Steeped in 30 years of experience in Peruvian cuisine, Hats Off Restaurant & Bar’s seasoned chef commands a kitchen stocked with ingredients for favorites that include citrusy mixed-seafood ceviche and succulent sautéed-beef lomo saltado. Red cushioned seats and spirited red walls conjure elements of trendy downbeat lounges, and HD televisions emblazon sporting events across screens. Peruvian imported beers and cocktails, including traditional pisco sours, keep patrons well-watered, and a kids’ menu with chicken fingers and hot dogs offers whippersnappers a welcome diversion from traditional staples such as peanut butter or Elmer’s Glue.
At Raxx Pool Room, Sports Bar & Grill, rows of pool tables gleam under bright lights, waiting for the clatter of opening breaks and thuds of 8 balls sinking into called pockets. As expert or novice players line up their cues on the pristine felt, ample space around the tables allows for game attempts at tricky shots or rounds of Hokey Pokey to calm nerves. True to the sports bar's name, pool isn't the only activity here—arcade games, beer-pong matches, dart games, and karaoke performances grant their share of entertainment, as well. At the bar, the lights are a bit dimmer, so guests can relax after games by watching sports on the slate of 18 TVs—plus a 100-inch projector—and pairing wraps and burgers from the grill with a selection of specialty cocktails.
Furnished with stately, wood décor and red velvet curtains, Rein puts a regal twist on contemporary American cuisine via its appetizers and entrees. Dining-room architect and designer Robert DiLeonoardi sets the sophisticated scene for a stage bill of well-seasoned stars, starting with Georges Bank sautéed scallops ($17), dressed with Spanish mangaliza ham in a cauliflower vichyssoise and orange-leek confit. Entrees evoke images of men sipping cognac from curvy snifters. Graze with grace on plates of pepper-crusted, Montana-raised rib eyes ($48) or juniper-marinated venison ($38). Braised red cabbage, stuffed lady apples, and star anise complement each venison cut, alongside hot flushes of large, duck-fat-fried fries or smack-down potatoes ($6 each). Lounge postmeal with a fireside digestif, accompanied by a friend, loved one, or FDR's ghost.
Seventh Street Cafe’s dinner menu boasts a bountiful array of Northern Italian cuisine in shades of chicken, veal, seafood, and pasta. Feasting pregamers can start cold with lemon-laden poached jumbo shrimp paired with a spicy cocktail sauce ($10) or warm with the portabella trifolato, a grilled portobello mushroom garnished with caramelized sweet onion and asparagus, then dressed in a dignified balsamic reduction ($10). For the main feature, the pollo valdostana tells the story of prosciutto and mozzarella rooming together inside a lightly breaded boneless chicken breast, and how a flood of wild-mushroom sauce helps them overcome their differences ($21). Vegetarians, however, can abide by their uneasy cease-fire with cows with a heaping plate of rigatoni campagnola dotted with eggplant, zucchini, and fresh ricotta cheese ($13).
As stuffed with delicacies as a traditional grape leaf, Greek Corner's expansive, authentic menu ranges widely over lamb- and feta-spiked savories. Split with a pal a pikilia platter of cheesy tiropita, potato croquettes, and greek meatballs piled high on a field of lettuce ($13.95). Nibble at twin skewers of tender, marinated lamb bolstered with a side of potato and greek salad ($15.95), or order a solo-sized greek pizza ($6.95) with spinach and tomato huddling under a blanket of feta, kefalotyri, and mozzarella cheeses like ancient Greek children hiding from the minotaur in the closet. At meal's end, culinary cohorts can munch on sweet baklava ($4.25) or tiramisu ($4.95) while enjoying one of seven varieties of beer.