Checkers in East Orange on Central Ave is one of the better-priced fast food restaurants in the area, featuring a delightful menu that won't leave you broke. Whether you are stopping in for the good quality, helpful service, or both, you'll always leave this restaurant satisfied.
Defined by its outdoor seating, the restaurant is a fantastic option when the Mid-Atlantic weather is nice. There's no specific recommended attire, so feel free to dress casually and comfortably. Also, though the prices may be low, you can bank on the ingredients being fresh. In fact, you should easily be able to enjoy a good meal for nine or ten bucks, and can probably get in and out for just a Lincoln if you try.
If you're in a hurry, the menu has plenty of items that are well-suited to eat on the go.
One of the better quick-service franchises in the area, chances are you won't walk away from this Checkers disappointed. Don't worry about trying to find a spot on the street, as visitors to the restaurant do have access to a private parking lot nearby.
Bachman's Market offers convenient hours for its customers to come in and shop on their own timetable. Everyone says their selection is among the best in East Orange.
There are no low-fat options here, though, so save a few extra calories for your next visit.
These fresh and flavorful canned food items will come in handy when you need a quick and convenient dinner option.
The produce available here is a great side to any meal in need of some fresh nutrients.
If you're a lover of all things dairy, help yourself to some great products at Bachman's Market for all your protein and calcium needs.
From classic sandwiches to signature creations, the sandwiches at Bachman's Market are sure to make your stomach happy.
Stock up on all of your deli favorites, such as salads, meats and cheese, at Bachman's Market and enjoy every bite.
With available parking nearby, Bachman's Market is easily accessible by car.
Bachman's Market has everything you need for your pantry, fridge, or freezer, so get to shopping.
Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at Mecca Pizza Restaurant — this pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
If gluten is something you try to avoid, check out the G-free menu at Mecca Pizza Restaurant. Low-fat fare is also available for those keeping an eye on their diet.
Mecca Pizza Restaurant is located near endless parking options, allowing diners to find quick and easy parking.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Mecca Pizza Restaurant's moderately priced fare.
If pizza is your all-time favorite, it's important to find a pie that's worth your while. With star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings, there's no better way to spend your time than eating some 'za at Mecca Pizza Restaurant.
If you are looking for a creative and fun pizza joint in town, check out Mecca Pizza Restaurant.
If your lunch hour is limited, swing by McDonald's for a quick burger and fries.
With G-free dishes and fare that's low in fat, you won't feel guilty about dining out at McDonald's.
Large groups will appreciate McDonald's for its ability to seat them quickly.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
We don't expect you to keep driving around the block to find metered parking. We've got some space for you here.
Catering to diners throughout the day (and night), McDonald's serves AM, PM, and midday meals.
Night owls and early risers alike will appreciate that the restaurant is open 24 hours a day.
So don't let a good burger pass you by. Stop by McDonald's today and try one of the signature burgers.
When you're looking for a quick bite but not willing to sacrifice any flavor, McDonald's has what you need.
For an American goodie that everyone loves, head to Dunkin Donuts for donuts served fresh out of the oven.
You can tote your laptop here to take advantage of the free wifi.
Takeout and delivery are also available, so you can just do you.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Dunkin Donuts as well.
Drivers will jump with joy when they find out about the free parking in the lot next door.
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at Dunkin Donuts.
Catering to diners throughout the day (and night), Dunkin Donuts serves AM, PM, and midday meals.
Night owls and early risers alike will appreciate that the restaurant is open 24 hours a day.
So when it's your turn to bring donuts into the office, stop by Dunkin Donuts and pick up some tasty choices.
Find the perfect pairing for your next sandwich at Sandwiches Unlimited of Orange — this shop thrives on fine meat and fresh bread.
The large dining space at Sandwiches Unlimited of Orange provides quick and easy seating options for large groups.
Sandwiches Unlimited of Orange honors a business casual dress code, so formal wear can be left behind.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
Sandwiches Unlimited of Orange can also cater your next party; call today for details.
Sandwiches Unlimited of Orange is surrounded by endless parking options.
For a quick tasty lunch that will leave you wanting more, the sandwiches at Sandwiches Unlimited of Orange will not disappoint.
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.