Everyone wishes they had more time, but when you start shopping the selection of canned foods at Quick Chek, you actually will have more time because of the food's ease of preparation.
Choose from meaty and veggie favorites at Quick Chek and munch your way through a tasty sandwich.
Stock up on all of your deli favorites, such as salads, meats and cheese, at Quick Chek and enjoy every bite.
If you're curious about the various types of vinegar and oil the world has to offer, stop by here and discover a new blend.
If you love to taste different tea and coffee blends, check out the selection of items available at Quick Chek.
If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen...or at least don't spend a lot of time in it. The frozen food here is a great way to whip up a meal in minutes.
The gourmet spices and seasonings available here will take any meal to the next level.
Whether you cook it or eat it raw, the produce from Quick Chek will be tasty no matter what.
Make sure you always have the ingredients to make a delicious dessert on hand.
If rushing out the door is your morning routine, be sure to pick up a box of cereal for a quick and easy breakfast solution.
While you're stopping in today, you'll love browsing their selection of terrific meats.
Dial down your thirst with some delicious drinks that are both refreshing and cool.
Ready, set, fish! For heart-healthy fare, super fresh seafood is readily available.
Stay refreshed no matter where you are! Water is available at Quick Chek.
Every chef needs a break from the heat, so enjoy a frozen dinner without lifting a finger.
Pick up some fresh and tasty pasta from Quick Chek and slurp your way to happiness.
Pick up all of your favorite snacks and enjoy a relaxing night in while you veg out.
Bread at Quick Chek is absolutely delicious.
Do you meet your recommended calcium intake? If not, pick up some dairy products and put yourself on the path to a healthier lifestyle.
Customers don't need to worry about finding parking, as there are many spots available in the area.
Visit Dunellen Hotel for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Dunellen's Dunellen.
The drink list at this restaurant has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this restaurant just as much as their parents do.
Get online gratis thanks to Dunellen Hotel's complimentary wifi.
Dunellen Hotel is a great location to host a group dinner.
You'll want to save quiet conversations for another spot, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
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.
Drift away from stuffy dress-code conventions and dine in comfort at Dunellen Hotel.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the visitors at your next shindig.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
Dunellen Hotel's guests can take advantage of the easy street and lot parking options.
Dunellen Hotel makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
With so many tasty low-cost options on Dunellen Hotel's menu, dining out has never been such a bargain.
Dunellen Hotel accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and all major credit cards.
The dinner menu is a crowd pleaser at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
Lunch and dinner are easy as pie (and you might as well get a slice) at the delicious Dunellen Hotel.
Dunellen Hotel has something for everyone with great American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Whether you prefer sausage, 'roni, or all-around veggie, Mr Assante Pizza's easy-to-please pizza has fans dishing out top-notch ratings.
Foods you can't live without fill the menu here — tasty pizza and flavorful pasta are the pizzeria's big-ticket items.
Whether you are looking for food low in fat or gluten-free, this restaurant is the place you want to eat.
Grab the kids when you head to this pizzeria — its family-oriented menu and ambience are perfect for the whole clan.
Prefer to dine from the comfort of your own couch? Swing by this pizzeria for carryout, or have them come to you with delivery.
Waiting can feel like forever, especially when you're hungry. Spare yourself time spent in the parking search and dine with us. We've got space available for you and your car.
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 Mr Assante Pizza.
Some people say that if you've had one pizza, you've had them all. Diners who've tried Mr Assante Pizza's pizza say it is the absolute best.
Pizza doesn't have to be fancy to be great. Delicious pies await you at Mr Assante Pizza (along with star-studded reviews and sky-high ratings), so grab a seat and dig in.
With a casual atmosphere and great pizza, you can't go wrong by dining at Mr Assante Pizza.
So round up the whole family and head on over to Mr Assante Pizza for a tasty pizza pie.
For a lovely Italian night out, look no further than Mr Assante Pizza.
So treat yourself to a delicious Italian meal from Mr Assante Pizza and satisfy your hunger.
Thai food is always tasty, but House of Thai Cuisine in Green Brook makes it especially delicious as its multi-star ratings show.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this restaurant, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
The restaurant accepts reservations, so it's simple to snag a table in advance.
Save your formal dress for another occasion — a nice top is the perfect fit for House of Thai Cuisine's business casual code.
You can also serve food from House of Thai Cuisine at your next party — the restaurant offers catering.
Want to enjoy this restaurant without the wait? Get it to go.
The free parking lot next door is a steal for those dining at House of Thai Cuisine.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the restaurant.
Expect to spend less than $15 per person at House of Thai Cuisine.
Supper is exceptional, though the restaurant also offers breakfast and lunch.
When you're ready to take your Thai fare up a notch, the all-star menu at House of Thai Cuisine is waiting.
So get a taste of the best Thai around when you swing by House of Thai Cuisine for a quick bite to eat.
Thai cuisine is a great option for large groups and House of Thai Cuisine makes it easy.
For traditional and innovative Thai food with endless flavor, head to House of Thai Cuisine.
Wine and dine at Ferraro's Pizzeria & Pub in Middlesex.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this restaurant's delightful drink menu.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This restaurant serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Just around the workday bend are Ferraro's Pizzeria & Pub's happy hour food and drink bargains.
Be sure to check out Ferraro's Pizzeria & Pub's outdoor seating when the climate is right.
Up for grabs (and free of charge) is Ferraro's Pizzeria & Pub's wifi.
For an eclectic twist on traditional dining, live music is often featured at Ferraro's Pizzeria & Pub as well.
If you're heading out on a Friday or Saturday, keep in mind that the restaurant gets busy.
You'll find most people wearing their favorite T-shirt and pair of jeans, as casual dining is Ferraro's Pizzeria & Pub's style.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
At Ferraro's Pizzeria & Pub, you won't have to worry about circling the block multiple times to find parking.
Ferraro's Pizzeria & Pub offers various parking options, including bike parking.
We've got news: Great taste doesn't always come with a hefty price tag. For astonishingly affordable prices (and delicious dishes), treat your taste buds to Ferraro's Pizzeria & Pub.
Enjoy a freshly tossed pizza loaded with toppings at Tim Kerwin's Tavern in Middlesex.
Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu.
Be sure to complete your meal at this pizzeria with a drink from the pizzeria's full bar.
Raise your glass at Tim Kerwin's Tavern's happy hour.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful weather during your meal at Tim Kerwin's Tavern.
Patrons are often seen swaying in their seats thanks to performances from Tim Kerwin's Tavern's live musical groups or DJs.
It's easy to get down and dance at Tim Kerwin's Tavern when there's a live DJ spinning the best beats.
Weekends can get packed, so take advantage of the pizzeria's reservations.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this pizzeria.
Through their catering service, Tim Kerwin's Tavern can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Take the car and arrive promptly to dinner; parking is plentiful, so don't worry about setting aside time to search for a space.
Tim Kerwin's Tavern is a mid-priced establishment, with the average meal costing under $30.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at Tim Kerwin's Tavern, so come by whenever it fits your schedule.
When pizza is on your mind, head over to Tim Kerwin's Tavern and enjoy a fresh slice of goodness.
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.