If most people decided their career path as children, we would be overrun with unemployed wizards, quarterbacks, and pony firefighters. But for Rosario Domicoli, the restaurant industry beckoned at age 13. In the years that followed, he's opened a few restaurants of his own. His latest is the eponymous Domicoli's Ristorante & Lounge, a Southern-style Italian eatery with a robust menu of pastas, steaks, chicken, and veal dishes.
In the dining room, ornate mirrors line the walls, curved at the top to resemble arched door frames. Throughout the week, specials honor members of the community, such as servicemen and women, teachers, and costumed superheroes. Friday nights host performances from the likes of saxophonist Hunter Hayes, and Saturday nights feature jubilant karaoke sessions.
The versatile kitchens at Castalia 997 Restaurant & Lounge whip up an array of Italian dishes to lure patrons to the restaurant’s dining tables, full bar, and live music. Sizzling seafood entrees come grilled or pan-seared, and fork-tangling pasta dishes can be customized with gluten-free or whole-wheat noodles. Live entertainment livens up the atmosphere on Friday and Saturday nights, filling the air with classic tunes from an era before cell phones and time-traveling assassins.
As the name might hint, at Barnyard and Carriage House, friends and family dine in a comfy, country setting. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner, with heaping plates of homestyle meals such as meatloaf smothered in brown gravy and served with a baked potato. Steaks, burgers, pasta, and hearty salad options make for a huge, varied menu. Everyone's taste buds at the table should be pleased, including the young ones, who can select from a specialty children's menu with everything from chocolate milk and chicken fingers to grilled chicken breast and veggies, depending on their mood or what foods their brokers have them invested in.
Every day, bagels emerge from the ovens at Manhattan Bagel. Crisp on the outside, doughy on the inside, they form the perfect base for customers to top with cream cheese, whether plain or blended with fruits or veggies. Bagels are also split in two to build sandwiches, with eggs and bacon for breakfast, or deli meats and crisp veggies for lunch. Not limited to bagels, the eatery also crafts sandwiches using wraps, focaccia, and other breads. Specialty coffee drinks get brewed with beans roasted in small batches for a smoother flavor than using a file to even out each bean's rough edges.
The chefs at Sahara Express Hot Grill craft Mediterranean cuisine from fresh, organic meats and vegetables. Diners can visit a salad bar to dress falafel sandwiches with chopped cucumber and tomato in creamy tahini, crisp radish, or rich hummus. Gyro meat roasts on a vertical spit, and morsels of kebab-skewered chicken sear on a grill. Sahara Express Hot Grill's cooks deftly prepare and pack takeout orders, but diners can also take a seat in an inviting dining area with gleaming wood paneling and artwork that embellishes the walls.
With a crêpe-centric menu, Kafe Neo expands on the repertoire of the typical café kitchen with a variety of breakfast, lunch, and snack-time fare. During each visit, diners can look on as crêpes ($2.99–$8.99 each) are cooked to order in a pan, flattened over a copy of the French Constitution, and filled with signature combinations of more than 70 different meat, vegetable, cheese, and fruit fillings. After coffee beans are carefully put through the antique roasters at nearby Dallis Bros. Coffee, they're ground up and brewed onsite to make café mochas ($4.49), lattes ($3.99), and classic cups of joe ($2.49 with refills). Whether you're eyeing something savory, sweet, or simply not caught on fire, the restaurant also serves fresh paninis, omelets, and french toast.