Grab a loaf of bread from Rosie's Cafe and make your sandwich just the way you like it.
Make sure you always have a variety of beverages on hand, especially during the warmer months. This drink is sure to take care of business.
Go under the sea with a few fresh catches, and enjoy a meal rich in protein and flavor.
Pick up some noodles from Rosie's Cafe and create a tasty pasta dish for lunch or dinner.
These fresh and flavorful canned food items will come in handy when you need a quick and convenient dinner option.
For that bowl of crunchy goodness, cereal is a winner for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
If you need that extra push to get you through your workday, a coffee or tea from Rosie's Cafe will do the trick.
Add some produce to your next dinner plate for a delicious meal jam-packed with vitamins and nutrients.
When you don't have time to grab lunch or dinner, these tasty snacks will hold you over until you can take a break.
Make your own salad dressing or secret sauce with some flavorful and healthy oil and vinegar from here.
When you need a quick meal after a long day of work, a TV dinner from here is sure to fill you up in a jiffy.
H20: The essential element for every human being. Stay hydrated everywhere you go with a bottle from Rosie's Cafe.
If milk is your go-to beverage, you'll love the dairy products available here (great for strengthening your bones and teeth).
Whether you are new to the world of cooking or consider yourself a home cook, you will love the selection of spices and seasonings that this store has to offer.
Keep some frozen food from here on hand and pop it in the microwave or oven when you need a quick and easy meal.
For an upgrade to your meals, you'll definitely want to test the fine meats for purchase here.
Just a touch of these key baking ingredients will make your baked goods pop, so make sure your kitchen is always well-stocked.
No matter what time of day you visit Rosie's Cafe, you can find easy in-and-out parking for your hot ride.
Oenophiles rejoice! Rini's Ristorante offers an amazing wine list and great ambience for sipping the night away.
Enjoy a glass of fine wine and some television entertainment in the bar bar area.
Host your next party at Rini's Ristorante for a meal your guests will remember.
Patrons have the pleasure of listening to live music while they dine.
If you're hoping to snag a table on a Friday or Saturday, it's best to ring the bar for a reservation first.
Your car or ours? You'll get the food either way via pickup or delivery.
The bar also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Rini's Ristorante to your next party or event.
Tired of driving in circles? Head to Rini's Ristorante for a bite to eat and find quick parking in the lot next door.
Rini's Ristorante makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
Take a break from the kitchen without breaking the bank! Rini's Ristorante will fill you up with top-notch fare that s modestly priced.
So when you need to kick back and relax after a long work week, make your way to Rini's Ristorante and sip away on a refreshing glass of wine.
While high-priced, the Italian food at Rini's Ristorante is well worth every penny!
Rini's Ristorante 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!
Pumpernickel offers a wide variety of classic American dishes.
This restaurant's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this restaurant, where the whole family is invited to dine.
Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into Pumpernickel's free wifi hotspot.
Gather up your group of friends and head to Pumpernickel, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
Warm weather, delectable dishes, and an awesome atmosphere make for a dream night out at Pumpernickel.
Reservations are recommended for those on a strict schedule.
Can't find your khakis? No problem! Throw on a pair of your most comfortable jeans and you'll blend right in at Pumpernickel.
Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available.
Free parking is offered every day of the week at the lot near Pumpernickel.
Your tab at Pumpernickel will usually run to about $30 per guest.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Pumpernickel since it offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Desserts take the cake at Pumpernickel, and diners are encouraged to dive in and indulge after their meal.
When you're craving a true American classic, such as a burger and fries, make your way over to Pumpernickel.
Pumpernickel has something for everyone with great American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Casaletto Ristorante does pasta right — this restaurant is known for its top-of-the-line Italian recipes.
Guess what? Casaletto Ristorante serves food that's free of gluten and low in fat, so everyone can find something that tastes and feels great.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this restaurant.
If waiting to be seated isn't your style, plan ahead and make reservations.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
Parking spaces are available curbside near the restaurant.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
Checks are bigger than average at the restaurant, so prepare your wallet.
Come see why the Italian food at Casaletto Ristorante is well worth the price.
So get ready to discover all the best flavors of Italy under one roof at Casaletto Ristorante.
If it's a spaghetti and meatballs kind of night, ratings say you'll find the best Italian at La Catena Italian Restaurant in Ardsley.
Families will feel right at home at this restaurant with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere.
Check email, shop online, or get the latest game scores on La Catena Italian Restaurant's free wifi.
Reservations are available, so give the restaurant a call before you head over for the fastest seating.
Put the suit away when heading to La Catena Italian Restaurant — dress is casual, as are the vibes.
With food this good, you'll be running into this restaurant to pick it up yourself.
Drivers will find parking not far from the restaurant.
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out.
For prime Italian fare, La Catena Italian Restaurant is one of the highest-rated restaurants around.
So treat yourself to a delicious Italian meal from La Catena Italian Restaurant and satisfy your hunger.
Pack a panini for lunch or pick up some pasta salad at Carmine's Italian Deli and Cafe, a deli that attracts all types of taste buds.
Gluten-free and low-fat are not one in the same, but this place serves them both.
Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on Carmine's Italian Deli and Cafe's gorgeous patio.
Carmine's Italian Deli and Cafe is a suitable restaurant for both large and small groups.
Don't get stuck waiting for a table — the restaurant accepts reservations.
Enjoy the vibe here with a business casual dress code.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Carmine's Italian Deli and Cafe will ensure that it is delicious.
This restaurant accommodates your schedule. Pick it up yourself or have it delivered to your door.
Drivers can park on the street or a nearby lot near Carmine's Italian Deli and Cafe.
For a fresh sandwich from a great deli, Carmine's Italian Deli and Cafe is definitely the play to go.
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.