Father-and-son duo Peter and Bill Tsibidis pepper Crosstown Diner's broad menu with ingredients hand-picked weekly from farmers' markets, featuring a cheeseburger that the New York Daily News deemed among the city's top three in 2011. Taste buds tingle and occasionally faint in the presence of celebrity burgers ($6.99+) such as the famously fresh open-faced cheeseburger, a build-your-own delectable, or one of the diner's 11 specialty burgers. Chefs salute the restaurant's Greek heritage in chicken athenian, a breast stuffed with spinach and feta ($15.99), and glasses of wine (a $5.29 value) toast nine specialty pasta dishes tossed in velvety sauces ($9.99–$19.99). Two country eggs team up with Eire's finest bacon or sausage to rout out hunger in the irish breakfast ($8.39), and pancakes as fluffy as clouds stuffed with teddy bears assemble outfits of red velvet batter, bacon bits, and bananas ($8.99) to attract forks.
Chef and owner Nicolas Trianta attended culinary school in Paris, France, where he studied Cajun-French and Belgian cooking techniques. At Bubba's Bistro, he puts his skills to the test with a wide-reaching menu that blends Cajun-French, Belgian, and Southern cooking. Diners can mix dishes from each country—Belgian pommes frites, Southern fried chicken, and roasted duck to name a few—in an airy dining room with exposed-brick walls and contemporary artwork.
Not coincidentally, the center column of Alibaba Afghanistan Fine Cuisine's menu is dedicated to the eatery's central dish: kebab. The mildly spiced, charcoal-grilled skewers are lined with succulent meats such as filet mignon and lamb shank, which has been slowly cooked in rosemary, garlic, and caramelized onions. But Alibaba's cooks aren't just kebab wizards—their other meaty mains include cornish hen paired with rice and scallion-stuffed dumplings smothered in housemade yogurt and meat sauce.
They likewise cater to vegetarians, with dishes such as housemade potato-filled turnovers and cauliflower simmered with tomato sauce and jalapenos. Feasts unfold inside a colorful dining room decorated with everything from framed paintings to disco balls, an homage to the kebabs John Travolta used to grease his hair in Saturday Night Fever.
Cuisine Type: Gourmet Deli and American
Most popular offering: Sandwiches, Salads, and Burgers
Reservations: Not offered
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
Number of Tables: 25–50
Outdoor Seating: No
Parking: Metered street parking
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Pro Tip: Call in advance to place your order and avoid the midday rush.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
Diverse and deli-centric, but we have a full kitchen and utilize our chef to create exciting flavors to keep our regular clientele happy and engaged.
Has your business won any awards?
Best Philly in Queens from Grubhub in 2010 and 2011, and Best Sandwich in Queens from Grubhub in 2013 and 2014.
Do you adhere to any sustainable or eco-friendly practices?
We use Amish chicken, which, while not organic per se, is sustainably raised and fed a good diet without hormones and steroids. We use paper products for takeout and do not use foam.
Aside from supplying casual vibes, Panorama is known for slinging steamy cups of organic liquids and artfully arranged plates of breakfast and lunch fare. Kick off a day with a Jump Start—two shots of espresso blended with vanilla and cream ($3.45)—paired with a Locura wrap that wraps a whole-wheat blanket around eggs, soy beef, cheddar and monterey jack, salsa, and greens ($5.95). For lunch, snag a Parson burrito stuffed with black beans, lettuce, cheeses, salsa, and sour cream ($6.75; $7.75 with soy beef or chicken) or a veggie burger salad ($6.95), which high fives stomachs with an amalgamation of greens, tomatoes, and parmesan cheese, all topped with freshly diced veggie-burger bits plucked straight from the bur-garden.
Espresso 77 is a convivial independent coffeehouse, serving its loyal clientele strong, full-flavored espresso in a bright, art-friendly space. Brewing beans from popular Ithaca-based Gimme! Coffee, the café's baristas place warm mugs of deeply aromatic cappuccinos ($3.60) and espressos ($2) into caffeine-craving hands. Complement bold java with a delicately sweet scone ($3) from Alice's Tea Cup or a Mom's-not-watching breakfast of frozen custard ($3.75) from Timmy O's. If the cafe's menu of coffees and teas gives your stomach the energy to draft a formal request for nourishment, order up one of the eatery's light and filling wraps ($6.50). For sweltering, mercury-rising days, the New Orleans–style iced coffee ($2.75–$4.50) will cool off foreheads faster than stepping into Mr. Freeze's cryogenic suit.