Fresh from the oven every time, the insanely-cheesy slices at Gino's Bellmore have visitors hooked on five-star reviews.
Watching your diet? Stay on track at Gino's Bellmore, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat options.
If you're in need of a booster seat, this pizzeria's got you covered. This is a great spot for the whole family.
Be sure to check out Gino's Bellmore's outdoor seating when the climate is right.
Don't go off the grid! With the free wifi at Gino's Bellmore, you can surf the web and get some work done.
This pizzeria lets you stop by or stay home for your food.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Gino's Bellmore as well.
The restaurant offers free parking in the lot next door.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at Gino's Bellmore.
So who's hungry? The highly-acclaimed pizza at Gino's Bellmore is ready and waiting to be served.
Just because Gino's Bellmore is quick and easy doesn't make it any less tasty. For some of the most highly-rated pizza in town, swing on by today.
With a casual atmosphere and great pizza, you can't go wrong by dining at Gino's Bellmore.
Gino's Bellmore's pizza is oozing with delicious cheese and sauce, so make sure to pick one up on your way home.
Deemed "pizza of the year" every year by Mama Gina's' loyal fans, this deliciously-cheesy pizza will have you reaching for seconds, thirds, and even fourths.
Looking for low-fat, gluten-free meal options? Look no further than Mama Gina's.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this pizzeria is a great spot for families to chow down.
Turn your living room into a five-star restaurant with takeout or delivery from this pizzeria.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Mama Gina's as well.
Free parking is offered every day in the lot next door, allowing guests to relax and enjoy their meal.
Mama Gina's happily accepts all major credit cards as a form of payment.
Mama Gina's provides morning, afternoon, and evening service, so you can easily find time to dine.
For talk-of-the-town pizza, Mama Gina's is your pizzeria. Stop by for a slice or two and judge the ratings for yourself.
Pizza lovers can't get enough of Mama Gina's where the ratings are as hot as the pies, so come on down for a quick slice or two.
There's nothing tastier than a casual pie on a Friday night, so make plans to go to Mama Gina's this weekend.
When pizza is on your mind, head over to Mama Gina's and enjoy a fresh slice of goodness.
Top-rated pasta, rich sauces, and more great Italian fare await your palate at Elisa's Restaurant.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this restaurant's drink list.
This restaurant welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
Getting online is easy with Elisa's Restaurant's free and convenient wifi.
Take advantage of the restaurant's reservation system, and book a table for your party.
Find a fancy dress for a fancy meal — Elisa's Restaurant's formal vibe is sure to impress.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Elisa's Restaurant offers catering.
The food is prepared and packaged, just waiting for your pickup.
Free parking is available for patrons who dine at Elisa's Restaurant.
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out.
Feel free to swing by the restaurant for breakfast or lunch, but fans recommend holding out for dinner.
For a lovely Italian night out, look no further than Elisa's Restaurant.
For authentic and delicious Italian cuisine, look no further than the highly-rated Elisa's Restaurant.
For spectacular German food in the heart of North Bellmore, take your guten appetit on over to Oak Chalet Restaurant.
Oak Chalet Restaurant trends toward lighter eating habits, so you won't find many dishes with animal products or gluten on the menu. Fare tends to be low in fat as well.
Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here.
At this restaurant, kids of all ages are welcome.
Make it a VIP party and book a private room at Oak Chalet Restaurant today!
Reserve a table in advance and steer clear of long wait times.
Take it nice and easy at Oak Chalet Restaurant, where casual dress is the rule of the day.
For the tastes of Oak Chalet Restaurant from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.
Drive up and park. No meters or machines required, just easy free parking.
Checks are bigger than average at the restaurant, so prepare your wallet.
Oak Chalet Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
So enjoy a Brezel (German pretzel) or sample some of the other German fare on the menu at Oak Chalet Restaurant. You can't go wrong.
Swing by Madison's Smoothie Cafe in North Bellmore for your next meal.
Whether you're gluten-free or just health-conscious, Madison's Smoothie Cafe serves a number of dishes that are good for the diet.
At this restaurant, kids of all ages are welcome.
Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days.
Madison's Smoothie Cafe has a large dining room, making it easy to seat large parties.
Throw on your favorite T-shirt and head out the door — dining at Madison's Smoothie Cafe is all about comfort.
With delivery and take-out options, you can enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of your own living room.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Madison's Smoothie Cafe also offers catering.
At Madison's Smoothie Cafe, diners will receive complimentary parking at the lot next door.
Madison's Smoothie Cafe offers various parking options, including bike parking.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Madison's Smoothie Cafe.
Fresh from the oven every time, the insanely-cheesy slices at Domino's Pizza have visitors hooked on five-star reviews.
Domino's Pizza is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu.
Wanna soak up the sun? Come grab a bite at Domino's Pizza and sit out on their gorgeous patio.
Folks tend to dress down at Domino's Pizza, so keep comfort in mind when heading to the pizzeria.
For the tastes of Domino's Pizza from the comfort of your next party, the pizzeria also offers catering services.
This pizzeria lets you stop by or stay home for your food.
Free parking is available in the adjacent lot.
So come taste the pizza at Domino's Pizza for yourself and see what all the ratings buzz is about.
When you're craving pizza, make your way over to Domino's Pizza and load up a pizza with all of your favorite toppings.
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.