Another changing of the guard has placed this convenient café inside the West Side Market in good hands. Tom Szoradi, veteran chef and owner of the long-running Juniper Grille, has elevated the quality, consistency, and creativity of this breakfast-and-lunch mainstay. Breakfasts are upscale versions of diner classics; sandwiches consist of house-roasted meats atop artisan-baked breads; and fun starters like sausage-studded Hanky Pankies (cheesy fondue) and tempura-fried shitakes kick-start the meal.
An offshoot of the popular Lakewood Village Tavern, it was important to the owners that the kitchen offer the same sort of homey, affordable fare. Daily specials like mac and cheese and meatloaf are sold at ridiculously low prices. Saturday is steak night. Rounding out the menu are half-pound burgers, deli sandwiches and wraps, and a 21-piece shrimp dinner.
Wilbert’s mixes local acts with touring artists trying to get a toehold in town. Blues, rock, folk, indie, reggae, and jam bands all mingle here, so you’re never quite sure what you’ll hear.
It's not always easy to peg Willeyville, the new Flats East Bank restaurant from chef-owner Chris DiLisi, but half the fun is in the discovery. The chef's creativity and enthusiasm are apparent on the menu, which includes six separate sections and more than 30 options. Stand-outs include lightly breaded calamari, adobo-flavored shrimp tacos, and big, juicy and flavorful pork meatballs.
The triangular downtown Winking Lizard has 70 televisions, which display continuous sports, including games from all major satellite packages.
This mellow East Fourth St. bar packs no shortage of different styles on its stage — everything from reggae and blues to jazz and R&B. On weekends, DJs take over for the late shift.
Do yourself a favor and seek out this relative newcomer, where bottomless bowls of rich noodle soup go for a pittance. Replacing (and fashionably so) the former New Wong’s, Wonton dishes out some 20 varieties of Hong Kong-style soups, overflowing with plump shrimp and pork dumplings, garden-fresh greens and thin noodles. Wonton also serves a wide selection of congee, or rice porridge.
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