Stay healthy on the regular with the produce available here. It's super fresh and can be used with any meal.
Bialy Stok and Bloom boasts the highest quality canned foods in the area with their terrific selection. You'll never want to purchase any other kind of food again.
People can't get enough of the drinks here that take refreshment to the max.
When you don't have time to grab lunch or dinner, these tasty snacks will hold you over until you can take a break.
Catch all your omega-3 fatty acids! Fish are delicious and nutritious, so start planning your next seafood platter.
Dairy is packed with the essential nutrients your body craves, so help yourself out. Dairy products have everything you need.
A staple in every household, cereal is sure to please every palate in the family.
With a bottle of water in hand, it's easy to refresh and refuel. Grab a couple drinks from Bialy Stok and Bloom and stay on the go all the time.
If you have a hankering for a tasty sandwich, swing on by Bialy Stok and Bloom and satisfy your craving.
Take your cooking up a level of flavor when you choose from their wide selection of seasonings and spices.
This fixing adds that little something extra to any baked good, so include it in all of your favorite recipes.
A simple solution to long hours spent over the stove, a microwavable meal will trick your taste buds into thinking it was made from scratch!
The frozen food offered here is so delicious you won't even be able to tell it wasn't home-cooked.
Get your grill fired up and grab your tongs! The meat here is perfect for the grill any time of year.
Pick up some fresh and tasty pasta from Bialy Stok and Bloom and slurp your way to happiness.
The bread baked at Bialy Stok and Bloom gets rave reviews, so taste it yourself today.
If you're curious about the various types of vinegar and oil the world has to offer, stop by here and discover a new blend.
If you love to taste different tea and coffee blends, check out the selection of items available at Bialy Stok and Bloom.
Customers don't need to worry about finding parking, as there are many spots available in the area.
Blue Moon Restaurant does pasta right — this restaurant is known for its top-of-the-line Italian recipes.
Blue Moon Restaurant is a local eatery that serves up both gluten-free and low-fat dishes.
This restaurant's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
This restaurant welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
With plenty of room to go around, Blue Moon Restaurant also offers a private area perfect for large groups.
Stay connected at no cost thanks to Blue Moon Restaurant's wifi.
At Blue Moon Restaurant, the prime seating is on the patio. Come check out what all the buzz is about.
If waiting to be seated isn't your style, plan ahead and make reservations.
Casual clothing is the name of the game at Blue Moon Restaurant, where suits and ties won't be spotted for miles.
Prefer to dine from the comfort of your own couch? Swing by this restaurant for carryout, or have them come to you with delivery.
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Blue Moon Restaurant to your next party or event.
If preferred, diners can leave their vehicles in a nearby lot, though space is available on the street as well.
Commute by bike to Blue Moon Restaurant and find easy bike parking.
Deep pockets not required! Blue Moon Restaurant takes pride in its over-the-top flavor and just-right prices.
AM, midday, and PM meals are served at the restaurant, but supper takes the cake for best in show.
Visit Blue Moon Restaurant for great Italian food that is well worth the price.
When you're ready to take a break for lunch, head over to Blue Moon Restaurant and indulge in some tasty Italian dishes.
Find delicious sandwiches at other American favorites at George Martin The Original.
The chefs at George Martin The Original know how to prepare tasty, gluten-free and low-fat meals.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from this restaurant's drink list.
Eat out with the little ones at this restaurant, and don't waste time scurrying for a sitter.
Sized just right for big groups, the private room at George Martin The Original would be an ideal pick for your next birthday party or family gathering.
Free wireless Internet is also available at George Martin The Original, so bring your tablet or laptop along.
A relatively loud restaurant, this is not the place for a quiet night out.
Avoid playing the waiting game and call ahead for a table.
Take it nice and easy at George Martin The Original, where casual dress is the rule of the day.
George Martin The Original will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
For no extra charge, diners can park in the connecting lot.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of George Martin The Original.
