Hop to the deli counter at Pinho's Bakery — visitors will be hard-pressed to find a sandwich they don't love.
Little guys and gals will also love dining at this bakery, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu).
During the summer months, don't miss out on Pinho's Bakery's outdoor patio seating.
Pinho's Bakery honors a business casual dress code, so formal wear can be left behind.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the bakery also serves up grub to go.
Find a close parking spot on the street or in a parking lot near Pinho's Bakery.
Travel by bike to Pinho's Bakery and store your bike at a nearby rack.
Prices are rock bottom at Pinho's Bakery, so load up on snacks and treats.
So if you're looking for a deli to get some delicious eats, Pinho's Bakery is exactly the place you want to go.
If you have a bake sale coming up and need some last-minute goodies, swing by Pinho's Bakery and pick some up today.
So for an extra scrumptious spin on sweets, treat yourself to the baked treats at Pinho's Bakery.
Take a break with a hot slice at Mama's Gourmet Pizza — this casual pizza joint is a favorite among pizza pie connoisseurs.
Gluten-free and low-fat are not one in the same, but this place serves them both.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this pizzeria is a great spot for families to chow down.
Bring the Mama's Gourmet Pizza's great food to your place.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
At Mama's Gourmet Pizza, service is a priority. That why we provide parking spaces on site.
For those who travel by bike, Mama's Gourmet Pizza offers bike racks for diners.
If you go out for a nice meal, it doesn't need to cost $100, come treat yourself at Mama's Gourmet Pizza.
So head on over to Mama's Gourmet Pizza, where the pizza is hot and the atmosphere's cool.
When you are feeling hungry, pay Mama's Gourmet Pizza a visit and enjoy a hot and fresh pizza filled with endless flavors.
For a meal that won't leave you hungry, head to White Rose System for a juicy patty and side of your choice — this Roselle burger joint is squared away in the Roselle community.
This burger joint welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
Can't stay at this burger joint long? Pick up and go home.
Parking is accessible and not far from the burger joint.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at White Rose System.
Prices are affordable, with a typical meal running under $30.
Swing by the burger joint at literally any hour — it's open 24 hours a day.
Come see (and taste) why White Rose System is setting the standard for burger joints everywhere.
For some of the best burgers in town, make your way over to the highly-rated White Rose System.
With more than 50 HDTVs, surround sound, stadium seating, and a trio of 100-inch screens for major sporting events, Central Park makes a strong case against actually going to the big game. Enveloped by accommodating extras, the restaurant's guests find an equally accommodating menu that's loaded with favorites for all sorts of tastes. At the center of Central Park's spread, the Southwest onion stack buries a burger beneath a tower of onion rings. It stands at more than a half-foot tall—about the height of an adolescent bobblehead—and headlines a selection of burgers, pizzas, and other game-friendly foods. Even with all this, Central Park packs one more surprise: a sushi bar, where fans can devour traditional rolls and special creations.
Wei's Buffet in Roselle is known for its tasty eats.
Bring the whole clan to this restaurant — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
Wifi access is totally free at Wei's Buffet, perfect for catching up on the news, hopping on social media, or even working.
Wei's Buffet honors a business casual dress code, so formal wear can be left behind.
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Wei's Buffet to your next party or event.
No time to sit down? No worries! This restaurant offers a take out option so you can grab your food on the go.
At Wei's Buffet, you can find ample parking that is readily available any time of day.
Bike parking is also available outside the restaurant.
Brighten your day with some of Gordon's Caribbean Restaurant's tasty Caribbean dishes served in the Roselle neighborhood of Roselle.
At Gordon's Caribbean Restaurant, you won't have trouble finding a vegan meal option.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Gordon's Caribbean Restaurant to create the perfect night.
Pull into one of the many parking spaces nearby if you choose to drive to the restaurant.
Appease your inner-foodie without spending a fortune when you swing by Gordon's Caribbean Restaurant for one of many flavorful (and inexpensive) dishes.
So when you're jonesin' for some jerk chicken or smoked meat, the Caribbean fare at Gordon's Caribbean Restaurant has got you covered.
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.