Whether you prefer your meal mild or with a spicy kick, the top-rated Mexican fare at Union's The Red Cadillac hits a home run with each and every order.
The Red Cadillac's chefs have carefully created a menu filled with flavorful and healthy eats.
Toast your evening out at this restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this restaurant, where the whole family is invited to dine.
Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at The Red Cadillac with their complimentary wifi.
The restaurant takes reservations, so you can plan your next get-together ahead of time.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from The Red Cadillac as well.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
If you prefer to drive to the restaurant, go right ahead. Parking is abundant in the area.
The Red Cadillac is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
Prices at The Red Cadillac typically stay below the $30 mark, so you can afford to bring along a friend or a date.
Taste why The Red Cadillac's Mexican food is highly-rated by all who dine there.
Stop in The Red Cadillac today and enjoy a Mexico-inspired meal in a casual setting.
When you treat yourself to a flavorful Mexican dish from The Red Cadillac, you will leave feeling satisfied and full.
Pop over to Padonno's for some hop (and highly-acclaimed) 'za, and find out what everyone's been raving about.
This pizzeria welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
At Padonno's, there's no need to confine your meal to a traditional dining room — outdoor seating is available when the weather is warm.
Show up in sneakers or a suit at Padonno's, where dining in comfort is of utmost importance.
You might have thought your order was a tough decision, but you still have one more. Delivery or carryout?
Catering is also available if you'd like to serve Padonno's' tasty dishes at your next party.
Store your car on the street or in a nearby lot at Padonno's.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the pizzeria.
Padonno's has three square meals a day on the menu, so swing by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
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 Padonno's.
So bring your appetite to Padonno's. This no-muss, no-fuss pizza joint comes with rave reviews.
So head on over to Padonno's, where the pizzas are always hot and the ambiance is always cool.
When you need a good meal in a flash, grab a pizza from the highly-rated Padonno's.
Deemed "pizza of the year" every year by La Gondola Restaurant and Pizzeria's loyal fans, this deliciously-cheesy pizza will have you reaching for seconds, thirds, and even fourths.
La Gondola Restaurant and Pizzeria is a jackpot for those looking for low-fat and gluten-free meal options.
La Gondola Restaurant and Pizzeria caters to all party sizes, both large and small.
Catering from La Gondola Restaurant and Pizzeria will take your party to the next level.
This pizzeria will bring your food right to your doorstep if you prefer to make it a night in, or swing by the pizzeria yourself to carry out your meal.
Parking is accessible and not far from the pizzeria.
Meals at La Gondola Restaurant and Pizzeria usually set you back about $30 per diner.
Smothered in piping hot cheese and toppings of your choice, the pies at La Gondola Restaurant and Pizzeria come highly recommended by pizza connoisseurs.
When you don't feel like cooking dinner, pay La Gondola Restaurant and Pizzeria a visit and enjoy a hot and fresh pizza pie.
For a lovely Italian night out, look no further than La Gondola Restaurant and Pizzeria.
If you're craving a taste of Italy, come on over to La Gondola Restaurant and Pizzeria and check out the flavorful menu options.
Enjoy a large array of finger food at Suspenders Restaurant and Pub, a local pub.
Don't be alone on gameday, come have a great drink and great fun.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this bar with its kid-approved food and ambience.
Warm weather brings out Suspenders Restaurant and Pub's highly coveted patio seating.
Wireless Internet access is available for no charge at Suspenders Restaurant and Pub.
Weekends are busy at the bar, so be prepared for longer wait times.
At Suspenders Restaurant and Pub, business casual is the norm, so save your suit and tie for another day.
For the tastes of Suspenders Restaurant and Pub from the comfort of your next party, the bar also offers catering services.
Ordering food? You can pick it up yourself!
Suspenders Restaurant and Pub's diners can make use of nearby parking lots.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Suspenders Restaurant and Pub is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
Suspenders Restaurant and Pub s moderately-priced platters and top-notch taste bring foodies back to Suspenders Restaurant and Pub time and time again.
It's about time you ate the best pub food around with a trip to Suspenders Restaurant and Pub.
Sit down with a simple sandwich or salad — Ruby Tuesday caters to those craving an all-American meal.
This place will leave you feeling satisfied no matter what kind of dietary needs you have.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to this restaurant — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.
Wireless Internet access is just a click away at Ruby Tuesday.
The dress code is strictly casual at Ruby Tuesday, so come as you are (and as you are comfortable).
Feeling a little shy? Carryout is available.
If you're driving, that's no problem. Parking available onsite.
Ruby Tuesday makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
Menu items at Ruby Tuesday tend to be mid-priced, so expect to plop down about $30 per person to dine here.
At Ruby Tuesday, you can quickly and safely pay with any major credit card.
When you're craving a true American classic, such as a burger and fries, make your way over to Ruby Tuesday.
For a casual American classic, Ruby Tuesday will serve you up a delicious meal in Union.
What is American food? Cuisine that is delicious and perfect for any occasion. Come grab some at Applebee's.
Keep your diet in check at Applebee's, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat menu items.
Round out your meal with a little tipple — this restaurant has a terrific drink list, including beer, wine, and more.
This restaurant is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Applebee's features some of the most affordable happy hour deals in town.
No need to put on airs for a trip to Applebee's — the dress code and ambience at this restaurant are totally laid-back.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
Parking can always be a hassle. That's why we've done half the work for you. Parking available onsite for our guests.
At Applebee's, bikers can lock their bikes safely outside.
Who s hungry for great grub at a reasonable rate? Applebee's s yummy creations will leave a mark in your memory but not a dent in your pocketbook.
Stop what you're doing and pay a visit to Applebee's' restaurant today.
For a classic American dish, head over to the casual establishment of Applebee's.
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.