Skip to main content

Unpretentious Palate


Suggested content for you

  • 8 Top Bartenders. 8 Fall Old-Fashioneds.

  • Our popular cocktail kits are back! Eight of the city’s best bartenders give you everything you need (minus the whiskey, thanks to ABC laws) to make their takes on the classic old-fashioned cocktail — this time, with a fall twist.

  • x

    share on facebook Tweet This! Email

    Editor's Note: This story is unlocked for everyone to read courtesy of the CRVA, our partner in nourishing culinary exploration for residents and visitors of the Queen City.

    October 1, 2021

    Where the Industry Eats: Aria’s Briana Cohen

    This longtime GM and sommelier favors Asian cuisines

    An assortment of dishes from Sun’s Kitchen, a ghost kitchen in West Charlotte. Kristen Wile/UP

    Folks in the restaurant industry know good food, so we want to know where they eat when they’re not cooking. In this series, we ask a local chef, bartender, restaurateur, or server to share their favorite restaurants in town and what they order there. This week, we interview Briana Cohen, general manager of Aria. Cohen, who has more than 20 years of restaurant management experience, shares her love for Asian dishes.

    Sun’s Kitchen, takeout/delivery
    A ghost kitchen in West Charlotte specializing in vegan dumplings and thick noodles
    Briana’s order: Hot & Dry Noodle

    Aqua e Vino, Cotswold
    A Northern Italian boutique restaurant with handmade, high-end pastas and seasonal entrées
    Briana’s order: Tajarin (a thin pasta with a porcini mushroom sauce)

    Pinky’s Westside Grill, Ashley Park
    A local American chain that serves cocktails, burgers, and hot dogs
    Briana’s order: Stray Dog (a vegetarian hot dog with veggie chili, mustard, coleslaw, and onion)

    Musashi, Pineville
    A chef-favorite Japanese restaurant with a sushi bar
    Briana’s order: Anything off the authentic Japanese menu
    Pro tip: Make sure you ask for the Japanese menu, it contains some secret items from the regular menu

    Copper Modern Indian Cuisine, Dilworth
    An upscale and colorful Indian restaurant located on East Boulevard
    Briana’s order: Lamb kozhambu


    More from this series:

    Duke Bread’s Adam Duke
    Counter-‘s Sam Hart
    Community Matters Cafe’s Ashley Anna Tuttle

    Your Farms, Your Table’s Sam Diminich
    Para’s Alex Verica

    Posted in: Latest Updates, News