A collaboration between Joyce Salazar and her husband, Peruvian chef Ricardo, La Casa de Tapas crafts small plates from traditional Peruvian, Spanish, and Mediterranean dishes. The menu, which was nominated for a Silver Spoon Award from Susquehanna Style magazine, ranges from vegetable paella and fried Latin American cheese to slow-cooked filet tips in house cilantro sauce and sautéed shrimp with margarita sauce. Barkeeps complement bites with South American cocktails handcrafted with local fruits and served in a hollowed-out soccer ball. Meanwhile, the resident sommelier curates a wine list of imported reds and whites from South America, Spain, and Italy. Meals unfold in what Flip Side describes as a "chic atmosphere with salmon-colored walls" and upbeat Latin American music playing in the background.
Though the menu is full of sandwiches, the staff at Raemi's Cafe keeps things interesting by making classic favorites with a little twist. They dip whole-wheat bread in vanilla egg batter before grilling the Monte Cristo, and for the italian roast beef, they layer cheddar, beef, and housemade sauce atop asiago-crusted bread. On the menu, the wraps are described as "ridiculously large," and it's easy to see why with all the ingredients they enfold. Naimese chicken is drizzled in a hot-sweet sauce and wrapped up with broccoli, carrots, cabbage, and tomatoes, and the Mexico City's jalapeño cheese tortilla holds seasoned beef, salsa, cheddar, and avocado. When corporate clients plan big lunchtime meetings or breakfast after a sleepover, they assemble a meal with help of the café's catering staff.
At Ginza Japanese Restaurant, fine dining is as much about the presentation as the taste. Hibachi chefs take to the dining room to cook up flavorful meals of filet mignon, teriyaki chicken, and fresh seafood right before diners' eyes, and then amp up the wow factor by constructing fiery volcanoes out of onion rings and making normally land-bound shrimp fly. The restaurant's sushi chefs are equally fastidious about presentation. Their selection of rainbow-hued makis include the fantastic roll, which features spicy tuna, salmon, and yellowtail, along with marble seaweed and tempura flakes.
Inside the ovens at Crazy Tomato, pizza crusts bubble up around an adventurous selection of toppings, including chopped steak, fries, roast beef, and feta cheese. Cheese-stuffed stromboli issue jets of steam across the pies and toasting sandwiches, which cooks scoop up to pack with dine-in, takeout, and delivery orders. Against the applause-like sound of crackling oil, fryers spill forth 1-pound servings of fries made exclusively from freshly cut potatoes shaped like Renaissance-era kings.