Visit T.G.I. Friday's for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Woodbridge Township's Iselin.
It serves everything including gluten-free and low-fat options.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This restaurant also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
Bring your whole brood to this restaurant, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
Al fresco eating options are also available at T.G.I. Friday's, which presents a lovely patio seating area for warmer months.
Enjoy wifi here free of cost.
Those with sensitive ears may want to stay away from this restaurant, though, as it can get quite loud.
Take it nice and easy at T.G.I. Friday's, where casual dress is the rule of the day.
What's that you hear? It's carryout at this restaurant.
Call T.G.I. Friday's for catering if you have a big event coming up.
T.G.I. Friday's offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
When you need great food that is not going to cost an arm and a leg, stop by T.G.I. Friday's.
T.G.I. Friday's has three square meals a day on the menu, so swing by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
When you are ready to try a new restaurant for lunch or dinner, make your way over to T.G.I. Friday's for tasty American fare.
There's no doubt about it. A satisfying meal can always be found at T.G.I. Friday's.
Spicy hot ratings heat up the food at Rasoi Restaurant 2, so those with a passion for Indian fare should head on over for a tasty meal.
Looking for low-fat, gluten-free meal options? Look no further than Rasoi Restaurant 2.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this restaurant.
Be sure to make reservations so you can get seated right away.
No need to dress to the nines here — Rasoi Restaurant 2's policy is business casual, so guests can dine in comfort.
For the tastes of Rasoi Restaurant 2 from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Whether you're heading to Rasoi Restaurant 2 for lunch or dinner, parking is always free in the adjacent lot.
Rasoi Restaurant 2 offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person.
So if Indian fare is on the menu for tonight, why not make sure it's the best in town? The top-notch cuisine at Rasoi Restaurant 2 is just waiting to be had.
The Indian food at Rasoi Restaurant 2 is filled with many flavors. Stop by today and try some of the tasty dishes.
Bite into freshly baked naan bread at Urban Tadka, a flavorful Indian restaurant for those with a hankering for heat.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this restaurant's drink list.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this restaurant, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Reserve a table in advance and steer clear of long wait times.
No need to dress to the nines here — Urban Tadka's policy is business casual, so guests can dine in comfort.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Urban Tadka to create the perfect night.
The only thing tastier than our food and drinks is the free parking.
Urban Tadka makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
The average check at Urban Tadka will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
At Urban Tadka, you have the option of paying by major credit card.
Dinner is the real yum factor here, though breakfast bites and lunch are also featured.
When Indian fare is on your mind, pay Urban Tadka a visit and give into your craving.
Come to Ruby Tuesday to grab an American classic with a side of fries.
The gluten-free and low-fat fare at Ruby Tuesday will leave you happy and full.
This restaurant patrons can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Bring the whole family to this restaurant, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
Not to be overlooked is Ruby Tuesday's no-charge wifi.
Folks tend to dress down at Ruby Tuesday, so keep comfort in mind when heading to the restaurant.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
Impress the guests at your next gathering by calling in Ruby Tuesday for catering.
The only thing tastier than our food and drinks is the free parking.
Ruby Tuesday is a mid-priced establishment, with the average meal costing under $30.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but the dinner menu is the real standout.
So when you need to cure your hunger craving, visit Ruby Tuesday and treat yourself to a tasty American dish.
So for some delicious American fare any time of the day, head to Ruby Tuesday.
If you're craving tasty Chinese cuisine, Yoan's Garden in Iselin is sure to hit the spot.
Keep your diet in check at Yoan's Garden, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat menu items.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this restaurant, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
Yoan's Garden is first-come, first-served, so plan accordingly.
Fancy-schmancy attire is not required; in fact, guests are told to keep things casual.
Don't want to go out tonight but still want great food? Order takeout or delivery from this restaurant.
For the tastes of Yoan's Garden from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
Free parking is available in the adjacent lot.
Bike parking is quick and easy at Yoan's Garden.
Deep pockets not required! Yoan's Garden takes pride in its over-the-top flavor and just-right prices.
Spend your morning, afternoon, or evening at Yoan's Garden, where guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Looking to send your taste buds on a delicious trip to China? Head on over the cuisine at Yoan's Garden.
Spicy hot ratings heat up the food at Chowpatty Restaurant, so those with a passion for Indian fare should head on over for a tasty meal.
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.
Gather up your group of friends and head to Chowpatty Restaurant, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
Chowpatty Restaurant offers low-cost, high-speed wifi.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Chowpatty Restaurant to create the perfect night.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
Drivers will be giddy once they hear about the easy street parking near Chowpatty Restaurant.
Indian cuisine doesn't get much better than this. Come to Chowpatty Restaurant and taste the star-studded fare for yourself.
The Indian food at Chowpatty Restaurant is filled with many flavors. Stop by today and try some of the tasty dishes.
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.