Located in Alor Cafe, Alor Cafe's crepes have a gooey inside and crisp outside.
Going gluten-free? Dig a low-fat diet? Alor Cafe has you covered on both fronts.
Cheer on your favorite team at Alor Cafe, a local restaurant with TVs.
Take the kids along too — this bar is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
Bigger groups gravitate toward Alor Cafe, which offers a private section for your next get-together or celebration.
Stay connected at no cost thanks to Alor Cafe's wifi.
At Alor Cafe, there's no need to confine your meal to a traditional dining room — outdoor seating is available when the weather is warm.
Alor Cafe patrons enjoy a taste of live music with their food as well.
Don't let your weekend plans get spoiled! Be sure to reserve a table if you're heading to the bar on a Friday or Saturday since it can get pretty crowded.
Jeans are just right for a meal at Alor Cafe, which embraces a casual vibe.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Alor Cafe offers catering.
Parking is not an option at Alor Cafe, a restaurant near parking lots, street parking and valet services.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the bar.
It's not the cheapest, it's not the most expensive, but it is the most delicious. Come to Alor Cafe for a great bite.
For a quick and easy payment solution at Alor Cafe, pay by major credit card.
Alor Cafe provides morning, afternoon, and evening service, so you can easily find time to dine.
If you're one for sweets, be sure to check out the dessert options at Alor Cafe.
With so many flavors wrapped up into one meal, it's no wonder the crepes at Alor Cafe taste so divine. Come try one today!
Make plans for the weekend to try Alor Cafe with your friends.
The unique options that Alor Cafe offers will have you coming back for more.
If it's a spaghetti and meatballs kind of night, ratings say you'll find the best Italian at Marie's Gourmet.
Treat yourself to a healthy lunch or dinner at Marie's Gourmet.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this burger joint.
Dine out in the open during Marie's Gourmet's summer season when patio tables are available for use.
You won't be able to make a reservation at Marie's Gourmet — make sure to plan accordingly.
Casual dining at its best, Marie's Gourmet customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt.
This burger joint also offers delivery and take-out options for those who want to make it a night in.
Marie's Gourmet prides itself in its delicious catering.
Heading to Marie's Gourmet for a tasty meal? Drive on over and park in a matter of seconds.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Marie's Gourmet.
Marie's Gourmet is a mid-priced establishment, with the average meal costing under $30.
Reviewers heap high praise on the burger joint's brunch menu, but lunch and dinner are also available.
Visit Marie's Gourmet for great Italian food that is well worth the price.
Do you hear your stomach growling? Answer the call with a tasty Italian meal from Marie's Gourmet.
So if you're looking for a deli to get some delicious eats, Marie's Gourmet is exactly the place you want to go.
The menu at Marie's Gourmet is filled with creative burger options, so head on over today and treat yourself to a tasty meal that will leave you full for hours.
Marie's Gourmet serves up a variety of tasty burgers. Stop by today and enjoy a casual bite to eat.
Marie's Gourmet serves up high quality and top-notch burger options. Stop by today and fill up on one of the signature burgers.
Deemed "pizza of the year" every year by San Vito Pizzeria and Restaurant's loyal fans, this deliciously-cheesy pizza will have you reaching for seconds, thirds, and even fourths.
San Vito Pizzeria and Restaurant is a jackpot for those looking for low-fat and gluten-free meal options.
Be sure to complete your meal at this pizzeria with a drink from the pizzeria's full bar.
This pizzeria welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
The pizzeria's noise level can be somewhat straining on the vocal cords, so intimate get-togethers may be best enjoyed elsewhere.
The pizzeria accepts reservations, so you can get around the busy crowd.
Show up in sneakers or a suit at San Vito Pizzeria and Restaurant, where dining in comfort is of utmost importance.
Come in or stay home. This pizzeria's pickup and delivery options have you covered.
Don't fuss with street parking. We've got some parking available.
San Vito Pizzeria and Restaurant is serving up five-star food at a reasonable price.
When melted cheese and quality crust is all you can think about, it may be time for a hot slice or two. Experience pizza at its best when you order a pie from top-rated San Vito Pizzeria and Restaurant.
When pizza's on the mind, there's no going back. For quick pies that no one can stop talking about, get the best of the best at San Vito Pizzeria and Restaurant.
It's time you enjoyed a piece of pizza casually with your friends and family at San Vito Pizzeria and Restaurant's restaurant.
There's no doubt about it. San Vito Pizzeria and Restaurant out-serves its competitors for the best slice of pizza around.
Score your next slice at Mama Rosa Cucina Pizzeria — this joint has pizza-lovers dishing out cream of the crop reviews.
Keep your diet in check with low-fat and healthy fare at Mama Rosa Cucina Pizzeria.
At this pizzeria, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Mama Rosa Cucina Pizzeria can seat both large and small groups.
Planning a special night? Call ahead to reserve a table.
