Perched on the north shore of Staten Island, Bin 5 offers a casually refined dining experience with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline. Humble bistro roots and modern flair influence both the cooking and the ambiance of the restaurant, which is the fifth opened by the Da Noi family.
From the Press
"So, you want to dress up, say, on a Saturday night and go out to a restaurant. You’re not just looking to eat. No, way — you’re looking to dine. [...] With that in mind, have you been to 3-year old Bin 5 lately?" — Staten Island Advance
"Complete with teardrop chandeliers, exposed brick, and a walled, outdoor garden, Bin 5's romantic setting has for long drawn locals seeking consistently good food and quiet conversation (plus that fantastic panorama!)." — ViaMichelin
Contemporary International Cuisine
Chefs at Bin 5 draw on recipes from around the world to create an eclectic selection of international dishes, while allowing contemporary sensibilities to stoke their imaginations. Here are a few plates that showcase their unique combination of traditional and creative influences:
Bone-in veal chop glazed with a white wine, sage, and truffle-oil sauce
Black ink-stained linguine and shrimp simmer in a creamy tomato-pesto sauce
Duck and scallion rolls accompanied by a blood orange, hoisin, and balsamic dipping sauce
A meal is a symphony at Salud Bklyn, where several culinary components come together in the restaurant's take on Spanish and Latin American dining. This, of course, is all thanks to executive chef Tony Arellano, and his expertise can be seen in every part of the menu.
Chef Tony has strict requirements when it comes to ingredients. For meat, he only looks to organically fed and open-range sources. Produce is organic too, and Chef Tony and his team make their salad dressing from scratch.
Whether a group of friends or a couple on a date, most parties are going to start a meal with one of Salud Bklyn's signature tapas. Here's a brief vocab lesson: albondigas de cordero means lamb meatballs with spicy tomato sauce, and langostacos mean soft shell tacos filled with lobster.
Before deciding, be sure to consider the market-fresh fish of the day. Other popular choices include dry-aged NY strip steak or seafood paella with bomba rice.
The Finishing Touches
Salud's bartenders are experts in their craft as well, and they mix exotic drinks with housemade purees. For dessert, try the sampler platter—which has a selection of international treats.
For food that will leave a lasting impression, Zest Restaurant offers top-of-the-line French fare that is the creme de la creme.
Zest Restaurant's menu features tasty, vegan eats.
The bar at this restaurant is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer.
Score quick and easy seating for your large group at Zest Restaurant.
If dining outdoors is your idea of a good time, you'll love the gorgeous patio seating at Zest Restaurant.
If waiting to be seated isn't your style, plan ahead and make reservations.
No need to gussy up for a trip to Zest Restaurant, where patrons dress for comfort and fun.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Zest Restaurant also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Take advantage of the nearby public transit or convenient parking options at Zest Restaurant.
Zest Restaurant is located in a prime location surrounded by various parking options.
Bike parking is quick and easy at Zest Restaurant.
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more.
For French food too good to be true, eat your way through the sky-high ratings at Zest Restaurant.
So when you're looking for some French cuisine to help you travel to France, no place's food evokes the spirit of Paris quite like Zest Restaurant.
For those who appreciate Italian cuisine, Italianissimo Restaurant is in the middle of Staten Island's Arrochar district.
Quit fat and gluten at Italianissimo Restaurant, where low-fat fare and G-free offerings are the norm.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
This restaurant is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
Throwing a big party? Count on Italianissimo Restaurant to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
Heading to Italianissimo Restaurant for a tasty meal? Drive on over and park in a matter of seconds.
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out.
Italianissimo Restaurant accepts all major credit cards, such as Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
You don't need to fly to Rome to try all wonderful flavors of Italy. They're all under one roof at Italianissimo Restaurant.
Bite into Boudin sausage or opt for Andouille instead — Bayou provides plenty of tasty Cajun options right in the middle of Staten Island's Rosebank district.
Healthy food is in, as it should be, so come here for a tasty, low-fat and gluten-free bite.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
Make a reservation to ensure your night goes according to schedule.
Bayou honors a business casual dress code, so formal wear can be left behind.
Can't stay at this restaurant long? Pick up and go home.
Bayou is a prime location for commuters, especially those who need access to public transit or parking.
Pull up curbside and find simple street parking near Bayou.
Take a break from the kitchen without breaking the bank! Bayou will fill you up with top-notch fare that s modestly priced.
The restaurant is open from morning through evening, but the dinner menu serves the tastiest reviews.
So satisfy your Cajun craving with a delicious lunch or dinner from the highly-rated Bayou.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
It's extremely rustic and we combine the health part of the world with the great coffee part of the world! We serve all types of coffee and love to teach what coffee is and the right brewing methods with step by step from grounding to pressing to brewing to frothing the milk and how latte art.
Do you provide any materials? What should your students expect to bring?
Well provide a pamphlet of what we'll be covering, just a pen for notes. Is 90% hands on.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Inspiration was the health aspect of coffee and how to merge it with the what's all know now juicing.
What do you love most about your job?
I love teaching and giving knowledge to others about the product they're consuming, knowing the science behind it.
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.