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Escape Drinks

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Compiled by Maria Cucciniello

on tap South City Prime steakhouse Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls scprimenj.com The skinny: Posh dĂŠcor gives this steak house VIP quality and appeal. Now, where are the paparazzi?

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South City Prime steakhouse in Little Falls boasts chic contemporary style and cutting-edge cuisine. Softly lit crystal chandeliers and glowing fireplaces set a sophisticated mood that is conducive to a fine meal at this modern supper club. Each dining room displays a montage of style. In one dining area, plush floor-to-ceiling upholstery is a luxurious surprise after the ultra modern wood exterior. In another room, towers of wine bottles enclosed in glass cases add interest and offer a hint of privacy. The spacious lounge offers an eye-level, sixteen-foot-long

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continued from page 71 fireplace and three-sided bar. The exciting decor sets the stage for an extensive menu. Appetizers consist of options such as hand-cut Ahi tuna tartar, crispy buttermilk chicken lollypops, and a variety of inventive sushi specialty rolls, such as the Translucent, a white radish wrap with yellowtail, whitefish, white tuna, scallions, white sesame seeds, and Yuzu sauce. Entrées include plentiful choices of beef, including a Kansas City 20-ounce strip, 10-ounce hanger steak, 12-ounce allnatural New York strip, porterhouse cuts, and, of course, a selection of American and

Japanese Wagyu dishes. Seafood lovers are not forgotten. An extensive raw bar and salmon, lobster, and tuna selections are available. For a delicious ending, decadent desserts such as the classic New York cheesecake, a silky chocolate mousse cake, and South City Prime’s own baked apple crisp made by the restaurant’s pastry chef (no need for calorie counting at this point). The hundreds of bottles of wine on display include exotic wines from Italy

and New Zealand as well as California vintages, which range in price from $40 to $250. Owners Joshua Dorras, Errick Paragioudakis, and Graeme Dorras opened South City Prime in Little Falls at the start of the New Year. “It is modern, sexy and clubby,” says co-owner Joshua Dorras, “but not too overthe-top.” The restaurateurs also own the South City Grill, which has locations in Mountain Lakes, Jersey City, and Rochelle Park. Paragioudakis and father-son team Graeme and Joshua Dorras have already made plans to add other locations. South City Prime steakhouses are in the works in Montvale and Jersey City. Both are currently under construction with plans to open later this year. —Ashley Howard

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