into the attached Grounds For Sculpture galleries and discovering the secrets of scratch-n-see artwork, enjoy sips from a menu of hand-crafted cocktails and an eclectic wine list.
The mastermind behind French Tart is Chef Laurent, whose innovation earned him a gold medal for Most Creative Restaurant Dessert at the Eger Foundation’s 2011 Taste of Staten Island and whose flaky croissant recently won the New York Daily News' Best of New York award. His culinary team also whips up authentic French specialties, including sweet and savory crepes, cheese fondue, and French-style sandwiches, dashed with originality. The eatery’s ever-shifting menu has included such offerings as pan-seared salmon inside puff pastries, zucchini-flower omelets, and chocolate ravioli. Iced teas are served with a blend of rose petals, lavender, jasmine, and dried berries. Along with breakfasts, brunches, and dinners served six days a week, Chef Laurent and his crew fill gift baskets year-round with baked goods, imported French foods, and slightly smaller gift baskets.
The sound of a sun-shaped wind chime greets guests at Local Urban Kitchen. Cascades of natural light pour through large picture windows to illuminate the café's chalkboard menus on the dining room's light-green walls. One board is scrawled with chef Maged Fattah's healthful morning offerings––fruit and yogurt parfaits, tofu scrambles, and sunny-side up organic free range eggs. Another lists sandwiches, such as the blackened ahi tuna or crab cake, alongside fresh garden salads dappled with dried mangos and goji berries. Diners can also energize with an array of organic fruit smoothies infused with wheat grass and protein add-ins for a morning boost, and pollen add-ins to win the heart of the local beekeeper.
Though they all share the same name, all eight of McLoone's Restaurants' locations have their own interior charm. With dining rooms adjacent to off-track betting facilities, McLoone’s Woodbridge Grille and McLoone’s Bayonne Grille are peppered with an energetic ambiance that fills their brightly colored spaces. Televisions at every table keep diners abreast of the results of each race, and the big screens plastered around the restaurants also broadcast NFL, MLB, and college games. Like an indecisive bride’s wedding, each location’s bistro-style menu includes both casual and elegant dishes, from seasoned thai chicken wings and Black Angus burgers to new york strip steak and mango salmon.
The down-home cooking at Amy’s Omelette House serves up myriad made-to-order breakfast, lunch, and dinner feasts with a gargantuan menu best observed from outer space. Namesake omelettes ($6.25+) sizzle in more than 200 varieties, mixing three eggs and every cheese, veggie, and meat imaginable for a patchwork quilt of egg-threaded mouthfuls. Breakfast yields 30 different sweet blends of pancakes and french toast ($4.50+), and 11 new angles on eggs Benedict ($7.50+), memorized and delivered by superhuman servers who can divine drink orders by feeling the prongs on your fork. Sample a specialty sandwich during lunch, such as the Grumpy Waitress ($8.95) with pastrami, fried onions, and jack cheese on grilled rye, or the Jolly Waiter ($8.95) with fried flounder and tartar sauce on texas toast. After 3 p.m., dinner dishes of southern-jerk-seasoned pork chops ($10.95) and baby back ribs ($16.95) unbuckle belts with a flourish of flavor and a pair of needle-nose pliers.
Inventive cafe fare is Bon Appetit Cafe's calling card, and its menu draws from American, Italian, and Portuguese influences. Serving food from early morning until late afternoon, the café incorporates fresh seafood, pasta, paninis, and eggs into its dishes. Standard coffee and espresso drinks pair with fruit-covered waffles, cheeseburger club sandwiches, and shrimp salad.