Contemporary Italian cuisine can be found at Rucola. Come prepared to feast at Rucola — with no low-fat options, any diets will need to be put aside for the moment. Rucola's outdoor seating is available during the warmer months. Long guest list? Not a problem at Rucola, where big parties will find plenty of room to spread out in comfort. Those with sensitive ears may want to stay away from this restaurant, though, as it can get quite loud.
Prices run about average at Rucola. Reviewers rave about the dinner menu at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
Chef Cheryl Smith builds home-style meals that incorporate global flavors into rustic recipes using techniques she has shared on Food Network features including Melting Pot, Soul Kitchen, and Gordon Elliot's Doorknock Dinners. Market-fresh dishes blend seasonal and regionally sourced ingredients, astounding savor receptors with the latest tastes from farmers' market flavor runways. At lunch, baked goods and crisp salads share satiating duties with personified sandwiches including the Steve, made with cured bacon and vine-ripened tomatoes ($7.95). Dinner selections fuse agrarian fare standards with worldly accents such as Moroccan vegetable stew over rice pilaf ($15.00) or Korean marinated rib-eye steak and watercress salad ($22.00).
Regional Flavors | Diner-Style Cuisine | Vegetarian Options | Retro Vibe
When to Go: To experience the blue-collar spirit that makes Bonnie's great, swing by on Sunday to cheer for owner Mike Naber's hometown heroes, the Buffalo Bills.
While You're Waiting
Inside Tip: Since the diner specializes in Buffalo staples, such as beef on weck and chicken wings, go all-in and order a regional beer—perhaps a Genesee Cream Ale—to go with your meal.
While You're in the Neighborhood
Save the world: Stock up on capes and secret identities at the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. (372 5th Avenue), a nonprofit storefront that benefits 826 NYC's creative-writing programs for kids.
Save your tongue: Soothe a buffalo-sauce-scorched palate with frozen yogurt made from local milk at Culture (331 5th Avenue).
At Moldova Restaurant, diners don?t just run into their Brooklyn neighbors, they make friends with visitors from Moldova, Romania, and other Eastern European countries as well. This is because owner Radu Panfil and his culinary team labor over centuries-old recipes, ensuring only authentic Moldavian ingredients grace the menu. Traditional plates of stuffed chicken breasts topped with cheese, lamb kabobs, and carp fried in cornmeal join house specials such as the mamaliga trapeza?cornmeal encircled by assorted meats, cheese, sour cream, and scrambled eggs. These entrees, as well as desserts, such as stuffed dried plums or crepes with sour cherries and cream, have earned the eatery attention abroad, including in a Romanian piece for Radio Europa Libera.
And the food is not the only Moldovan staple of the restaurant. Panfil and crew take great pains to replicate the country?s old-world charm with traditional folk art and paintings, banquet hall-style seating, Slavic-patterned ceilings, and tapestries from the homeland. They also host live music, inspiring patrons to join hands in a joyful circle dance. And to amp up the festiveness during the holidays, they light up the dining room by dangling folk dolls and other appropriate d?cor from the soft wooded beams that cross over the white and gray ceiling.
Tom's has been around since 1936, and it shows in the best possible ways. Here, friendly service is still as in fashion as it was more than 70 years ago, starting with the complimentary coffee and cookies passed out to customers waiting in line. The decor is also a throwback to simpler times. An old-fashioned soda fountain serves almost-forgotten staples such as chocolate and vanilla egg creams, and the dining room contains an eclectic, almost cluttered collection of Christmas lights, newspaper clippings, and kitsch, making guests feel as though they're dining in the rec room of an eccentric family member or the workshop of Santa's least organized elf. But while the old-fashioned sensibility certainly sets Tom's apart, it's the food that led The New York Times to declare it "a Brooklyn institution". The shop's famous fluffy pancakes may be enjoyed topped with syrup and homemade flavored butters or in incarnations that update the recipe with lemon zest and ricotta cheese or sweet corn and cranberries. Those who don’t wish to brave the considerable brunch crowd need not fret, as breakfast is served all day, though the addition of later-in-the-day options such as tender beef brisket may make it hard to choose what to order.
At D and D Coffee Shop, the beans are fresh and the roasts are bold. D and D Coffee Shop is a fantastic spot to indulge and with no low-fat options, you'll need to save the diet for another day. Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at D and D Coffee Shop, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining. Heading out with a larger party? There's plenty of space for big groups at D and D Coffee Shop.
D and D Coffee Shop's dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level. Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up D and D Coffee Shop for their catering services.
Bike parking is also available outside the coffee shop.
Leave your piggy bank at home! With prices under $15, you can eat at D and D Coffee Shop for next to nothing. All major credit cards are accepted. Make sure to hit the ATM before heading to D and D Coffee Shop — it's strictly cash-only. Breakfast fare is rated highest at the coffee shop, though you can also stop by for lunch or dinner.