Big tastes abound at Borrellis, and Italian-fare enthusiasts can't stop talking about the five-star menu.
This place will leave you feeling satisfied no matter what kind of dietary needs you have.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this restaurant's delightful drink menu.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at this restaurant just as much as mom and dad.
Head to Borrellis for a happy hour that aims to please.
Borrellis easily accommodates large groups — there's even a reserved room available for extra special occasions.
Stay connected at no cost thanks to Borrellis' wifi.
Borrellis visitors enjoy a taste of live music with their food as well.
Heading over after work? Make sure to call ahead to reserve your table since crowds tend to pack Borrellis on weeknights.
Keep it casual at Borrellis, and save that little black dress for a different occasion.
This restaurant will bring your food right to your doorstep if you prefer to make it a night in, or swing by the restaurant yourself to carry out your meal.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Borrellis for their catering services.
Parking is always free and easy when you dine at Borrellis.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Borrellis is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
The restaurant's got you covered whether you're hungry for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, but die-hard fans always opt for an evening meal.
For a lovely Italian night out, look no further than Borrellis.
Borrellis knows how to serve up amazingly tasty dishes that keep you full for days, which is why you should head there straight away for the best meal this week!
For a solid steak and potato favorite, Jake's Steakhouse doesn't mess around with its A+ ratings and star-studded reviews.
With this restaurant's wide selection of refreshments available, you can tap into the drink menu early in the evening.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this restaurant, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi.
Jake's Steakhouse's outdoor seating is available during the warmer months.
Take advantage of the restaurant's reservation system, and book a table for your party.
Shake off the stiff workday duds at Jake's Steakhouse — attire is casual.
Want to enjoy this restaurant without the wait? Get it to go.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Jake's Steakhouse will ensure that it is delicious.
Parking is plentiful — the restaurant provides valet in the nearby lot, where regular parking is also available. Drivers can take advantage of alternate street parking when the lot is packed.
Jake's Steakhouse offers safe bike parking outside.
A meal at Jake's Steakhouse will typically set you back about $30.
If breakfast isn't your thing, Jake's Steakhouse also serves lunch and dinner, so you can be sure to swing by at some point during the day.
For the be-all and end-all of steakhouses, people can't stop talking about Jake's Steakhouse. Try it today and judge the sky-high ratings for yourself.
Jake's Steakhouse is a steakhouse committed to serving up the best cuts for an exceptional dining experience.
Fresh Meadows Pizzeria and Restaurant's piping pizza is just as hot as its ratings, and customers call this Fresh Meadows spot one of the best around.
If you're looking for a mean slice or a piping plate of pasta, the pizzeria is home to a generous number of offerings.
Guess what? Fresh Meadows Pizzeria and Restaurant serves food that's free of gluten and low in fat, so everyone can find something that tastes and feels great.
If you're in need of a booster seat, this pizzeria's got you covered. This is a great spot for the whole family.
You won't find a suit in here! Business casual dress is the norm at Fresh Meadows Pizzeria and Restaurant.
Delivery and carryout are easy options for those interested in staying home.
Parking is accessible and not far from the pizzeria.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the pizzeria.
You won't have to hand them your (whole) wallet at Fresh Meadows Pizzeria and Restaurant — meals often run less than $15.
Everyone's talking about Fresh Meadows Pizzeria and Restaurant. Find out why when you treat yourself to a delicious pizza pie.
For a casual meal that is highly-rated, look no further than Fresh Meadows Pizzeria and Restaurant's pizza.
For mouthwatering pizza in a casual setting, look no further than the highly-rated Fresh Meadows Pizzeria and Restaurant.
So what are you waiting for? Head on over to Fresh Meadows Pizzeria and Restaurant and enjoy a slice of yummy pizza pie.
Italian eats can be found at Spumante Restaurant, and fans will argue it's the best fare in town (fantastic reviews are everywhere in sight).
Spumante Restaurant is a jackpot for those looking for low-fat and gluten-free meal options.
Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list.
Grab the kids when you head to this restaurant — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
Having a lot of friends can be complicated, but Spumante Restaurant makes it easy to please everyone.
Be sure to throw on your finest threads before heading to Spumante Restaurant.
Grab this restaurant's delicious food on the go with its takeout and delivery services.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Spumante Restaurant offers catering.
Don't waste time or money searching for a parking space — pull into the lot next door at no extra charge.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the restaurant.
For great dishes that fall smack dab in the middle when it comes to price, Spumante Restaurant is a reasonable option for diners of different budgets.
The restaurant is open from morning through evening, but the dinner menu serves the tastiest reviews.
Spumante Restaurant is the place to go if you're looking for quality and highly-rated Italian food.
So head on over to Spumante Restaurant and send your taste buds on a delicious trip to Italy.
Fresh Meadows' Turquoise Kosher Fish Restaurant
is a gourmet restaurant dedicated to serving the most authentic flavors from Spain.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this restaurant's delightful drink menu.
Skip long waits and head to Turquoise Kosher Fish Restaurant with your large group for easy seating.
The restaurant can fill up quickly, so reservations are recommended.
You'll find most people wearing their favorite T-shirt and pair of jeans, as casual dining is Turquoise Kosher Fish Restaurant's style.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Turquoise Kosher Fish Restaurant cater for you.
This restaurant offers you the ultimate convenience — in-store seating, carryout, or delivery.
At Turquoise Kosher Fish Restaurant, diners should plan to park on the street.
Bike parking is also available outside the restaurant.
Who's hungry for great grub at a reasonable rate? Turquoise Kosher Fish Restaurant's yummy creations will leave a mark in your memory but not a dent in your pocketbook.
So when sangria is calling your name, head to Turquoise Kosher Fish Restaurant for a truly authentic Spanish meal.
Turquoise Kosher Fish Restaurant has all the right seafood dishes to keep you and your family satisfied when paying them a visit.
A perfectly marbled cut of beef is no farther away than East Meadow's Texas Roadhouse.
Eat healthy and feel better with Texas Roadhouse's low-fat and gluten-free plates.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — this restaurant has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to this restaurant — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
The restaurant's noise level can be somewhat straining on the vocal cords, so intimate get-togethers may be best enjoyed elsewhere.
Arrive a little on the early side for your pick of the prime tables — no reservations are accepted at Texas Roadhouse.
No need to dress up for a trip to Texas Roadhouse — the casual restaurant encourages laid-back attire.
You can call it in, then carry it out.
Diners can take full advantage of the free parking in the lot next to Texas Roadhouse.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the restaurant.
Who s hungry for great grub at a reasonable rate? Texas Roadhouse s yummy creations will leave a mark in your memory but not a dent in your pocketbook.
For a sophisticated meal at a price you can afford, head on over to the highly-rated Texas Roadhouse and enjoy a great steak.
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.