Located as it is in the lobby of the Savoy Suites, you might think Twist Restaurant and Lounge is just another hotel restaurant. True, the atmosphere is somewhat non-descript, and its lunch and dinner offerings are fairly standard, but the magic of Twist comes not from passing-through travelers, but from locals who line up for their weekend brunches. Every Sunday, people flock here for bottomless mimosas, an all-you-can-eat buffet of outsized breakfast classics and live jazz. Aside from the usual hearty suspects, the buffet offers chicken, fish and a variety of Mediterranean flavors to pick through. On nice days, you can opt out of the dim dining room and eat on the outdoor patio.
A palate-friendly palace in gold and green, Heritage India is the latest outpost of owner’s globe-spanning career in the hospitality business. Past ornate artwork and an elegant dining room, the head chef draws on the culinary styles of his birthplace. The influence shows in menus of flavorful fusion cuisine, including calamari sautéed with curry leaves and coconut milk; hyderabadi murgh haleem, a dish of chicken, barley, lentils, and spices; and golgappas, a popular street food made of puffed wheat, potato, and chickpeas.
Maté specializes in creating original sushi rolls with a Latin twist ($8–$15). The restaurant's novel nibbles include the Buenos Aires roll, a combination of jumbo lump crab, torched salmon, and tempura crunch; the Tamalito roll, a sweet and spicy mélange of yellowtail jalapeno, avocado, plantain, and corn masa wrapped in daikon skin; and the Mar del Plata roll, a cornucopia of lobster, cucumber, soy nori, chives, and avocado. Maté boasts a selection of seven ceviches, cooked with citric acid to heat-free perfection ($10–$17). For Asian-influenced Asian fare, select one of the restaurant's traditional sashimi, maki, or nigiri options. While relishing rolls or sipping sake from the sleek aluminum bar, diners can luxuriate in Maté's elegant atmosphere or try to blend in with the crimson décor by sharing embarrassing stories about email typos.
As a lawyer, Elizabeth Banker traveled the world. But when she wasn’t swarmed with depositions, she would head to local wineries and dream about which brands and styles she would choose for her own potential restaurant.
That dream restaurant became a reality in August 2012 when she opened Slate Wine Bar + Bistro. With its Thrillist-dubbed “French bistro vibe…with a barnwood bar, chalkboard menus, and framed vintage corkscrews,” the eatery has gained a world of praise since its opening. Many of those good feelings have circulated around the eatery’s domestic and international wines, all of which are small-production varieties with many eco-friendly options.
On the bistro side of Slate, the executive chef adds flare to the seasonal brunch, lunch, and dinner menus pairing grass-fed meats and local seafood with unique ingredients, such as french toast stuffed with dried apricot. Diners can also pair glasses of wine with a diverse selection of artisan cheeses and charcuterie—such as Canya de Cabra (goat cheese) and chorizo—or request that a dish be transformed into a vegetarian, vegan, or funnel-appropriate meal.
Today's Groupon gets you $40 worth of meticulously arranged raw-fish rolls for half price at Sushi-Ko Japanese Resturant. Sushi-Ko says it practices "cuisine of subtraction," meaning each slice of yellowtail or wedge of whitefish work with the rice as simple, artful food compositions. It compares its culinary artistry to Ikebana, Japanese flower arrangements that emphasize the beauty of plants' shapes.
You may feel like you’ve stepped back into the 1970s at this underground billiards bar and restaurant. The focus at Breadsoda is on fun, with super-friendly servers and drink-friendly games like ping pong, shuffleboard, darts and Yahtzee available for the youngish clientele. Accompany the entertainment with a grilled cheese BLT, an Italian meatball sandwich or the namesake Breadsoda, piled high with turkey, Swiss cheese and slaw on pumpernickel. Grab a seat at the zigzagging wooden bar to enjoy your meal, or slide into one of the squared-off leather booths that hug the vibrant walls. When you’ve finished, step out to the below-street-level patio area with your pint of craft beer, or meander around the inside, checking out the eclectic trophies, skateboard decks or whatever’s on the hanging flat-screen TVs.