Craving finger food? Head to Hailey's Harp and Pub and chow down on classic pub fare.
Just because you're out on the town doesn't mean you have to miss the game. TVs are on in the bar area to give you all the latest scores.
This bar welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
Hailey's Harp and Pub is a prime location to dine with a group.
If dining outdoors is your idea of a good time, you'll love the gorgeous patio seating at Hailey's Harp and Pub.
Stay connected at no cost thanks to Hailey's Harp and Pub's wifi.
Tap your foot to Hailey's Harp and Pub's tunes — live performances are often showcased here.
Between the music and the crowds, Hailey's Harp and Pub's noise levels can be intense.
Prepare to face the crowds if you visit on the weekend — Friday and Saturday are Hailey's Harp and Pub's busiest days.
Keep it casual at Hailey's Harp and Pub — the bar is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Hailey's Harp and Pub also offers catering.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this bar.
Hailey's Harp and Pub's guests can take advantage of the easy street and lot parking options.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the bar.
An average meal at Hailey's Harp and Pub will set you back about $30.
If breakfast isn't your thing, Hailey's Harp and Pub also serves lunch and dinner, so you can be sure to swing by at some point during the day.
When you want to relax and grab a quick bite to eat, come munch on some pub fare at Hailey's Harp and Pub.
Grab a friend and head to Hailey's Harp and Pub where you can enjoy some good food and a nice beer.
Hailey's Harp and Pub is not only a top British pub but a must in Metuchen.
Known for its casual and fun atmosphere, Antonio's Brick Oven Pizza serves up the best pizza in town.
Watching your diet? Stay on track at Antonio's Brick Oven Pizza, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat options.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this pizzeria, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
Antonio's Brick Oven Pizza is the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal outside (weather permitting).
Antonio's Brick Oven Pizza has a large dining room, making it easy to seat large parties.
Up for grabs (and free of charge) is Antonio's Brick Oven Pizza's wifi.
Comfort is prioritized at Antonio's Brick Oven Pizza, and guests are encouraged to come as they are.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Antonio's Brick Oven Pizza also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
This pizzeria will bring your food right to your doorstep if you prefer to make it a night in, or swing by the pizzeria yourself to carry out your meal.
Street and lot parking is simple near Antonio's Brick Oven Pizza.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
An average meal at Antonio's Brick Oven Pizza will set you back about $30.
Don't stress over planning a fancy dinner. Keep it fun and casual with a fresh, handmade pizza from Antonio's Brick Oven Pizza.
Not all pizzas are made the same. For a quality pie that packs in all the delicious flavors you love, be sure to stop by Antonio's Brick Oven Pizza.
Big tastes abound at Novita Bistro and Lounge, and Italian-fare enthusiasts can't stop talking about the five-star menu.
Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list.
For your next big bash, consider hosting at Novita Bistro and Lounge, a great space for big groups with a private room to boot.
Novita Bistro and Lounge is the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal outside (weather permitting).
Wireless Internet access is just a click away at Novita Bistro and Lounge.
Planning a special night? Call ahead to reserve a table.
Business casual attire is acceptable, so guests can let go of the "dress to impress" standard.
Call Novita Bistro and Lounge for catering if you have a big event coming up.
You can also grab your grub to go.
Store your car on the street or in a nearby lot at Novita Bistro and Lounge.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of Novita Bistro and Lounge.
If you go out for a nice meal, it doesn't need to cost $100, come treat yourself at Novita Bistro and Lounge.
At Novita Bistro and Lounge, you can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any other major credit card.
Highly regarded, the Italian food at Novita Bistro and Lounge is perfect for diners looking for a nice meal out.
When you're ready to take a break for lunch, head over to Novita Bistro and Lounge and indulge in some tasty Italian dishes.
Load up on toppings or opt for a simple slice of cheese at Joey D's Pizzeria, Metuchen's classic pizza venue.
Whether rocking a gluten-free lifestyle or looking for something low-fat, this place will serve you just what you need.
You can also serve food from Joey D's Pizzeria at your next party — the pizzeria offers catering.
Don't want to go out tonight but still want great food? Order takeout or delivery from this pizzeria.
Don't fret! Parking options are readily available near Joey D's Pizzeria.
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at Joey D's Pizzeria.
For great dishes that fall smack dab in the middle when it comes to price, Joey D's Pizzeria is a reasonable option for diners of different budgets.
All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
Find your sweet (or savory) spot at Joey D's Pizzeria, where you can opt for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
A tasty pizza form Joey D's Pizzeria is perfect for any of your upcoming casual gatherings.
For classic barbecue, head to Famous Dave's in Metuchen's Fords district.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this restaurant's delightful drink menu.
If you're in need of a booster seat, this restaurant's got you covered. This is a great spot for the whole family.
Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at Famous Dave's, known for its laid-back ambience.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Famous Dave's to your next party or event.
Driving to Famous Dave's? Check out the nearby parking selections and park with ease.
You'll typically spend about $30 per person to dine at Famous Dave's, so plan your budget accordingly.
Famous Dave's is serving up barbecue with a fresh new twist, making it the perfect meal for any occasion.
Whether you're craving cookout-style cuisine or just love laid-back barbecue, Famous Dave's is a spot worth checking out.
Opt for a blend of flavorful dishes at Latin American-inspired Lola Latin Bistro, home to warm tortillas and sweet plantains.
Lola Latin Bistro has a large dining room, making it easy to seat large parties.
Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on Lola Latin Bistro's gorgeous patio.
Reservations are available, so give the restaurant a call before you head over for the fastest seating.
No need to gussy up for a trip to Lola Latin Bistro, where patrons dress for comfort and fun.
That's right! Lola Latin Bistro will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
Lola Latin Bistro provides easy access to an adjacent lot.
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at Lola Latin Bistro, so come by whenever it fits your schedule.
Add a little spice to your meal out with the Latin American food at Lola Latin Bistro.
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.