Every once in a while the muddled sounds of conversation, music, and cue balls clanking against pool tables spill onto the corner of 236th Street and Broadway. The source of the sounds is The Bridge Tavern, a neighborhood pub with an emphasis on the community. Its ceiling stretches over the establishment with a mural dedicated to Kingsbridge and another mural celebrating the Yankees. Amid a row of Bronx street signs and a wraparound bar, servers fuel the chatter with beer, wings, and half-pound burgers.
Combining the white-tablecloth elegance of fine dining with the camaraderie of a casual pub, Jake's Steakhouse pleases both formal and informal guests with its wide selection of tasty steaks and frosty brews. Dinner-timers can scan the menu for a hefty hunk of delicious meat, from Jake's filet mignon, topped with melty blue cheese and port wine sauce ($38), to the American rack of lamb, served with either gravy or a heated mint jelly ($34). Hungry land sharks and vacationing dolphins can gain perspective on how the land views the sea with a plate full of shrimp scampi, sautéed with white wine and garlic and paired with sensuous steamed broccoli ($27). For lunch, meat mavens can still wolf down Jake's famous baby back ribs, a sweet and smoky entree glazed in savory barbecue sauce ($30). Jake's beer menu overflows with tasty craft brews, from the Arcadia Hop Mouth IPA ($6.50 for a 20 oz. draft) to the malty Sly Fox Oktoberfest ($7 for a 20 oz. draft).
Umbertos Clam House piles on heaping portions of classic Italian seafood and pasta specialties along with savory steaks and chops, catering to patrons craving homemade family flavors. Divvy up a half-dozen cold-water oysters eager to ride throat rollycoasters while perusing possibilities such as homemade lobster ravioli, pork chops with vinegar peppers, or shrimp scampi over rice. Sip on homemade sangria or a variety of cocktails, specialty drinks, and wines while treating your ears to live music on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Whether you're dining with friends, a loved one, or flanked by imaginary monsters that won't ever leave, Umbertos provides a lively dining environment featuring high ceilings and nautical décor. See the online menu for more details and prices.
When the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives came to visit Mo Gridder’s BBQ, host Guy Fieri couldn’t get over that barbecue this delicious was being served in the parking lot of a Bronx auto-repair shop. But when, like Fred Donley, you’re both a head mechanic and a head chef, you have to keep your workplaces close together. Fred picked up BBQ as a hobby a few years back and started to bring in samples for his customers at the auto shop. Their rave reviews encouraged him to make it a part of his business. Now you’ll find a 35-foot cooking trailer in the parking lot and a dining area in a room where he used to service cars. On certain days, you can even get special deals that combine Fred’s two passions, such as a windshield replacement and a rack of ribs.
Despite its unusual setting, Mo Gridder’s still serves up barbecue “so good you’ll think you’re in Texas,” according to Fieri. Fred slow-cooks all his meats in a massive cooker, so whether it’s his signature pulled pork sandwiches, brisket, chicken, or ribs, it’s tender and juicy.
A Little Italy staple for more than 30 years, Joe's Deli pleases palates with a menu of deli-style favorites along with fresh-made cheeses and imported Italian ingredients. Carry out sumptuous platefuls such as the chicken alle prosciutto sandwich ($8.50 for a large), which quells insurgent appetites with a hot ensemble of mozzarella, prosciutto, and poultry. The Italian Stallion sandwich stacks up savory salami, provolone, and peppers ($6.50 for a large), sating stomachs and imbuing vocal chords with the ability to deliver uncanny Sly Stallone impersonations.
Grill 26 sits within the Club of Riverdale, enticing members and non-members alike with its diverse menu of classic American grill fare. Traditional egg entrees and challah french toast populate the petite breakfast menu while sandwiches, wraps, burgers, pasta, and grilled meats emerge at lunch and dinner. Chefs design the selection to suit any appetite: veggie burgers and roasted eggplant cater to vegetarians, hearty sirloin steaks and lamb chops sate meat lovers, and protein shakes and salads refuel athletes fresh from a workout or a race with a golf ball.
Diners can savor their meals at the wood-accented indoor bar lined with flat screen TVs, or cozy up under the umbrella-covered tables highlighted by glowing lights from a tiki bar in the outdoor lounge. For club members, Grill 26 grants entertainment in the form of live music and seasonal pool parties.