For a sandwich loaded with all your favorite toppings, be sure to eat at V and J Soriano in Staten Island's Great Kills neighborhood — this deli will keep you coming back for more.
This place will leave you feeling satisfied no matter what kind of dietary needs you have.
V and J Soriano can also cater your next party; call today for details.
Worried about finding parking? Don't fret! V and J Soriano is located near plenty of options.
Take public transit and take a break from the wheel; stops are not far from V and J Soriano at Bay Terrace (SIR) and Great Kills (SIR).
V and J Soriano s mid-range cuisine will please your pockets as well as your palate.
Isn't it time you visited V and J Soriano for a deli that ensures its products are always high quality?
Come hungry and leave happy! Matsu Japanese Restaurant in Staten Island aims to please even the pickiest eater.
Forget circling the block, Matsu Japanese Restaurant has plenty of nearby parking options.
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more.
Jimmy Max, located in Staten Island's Great Kills neighborhood, is a great spot to grab a hot slice.
At Jimmy Max, you won't have to worry about circling the block multiple times to find parking.
Ride in the passenger seat and take public transit; convenient stops are located at Bay Terrace (SIR) and Great Kills (SIR).
At Jimmy Max, you can ease your appetite and please your pocketbook
the menu offers a selection of mid-priced, budget-friendly meals.
When you need a quick dinner option for the whole family, stop by Jimmy Max and enjoy a hot and fresh pizza.
For an entree that scores high on the taste test, try one of the many options available at Dunkin' Donuts in Staten Island.
Take advantage of the quick and easy parking near Dunkin' Donuts.
At Dunkin' Donuts, you can score inexpensive fare and leave with a full stomach.
Grab a seat and dig in! Alissia's in Staten Island offers tasty eats everyone will enjoy.
Enjoy wifi here free of cost.
Ample parking is available — the nearby lot is open to diners, as is valet, if preferred. For those who choose to find their own space, street parking is also an option.
For a mouthwatering meal you're sure to love, Marina Cafe in Staten Island is the place to be.
Marina Cafe features a wide variety of flavorful low-fat and gluten-free eats.
The bar at this restaurant is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer.
Bring your whole brood to this restaurant, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
Shake off your workday and treat yourself to Marina Cafe's happy hour.
Marina Cafe will be able to accommodate your large party.
On warmer days, take advantage of Marina Cafe's outdoor seating.
DJ fans will appreciate Marina Cafe's frequent live mixes.
Between the music and the crowds, Marina Cafe's noise levels can be intense.
It can be a bit of a mob scene on the weekends, so don't take a chance on getting seated — best to call ahead and make a reservation.
It doesn't get much more laid-back than Marina Cafe, so dress for comfort when you come.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the diners at your next shindig.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
The restaurant is adjacent to a parking lot, where optional valet is also provided. Street parking is readily available as well.
Marina Cafe offers safe bike parking outside.
For great dishes that fall smack dab in the middle when it comes to price, Marina Cafe is a reasonable option for diners of different budgets.
If you're short on cash, take care of business with one of many major credit cards.
The restaurant's got you covered whether you're hungry for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, but die-hard fans always opt for an evening meal.
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.