To Dan Kim, a red mango is something truly special. The fruit only becomes that color for a very brief time, when it's most ripe, most delicious, and most nutritious. This became an allegory for Dan, a frozen yogurt enthusiast, who was conceptualizing his first yogurt shop. He opened the first location in 2007, vowing to use all-natural ingredients that, like the red mango, are both tasty and healthy. His commitment to conscientious snacking certainly caught on, as the brand has since expanded to more than 200 locations throughout North and South America. In 2011, Red Mango took top honors for frozen yogurt shops and for healthy options in a Zagat poll.
In addition to being all-natural, Red Mango's award-winning yogurt satisfies a range of diets by being gluten-free, kosher, and low-fat or non-fat. Each of the nearly 50 flavors, which range from green tea to dulce de leche, contains calcium, protein, and immune-boosting probiotics. Depending on the location, people can serve themselves or order from the full-service counter as they concoct sundaes crowned with anything from fresh fruit to peanut butter cups. The menu includes more than just fro-yo sundaes, however—it also features yogurt parfaits, Skinny Sorbettos, and fruit or boba smoothies. In addition to developing secret handshakes with their favorite yogurt taps, regular visitors can sign up for the Club Mango rewards program to receive special offers and discounts.
Fans of La Toscana Pizza make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this River Edge hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
This pizzeria is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Comfort is prioritized at La Toscana Pizza, and guests are encouraged to come as they are.
This pizzeria also offers delivery and take-out options for those who want to make it a night in.
La Toscana Pizza will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
The neighboring lot provides free parking to patrons.
Who says that dining out has to take a bite out of your bank account? At La Toscana Pizza, diners can find fairly-priced food that will keep them coming back for more.
Who doesn't love pizza? And who doesn't love pizza with great ratings? La Toscana Pizza is home to some of the best slices in the neighborhood, so order a hot one today.
Pizza doesn't have to be fancy to be great. Delicious pies await you at La Toscana 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 La Toscana Pizza.
So load up a few pizzas with your favorite toppings at La Toscana Pizza and enjoy a night munching away with your friends.
River Edge's A Taste of Greece's classic Greek dishes will take you back to the old world.
Those with dietary needs will appreciate the vegan, gluten-free and low-fat meal options at A Taste of Greece.
Families will feel right at home at this restaurant with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere.
Wanna soak up the sun? Come grab a bite at A Taste of Greece and sit out on their gorgeous patio.
Large groups will appreciate A Taste of Greece for its ability to seat them quickly.
Find yourself the best seat in the house by calling ahead to reserve a table.
Comfort is prioritized at A Taste of Greece, where business casual is the name of the (dress code) game.
This restaurant offers convenient carryout and delivery, so diners aren't limited to the restaurant space.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up A Taste of Greece for their catering services.
The lot adjacent to A Taste of Greece provides free parking for diners.
A Taste of Greece is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
If you can't make it in the morning, try A Taste of Greece for lunch or dinner.
So next time you're in the mood for some delicious Greek cuisine, be sure to stop by A Taste of Greece.
Load up on meatballs and marinara at Sanducci's Trattoria, and find out for yourself if the five-star ratings are up to par.
Go ahead and bring your rug rats with you — this restaurant has kid-friendly food and seating.
You can tote your laptop here to take advantage of the free wifi.
The restaurant takes reservations, so you can plan your next get-together ahead of time.
No need to dress up for a trip to Sanducci's Trattoria — the casual restaurant encourages laid-back attire.
Come in or stay home. This restaurant's pickup and delivery options have you covered.
Catering is also available if you'd like to serve Sanducci's Trattoria's tasty dishes at your next party.
Drive up and park. No meters or machines required, just easy free parking.
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at Sanducci's Trattoria.
Meals at Sanducci's Trattoria are affordable, with the average tab amounting to about $30 per person.
Come see why the Italian food at Sanducci's Trattoria is well worth the price.
Experience the fine art of authentic Italian cooking when you sit down a meal at the charming Sanducci's Trattoria.
Pizza Hut in River Edge on Kinderkamack Rd is one of the better-priced restaurants in the area, delivering a delicious menu that won't empty the wallet. Whether you are visiting for the good quality, lightning-fast service, or both, you'll always leave this restaurant happy.
Streetwear attire is acceptable, so feel free to come as you are. Also, though the prices may be low, you can bank on the ingredients being fresh. In fact, you should be able to enjoy a good meal for $11 or $12, and can probably get in and out for $8 if you try.
With several vegetarian items on the menu, there really is something for every preference and if you're on the lookout for the perfect spot for family or friends, it's been reviewed as a solid option for large groups and kids. In addition to its quick service (take-out is available), the restaurant also offers delivery, and can even cater an event for you.
One of the better pizza chains in the area, this particular Pizza Hut is definitely the place to gather 'round the good stuff.
Ready to roll? Head out for some exceptional sushi at Fuki Sushi, and enjoy top-rated rolls that everyone's raving about.
Bring the whole clan to this sushi spot — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Fuki Sushi for a group meal.
Catering services are also available.
You might have thought your order was a tough decision, but you still have one more. Delivery or carryout?
Drivers will be surprised by the number of street parking spots available near Fuki Sushi.
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 Fuki Sushi.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the sushi spot, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
Fuki Sushi is serving up some of the most highly-rated sushi in all of River Edge.
When you want a healthy lunch or dinner option, head over to Fuki Sushi and enjoy some tasty sushi.
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.