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Black-and-white checkered marble floors, painted frescoes, gilded wall ornaments and Doric columns as well as lime green accents make for a cheerful, friendly atmosphere at Café Encore. Patrons are put at ease amid the colorful surroundings at almost any hour of the day or night. For a casual restaurant, there's a surprisingly exotic and rare piece of art used as part of the décor. So don't forget to wave to the putto — a traditional Italian statue of a winged infant — hanging above the maître d’ desk by the entrance. It dates back to the 16th century and is meant to be a purveyor of love.