If you need a quick and easy salad dressing, pick up some tasty and healthy oil and vinegar from here.
Add a little bit of sweet goodness to all your baked goods for top-notch flavor and form. Pick up your staples at Quick Chek.
When all you need is an incredibly quick dinner, this place offers some of the best TV dinners around to satisfy your needs.
Cereal doesn't have to be boring! A breakfast box is a great addition to your morning, packed full of flavor and crunchy delight.
When you need a quick side dish to go with your main course, pick up some canned good options from here.
Take care of your thirst quickly with a bottle of refreshing water from Quick Chek.
Dial down your thirst with some delicious drinks that are both refreshing and cool.
Pick up all of your favorite snacks and enjoy a relaxing night in while you veg out.
This fresh produce here is so tasty it will change the way we think about healthy eating.
Do you have a new pasta recipe that you've been dying to try? Pick up some noodles and treat yourself to a tasty dish.
Health-conscious eaters will love the wide selection of fish on hand.
Have you heard about the amazing frozen food offered here? Conveniently priced and designed to save you time where it counts, you'll be amazed you didn't try these dishes sooner.
Whether you prefer wheat or white bread, Quick Chek serves up a large selection of freshly-baked breads.
Healthy eaters realize the importance of dairy in their diet. Make sure you're getting your fill of Vitamin D with dairy products from Quick Chek.
When you visit here, you'll be able to host a veritable barbecue with so many different meats for sale.
If you're seeking high-quality tea and coffee with endless flavor nodes, check out the options at Quick Chek.
A wide selection of spices and seasonings are also available.
If you're driving to Quick Chek, don't worry about finding parking! There are plenty of available spots in the area.
Score your next slice at Esposito's Pizza — this joint has pizza-lovers dishing out cream of the crop reviews.
Eat out with the little ones at this pizzeria, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter.
Wireless Internet access is available for no charge at Esposito's Pizza.
Open air seating is ready for diners at Esposito's Pizza when the weather is warm.
On busy nights, it's best to book a table ahead of time.
Esposito's Pizza's dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Esposito's Pizza will ensure that it is delicious.
If you're more interested in a cozy night at home, this pizzeria also offers delivery and take-out options.
The parking lot next to the restaurant offers quick and free parking, allowing drivers to park with ease.
At Esposito's Pizza, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
Paying with your major credit card is one payment option at Esposito's Pizza.
So who's hungry? The highly-acclaimed pizza at Esposito's Pizza is ready and waiting to be served.
When pizza's on the mind, there's no going back. For quick pies that no one can stop talking about, get the best of the best at Esposito's Pizza.
For just about the best pizza around in a cool atmosphere, Esposito's Pizza is serving up the right pies for you and your company.
So round up the whole family and head on over to Esposito's Pizza for a tasty pizza pie.
For a lovely Italian night out, look no further than Esposito's Pizza.
So head on over to Esposito's Pizza and send your taste buds on a delicious trip to Italy.
Start with the calamari and save room for the fresh catch at Marlboro Township's Golden Seas Restaurant — this Marlboro Township seafood spot has quite the selection.
Golden Seas Restaurant has a large menu filled with tasty gluten-free and healthy items.
Golden Seas Restaurant is a fine restaurant for those with large and small parties.
This restaurant's most sought after items include Pu Pu Platter, B-b-q Spare Rib, Steamed Or Fried Chicken Dumpling, Shane's Boneless Rib, and Fried Chicken Wings.
Call ahead for reservations to ensure your table is waiting for you when you arrive.
Golden Seas Restaurant welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie.
Through their catering service, Golden Seas Restaurant can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
The lot adjacent to Golden Seas Restaurant provides free parking for diners.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the restaurant.
Delicious food is never hard to find, but it is hard to find at the right price. Golden Seas Restaurant is making it happen.
Golden Seas Restaurant provides morning, afternoon, and evening service, so you can easily find time to dine.
So treat yourself to something nice this weekend and head over to Golden Seas Restaurant for a scrumptious seafood dish.
Wrap up your busy week with a signature pizza or custom pizza at Trattoria Ravello.
Give your stomach a break and try some of Trattoria Ravello's gluten-free or low-fat items.
This pizzeria welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
Your group can sit comfortably at Trattoria Ravello, a local restaurant.
Reservations are available, so give the restaurant a call before you head over for the fastest seating.
Throw on your favorite T-shirt and head out the door — dining at Trattoria Ravello is all about comfort.
Catering from Trattoria Ravello will take your party to the next level.
For those in a rush, the pizzeria lets you take your food to go.
Score! Trattoria Ravello provides free parking to all diners in the lot next door.
Fancy-schmancy price tags don t always bring the best results, and Trattoria Ravello s super yummy, mid-range menu is taste-test approved.
Payment is simple and all major credit cards are accepted.
The pizzeria serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.
If you're looking for a relaxed space to enjoy a pizza with friends, be sure to stop in at Trattoria Ravello.
If you are looking for a creative and fun pizza joint in town, check out Trattoria Ravello.
It's certainly time for you to try cheese on cheese on cheese when you take a chance on the best Italian food around at Trattoria Ravello.
For fresh maki, Matawan's Kickys Restaurant has got you covered.
Keep your health in check at Kickys Restaurant, a local restaurant with endless healthy menu items.
Bring the whole clan to this restaurant — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
The restaurant is on the noisier end, which is something to keep in mind when planning intimate get-togethers.
Planning a special night? Call ahead to reserve a table.
Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the restaurant dress informally.
Need to get out of the house? Order and pick up from this restaurant.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Kickys Restaurant to create the perfect night.
Looking for a deal on parking? Free parking is easily accessible in the parking lot next door.
Kickys Restaurant is creating dishes any foodie will love at around $30.
Kickys Restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
Kickys Restaurant's Japanese restaurant is simply divine, and you'll always leave satisfied. It's practically guaranteed!
Kickys Restaurant is what happens when cooks get creative with Asian cuisine, so get ready for pure deliciousness (and a medley of global flavors).
At trendy Kickys Restaurant, there's no need to narrow down your favorite cuisine. This Asian fusion awesomeness gives you a little taste of everything.
Every summer in the '50s and '60s, people from all over the region would flock to Point Pleasant, New Jersey, to relax on the beach, amble along the boardwalk, and devour one of the region's tastiest snacks. No, it wasn't the saltwater taffy that they came in droves for, but Mike's Subs' giant submarine sandwiches, which were still a relatively new invention. They also came for the mom-and-pop-shop experience—Mike prided himself on recognizing customers by name and shoe size and remembering which sandwich they each liked to order.
In the early '70s, high schooler Peter Cancro began working at Mike's Subs and fell in love with both the food and the customers. So when he overheard the owner talking about selling the business, Cancro decided that he would do whatever it took to buy the shop. He approached his football coach, a banker by day, and asked for a loan. The coach agreed and Cancro became the owner of Mike's at the age of 17.
Over the next decade he opened a few more local shops. In 1987, he changed the name to Jersey Mike's Subs and began franchising the popular restaurant so people wouldn't have to drive to the Jersey Shore to get the subs that they loved. Today, Jersey Mike's still serves submarine sandwiches Mike's Way—with lettuce, onions, tomatoes, oil, vinegar, and spices.
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.