A beaming neon sign boldly glows above Carlyle At The Omni Diner, where checkered floors, rock 'n' roll jukebox tunes, and classic diner fare rewind reality to the 1950s. Short-order cooks whip up breakfast items until 10:30 a.m. each day, firing up their griddle to build towers of buttermilk pancakes and smaller duplexes out of belgian waffles. Lunch and dinnertime eats include classic deli sandwiches, specialty salads, and pizzas, which all wash down with coffee and tea. Open during business hours, the diner welcomes business people staying at the hotel to sink into plush red booths while nibbling cheesecake and pouring ketchup over their expense reports.
"What smells so great?" wondered the customers at Rod Silva's smoothie shop back in 1995. They were enjoying the aromas of Silva's home-cooked lunches. Before he knew it, Silva was preparing food for them, and soon Muscle Maker Grill was born. A fitness enthusiast since he was a young man, Silva firmly believed healthy food could also taste great, instead of like the packaging it came in. Today, the restaurant has spawned franchises in across the country, each crafting the same level of healthful and quick fare.
Throughout the day, Yummy China Buffet's cooks prepare fresh batches of general tso's chicken, pepper steak, and other classic Chinese entrees to replenish an all-you-care-to-eat buffet. Diners can round out plates with crispy egg rolls and dumplings, and at dinner, pile on helpings of seafood and sushi. Takeout is also available.
The friendly family behind Borrelli's has preserved its flair for fresh and flavorful Italian fare for more than 55 years. The newly remodeled space features exposed brick and polished floors, swathing prospective diners in a warm domestic embrace before eager eyes scan the extensive menu. The combination appetizer platter lets tastemakers mix a trio of their favorite hit singles, resulting in an edible jukebox of the fried zucchini's commanding croon and the homemade mini meatballs' entrancing polka symphonies ($15.95). The shrimp marinara entree tantalizes tongues with a succulent seafood gondola ride across the stomach canal ($17.95), and the Chicken Borrelli pleases the palate with well-mannered charm ($16.95). Pie pilots can swoop toward the savory pizza margherita ($15 for a 10-inch, $21 for a 14-inch, $23 for a 16-inch) before a safe landing at the spumoni's strawberry helipad ($3.95).
Zorn's award-winning fried chicken comes in old-fashioned boxes, buckets, and gigantic baskets with homemade fixins and all-time-favorite sides. Pair a half-chicken dinner for one (rotisserie-style $8.49, fried $9.99) with two of sixteen sides such as creamed spinach, macaroni and cheese, or garlic mashed potatoes ($2.39 individual, $4.29 large). Or, high-five Freud with a bucket o' breasts: four plump, juicy pieces of skinless white meat Southern-fried to a deep-golden, crunchy glow ($12.99). For a competitive-eating party, pour 50 barbecued wings from a bucket onto the table and devour a path to glory ($29.95). Click here to see the full menu.