Meson Madrid is a gourmet restaurant dedicated to serving the most authentic flavors from Spain.
Treat yourself to a tasty, vegan meal at Meson Madrid.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this restaurant has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this restaurant, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
Plan your next big gathering at Meson Madrid — patrons will appreciate the spacious interior, and there's even a private room for special occasions.
Not to be overlooked is Meson Madrid's no-charge wifi.
Make plans ahead of time and reserve a table to avoid the wait.
No suit, no problem! The dress code at laid-back Meson Madrid is ultra casual.
You can also grab your food to go.
Can't get enough of Meson Madrid's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
With a parking lot adjacent to Meson Madrid, you won't get stuck circling the block.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of Meson Madrid.
Checks are bigger than average at the restaurant, so prepare your wallet.
The restaurant's dinner menu receives the most attention, but diners have the option of grabbing breakfast or lunch here, too.
When you're ready for some seriously delicious Spanish spice, the fare at Meson Madrid can't be beat.
Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at Johnny's Pizzeria — this Palisades Park pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat great at Johnny's Pizzeria, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices.
Catering from Johnny's Pizzeria will take your party to the next level.
If you're more interested in a cozy night at home, this pizzeria also offers delivery and take-out options.
Johnny's Pizzeria's diners can make use of nearby parking lots.
It's not the cheapest, it's not the most expensive, but it is the most delicious. Come to Johnny's Pizzeria for a great bite.
Johnny's Pizzeria dishes up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by for your favorite meal.
Smothered in piping hot cheese and toppings of your choice, the pies at Johnny's Pizzeria come highly recommended by pizza connoisseurs.
So round up the whole family and head on over to Johnny's Pizzeria for a tasty pizza pie.
At Taste of China in Palisades Park, guests can sample the Chinese menu and choose from numerous highly-rated options.
Taste of China is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu.
Delivery and carryout are easy options for those interested in staying home.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Taste of China cater for you.
The parking options near Taste of China are quick and painless.
Taste of China s moderately-priced platters and top-notch taste bring foodies back to Taste of China time and time again.
Stop by for three square meals a day — Taste of China serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
So take your next meal to the next level and treat yourself to an upscale Chinese meal from Taste of China.
Looking to send your taste buds on a delicious trip to China? Head on over the cuisine at Taste of China.
Order traditional kimchi or branch out of your comfort zone at New Totowa — planted in Palisades Park's Palisades Park area, this Korean eatery is hard to beat.
Calling all gluten-free and low-fat diners! New Totowa has a multitude of dishes right up your alley that are freshly-prepared and taste amazing.
Parents appreciate this restaurant's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults.
Keep it casual at New Totowa — the restaurant is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly.
Delivery and takeout are both available if you prefer to eat in the comfort of your own home.
Street parking is readily available near New Totowa's Broad Avenue location.
Prices are reasonable, with a typical meal running under $30.
There's more to Korean food than just kimchi. See for yourself at New Totowa.
Known for its Chinese noodle and rice dishes, Mandarin Restaurant serves those visiting Palisades Park's Palisades Park neighborhood.
Get connected at lightning fast speeds with Mandarin Restaurant's complimentary wifi.
Don't like waiting to be seated? Make a reservation whether it's just you or the whole group.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
Pull into one of the many parking spaces nearby if you choose to drive to the restaurant.
Fancy-schmancy price tags don t always bring the best results, and Mandarin Restaurant s super yummy, mid-range menu is taste-test approved.
Crack open a fortune in flavor when you try the delicious fare at Mandarin Restaurant.
Heidelberg is a casual restaurant located on Broad Ave in Palisades Park. With a delicious menu, this restaurant will leave you with a smile on your face. The relaxed environment and great menu options allow visitors to focus on what matters: the outstanding food.
There's no particular required attire, so feel free to dress comfortably.
It's been tabbed by the locals as a really good option for large groups. If you're in a hurry, you can always take advantage of the convenient take-out offerings. Or, if you just want to stop by for a beverage, the restaurant has a pretty broad selection at its bar.
To sum everything up, a visit to Heidelberg is definitely worthwhile.
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.