What time is it? Time to grab one of American's favorite dishes at Walk Street.
Your pals with special dietary considerations — including those who avoid fat, gluten, and animal products — will still find plenty of tasty and suitable items on the menu.
Walk Street is also BYOB, so diners can provide their own libations.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this restaurant offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
Be sure to check out Walk Street's outdoor seating when the climate is right.
If dinner and a movie are on the agenda, reservations are recommended for a timely night out.
Walk Street tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Walk Street will ensure that it is delicious.
Can't stay at this restaurant long? Pick up and go home.
Street parking is available, or, on busy nights, a nearby lot is another option for drivers.
Walk Street offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
Take a break from the kitchen without breaking the bank! Walk Street will fill you up with top-notch fare that s modestly priced.
The restaurant's dinner menu receives the most attention, but diners have the option of grabbing breakfast or lunch here, too.
So when you need a tasty and satisfying meal, visit Walk Street and munch on some American eats.
Swing by Walk Street today and enjoy a delicious American meal in a casual setting.
So head on over to the highly-rated Walk Street for some American eats and see what the buzz is all about.
Fill up on naan and curry at Akbar Restaurant.
Health nuts will be pleased with the menu at Akbar Restaurant, which includes a number of fresh, nutritious items.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this restaurant.
Host your next party at Akbar Restaurant for a meal your guests will remember.
Akbar Restaurant is the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal outside (weather permitting).
Tap into the free wireless Internet at Akbar Restaurant.
It's best to call ahead for a table as the restaurant can get packed.
Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to Akbar Restaurant in jeans and a hoodie.
If time is of the essence, this restaurant's take-out option may be a better fit.
Through their catering service, Akbar Restaurant can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
At Akbar Restaurant, diners can make use of the street, valet and garage parking options.
Prices at Akbar Restaurant typically stay below the $30 mark, so you can afford to bring along a friend or a date.
Major credit cards are accepted as a form of payment, so patrons are advised to charge responsibly.
Night owls will be happy to hear that the restaurant is best known for their evening menu, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
The Indian food at Akbar Restaurant is filled with many flavors. Stop by today and try some of the tasty dishes.
Leo's Midway serves tasty American-style cuisine.
Gluten-free and low-fat are not one in the same, but this place serves them both.
This restaurant's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
Grab the kids when you head to this restaurant — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
Leo's Midway is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on Leo's Midway's gorgeous patio.
Stay connected at no cost thanks to Leo's Midway's wifi.
No need to put on airs for a trip to Leo's Midway — the dress code and ambience at this restaurant are totally laid-back.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this restaurant.
Can't get enough of Leo's Midway's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Leo's Midway's diners can park in a nearby lot or on the street.
Leo's Midway makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
Deep pockets not required! Leo's Midway takes pride in its over-the-top flavor and just-right prices.
At Leo's Midway, you can pay with any major credit card.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Leo's Midway — swing by for your favorite meal.
Lunch and dinner are easy as pie (and you might as well get a slice) at the delicious Leo's Midway.
When you come to Leo's Midway, you'll be beyond satisfied with a casual American meal.
The mussels are mighty at Waterzooi Belgian Bistro. The Garden City spot has served 2.5 million pounds of them since it opened. Presented in the traditional Belgian style, they're tossed in a pot, dressed with anything from creamy lobster sauce to farmhouse-ale broth, then paired with frites and mayonnaise. There's also an oyster bar with 10 rotating East Coast and West Coast styles—diners could sample the sweet, nutty flavor of Barnstables, or perhaps the clean brine of Hood Canals.
Shellfish are hardly the only star of the menu, though. In keeping with the Belgian inspiration, there are waffles capped with fresh whipped cream during brunch and baguettes sandwiching ham and gruyere on the late-night menu. The bar, of course is stocked with plenty of Belgian-style beers in addition to craft-cocktail supplies. There are ales from five Trappist breweries, bottled brews such as Pauwel Kwak, and even a private-label golden triple infused with champagne for those days you want to wear a ball cap and a top hat.
It's all a sort of temple to Belgian cooking, and appropriately enough, the dining room evokes a really good-smelling chapel. The lights are low, and the banquettes are framed by austere stucco arches inset with colorful panels of stained glass.
Hipster sushi lovers, take note: The NY Soup Exchange offers amazing nigiri, maki, and more in a glam setting.
The NY Soup Exchange is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu.
This sushi spot also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this sushi spot is a great spot for families to chow down.
Sit outside when the weather is fine — The NY Soup Exchange has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day.
Wireless Internet access is just a click away at The NY Soup Exchange.
Score quick and easy seating for groups of any size at The NY Soup Exchange.
Reserve a table in advance and get seated when you're ready.
Leave the suit and tie at home — The NY Soup Exchange is business casual all the way.
Impress the guests at your next gathering by calling in The NY Soup Exchange for catering.
This sushi spot accommodates your schedule. Pick it up yourself or have it delivered to your door.
Free parking is available in a lot near The NY Soup Exchange.
Morning, noon, or night, you can head on over to The NY Soup Exchange since they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Move beyond what you know with an evening of trendy sushi at The NY Soup Exchange.
So for a handcrafted roll with innovative flavors, you should look no further than The NY Soup Exchange.
If cooking isn't on the agenda, the perfect pie awaits you at Pizza Supreme, where customers praise the pizza like no other.
G-free and low-fat are just a couple of examples, come here for a quick bite that will leave you feeling healthy.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this pizzeria just as much as their parents do.
Pizza Supreme will be able to accommodate your large party.
Pizza Supreme offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
This pizzeria lets you stop by or stay home for your food.
Catering from Pizza Supreme will take your party to the next level.
The lot adjacent to Pizza Supreme provides free parking for diners.
You can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any major credit card.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Pizza Supreme since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
So who's hungry? The highly-acclaimed pizza at Pizza Supreme is ready and waiting to be served.
Find out how many slices you can eat! Pizza Supreme's pizza comes with high ratings and a low-key vibe, so take your time enjoying your pie.
So head on over to Pizza Supreme, where the pizzas are always hot and the ambiance is always cool.
When you are craving a little taste of Italy, make your way over to Pizza Supreme and indulge in a fresh and flavorful pizza.
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.