MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes is a local favorite that not only serves excellent, fully-customizable burgers, but also reminds you what exceptional Guest service looks and feels like. (In case you forgot, it feels pretty darn good.) The menu caters to even the pickiest of eaters, and is inclusive to most dietary restrictions. Fresh toppings, high quality ingredients, and unbelievably flavorful – need we go on? This is a great place to enjoy a relaxing dinner with friends, or an enjoyable lunch option if you’re looking for a change of scenery from your office cubicle. Just a reminder: unlike MOOYAH, your cubicle doesn’t have a giant MOODLE DOODLE board that you can release your inner Picasso on.
Sip on an ice-cold beverage, while your burger sizzles on the grill. Sink your teeth into their fresh-baked buns, and savor each and every delectable fry. Seal the deal with a hand-spun, 100% real ice cream shake – the closest you’ll ever come to heaven on Earth. Tickle your taste buds, and stir your senses at MOOYAH – where every Guest is not only important, but a part of the family.
If it's a spaghetti and meatballs kind of night, ratings say you'll find the best Italian at Bistro.
Come to Bistro where you can be gluten-free and not miss an ounce of deliciousness.
Bring your whole brood to this restaurant, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
Book a private room at Bistro and get ready to enjoy a night of fun, feasting, and celebrating.
Free wifi is on hand here as well.
During the summer months, don't miss out on Bistro's outdoor patio seating.
The restaurant accepts reservations, so it's simple to snag a table in advance.
Bistro is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable).
Prefer to dine from the comfort of your own couch? Swing by this restaurant for carryout, or have them come to you with delivery.
For the tastes of Bistro from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
Drivers will jump with joy when they find out about the free parking in the lot next door.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the restaurant.
The average check at Bistro will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
Conveniently serving three main meals a day, the restaurant is a great place to eat at any time of day, but is best known for its evening menu.
Highly regarded, the Italian food at Bistro is perfect for diners looking for a nice meal out.
When in Rome, you do as the Romans do. When at Bistro, you eat as deliciously as the Italians do.
Flavorful, five-star sauces fill the menu at Lorenzos Restaurant Family Place, and visitors will say it serves the best Italian fare in town.
Cautious diners will appreciate the low-fat and gluten-free fare at Lorenzos Restaurant Family Place.
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — this restaurant has kid-friendly food and seating.
Lorenzos Restaurant Family Place caters to all party sizes, both large and small.
Make a reservation to ensure your table is ready when you are.
Head to Lorenzos Restaurant Family Place in comfort, where attire is business casual.
The restaurant has catering services as well.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
At Lorenzos Restaurant Family Place, free parking is offered on the whole block.
Bike parking is quick and easy at Lorenzos Restaurant Family Place.
Prepare to spend about $30 per person when dining at Lorenzos Restaurant Family Place.
For prime Italian fare, Lorenzos Restaurant Family Place is one of the highest-rated restaurants around.
If you're looking for some fine Italian cooking, you'll definitely love Lorenzos Restaurant Family Place.
Sit down with a simple sandwich or salad — Just Plain Dave's caters to those craving an all-American meal.
Bring the whole family to this restaurant, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
Wifi here is on the house.
Get to dinner early — Just Plain Dave's does not accept reservations.
No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Just Plain Dave's is ultra casual.
You've heard correctly. This restaurant offers both delivery or carryout.
Through their catering service, Just Plain Dave's can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
At Just Plain Dave's, we supply free parking. No fees, just your car and our lot.
Just Plain Dave's accepts major credit cards, including Discovery and AMEX.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at Just Plain Dave's, so come by whenever it fits your schedule.
When you're looking for a bite of the classics, you know there's no better place than Just Plain Dave's.
Just Plain Dave's serves up a variety of American eats in a casual setting. Swing by today and munch on some of your favorite dishes.
For familiar food you're sure to love, head to Chili's for American-style cuisine.
Whether rocking a gluten-free lifestyle or looking for something low-fat, this place will serve you just what you need.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this restaurant — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Chili's is a fine restaurant for those with large and small parties.
Volume at this restaurant can reach upper decibels, so come prepared to raise your voice to be heard.
Chili's is a casual spot to dine, so don't worry about being underdressed.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
Bring the Chili's' great food to your place.
Score! Chili's provides free parking to all diners in the lot next door.
Your tab at Chili's will usually run to about $30 per guest.
Don't put it off any longer, and give Chili's a try.
If you're looking for classic American fare, try Chili's for your next meal.
Ingredients from all over Asia come together at Fusion D'Lite, an Asian-fusion spot in the middle of Garwood's Garwood.
This restaurant welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
Get online for free courtesy of Fusion D'Lite's wifi.
Make plans ahead of time and reserve a table to avoid the wait.
Put the suit away when heading to Fusion D'Lite — dress is casual, as are the vibes.
Grab your meal to go at this restaurant if you're in a hurry — or better yet, have them bring it to you through their delivery service!
At Fusion D'Lite, street and lot parking is made simple for diners.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Fusion D'Lite is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
Fusion D'Lite serves up affordable fare, allowing you to indulge in all of your favorite menu items.
You'll get a mouthful of flavor when you dine at Fusion D'Lite, so swing by for a sample of some seriously tasty Asian-fusion fare.
So come in for a casual meal of Asian fusion fare at Fusion D'Lite.
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.