This cocktail bar and late-night dining spot satisfies with a seasonal menu that marries American and Mediterranean tastes. The phyllo strudel is glutted with gold potato, artichoke, spinach, onion, and feta, then mortared with layers of pastry that crumble as they make the treacherous journey from plate to mouth. Meanwhile, Starlite's brioche burger gets an extra-rich dose of flavor from a blanket of Gruyere cheese. Reservations are recommended -- especially if you're looking for a seat on the outdoor patio.
Slip through the iconic hexagonal entry into one of the luxurious black leather banquettes at Starlite, Middletown’s retro-cool hot spot. The twinkling starburst over the rectangular bar and strategically lit stacked stone walls cast flattering light over everything, making it just dim enough to cover a covert kiss or two. Their signature mules, either classic or made Kentucky Colonel-style with Buffalo Trace Bourbon and cherry vanilla bitters, are popular choices from the solid cocktail menu that leans toward the strong and spirit-forward. The menu leans hard into modern comfort food like mac and cheese, a juicy burger and crispy shoestring fries, or lush roasted bone marrow, plus updated fare such as Chickpea Battered Greens, Buffalo Fried Cauliflower, and Seeded Peanut “Meat” Tostadas. For those who had a first date or harbor fond memories here, experience the last Valentine's Day with its original look. Come mid-March, design firm Bells & Whistles will revamp the venue.