Put the suit away when heading to Mama Rosa Cucina Pizzeria — dress is casual, as are the vibes.
Throwing a big party? Count on Mama Rosa Cucina Pizzeria to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
Place an order for pickup or schedule a delivery — the pizzeria makes it easy to enjoy your meal from anywhere.
Park on the street for easy access to name.
Expect your bill at Mama Rosa Cucina Pizzeria to come in at around $30 per person.
So who's hungry? The highly-acclaimed pizza at Mama Rosa Cucina Pizzeria is ready and waiting to be served.
Find out how many slices you can eat! Mama Rosa Cucina Pizzeria's pizza comes with high ratings and a low-key vibe, so take your time enjoying your pie.
There's no better place to kick back, relax, and enjoy a tasty pizza than at Mama Rosa Cucina Pizzeria.
If you're looking for the hottest pies in town, you'll want to place your order in quick to Mama Rosa Cucina Pizzeria.
Mama Rosa Cucina Pizzeria is the place to go if you're looking for quality and highly-rated Italian food.
For authentic Italian food done right, make your way over to the highly-rated Mama Rosa Cucina Pizzeria.
If you like your food with a Teutonic flare, German eatery Nurnberger Bierhaus in Staten Island will certainly please your palate.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from this restaurant's full bar.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at this restaurant with its kid-friendly fare.
Warm weather, delectable dishes, and an awesome atmosphere make for a dream night out at Nurnberger Bierhaus.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Nurnberger Bierhaus can seat both large and small groups.
For an eclectic twist on traditional dining, live music is often featured at Nurnberger Bierhaus as well.
Don't be the last one waiting! Reserve a seat so you can eat when you're ready.
Dress is typically casual at Nurnberger Bierhaus, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Nurnberger Bierhaus also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
At Nurnberger Bierhaus, you can easily find street parking just steps away from the door.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of Nurnberger Bierhaus.
Prices at Nurnberger Bierhaus typically stay below the $30 mark, so you can afford to bring along a friend or a date.
Critics award the most brownie points to the restaurant's dinner offerings, but breakfast and lunch are also available.
When a trip to Germany is beyond your budget, make sure to squeeze in some top-notch fare from Nurnberger Bierhaus instead. Your taste buds won't know what hit 'em!
Though Fushimi Modern Japanese Cuisine & Lounge's menu and daily specials board boast French-inspired fusion food, its sushi is deeply rooted in tradition–and this combination has earned its dishes Zagat ratings and a Michelin recommendation. Chefs may reinterpret the presentation of Japanese staples—such as the tuna sashimi, which they set on broad leaves next to bean-sprout-entangled roe—but they still stay true to traditional flavors. By contrast, cooked fusion entrees tend to incorporate the unconventional, such as the tuna burger with spicy aioli, available on the weekend brunch menu, and the mushroom risotto made with black rice (a dish praised by New York Magazine in their critics' pick review.)
At all locations, the decor also melds old and new. At the bar at the Staten Island location, crimson light filters through a canopy of metallic foliage, casting a moody aura across Buddhist statuettes imported from Asia. The neon-lit Williamsburg location has a sleeker feel, its booths nestled in large circular openings that bring to mind subway tunnels or the oversized portholes of Paul Bunyan's mythical submarine. In Bay Ridge, the stateliness of traditional chandeliers contrasts with the bold colors of wall-sized photographs.
Prospect Park designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux famously preferred the airy lawns of this Brooklyn oasis to their earlier design of Manhattan’s Central Park. So if you're heading to the park for a show, it makes sense to make a day of it and spend some time on its sunny, open meadows. Before the doors open, cool off (and use real bathrooms!) while enjoying an affordable meal at any one of these restaurants, all within a 10-minute walk of the park.
For alfresco diners: Brooklyn Larder (228 Flatbush Ave.)
OK, this isn’t a restaurant, though there are a few tables for eating and a good lunch special: sandwich, chips, beer or soda, and a cookie for $15, available 11 a.m.–3 p.m. If you prefer dining alfresco, come here for a fantastic selection of cheeses, breads, salads, and any number of jams, jellies, and preserves in cute jars to eat in the park. Drinking alcohol in the park is, of course, prohibited and can lead to a ticket. On an unrelated note, Brooklyn Larder has a great selection of beers, starting with Dale’s Pale Ale cans for $2.50 each.
For cheap vegetarians: Dao Palate (329 Flatbush Ave.)
A mainstay of vegetarians, Dao Palate serves fresh vegetables and mock meats in typical Chinese sauces that are a few notches lighter and fresher-tasting than average. Great for larger groups, the big restaurant’s main dishes run around $12, and their filling lunch specials around $9. My favorite, black-pepper seitan on a bed of chinese broccoli, comes with a spring roll and a miso soup to boot.
