The warm and inviting atmosphere of Antiquity will immediately make you feel at home. With brightly polished antique wooden furniture sprawled around and ancient lamps and chandeliers illuminating the entire area, you almost feel as if you've gone two or three centuries back in time. However the contemporary steak and seafood delicacies which are on offer, immediately bring you back to the present. The seasonal menu is an added attraction, so you can relish the best of every season. Shrimps, lobsters and some mouthwatering desserts are the specialties and are available all seasons. Antiquity is truly, one of Albuquerque's hidden treasures.
Step into the Launchpad and take off to the 'universal' world of music. In the background of a space-theme and dark-lit laid-back atmosphere, this hip country bar entertains with an eclectic mix of music played by local musicians and renowned talents. The dance floor invites the vivacious crowd to shake a leg or head-bang to the upbeat punk or the 1000 volt hard rock. While the state-of-art setting amplifies the performances, the full-stocked bar serves you with a premium selection to add to the experience. Hop in late to enjoy the peak of a power-packed night.
If you are looking for something different but not hard to find, check out this saucy little bistro. Sample steamed artichoke with three dipping sauces or the roasted garlic with Mon trachet goat cheese, bruschetta, roasted red peppers and virgin olive oil. Entrées include Pan-Seared Smoked Duck Breast with apricot-tomato chutney, Chinese five spice sauce and basmati rice with. An extensive wine list is available and prices are on per glass basis.
Named after a Mediterranean island where ancient myth said that it was home to the gods of music, Ibiza is now a cocktail bar and hot spot for music. This rooftop bar is located at Andaluz Hotel and has a stunning view of the surrounding area. Enjoy a cocktail and try a bite from the tapas menu. Ibiza has an enclosed bar and terrace for cold nights. The bar also hosts events, including DJs and private events.
Weekend brunch hours at the Grove Café and Marke find it packed, and for good reason. The Grove offers a delicious selection of freshly made breakfast items, hot and cold sandwiches, and salads (try the Farmers Salad: a medley of golden beets, almonds, goat cheese, asparagus, yellow peppers and greens). Cocktails brighten up the brunch hour: sample a glass of vinho verde (Portuguese "green wine", which can be hard to find in the United States) or play it safe with a mimosa. Last but not least, The Grove also makes the absolute best cupcakes in town.
Farm & Table brings fresh farm food directly to your table. This charming restaurant mainly uses local ingredients as well as food from their on-site farm. Dine on seasonal dishes, such as garlic-encrusted pork tenderloin, mushroom & kale empanadas, and shrimp taco salad. Since the menu changes to reflect the season you'll always have new entrees to try. They also have a terrific craft beer and wine selection. On a sunny day dine outside on the patio that overlooks the restaurant's farm.
The 66 Diner has established itself as a favorite among the locals as well as out of town visitors. Bring your appetite for great home cooking, blue-plate specials and the best milkshakes in town. The diner is located just west of the University of New Mexico on Historic Route 66. This diner is fun and fresh, lively and nostalgic. The decor is friendly and upbeat, definitely maintaining a retro-1950s and 1960s spirit. The jukebox is stocked with music from that era, and takes you down memory lane.
Annapurna Ayurvedic Cuisine and Chai House serves healthy and delicious vegetarian Indian food and drinks, and specializes in vegan fare prepared in the Ayurvedic tradition. It was awarded "Best Vegetarian Menu" and "Best Vegan Baked Goods" by readers of the Weekly Alibi, Albuquerque's alternative weekly newspaper. Try the thali, which translates as "plate" in Hindi and effectively serves as a sampler. Served in a series of small bowls on a spinnable round tray, it is a fun way to experiment with a selection of different dishes. Keen chefs may want to inquire about the Ayurvedic cooking classes available from the restaurant's knowledgeable owner.
This family owned and operated Greek Cafe has a refreshingly throwback look to it, harkening back to Route 66's glory days when Albuquerque was one of the main stops. Located across from the University of New Mexico, it enjoys great local popularity, making long lunch lines the norm rather than the exception. Its gyros enjoy star-of-the-menu status, partly due to the homemade pita bread. The tiropitas and the spanakopita also come highly rated.
Being the closest drinking spot to the University of New Mexico, this pizza and beer joint is predictably popular with the student crowd. Those wanting to avoid large groups of frat boys would do well to stay away on busy weekend evenings, but Brickyard Pizza is nevertheless a convenient place to stop in for a slice when you are in the university neighborhood. Build your own pizza (slice, individual or to share) or opt instead for subs, lasagna, salads or chicken wings. A basic wine and draft and bottled beer menu compliments your pizza, and beer and slice specials are usually offered. -Pip Lustgarten
For the last 20 years Frontier has slowly acquired the better part of the block facing Central Avenue across from the UNM campus. You will see study groups, people having coffee and lunch or the famous Frontier Cinnamon Roll, which is a huge, fresh sweet roll swimming in butter. The atmosphere is western and simple, with booths and tables. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at no particular time. New Mexican dishes, sandwiches, soups, stew and salads, chicken, ribs, fresh squeezed juice, sodas, tea and cappuccino are also offered.
Gyros Mediterranean features Greek and Middle Eastern food served in an eat-in cafe or as take-out. Join the scores of University of New Mexico students who have been crossing Central Avenue to grab a quick, filling gyro here since the early 1980s. Besides the beef and lamb-packed gyros, the menu is also full of soup and salad options. If you are eating in and fancy an appetizer, try the Saganaki: a bubbling hunk of cheese cooked in front of you. For dessert, Baklava is a must, or for a real indulgence, sample the Chocolava: delicious chocolate-covered Baklava.