Cafe Nuovo presents a contemporary fusion of American, Italian and French favorites under a strict ethos to never mask ingredients with too much cream, butter or sauce, where the items should speak for themselves. A couple of the innovative plates include steak tartare and the duck breast in a peach compote. It's located on the ground floor of the Citizens Bank Building and during great weather, the outdoor piazza offers excellent views of Providence River while you enjoy your drinks or meal.
This airy and popular three-story restaurant and bar is as pleasant as it looks from its prominent location on Thames Street. Sip a cold sweet and salty margarita at the bar; the varied menu will please everyone in your party with dishes ranging from Mexican fajitas to fettuccine Alfredo, fresh shrimp and boiled lobster and seafood. The energetic staff deals efficiently with large groups and business functions. Don't leave without getting a mudslide for dessert.
Enjoy candlelight garden or patio dining at elegant Sardella's, with private paneled rooms. Plan rehearsal dinners and special events in an air-conditioned room with your Italian meal. Relax by the French doors or in an informal tavern. Find traditional Italian cuisine or order nightly seafood specials and seasonal selections. An extensive wine list is available or sample a taste by the glass. Three private party dining rooms are available.
Tucked in a small space along busy Thayer Street, this counter-service only restaurant is a staple in this neighborhood full of students and academics. The menu features all the favorites from the Middle East such as hummus, falafel, baba ghanoush and tabbouleh. Larger plates include the chicken, beef and Kafta kabob; all are served with house salad and Jedra (rice and lentils). The prices are student-friendly and its a great place for take-out.
If you're craving Peruvian food or especially Ceviche, then Los Andes Restaurant in Elmhurst is the place to go. Their menu is filled with a variety of Andean specials which are served in generous portions. As appetizers, Locro is one of their most popular soups and the Ceviche Martini is so authentic, it feels as if you're somewhere in Cuzco or Lima. As an entree, their Parrilada Andina is a massive meat plate filled with ribs, chicken and chorizo served with a side of white rice, fried yucca and a salad. It is definitely big enough for two. Those fond of seafood should order the Paella or the delectable Choritos a la Diablada which are Prince Edward mussels in a bacon, spinach and tomato curry cream sauce. The service is friendly and if you are new to Peruvian food, you can always rely on their waiters for suggestions.
Visitors to Pastiche Fine Desserts & Café, located off Dean Street on Federal Hill, may find it hard to choose between the numerous mouth-watering confections on display. Their pastries are created from only the freshest and finest ingredients. They offer a wide range of sweets: from tarts and tortes that recall sophisticated European venues, to classic American cakes and brownies. Patrons can sit to enjoy dessert and a cup of tea or specialty coffee at one of the café's small tables, but they fill up fast in the evening. Pastries, which vary seasonally, may be purchased whole or by the piece.
Harry's Bar & Burger is the spot to go when you're looking for craft beer and superb burgers in College Hill. All of the patties are made from certified Hereford beef and the servings come in two mini-sliders. The kitchen also has sandwiches, wings, hot dogs and their Must Fries' are exactly that. As for cold refreshment, Harry's has a smorgasbord of tasty beers, many on tap change daily and it's definitely a place to experiment because there is nary a trace of domestic options like Budweiser, Coors, etc. Another added benefit is that the shop sells its food and drink at college prices.
This is the original Geoff's, opened more than 20 years ago and boasting perhaps the best sandwiches in Providence. The restaurant is known for its wisecracking help and delightful sandwiches, many of which bear the names of local political figures. This is the place to go for a quick takeaway meal, complete with help-yourself homemade pickles. This Geoff's, unlike its sister further up College Hill, also has a small parking lot, and is just one block from downtown Providence. Delivery service is available.
Considered one of the town's best steak restaurants, Flemings Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar is a popular choice for a delicious steak dinner. The cozy space is done up in warm orange and red tones, creating a welcoming ambiance to share a meal. Pair your prime steak with a glass of wine from their 100-strong by-the-glass selection or opt for a bottle to share. The restaurant also offers private dining and conference rooms for business guests. Top picks here include the Prince Edward Island Mussels, braised short ribs, Wagyu New York steak, and Newport Filet Mignon. Reservations are recommended.
Pakarang is conveniently located on the edge of downtown Providence at the bottom of College Hill. It is also part of a small group of restaurants that deliver, for an additional fee. Exotic dishes such as Dancing Squid, Tamarind Duck, Shrimp Himaparn and Tiger's Tear Salad (with steak) are on the menu, along with more familiar Thai dishes like Pad Thai and Red Curry. This is a good spot for a meal when planning a day or night in Providence.
Find succulent, diverse Indian meals in this restaurant, just opposite the Avon Cinema. Choose to dine in the formal dining room or the glassed-in porch, which offers a nice view of the foot traffic on Thayer Street. The vegetable pakoras are a treat, and Sundays buffet brunch is very popular with the locals. It offers a full range of Indian cuisines, including Tandoori Chicken; curry, saag and vegetable dishes like Alu Gobhi (cauliflower and potatoes); and, of course, a range of kabob entrees cooked over a charcoal fire.