For those with time to kill: Cubana Cafe (80 6th Ave., right off Flatbush Avenue)
The food here is less of a draw than the cocktails and the decor, but it’s still consistently good, with a menu that hews closely to the dishes I’ve seen served in Havana: black-bean soup, roast chicken with rice, plantains. Most plates are meat-heavy and generous with the portions—beware ordering an appetizer and a main dish unless you’re very hungry. As you wait for the show to begin, linger over a mojito or a cold beer in a breezy dining room painted turquoise, pink, and yellow, where the floor-to-ceiling windows are flung open all summer long.
For picky eaters: 67 Burger (234 Flatbush Ave.)
With a long and flexible list of food options, 67 Burger has something to please everyone. The menu has your cheeseburgers, your curly fries, and your Lagunitas on tap, but also real salads and two veggie-burger options, all of which can be customized with many extras like goat cheese, chipotle mayo, and olive tapenade. Burgers range from $6.75 to $10. There’s also a wine selection and something called a beer shake, which intrigued me but not enough to try it on a weekday alone.
Photos by Kasia Mychajlowycz.
The saying “less is more” has perhaps never been truer than it is at Porchetta (110 E. 7th St.) and Porsena (21 E. 7th St.). At both East Village hot spots, Chef Sara Jenkins has built a cult following by keeping her menus tightly focused rather than trying to do it all. Crowds gather at Porchetta to savor one specific thing: slow-roasted pork (served in varying ways yet always the central focus of each dish). At Porsena, they come for perfectly cooked artisanal pasta.
Jenkins’s straightforward approach reflects a distinctly Italian state of mind, which makes sense, considering her upbringing around Tuscany and Rome. Mario Batali summed it up succinctly when he called her “one of the few chefs in America who understands Italy and how Italians eat."
“I think Italians in Italy eat with a certain fairness that Americans and Italian-Americans don’t have,” Jenkins said, asked about what prompted Batali’s praise. “An Italian is perfectly happy with a perfectly cooked artisanal spaghetti with great olive oil and chilies, while an American would want to add three or four [more] ingredients.”
When Jenkins isn’t working in her own kitchens, she can often be found exploring other rich, delicious, and straightforward flavors around the city. Here are a few of her favorites.
For Italian (outside of Porsena): “I eat at Cesare Casella’s place on the West Side, Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto (283 Amsterdam Ave.). He’s a Tuscan chef who’s been working in New York for many more years than I have. He’s very authentic.”
For gelato: “Il laboratio del gelato (188 Ludlow St.). They have traditional and nontraditional flavors.”
For espresso: “Abraço Espresso (86 E. 7th St.) on 7th Street. They are maniacal about making it right.”
For wine or cocktails: “I like to drink wine at Bar Veloce (175 2nd Ave.) on 2nd Avenue. It’s an Italian wine bar that’s been there more than 10 years. It’s not over the top, not pretentious or precious. Just a great wine selection in a nice space.”
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The dim sum lunch, or yum cha (literally “drink tea”), is the Cantonese answer to Spanish tapas. It is as much a tradition in New York City's Chinatown as weekend brunch on The Lower East Side. The bustling scene is all too familiar: packed tables, servers pushing metal carts while hawking their selections, the din of impatient, hungry diners. They wait for shrimp dumplings, steamed pork spareribs, roast pork buns, pork and shrimp shu mai -- the seemingly endless variety goes on and on.
But for vegetarians, the choices can be few. When it comes to dim sum, seafood and meat dominate the menu. New York vegetarians need not despair, because there are two very appetizing dim sum havens for non-meat eaters, and they’re right in Chinatown.
Buddha Bodai on Mott Street serves a completely vegetarian and kosher menu of dim sum favorites, ranging from shrimp dumplings to beef rice rolls. The restaurant is usually packed on weekday lunch hours with City Hall municipal types, while the weekend clientele consists of tourists, locals and the environmentally conscientious. An all-day menu of vegetarian iterations of Chinese standards is also on offer, with creative takes on dishes like roast pork and sesame chicken. Using seitan, tofu and yam starch (among other vegetarian and kosher-friendly ingredients) as substitutes, many of these plates will fool even the committed carnivore in appearance and flavor.
The line outside the door on Sunday afternoons may be the best way to spot Vegetarian Dim Sum House on Pell Street. Crowds tend to gather on weekends, anxious for healthy vegetarian takes on traditional dim sum dishes. The array of vegetarian dumplings -- pan fried, watercress, snow pea leaf, monk dumplings -- draw in voracious vegetarians who want the variety of a full-scale dim sum restaurant without sacrificing their principles or lifestyle choices. The menu is comprehensive, full of inventive vegetarian fare using Eastern and Western-style vegetables, not to mention an exhaustive list of diced, sliced or sautéed mushroom dishes. At Vegetarian Dim Sum House, there’s no need to solely imitate meat dishes. Here, vegetables are allowed to take center stage.