With meats both fresh and delicious, you'll prefer to buy them at Pat's Meat Market's butcher shop in Lincroft.
Fill up your kitchen pantry with some tasty canned goods from here and always have a quick meal available.
Make sure you always have a variety of beverages on hand, especially during the warmer months. This drink is sure to take care of business.
Stock up on all of your deli favorites, such as salads, meats and cheese, at Pat's Meat Market and enjoy every bite.
Going on a road trip or heading to the office? Easy to take anywhere, this snack will hold you over between any meal.
When the heat gets the best of you, water is more important than ever. Cool off no matter where you are with a bottle from Pat's Meat Market.
While you're stopping in today, you'll love browsing their selection of terrific meats.
Don't get enough dairy in your diet? Dairy products from this store are sure to deliver all the nutrients you need.
Pick up some fresh and tasty pasta from Pat's Meat Market and slurp your way to happiness.
If you're seeking high-quality tea and coffee with endless flavor nodes, check out the options at Pat's Meat Market.
A staple in every household, cereal is sure to please every palate in the family.
Pop one of these TV dinners into the microwave, and you'll be ready to relax in front of the TV.
Make sure you always have the ingredients to make a delicious dessert on hand.
Whether you like to bake or cook, oil and vinegar are essential items every kitchen needs.
Need something quick for lunch or dinner? Stop by Pat's Meat Market and pick up a sandwich for the road.
Tired of the same old recipes? Pick up some seasonings and spices from here and try out a brand new and creative recipe.
Planning your meals for the week? Don't forget to pick up a loaf of freshly-baked bread from Pat's Meat Market.
Packed with essential nutrients, be sure to try walk away with some delicious fish for dinner.
Whether you pop it in the microwave or warm it up over the stove, the frozen food here is ready to eat.
This fresh produce here is so tasty it will change the way we think about healthy eating.
Pat's Meat Market is surrounded by endless parking options.
Whether you're looking for premium beef or succulent pork, they've got it all at Pat's Meat Market in Lincroft.
For familiar food you're sure to love, head to Applebee's for American-style cuisine.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this restaurant won't disappoint.
If you're in need of a booster seat, this restaurant's got you covered. This is a great spot for the whole family.
Celebrate the start of a great weekend at Applebee's' great happy hour.
Enjoy the cool summer breezes on Applebee's' seasonally available outdoor seating.
Not to be overlooked is Applebee's' no-charge wifi.
A relatively loud restaurant, this is not the place for a quiet night out.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Bring the Applebee's' great food to your place.
The free parking lot next door is a steal for those dining at Applebee's.
At Applebee's, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
For great dishes that fall smack dab in the middle when it comes to price, Applebee's is a reasonable option for diners of different budgets.
When you're craving a true American classic, such as a burger and fries, make your way over to Applebee's.
So enjoy a casual lunch or dinner at Applebee's and indulge in some America-inspired cuisine.
Pour House offers a wide variety of classic American dishes.
Why watch TV at home when you can catch the game at Pour House?
This restaurant welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
Pour House is a great location to host a group dinner.
Pour House is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable).
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Pour House for their catering services.
You can call it in, then carry it out.
We're nicer than our competitors. We have free parking in our own lot at no charge to you.
Pour House is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Pour House's moderately priced fare.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Pour House since it serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
You'll definitely want to reconsider going anywhere else when the food at Pour House tastes like pure heaven!
At Pour House you can find great American food at any time of the day.
For an exceptional menu of American food that is highly-rated by all who try it, call Pour House today.
Come see why Pour House is one of the top British pubs in Tinton Falls.
Enjoy made-to-order sandwiches on homemade bread at Taste of Italy.
Taste of Italy has a large variety of flavorful and healthy dishes.
The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at this restaurant won't cost you a sitter.
Find yourself the best seat in the house by calling ahead to reserve a table.
Save your formal dress for another occasion — a nice top is the perfect fit for Taste of Italy's business casual code.
This restaurant will deliver their delicious dishes right to your door, or you can stop in and pick up some great takeout.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Taste of Italy will ensure that it is delicious.
Parking can always be a hassle. That's why we've done half the work for you. Parking available onsite for our guests.
The menu at Taste of Italy is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30.
Taste of Italy has menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — just pick your favorite meal and head over.
With a sandwich from Taste of Italy, it'll really feel like you died and went to heaven. A great sandwich, every time.
Taste of Italy certainly has any kind of deli meats you need to make your meals taste great.
For an entree that scores high on the taste test, try one of the many options available at Mj's Pizza Bar and Grill in Tinton Falls.
The bar at this restaurant is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this restaurant — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
Fridays are for fun! Come check out the vibe at Mj's Pizza Bar and Grill.
Eat outdoors Mj's Pizza Bar and Grill (weather permitting) with their beautiful patio seating.
Stay connected at no cost thanks to Mj's Pizza Bar and Grill's wifi.
At Mj's Pizza Bar and Grill, your large or small group can be seated quickly and comfortably.
Good luck spotting a suit and tie at Mj's Pizza Bar and Grill — casually-dressed diners are the norm here.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Mj's Pizza Bar and Grill is conveniently close to a parking lot.
Fancy-schmancy price tags don t always bring the best results, and Mj's Pizza Bar and Grill s super yummy, mid-range menu is taste-test approved.
At Mj's Pizza Bar and Grill, you have the option of paying by major credit card.
Salmon, tuna, unagi, you name it! For truly fresh sushi with four-star flavor, Kanji Steakhouse and Sushi is the ultimate go-to spot.
A healthy lifestyle starts with the food you eat, and Kanji Steakhouse and Sushi is creating innovative healthy meals.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this sushi spot just as much as their parents do.
Give the sushi spot a call to reserve your table ahead of time.
Kanji Steakhouse and Sushi tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience.
Catering from Kanji Steakhouse and Sushi will take your party to the next level.
This sushi spot offers carryout for your convenience.
A free parking lot is conveniently located next door.
Fancy snacks do come at a higher price, but wow are they delicious.
Kanji Steakhouse and Sushi is serving up some of the most highly-rated sushi in all of Tinton Falls.
Take a walk on the wild side and try some of the creative and innovative sushi options that Kanji Steakhouse and Sushi has to offer.
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.