For top-rated Mexican fare that customers rave about, head to Mexicali Blues Cafe for a meal packed with bold flavor.
Bring your favorite drinks to Mexicali Blues Cafe, a hotspot for BYOB lovers.
Toast your evening out at this restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
This restaurant is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
Mexicali Blues Cafe features some of the most affordable happy hour deals in town.
Wifi is on the house at Mexicali Blues Cafe, so you can stay connected on your mobile device.
Parties of any size can easily be seated at Mexicali Blues Cafe.
Sit back and enjoy the restaurant's live music, or take your table out on the dance floor.
You'll want to save quiet conversations for another spot, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
The crowds come out in force on Fridays and Saturdays, so don't neglect to make a reservation ahead of time.
Mexicali Blues Cafe is a casual spot to dine, so don't worry about being underdressed.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Mexicali Blues Cafe also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Drivers will be happy to know that Mexicali Blues Cafe is located near many street and lot parking options.
At Mexicali Blues Cafe, you can pay with any major credit card.
Taste why Mexicali Blues Cafe's Mexican food is highly-rated by all who dine there.
Stop in Mexicali Blues Cafe today and enjoy a Mexico-inspired meal in a casual setting.
Mexicali Blues Cafe provides diners with a unique Mexican dining experience, so head on over today and enjoy some great eats.
An easy hangout, join fellow drinkers at The Cottage Bar for that classic Irish bar experience.
Great food plus TV equals the perfect fan meal.
Getting online is easy with The Cottage Bar's free and convenient wifi.
The Cottage Bar will be able to accommodate your large party.
Weekends can get packed, so take advantage of the restaurant's reservations.
The Cottage Bar's guests are no strangers to casual clothing, and sneakers are spotted around every corner.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the guests at your next shindig.
The Cottage Bar is located near various parking options, including garages, lots and street parking.
Make use of the luxurious bike racks at The Cottage Bar.
Prices are affordable, with a typical meal running under $30.
The Cottage Bar serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
The Cottage Bar is the kind of place where you can have a night out, enjoy a nice beer, and maybe make a friend or two.
Stop putting off the best meal of your year and come into The Cottage Bar's restaurant for some good old American favorites!
Make your way over to the highly-rated The Cottage Bar and taste your way through some great American dishes.
Find out about Teaneck 's top British pub food for yourself at The Cottage Bar.
Victor's Pizza does not just make pizza. They serve decadent slices of heaven that anyone who sinks their teeth into rate high on their list.
Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu.
Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at this pizzeria.
Lines can get long with no reservations, so be sure to plan for an early arrival.
Great place to bring the whole family with great food and a business casual dress code.
Love the food at this pizzeria but don't have the time to stay? You can pick up your food to eat when you're ready, or have them deliver straight to your home.
Victor's Pizza is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
Street parking is available, or, on busy nights, a nearby lot is another option for drivers.
When melted cheese and quality crust is all you can think about, it may be time for a hot slice or two. Experience pizza at its best when you order a pie from top-rated Victor's Pizza.
Don't feel like dressing up for dinner? No problem. Victor's Pizza's pizza is baked with top-notch ratings, so you can be sure to love your meal.
Find your happy place as you relax in the casual atmosphere and munch on delicious pizza at Victor's Pizza.
So round up the whole family and head on over to Victor's Pizza for a tasty pizza pie.
Doing double duty as a hat maker to the stars, with his chapeaus topping the crowns of Eva Longoria and Charlize Theron, Naftali Abenaim possesses an artful eye. This aesthetic touch helped him in his time working as a pastry chef in Manhattan hotels and led him to open Mocha Bleu, where he uses his skills to appeal to diners’ tendencies to “eat with their eyes first.” To this end, Abenaim designed the restaurant to get people excited about his food before they even sit down, with transparent Philippe Starck seating, walls coated in silvery-blue mosaic, and crisp, white napkins at every table.
His kitchen constructs pescetarian- and vegetarian-friendly dishes with European flavors in what Abenaim calls generous, “American-sized portions,” as opposed to those scaled to Luxemburg. Presentation plays a large part in the appeal of his food. A French patisserie welcomes patrons upon entering, a comfortable lounge sports WiFi, and a cherry-wood burning oven stands in the center of the dining area, where chefs put a golden-brown edge on pizzas and calzones loaded with nonmeat ingredients, such as savory mock pepperoni and mock chicken or mock crabmeat and shrimp. The poutine embodies the regional cuisine of Abenaim’s Canadian home by presenting tables with a freshly baked pile of julienne fries topped with rich gravy and mozzarella.:m]]
Fans of Coliseum Pizzeria make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
With G-free dishes and fare that's low in fat, you won't feel guilty about dining out at Coliseum Pizzeria.
Your group can sit comfortably at Coliseum Pizzeria, a local restaurant.
Coliseum Pizzeria is first-come, first-served, so plan accordingly.
Coliseum Pizzeria goes easy on the dress code — business casual is expected, so no need to squeeze into your finest attire.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Coliseum Pizzeria to create the perfect night.
Turn your living room into a five-star restaurant with takeout or delivery from this pizzeria.
Parking is easy at Coliseum Pizzeria, especially those looking to park on the street or in a lot close by.
At Coliseum Pizzeria, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
With food so tasty, you'll want to have breakfast, lunch, and dinner here...and you can go right ahead as Coliseum Pizzeria serves three meals a day.
Smothered in piping hot cheese and toppings of your choice, the pies at Coliseum Pizzeria come highly recommended by pizza connoisseurs.
Switch up your normal pizza routine and head on over to Coliseum Pizzeria for a new take on pizza.
Top off your dinner with a tasty Spanish dessert at Chickies French Fry and Chicken Bar in Teaneck.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this restaurant.
You can't reserve a table ahead of time at Chickies French Fry and Chicken Bar, so you may need to plan for a wait at prime times.
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Chickies French Fry and Chicken Bar — it's strictly casual.
Homebodies can take advantage of this restaurant's delivery and take-out options.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the patrons at your next shindig.
If preferred, guests can leave their vehicles in a nearby lot, though space is available on the street as well.
Commute by bike to Chickies French Fry and Chicken Bar and find easy bike parking.
Meals at Chickies French Fry and Chicken Bar are incredibly tasty and reasonably priced around $30.
Night owls will be happy to hear that the restaurant is best known for their evening menu, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
So next time you're in the mood for cuisine with a kick, know that Chickies French Fry and Chicken Bar does Spanish food right.
When you're in Teaneck, you'll definitely want to order chicken from Chickies French Fry and Chicken Bar.
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.