It's about time you started grocery shopping at Trader Joe's for a fantastic array of foods in Merrick.
From freshly baked pastas to packaged noodles, Trader Joe's has all of your pasta necessities.
If milk is your go-to beverage, you'll love the dairy products available here (great for strengthening your bones and teeth).
Produce like this is not just nutritious...it's delicious, too!
A staple in every household, cereal is sure to please every palate in the family.
Need a sandwich for lunch or toast to compliment your hearty breakfast? Grab a loaf of bread today.
Without a doubt, the best vinegar and oil options are stocked on the shelves at their terrific store.
When you have a hunger craving in between meals, these snacks will come in handy.
A frozen meal is just what you want when chopping, dicing, sauteing, and slicing isn't in the cards.
All the supplies you need to make a craveworthy dessert are here.
When you visit here, you'll be able to host a veritable barbecue with so many different meats for sale.
The drinks available here are a great way to restore your body's natural balance, so start sipping.
Water junkies can get their gulp on with a swig from Trader Joe's.
Soup, vegetables, fruit, these are just a few of the canned items available here.
The seasonings and spices here will make any cook feel like a true chef. Pick some up today.
If cooking isn't your forte, frozen food is an easy fix. Stock your freezer with delicious meals seven days a week!
Packed with essential nutrients, be sure to try walk away with some delicious fish for dinner.
Jumpstart your morning with a flavorful coffee or tea from Trader Joe's and feel energized all day.
Here you can find close and safe parking for you to take advantage of during your visit.
Stock up your kitchen with only the best quality groceries from Trader Joe's in Merrick.
Fans of Tomato and Basil Brick Oven Pizzeria make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
Give your stomach a break and try some of Tomato and Basil Brick Oven Pizzeria's gluten-free or low-fat items.
The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at this pizzeria won't cost you a sitter.
Can't find your khakis? No problem! Throw on a pair of your most comfortable jeans and you'll blend right in at Tomato and Basil Brick Oven Pizzeria.
Don't want to go out tonight but still want great food? Order takeout or delivery from this pizzeria.
That's right! Tomato and Basil Brick Oven Pizzeria will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
Complimentary parking is provided in the lot next to Tomato and Basil Brick Oven Pizzeria.
Some people say that if you've had one pizza, you've had them all. Diners who've tried Tomato and Basil Brick Oven Pizzeria's pizza say it is the absolute best.
So bring your appetite to Tomato and Basil Brick Oven Pizzeria. This no-muss, no-fuss pizza joint comes with rave reviews.
When you just want to relax in a casual setting and enjoy some pizza, make your way over to Tomato and Basil Brick Oven Pizzeria.
Isn't it time you stopped trifling with average pizzas and went with the masters at Tomato and Basil Brick Oven Pizzeria?
Highly regarded, the Italian food at Tomato and Basil Brick Oven Pizzeria is perfect for diners looking for a nice meal out.
Italy doesn't quite seem so far away when you try the delicious cuisine at Tomato and Basil Brick Oven Pizzeria.
Pop over to Guy Anthony's Buon Appetito for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
Guy Anthony's Buon Appetito's low-fat and G-free items make it easy to eat right.
This pizzeria's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
Don't like waiting to be seated? Make a reservation whether it's just you or the whole group.
Forget the stuffy formal wear! Guy Anthony's Buon Appetito's business casual dress code sets the tone for ease and enjoyment.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
Impress the guests at your next gathering by calling in Guy Anthony's Buon Appetito for catering.
Patrons can park in a lot near Guy Anthony's Buon Appetito or take advantage of the generous street parking.
You can take it easy on your wallet at Guy Anthony's Buon Appetito — prices are generally less than $30 per person.
The pizzeria's got you covered whether you're hungry for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, but die-hard fans always opt for an evening meal.
Who doesn't love pizza? And who doesn't love pizza with great ratings? Guy Anthony's Buon Appetito is home to some of the best slices in the neighborhood, so order a hot one today.
So when you need a quick solution for lunch or dinner, stop by Guy Anthony's Buon Appetito and enjoy a hot and tasty pizza.
High-quality Italian food awaits you at Guy Anthony's Buon Appetito!
Get ready to discover the colorful, flavorful world of Italian cooking at Guy Anthony's Buon Appetito.
Come for a tasty meal at George Martin's Grillfire that the whole family will love.
Cautious diners will appreciate the low-fat and gluten-free fare at George Martin's Grillfire.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this restaurant has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
Grab the kids when you head to this restaurant — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
George Martin's Grillfire has a large dining room, making it easy to seat large parties.
Get online for free courtesy of George Martin's Grillfire's wifi.
The restaurant accepts reservations, so you can get around the busy crowd.
Wear what you like when you dine at George Martin's Grillfire — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
Call George Martin's Grillfire for catering if you have a big event coming up.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
Parking is available at an adjacent lot.
George Martin's Grillfire offers a nice selection of mid-range cuisine, so you can expect a meal there to cost about $30 or less per person.
Indulge in all of your favorite American classics with a trip to the definitive standard in town at George Martin's Grillfire.
George Martin's Grillfire serves up a variety of American eats in a casual setting. Swing by today and munch on some of your favorite dishes.
The perfect date spot, La Strada attracts couples looking for top-notch (and top-rated) Italian fare.
La Strada has a large menu filled with tasty gluten-free and healthy items.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
Looking to host a party but don't have the space at home? You'll love the private room offered at La Strada — just right for large and merry gatherings.
Free wifi is on hand here as well.
Make a reservation to ensure your night goes according to schedule.
La Strada's guests are no strangers to casual clothing, and sneakers are spotted around every corner.
Through their catering service, La Strada can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
If preferred, patrons can leave their vehicles in a nearby lot, though space is available on the street as well.
It's not the cheapest, it's not the most expensive, but it is the most delicious. Come to La Strada for a great bite.
So plan your next date night at La Strada, where you'll enjoy incredible Italian cooking in a richly romantic setting.
Come see why the Italian food at La Strada is well worth the price.
When you're in the mood for pasta or pizza, head over to La Strada and indulge in a classic Italian dish.
Merrick's Thai Station Restaurant offers a traditional menu of Thai dishes in a relaxed setting.
The creators of Thai Station Restaurant have crafted a delicious menu filled with healthy and gluten-free dishes.
Grab the kids when you head to this restaurant — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
You can't reserve a table ahead of time at Thai Station Restaurant, so you may need to plan for a wait at prime times.
Keep it casual at Thai Station Restaurant, and save that little black dress for a different occasion.
Can't stay long? Not a problem with the restaurant's take-out and delivery options.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Thai Station Restaurant also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
The free parking lot next door is a steal for those dining at Thai Station Restaurant.
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 Thai Station Restaurant.
Three meals a day are served at Thai Station Restaurant, so you can choose to start your day or end your evening here.
Thai Station Restaurant's Thai cuisine has something for everyone's taste, taking the drama out of eating out.
So spice up your lunch or dinner today with some great Thai food from the highly-rated Thai Station 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.