Switch up your weekly pasta routine with a new and exciting pasta recipe. Grab some noodles from Quick Chek and get cooking.
Check out the staple deli menu at Quick Chek and purchase an assortment of yummy items for your next dinner party.
If you're a lover of all things dairy, help yourself to some great products at Quick Chek for all your protein and calcium needs.
The produce available here is a great side to any meal in need of some fresh nutrients.
Stay refreshed no matter where you are! Water is available at Quick Chek.
Fresh produce fills the shelves here, so you can stock your fridge with healthier options.
When you're looking for a caffeine fix, Quick Chek has the best coffee and tea to get you going.
Maximize your evening time by relying on the amazing TV dinners available here.
Turn your kitchen into a gourmet chef's paradise with the great spices and seasonings.
Everyone loves cereal in the morning. Stop in to get your family's favorites.
Health nuts will go crazy for the refreshing beverages available here, a great way to stay happy and hydrated.
For breads, cookies, cakes, and pies that will blow your mind, are couple extra sweet ingredients are kitchen must-haves.
You'll definitely want to make sure you're well stocked for any potential emergencies by browsing through Quick Chek's great selection of canned foods.
Whether you need some snacks for the big game or a quick dinner option, the frozen foods from here are sure to suit your needs.
Pick up all of your favorite snacks and enjoy a relaxing night in while you veg out.
Catch all your omega-3 fatty acids! Fish are delicious and nutritious, so start planning your next seafood platter.
If you need a quick and easy salad dressing, pick up some tasty and healthy oil and vinegar from here.
Whether you prefer your sandwich hot or cold, Quick Chek serves up both tasty options.
Kick off your weekend with a barbecue. Pick up some fresh and tender meats from here and start cooking.
The bread baked at Quick Chek gets rave reviews, so taste it yourself today.
Patrons are provided with sufficient parking nearby.
For ethnic cuisine with a Spanish twist, dine at Spanish Pavillion.
The chefs at Spanish Pavillion know how to prepare tasty, gluten-free and low-fat meals.
Enjoy a drink with your dinner — this restaurant has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more.
Parents, bring your kids along to this restaurant, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
At Spanish Pavillion, easily plan a night out with family, friends, coworkers and more — large parties are always welcome, and a private room is available for use.
Spanish Pavillion's outdoor seating is available during the warmer months.
Whether it's just you and a date or you're bringing the whole gang, it's best to call ahead and make a reservation.
Folks tend to dress down at Spanish Pavillion, so keep comfort in mind when heading to the restaurant.
This restaurant offers carryout for your convenience.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Spanish Pavillion to create the perfect night.
For convenience, patrons can park in the lot next door, and valet is also an option.
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at Spanish Pavillion.
Prepare to spend about $30 per person when dining at Spanish Pavillion.
So when sangria is calling your name, head to Spanish Pavillion for a truly authentic Spanish meal.
Head on over to Emilio's Restaurant for homemade Italian dishes, including pasta and desserts.
Find time to peruse the wine list here — this restaurant offers a variety of drink options.
Worried about taking a big group out for a night on the town? Emilio's Restaurant has you covered with private rooms made for loud parties.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful weather during your meal at Emilio's Restaurant.
Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into Emilio's Restaurant's free wifi hotspot.
Avoid playing the waiting game and call ahead for a table.
Dressing up is required here, so take the time to spiff up your look before leaving the house.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go.
Emilio's Restaurant is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
Guests can leave their vehicles in the nearby lot — valet service is also available — or circle the block for a spot on the street.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
Although Emilio's Restaurant is a bit of a splurge, it certainly is worth it.
So the next time you're craving a decadent bowl of pasta or want to try a new Italian twist, Emilio's Restaurant is ready for you.
Fresh from the oven every time, the insanely-cheesy slices at Pizza have visitors hooked on five-star reviews.
Bring the whole clan to this pizzeria — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
Your large group can all sit together at Pizza.
Save your formal dress for another occasion — a nice top is the perfect fit for Pizza's business casual code.
Grab this pizzeria's delicious food on the go with its takeout and delivery services.
You can also have Pizza cater your next event.
At Pizza, diners can easily find street parking or parking in a nearby lot.
For talk-of-the-town pizza, Pizza is your pizzeria. Stop by for a slice or two and judge the ratings for yourself.
Just because 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.
Don't stress over planning a fancy dinner. Keep it fun and casual with a fresh, handmade pizza from Pizza.
Select your toppings and create a delicious pizza made from scratch by visiting Pizza.
Pizza's Italian food gets the highest price; come taste why!
From pasta to paninis, Pizza has all the Italian food you love and then some.
Known for its casual and fun atmosphere, Nino's Pizza and Restaurant serves up the best pizza in town.
Whether you are looking for food low in fat or gluten-free, this restaurant is the place you want to eat.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this pizzeria's delightful drink menu.
Eat out with the little ones at this pizzeria, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Nino's Pizza and Restaurant can seat both large and small groups.
Your car or ours? You'll get the food either way via pickup or delivery.
Nino's Pizza and Restaurant is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
Drivers can take advantage of the parking lot near Nino's Pizza and Restaurant and save time on hunting for a parking spot.
Find your happy place as you relax in the casual atmosphere and munch on delicious pizza at Nino's Pizza and Restaurant.
When you need a good meal in a flash, grab a pizza from the highly-rated Nino's Pizza and Restaurant.
For an easygoing bar scene, make your way to Pic-Nic Bar and Restaurant in East Newark's East Newark district.
On gameday, come here to cheer your team to victory and watch every triumph on the big screen.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at this bar with its kid-friendly fare.
Musical groups perform live at Pic-Nic Bar and Restaurant, so tables can perk up with some tunes.
The bar's background buzz is a bit loud, so those seeking low-key conversation are advised to dine elsewhere.
Weekend diners may find themselves waiting for a table, as Friday and Saturday nights tend to draw a crowd.
Great food is best enjoyed comfortably, so Pic-Nic Bar and Restaurant encourages less-than-fancy attire.
Or, take your food to go.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Pic-Nic Bar and Restaurant will ensure that it is delicious.
The parking options near Pic-Nic Bar and Restaurant are quick and painless.
Treating yourself doesn't mean breaking the bank, come taste the great dishes Pic-Nic Bar and Restaurant has to offer.
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.