Chef Lisan slashes a checkmark of sauce on a bistro plate. The sushi bar radiates with purple neon. Red walls stand stark against black lacquered tables, where bamboo mats tell Lisan's story—an upbringing in Tokyo and 20 years in New York dreaming of a restaurant just like Ginban Asian Bistro. An ever-evolving Omakase menu mingles Japanese, Malaysian, and Southeast Asian influences and presents everything from fresh sashimi to saucy filet mignon. After splashing soy on a slice of just-rolled sushi, patrons can retreat to the outdoor patio for a cocktail. The restaurant also caters parties of up to 200 people, or occasionally up to 201 people if the outlier can stay quiet beneath a friend's trench coat.
Fashioned from recipes culled from the owner’s upbringing in Southern Italy, Bellizzi’s authentic menu of gourmet pizzas, sandwiches, and Italian fare abounds with all-natural, organic ingredients whenever possible. Buoyed by ultra-thin or Napolitano crusts, or served crust-free as a circular mosaic of toppings, personal pizzas include the hearty Smoked Muzza’s medley of shrimp, shallots, pesto, and smoked mozzarella ($9.95), and the Bellizzi pie, which crowns its lemon-thyme crust with fresh veggies, blended cheese, and shaved parmigiano ($8.95). Sic taste buds on the eggplant rollattini and its trio of cheeses, fresh herbs, marinara, and mozzarella fresca ($9.95+), or unleash Excalibur’s gallant kin onto the Florentine steak’s 12 ounces of succulent sirloin ($22.95).
The mingling aromas of traditional Irish dishes and modern American cuisine emanate throughout the spacious pub, and a variety of American and European sporting events flash across 16 HD TVs. Culture-commuters can taste a bit of the Emerald Isles with authentic recipes such as corned beef ($15.95), or they can opt for globe-trotting dinner dishes such as the Cajun-seasoned swordfish fiesta topped with mango salsa and a balsamic glaze ($19.95). Open-air fireplaces thaw ruddy cheeks on the pub's outdoor decks, and gullet-warming wines and cordials keep bodies purring like air conditioners.
Inside Rani Mahal is something of a cultural adventure, with vivid Indian artwork lining watermelon-hued walls. The elegant, well-lit dining room sits visitors at white-clothed tables, where they dig into such traditional Indian dishes as lamb tikka: cubes of lamb marinated in yogurt, garlic, and spices, and roasted in a clay oven. Rani Mahal also curates a vast spread of vegetarian options, such as palak paneer, which pairs homemade cheese cubes with lightly spiced spinach gravy.