The baking buffs at Christy's handcraft a variety of tasty desserts using fresh and flavorful ingredients. Celebrate the happy marriage of cake and cheese with a 7” circle dressed in chocolate-chip ($12.95), raspberry-swirl ($12.95), or fresh-fruit toppings ($13.95). Treat taste buds to a classic pie, such as pumpkin ($12.50) or chocolate cream ($17.95), which quells more traditional cravings with mouthwatering mousse and a reverent dedication to teetotalism. Bumbleberry pie ($12.50) packs a crust with a cornucopian variety of berries to sate sweet teeth more easily than an edible piñata. For groups of 12 to 15 pastry seekers, Christy packs her breakfast trays with a savory sampling of classic confections, such as muffins, crumb bums, and delectable danishes ($25).
With a wide range of edibles and drinkables, Backstreet's is open Monday through Saturday until midnight and Sunday until 10 p.m, making it a great place for some post-work unwinding and chatting (click here and here for the full selection of menu items). Plunge into a mouth watering filet mignon ($24.95), or reign in a sea-herd of shrimp scampi gorgonzola over linguini ($14.95). They also serve several specialty hamburgers like the Peter Luger Burger, a chargrilled burger bathed in Peter Luger steak sauce and topped with a Stetson hat of provolone cheese ($7.95), as well as gourmet pizza and sandwiches. Other menu items are specially made for sharing like baked escargot or Jamaica jerk tuna bites (both $8.95), allowing people to mix and match plates to pass between them and great for teaching the edible golden rule of nobody going home without trying everything.
At The Gypsy's Horse Irish Pub & Restaurant, diners kick back with pints of Guinness and classic pub-fare dishes from across the pond. Servers ferry plates of irish breakfast with black and white pudding and pork sandwiches slathered in Guinness barbecue sauce. While sampling the pub's 18 beers on tap, patrons can hit the spacious outdoor patio or sit beside the brick fireplace, tantalizing the flames with wooden tables and chairs just outside of their longing grasp.
Beyond that sea of seating and kindling, wood barrels are enmeshed into one of the walls, further unifying the pub's beer and timber influences. Dartboards fleck another part of the wall-scape, and candle sconces imbue the interior with the ambience of an old tavern. Canteens and pots and pans fill out the shelves, and framed pictures give the decor an artful touch.
Beef Wellington Steakhouse and Social club appeases appetites with choice cuts of steak and savory chef specials found on a generous menu of seafood, salads, sandwiches, and other upscale steakhouse fare. An appetizer of clams casino—with New England littleneck clams baked with shallots, red peppers, and bacon, and topped in casino butter ($14)—is the perfect way to accentuate a debate with your steak knife over the military applications of a steak knife. For entrees, rekindle meat-devouring instincts with one of Beef Wellington's quality cuts of Harris Ranch beef, grass-and-grain-fed to achieve maximum flavor and tenderness, like a free-range lawn mower. Unextinct carnivores can satisfy insatiable incisors with a 10-ounce filet mignon plate paired with chive mashed potatoes, market vegetables, crispy leeks, and a cabernet demi-glace ($45), and taste buds leaning toward a savory sea snack can relish the crab-encrusted chilean sea bass ($36), served with confetti rice, market vegetables, and citrus herb beurre blanc.
With Polo West's polo fields and golf course rolled out around them, players put their feet up between games and nosh at Polo West Cantina. The menu changes weekly, but it's always imbued with Latin flavor. Corona-battered fish, deep-fried crab cakes, melted cheese with tortillas and guacamole, and bacon-and-blue-cheese burgers are just a few of the dishes you might find. Sauces abound—look for Argentinean chimichurri sauce for drizzling onto steaks, black-butter sauce for seasoning Mexico City–style mahi mahi, and chipotle sauce for heating up tacos or greasing up golf clubs.
The owner of Stacie's Cakes, a mother of six, had little time for time-consuming baking projects while her children were young. Now that they've grown up, though, she can focus on expertly baked, meticulously decorated sweets. Among her specialties are multi-tiered cakes covered with sculpted fondant, sprinkle-dipped cake pops, and cakes that mimic the appearance of high heel shoes, animals, and other whimsical shapes.