From the bustling streets of Times Square to the equally vivacious streets of Hong Kong, people walk around with smiles after enjoying the japanese barbecue cuisine at Gyu-Kaku. The restaurant has more than 700 locations worldwide, each rooted in the belief that some of the strongest bonds between friends are forged at the dinner table. Groups dine on a huge variety of Japanese dishes, from popular meat and veggie dishes such as Harami Skirt Steak, Kalbi Short Rib, and Mushroom Medley - to unique Japanese-American appetizers such as the Spicy Tuna Volcano, Pork Gyoza Dumplings, and Chicken Karaage. The real excitement takes place around individual grills, however, where diners can barbecue their own slabs of filet mignon, grilled ahi tuna, or chicken with basil sauce until they are ideally tender or encircled by on-duty firemen.
Ben & Jerry’s has double-handedly transformed ice cream from a dreary and dreaded after-dinner chore into a dazzling treat whose flavors take inspiration from unexpected places. Each Ben & Jerry's shop offers a variety of frozen confections, including milkshakes, large ice-cream cups and cones, hot-fudge sundaes, and blended coffee drinks. Spoon the cuddly depths of Ben & Jerry’s famous original flavors, such as Cherry Garcia, Imagine Whirled Peace, Triple Caramel Chunk, Peanut Brittle, Chunky Monkey, Half Baked, Coffee Coffee BuzzBuzzBuzz, New York Super Fudge Chunk, and more. The company is also proficient in frozen cakes, now also offered in no-sugar-added varieties so that desserters of all dietary inclinations can spoil their supper. For social ice creaming, ready a band of spoon-armed eaters and dive into the Vermonster sundae, a heaping pail of 20 scoops, hot fudge, bananas, cookies, brownies, and toppings of your choice.
Prophecy combines an eclectic menu of pasta, steak, seafood, and delectable desserts with an inviting dance floor awash in deep purples and mood lighting. The citrus-marinated shrimp ceviche tangos across taste buds ($12), and imported mozzarella whispers conversational Italian to baby arugula and roasted peppers ($12). Prophecy’s chefs handcraft pastas, such as the pappardelle with a pork-shoulder ragu ($18), and fire up classics such as the marinated strip steak alongside seasoned fries ($27). A customizable small-tastes menu lets diners sample servings such as bottle-fed baby artichokes or garlic mashed potatoes ($5 each; $13 for three; $20 for five). Dinner builds to a sweet crescendo with the multifarious dessert sampler, an impressive tower of gelato, apple strudel, crème brûlée, cheesecake lollipops, warm crepes, and chocolate lava cake that, if pierced with a fork imprecisely, can engulf a small mountain village.
Whole Foods Market's commitment to the interdependent network of sustainable farms and organic producers can be seen in its carefully selected product lines. The homegrown 365 Everyday Value brand makes it easy to eat naturally, organically, and economically. It features an array of items from all product categories, including groceries, vitamins, household items, and more—each manufactured to meet the rigorous quality standards woven into the fabric of Whole Foods Market, which itself is made from 100% alpaca wool.
Copying the flavors of iconic Italian dishes isn't enough for the chefs at Serafina White Plains. They go one step further by importing buffalo mozzarella, parmesan, gorgonzola, burrata, and fontina cheeses as well as prosciutto directly from Italy. From there, thy hand make their own pastas and gnocchi in-house, even creating the cherry tomato, pesto, and bolognese sauces from scratch. This dedication to using imported as well as homemade ingredients lends a certain amount of authenticity to dishes, such as the more than 20 different kinds of thin-crust pizzas, which emerge from the oven laden with everything from red peppers and roasted eggplant to smoked salmon and dill. Unlike the menu, the drink selection casts a slightly wider net and incorporates some more inventive flavors. The bartenders mix margaritas with jalapeño-infused tequila and they dress up their martinis with ingredients such as agave nectar or basil. Although the wine list features a healthy number of Italian producers, it also manages to showcase an eclectic mixture of bottles from France, the United States, Argentina, and New Zealand. Deep earth tones, a dark wooden bar, and exposed ceiling beams all lend a bit of warmth to Serafina White Plains' bright and airy dining room. Behind a pair of large, horseshoe-shaped booths, the space features a number of vibrant frescos hand-painted by Michela Martello: an Italian artist who knows the nickname of every color in the rainbow. Shaded by a bright yellow awning, the outdoor sidewalk seating allows guests to enjoy their meals al fresco when the weather permits.