The touches of bright blue at Mikonos Restaurant—pendant lights, plaid tablecloths, and chairs—recall the blue and white shades that flourish on Greece's coast. Peppered with photography of the island it's named after, Mikonos strives to offer an authentic Greek experience. The chefs craft dishes based on family recipes passed down through generations, and they import much of their kitchen's stock from Greece—including feta, yogurt, Souroti sparkling mineral water, and the piping-hot flames for the saganaki flambé.
The menu ranges from traditional dishes such as spanakopita, moussaka, and lamb souvlaki to diner-style dishes such as omelets and a burger piled with bacon, Greek parmigiana cheese, and piquillo-smoked-paprika aioli. Since the spot opened in 2011, it's been noticed for its Greek flair. The New York Times praised the grilled octopus as "exceedingly fresh and tender—luscious, really—simply drizzled with olive oil and vinegar," and noted the "affable service at prices that are on the low side." All of this contributes to revelry at the eatery, the chatter of silverware punctuated by glasses of Hope Valley Wine clicking together.
Guido Barone simmered the first pot of pasta at Villa Rosa Ristorante nearly 30 years ago. Since then, three generations of his family have whipped up Italian dishes in the restaurant's kitchen, from classics like eggplant parmigiana to more contemporary selections such as truffle mac 'n' cheese. The family serves their pasta, risotto, and seafood specialties in an elegant dining room with exposed brick walls and a vivid mural of the Italian coast. Supplying patrons with entertainment as well as good food, the BYOB eatery hosts special events throughout the month, including live music performances, Tapas Tuesdays, and adventurous wild-game tastings.
As forks and knives descend on plates of refined American and Italian dishes, The Runway Restaurant and Bar's vast eastern window reveals airplanes touching down and taking off from Trenton-Mercer Airport. While diners watch the aerial ballet outside, chefs in the kitchen whip up mainstays such as sun-dried tomato ravioli, orange-basil mahi-mahi, and chicken cacciatore. In addition to the plane’s nightly shows, The Runway also hosts live entertainment such as local musicians and parties celebrating holidays ranging from Halloween and New Year’s Eve to the birthday of the Wright Brothers.
Catering to the fast-paced clientele that frequents Markers Restaurant from the surrounding financial district, the weekday-only eatery has developed three distinct levels of service to adapt to their customer’s varied tastes.
In the dining room, art-deco prints hang over upholstered booths where diners dig into elegant entrees such as pan-roasted mahi mahi or meatloaf in a wild-mushroom sauce. Meanwhile, Markers Express caters to on-the-go patrons with stylized takeout and delivery, including Jersey City–based Kobrick Coffee and an extensive salad bar.
Additionally, the staff offers full catering services that include deliveries of artfully arranged sandwiches and dessert trays, as well as set-up of salad, parfait, and breakfast bars. The waterfront restaurant also features outdoor seating, where patrons can enjoy views of Manhattan’s downtown skyline.
Walking into Slocum's Bowling Center is like jumping backwards in time. All around you, bowlers lounge in orange vinyl chairs beneath paneled ceilings or head to the wood-paneled bar for a snack. The 80-year-old bowling alley's retro decor conceals welcome anachronisms, however, such as the Steltronic SuperElex auto scoring and automatic pinsetters that govern 12 gleaming lanes. During Saturday-night laser bowling, the sound system pumps out high-energy tunes as bowlers roll strikes and spares. At Sloc’s Grille, bowlers can lift a variety of handheld fare such as burgers and sandwiches, keeping fingers limber for their next attempt to steal the key to the city out of the mayor's pocket.