Owners Sarac and Eddie divide up duties at Mermaid Restaurant, as Sarac infuses traditional Italian and French recipes with his signature flair in the kitchen and Eddie dotes on patrons and their imaginary dates in the dining room. Eddie and Sarac's symbiotic relationship mirrors that of their Italian and French dishes, which seamlessly mingle on the menu. Upscale entrees bridge the gap between the two countries: short cavatelli pasta brings the flavors of Italy, while côtelettes d'agneau, grilled baby lamb chops in a rhone red wine demi glace sauce, fills patrons’ mouths with French-born flavors without anyone having to lick the Eiffel Tower.
A hefty list of wines complements both the upscale fare and the ambience, with racks full of bottles surrounding the dining room. Soft light shines down, accenting hardwood floors, and crisp white tablecloths make an elegant landing pad for each dish or drink.
Pantano's Kitchen keeps its chefs busy all day. Starting with the morning's frittatas and pancakes, they transition to paninis, burgers, and deli fare as the hours progress. But they'll gladly make breakfast specialties all day alongside the more than 200 menu options diverse enough to please entire families or each head of a picky Cerberus. As diners deliberate further on build-your-own burger and salad choices, flat-screen TVs flicker with stock quotes and sporting events.
The culinary artists at Xaga Sushi furl comestibles from a menu that gives diners glimpses of sashimi sea legs and flirtatious fusion winks. During roll call, guests give shout outs to a Pink Lady roll ($12) and her mix of spicy crab, eel, avocado, and tobiko, all wrapped in a pink soy paper. Caribbean rolls ($12) sparkle with a regal blend of eel, spicy crunch tuna, avocado, and a four-tiered crown of caviar ($12). Those who prefer their aquatic life cooked may scale Xaga's Snow Mountain rolls of tempura shrimp ($11), and others toss black pepper steak cubes ($15) across tables like a game of meat dice in the alley.
At Fish Plate, the chefs sear fish on the grill with glowing charcoal, giving the surface a nice crackle. Dubbing itself a California-style eatery, the restaurant cooks up light and flaky fish, such as tilapia, as well as its heartier counterparts, mahi-mahi and salmon. Optional Cajun seasonings give plates a kick without diners having to worry about getting cole slaw on their shoes.
Berrylicious's confectionary connoisseurs sate bodily cravings with sweet eats, all of which are kosher. Numerous yogurt flavors, such as rich vanilla, chocolate, kiwi strawberry, snickerdoodle, and pomegranate ($2.75–$5.25), construct a solid frozen-treat foundation. Next, more than 30 toppings adorn towering flavor walls with candy-store favorites such as Kit Kat bits, Oreos, or chocolate chips or healthy add-ons such as strawberry, pineapple, or mango chunks to satisfy contractual obligations to the food pyramid. For portable delectables, Berrylicious also proffers sugar-free fruit smoothies ($4.50) and cupcakes piled with frosting ($2.25).