At Slate Restaurant, a bar the size of stretch limo radiates red light and glass facets hang like icicles from a glowing blue chandelier. This delicate balance between hot and cool is central not only to the atmosphere, but also to the cuisine—in the kitchen, chefs enhance herb-crusted fish and roasted meats with sweet-and-spicy flourishes including slices of roasted pineapple and splashes of spicy chili sauce.
After 10 p.m. on the weekends, however, attention shifts away from the delicate balance to focus on live DJs spinning pulsating dance beats, a panel of flickering flat-screen TVs, and strobe lights streaking across the dance floor. Bartenders mix inventive drinks such as sake bombs and green tea martinis until 2 a.m. on weekends.
Planet Wings was born in 1994, when Franco and Paula Fidanza, unsatisfied with the current state of fast food delivery, decided to up the ante by combining quick, accessible cuisine and the rising popularity of fried chicken wings. Now, the duo's signature wings and hearty dishes are available at locations spanning five states. Diners can savor 24 wing sauces such as hot, medium, Cajun, butter garlic, and bourbon barbecue, or opt for non-wing options such as burgers, salads, or sandwiches.
Though they can grill up tender pork ribs and make a mean barbecue sandwich, the chefs at Pepe’s BBQ really shine with their authentic Peruvian cooking. Within their smoky kitchen, they fold tender slices of steak into traditional dishes such as lomo saltado and bisteck a lo pobre. They pluck plump chickens straight from the spears of fiery rotisserie grills, then serve the birds Peruvian-style: dressed in spices and hand-knitted alpaca caps. To craft their ceviche dish, the chefs marinate fresh seafood in lime juice, onions, and cilantro. Diners await meals such as this next to the lofty windows in the seating area while sipping on fizzy Inka Cola—a sweet soft drink imported from Peru.
Though The Deli Guy's signature sandwich is, perhaps surprisingly, a sloppy joe, the dish still bears strong deli influences. The sandwich is like a cross between a club and a reuben, a triple-decker behemoth layered with rye bread, russian dressing, and coleslaw. Of course, traditional clubs are served as well, including one with turkey, roast beef, and bacon. There are plenty of hot sandwiches to balance all the cold cuts, such as grilled cheese and an Italian-style hot dog that drives to tables on a tiny Vespa.
To promote a family, community atmosphere, The Deli Guy hosts an open-mic night the last Wednesday of each month. Here, amateur musicians perform as patrons order from a special menu with dinner-style entrees.
This festive lounge and restaurant serves up contemporary renditions of classic Peruvian dishes. Hearty entrees come packed with spiced meat and fried seafood, while three different ceviches offer lighter, citrus-splashed doses of fresh fish. The drink menu features tropical cocktails, such as pisco sours and frozen margaritas, as well as more decadent concoctions, including a strawberry pineapple daiquiri topped with an upside down corona bottle and a pillbox hat. On the weekends, guests can sip on different variations until 2:30 a.m. The restaurant’s traditional brick facade belies a modern interior furnished with neon red walls and modern bucket seats.
In the past, you couldn't sit down at Master Pizza Italian Kitchen. Its Italian sandwiches, pastas, and pies could only be ordered for delivery?and then, someone dreamed of a dining room. Now, the restaurant's West Orange location has all the fixings: tables, a specially trained chef, and imaginary massage chairs. The chef cooks gourmet Italian dishes daily that comprise the rotating "Menu Italiania." This menu complements the regular list of appetizers and entrees, including specialty pizzas modeled after bruschetta and chicken parmigiana.