Sure, there are lots of good reasons to strike it out on your own -- but what are you supposed to do, find a new dry cleaner and read Goodnight Moon to yourself?! Heeding that lesson, The Talk.
Within spitting distance of the owner's original Talk of the Town Diner, Talk serves up a comfortingly familiar, pasta-heavy menu of Italian favorites paired w/ an elaborate array of specialty cocktails in a renovated, 86-seat former bank redecorated to include grand leather booths, old photographs of the 'hood, a lounge w/ faux fireplace and white leather couches, and an exclusive eight-seat table set in a tastefully ornamented, but woefully empty, bank vault. Entree highlights include Mediterranean Chicken w/ sundried tomatoes, shallots, and mushrooms sautéed in white wine and sprinkled with feta/Kalamata olives; a spicy tomato sauce-drenched Shrimp and Scallop Pomodoro over linguini; and a marinara-covered chicken cutlet topped w/ 'shrooms and fresh mozzarella called Chicken Bernardo -- named for the third Italian installment of Jonathan Silverman's, "Weekend at..." Empire. For sips n' giggles in the lounge, Talk's got hilarious signature Martinis/"Talktails" like the Look Who's Talking (rum and muddled raspberry w/ lime, mint, and a splash of soda), Frozen Back Talk (vanilla vodka, Kahlua, and Irish cream topped w/ chocolate liqueur and a Hershey's kiss), and the citron vodka and Bloody Mary infused Talk Dirty, which costs 99 cents for the first sip and $1.89 for each additional.
If you just need a little something to tide you over during all that Talking (LOL!), small plates include an Eggplant Involtini stuffed w/ ricotta/spinach, pan-fried meatballs covered w/ fresh parm, and the lightly battered and garlic-fried Shrimp Fantasia, which would be scary if Dad weren't close by to promise real broomsticks would never betray their owner.