If rushing out the door is your morning routine, be sure to pick up a box of cereal for a quick and easy breakfast solution.
For breads, cookies, cakes, and pies that will blow your mind, are couple extra sweet ingredients are kitchen must-haves.
Looking for tender and juicy meats? Here you can find delicious cuts of meat all year long.
Don't get enough dairy in your diet? Dairy products from this store are sure to deliver all the nutrients you need.
Whether you cook it or eat it raw, the produce from Middle East Lahmajun will be tasty no matter what.
At Middle East Lahmajun, you can grab some fresh noodles, channel your inner chef and get your cook on.
Fill up your home pantry with these great canned food options and keep your basic items in stock.
Find healthy and affordable oil and vinegar at Middle East Lahmajun and keep the good meals coming all week long.
Planning a movie night? Stock up on all of your favorite snacks and munch and crunch all night long.
Dinner is on the table in one, two, three with a microwavable meal (you'll be surprised how great it tastes, too!).
Dial down your thirst with some delicious drinks that are both refreshing and cool.
When you need your coffee or tea fix, the selections from Middle East Lahmajun will certainly come in hand.
Don't wait for things like rice to cook when you don't have to. The great selection of frozen food here helps you speed up the cooking time for any number of different foods.
You can't find a better selection of spices and seasonings than the one here.
Whether you're hitting the gym or just running errands, water keeps your energy up and your body moving. Make sure to hit the shelves at Middle East Lahmajun for some hydration while you're on the move.
Take a dive and swim away with some succulent fish. It's a great source of protein for your next meal!
Bread at Middle East Lahmajun is absolutely delicious.
If you are traveling by car, make sure you make use of the nearby parking options during your visit.
Treat yourself to a bagel from Metropolitan Cafe, and take your breakfast on-the-go.
Families will feel right at home at this restaurant with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere.
At Metropolitan Cafe, the prime seating is on the patio. Come check out what all the buzz is about.
Free wireless Internet is also available at Metropolitan Cafe, so bring your tablet or laptop along.
Parties of any size can easily be seated at Metropolitan Cafe.
At Metropolitan Cafe, "dress to impress" is a thing of the past, and jeans are the new norm.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Metropolitan Cafe for their catering services.
With delivery and take-out options, you can enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of your own living room.
Forget the hassle of street parking and head to Metropolitan Cafe for easy access to parking lots.
Tasty bites are priced fairly here, so you can have a delicious time out without breaking the bank.
If you're short on cash, take care of business with one of many major credit cards.
The breakfast menu at the restaurant draws rave reviews, though you can also stop by for lunch or dinner.
Whether you're craving a bagel sandwich or a simple spread, make sure to pick up your next baker's dozen at Metropolitan Cafe.
Simply put, you need to make plans to try Metropolitan Cafe for breakfast or brunch this weekend.
If you're looking for a hearty, like-home breakfast, look no further than Metropolitan Cafe.
Score your next slice at Garden Pizza — this joint has pizza-lovers dishing out cream of the crop reviews.
Both low-fat and gluten-free menu items are offered at Garden Pizza.
This pizzeria is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Be sure to show up for dinner a little early — Garden Pizza does not accept reservations.
This pizzeria also offers delivery and carryout if you're in the mood for the pizzeria's cooking but prefer to provide your own ambience.
If you're driving, that's no problem. Parking available onsite.
It's not the cheapest, it's not the most expensive, but it is the most delicious. Come to Garden Pizza for a great bite.
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 Garden Pizza.
Just because Garden Pizza is quick and easy doesn't make it any less tasty. For some of the most highly-rated pizza in town, swing on by today.
For mouthwatering pizza in a casual setting, look no further than the highly-rated Garden Pizza.
If you're looking for the hottest pies in town, you'll want to place your order in quick to Garden Pizza.
If you're searching for a quick and casual spot to grab some pizza in Fairview's Fairview, look no further than Angelo's Pizzeria and Restaurant.
Angelo's Pizzeria and Restaurant features a wide variety of flavorful low-fat and gluten-free eats.
This pizzeria is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
Reserve a table ahead of time and avoid the lines.
Love the food at this pizzeria but don't have the time to stay? You can pick up your food to eat when you're ready, or have them deliver straight to your home.
Driving is all about convenience, and we get that. With spaces available, we'll help speed up your night.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the pizzeria.
If you don't want a night that will cost you an arm and a leg but you do want a delicious meal, come to Angelo's Pizzeria and Restaurant.
So kick back, relax, and indulge in one of the tasty signature pizzas that Angelo's Pizzeria and Restaurant has to offer.
Angelo's Pizzeria and Restaurant's pizza is oozing with delicious cheese and sauce, so make sure to pick one up on your way home.
Help yourself (literally) to Rainbow Buffet Restaurant's Chinese buffet in Fairview's Fairview neighborhood.
Whether you are looking for food low in fat or gluten-free, this restaurant is the place you want to eat.
Warm weather, delectable dishes, and an awesome atmosphere make for a dream night out at Rainbow Buffet Restaurant.
The restaurant is on the noisier end, which is something to keep in mind when planning intimate get-togethers.
Reserve a table in advance and get seated when you're ready.
Rainbow Buffet Restaurant will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
Hand your keys to the valet driver or choose your own spot in the lot next door.
Rainbow Buffet Restaurant serves up affordable fare, allowing you to indulge in all of your favorite menu items.
You can stop by at practically any time, since Rainbow Buffet Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Rainbow Buffet Restaurant is the best place to go for a never ending supply of Chinese cuisine.
For spaghetti and meatballs that tug at the heartstrings, Patsy's Restaurant creates a warm atmosphere perfect for two.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This restaurant also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
Arrive fashionably early for your pick of tables — the restaurant does not accept reservations.
Casual clothing is the name of the game at Patsy's Restaurant, where suits and ties won't be spotted for miles.
Can't stay at this restaurant long? Pick up and go home.
Score parking in the lot adjacent to Patsy's Restaurant, a local restaurant.
Who s hungry for great grub at a reasonable rate? Patsy's Restaurant s yummy creations will leave a mark in your memory but not a dent in your pocketbook.
Make your next date night even more special with delicious Italian fare at the romantic Patsy's Restaurant.
Take a culinary tour of Italy when you sample the many deliciously unique dishes at Patsy's Restaurant.
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.