It's not the cheapest, it's not the most expensive, but it is the most delicious. Come to George Martin The Original for a great bite.
The restaurant's dinner menu receives the most attention, but diners have the option of grabbing breakfast or lunch here, too.
When you're feeling hungry, head on over to George Martin The Original and indulge in a tasty and innovative American dish.
Whether you're in a hurry or want to linger with old friends, Cabo Mexican restaurant is quick and casual.
Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu.
Don't go thirsty during dinner! This restaurant also offers a splendid drink list featuring wine, beer, and more.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This restaurant serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Round up the whole gang and reserve the private room at Cabo — it's the perfect spot for a big party to gather and celebrate.
Weather permitting, come enjoy a wonderful meal outside at Cabo.
Not to be overlooked is Cabo's no-charge wifi.
The restaurant is on the noisier end, which is something to keep in mind when planning intimate get-togethers.
Fancy-schmancy attire is not required; in fact, guests are told to keep things casual.
The restaurant has catering services as well.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
Street parking is available, or, on busy nights, a nearby lot is another option for drivers.
Cabo s fare is so good, you ll want to sample everything on the menu (and with its middle-of-the-road prices, you can!).
No cash? Use any major credit card and work on reeling in those rewards.
Chow down on breakfast, lunch, or dinner fare at Cabo — they're open for all three meals.
So kick back and enjoy some delicious Mexican food at Cabo.
When you're ready for a delicious meal, pay Cabo a visit and taste the many flavors of Mexico.
Share a plate of pasta at this five-star restaurant, and enjoy an easy Italian date night at Dodici.
Gluten-free options are also available.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from this restaurant's full bar.
Bigger groups gravitate toward Dodici, which offers a private section for your next get-together or celebration.
At Dodici, the prime seating is on the patio. Come check out what all the buzz is about.
Crowds are boisterous at the restaurant and the music is blaring, so get ready for a very loud night out.
Take advantage of the restaurant's reservation system, and book a table for your party.
Slip into something more comfortable before dining at Dodici, where dress code calls for business casual.
Or, take your grub to go.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Dodici will ensure that it is delicious.
At Dodici, you can find quick parking on the street, in a lot or take advantage of a nearby valet service.
Your tab at Dodici will generally run you about $30 per person.
Guests can opt to pay by credit card, and most major names are accepted.
Dinner is the real yum factor here, though breakfast bites and lunch are also featured.
Looking to share an authentic Italian meal in an unforgettably romantic setting? Be sure to check out Dodici.
Highly regarded, the Italian food at Dodici is perfect for diners looking for a nice meal out.
When you're ready to take a break for lunch, head over to Dodici and indulge in some tasty Italian dishes.
Pop over to Bonbino's Pizza and Restaurant for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
Specializing in gluten-free and low-fat fare, Bonbino's Pizza and Restaurant has something that every stomach will enjoy.
The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at this pizzeria won't cost you a sitter.
The pizzeria accepts reservations, so you can get around the busy crowd.
At Bonbino's Pizza and Restaurant, "dress to impress" is a thing of the past, and jeans are the new norm.
With delivery and take-out options, you can enjoy this pizzeria's cooking from the comfort of your own living room.
You can also have Bonbino's Pizza and Restaurant cater your next event.
Diners at Bonbino's Pizza and Restaurant will be happy to know that free parking is always available.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at Bonbino's Pizza and Restaurant, so come by whenever it fits your schedule.
So who's hungry? The highly-acclaimed pizza at Bonbino's Pizza and Restaurant is ready and waiting to be served.
Don't feel like dressing up for dinner? No problem. Bonbino's Pizza and Restaurant's pizza is baked with top-notch ratings, so you can be sure to love your meal.
So head on over to Bonbino's Pizza and Restaurant, where the pizzas are always hot and the ambiance is always cool.
So next time you want to spend some time with your favorite people, why not top the experience off with a pizza pie or two from Bonbino's Pizza and Restaurant?
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.