For Italian fare that doesn't mess around, Ristorante Maietta in Englishtown is home to top-notch ratings and reviews.
Treat yourself to a healthy lunch or dinner at Ristorante Maietta.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this restaurant offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at this restaurant.
Ristorante Maietta is a local restaurant that accommodates both large and small groups.
Ristorante Maietta offers a free wifi hot spot — perfect for surfing the web or getting a little work done.
Head to Ristorante Maietta in comfort, where attire is business casual.
Enjoy mind-blowing dishes in the peace and quiet of your own home with delivery or takeout from Ristorante Maietta.
Can't get enough of Ristorante Maietta's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
The free parking lot next door is a steal for those dining at Ristorante Maietta.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Ristorante Maietta's moderately priced fare.
Wake up early to catch a bite of Ristorante Maietta's breakfast, or swing by later for some tasty lunch or dinner.
Ristorante Maietta's Italian food gets the highest price; come taste why!
For authentic Italian food done right, make your way over to the highly-rated Ristorante Maietta.
Home to Chinese favorites like sweet and sour chicken, Peking Pavilion is a quality neighborhood spot where diners are guaranteed A+ entrees.
Low-fat, gluten-free and anything else you've been looking for waits here.
Peking Pavilion offers a generous BYOB policy for diners.
The drink list at this restaurant has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
Bring the whole clan to this restaurant — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
At Peking Pavilion, the prime seating is on the patio. Come check out what all the buzz is about.
Guests may have a hard time conversing, as the restaurant is rather noisy.
No need to dress to the nines here — Peking Pavilion's policy is business casual, so guests can dine in comfort.
Peking Pavilion will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
What's that you hear? It's carryout at this restaurant.
Drive up and park. No meters or machines required, just easy free parking.
Treating yourself doesn't mean breaking the bank, come taste the great dishes Peking Pavilion has to offer.
Reviewers rave about the dinner menu at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
When you're seeking upscale Chinese cuisine, look no further than Peking Pavilion.
Peking Pavilion is definitely your one stop shop for the best Chinese food in town!
Known for its Chinese noodle and rice dishes, Szechuan Star Restaurant serves those visiting Freehold's West Freehold neighborhood.
Health nuts will also appreciate the lighter fare on the menu, including a few gluten-free options.
At this restaurant, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
Szechuan Star Restaurant will be able to accommodate your large party.
Reservations are available, so give the restaurant a call before you head over for the fastest seating.
Szechuan Star Restaurant tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Szechuan Star Restaurant cater for you.
This restaurant will deliver their delicious dishes right to your door, or you can stop in and pick up some great takeout.
Drivers can make use of the parking lots near Szechuan Star Restaurant.
Szechuan Star Restaurant is a prime location for cyclists to park their bikes and enjoy a bite to eat.
Szechuan Star Restaurant is serving up five-star food at a reasonable price.
Conveniently charge by major credit card when cash isn't an option.
Breakfast bites, light lunches, and delicious dinners are all offered at Szechuan Star Restaurant.
Isn't it time for a takeout night from this amazing Chinese restaurant?
Find great food in a comfortable Millstone setting at Vesuvio Pizza — pizza lovers flock to this Millstone joint.
Both low-fat and gluten-free menu items are offered at Vesuvio Pizza.
This pizzeria is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Surf the web from your tablet or laptop on Vesuvio Pizza's complimentary wifi.
Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on Vesuvio Pizza's gorgeous patio.
Spruce up your look...but not too much! Vesuvio Pizza's style is business casual, so formal wear should be left on the hanger.
No delivery needed. In and out for carryout.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Vesuvio Pizza will ensure that it is delicious.
With parking onsite, it's easier to get straight to our delicious food.
Bicyclists will also find lots of space to safely lock up their bikes.
Vesuvio Pizza may cost you a little bit more than some spots, but this deliciousness is fairly-priced (and well worth the few extra bucks).
When you just want to relax in a casual setting and enjoy some pizza, make your way over to Vesuvio Pizza.
The pizza at Vesuvio Pizza is filled with endless flavors, so head on over today and enjoy a slice or two of yummy goodness.
Visit Baker's American Bar and Grille for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Monroe Township's Monroe.
Find time to peruse the wine list here — this restaurant offers a variety of drink options.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this restaurant.
Volume levels at the restaurant can approach ear-splitting levels between the noisy crowds and the booming music.
Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the restaurant dress informally.
For those in a rush, the restaurant lets you take your food to go.
For easy dining, Baker's American Bar and Grille provides convenient parking in a connecting lot.
At Baker's American Bar and Grille, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
Prices at Baker's American Bar and Grille typically stay below the $30 mark, so you can afford to bring along a friend or a date.
There's a classic American dish waiting to be made for you at Baker's American Bar and Grille.
When you come to Baker's American Bar and Grille, you'll be beyond satisfied with a casual American meal.
Make your way over to the highly-rated Baker's American Bar and Grille and taste your way through some great American dishes.
Chapter House serves American-style cuisine in the middle of Howell's Howell district.
Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list.
Having trouble finding that family-friendly restaurant everyone will love? This restaurant serves all ages, so little ones are welcome to come along, too.
Sit outside at Chapter House and soak up the sun on those nice summer days.
Crowds are boisterous at the restaurant and the music is blaring, so get ready for a very loud night out.
Comfort is prioritized at Chapter House, and guests are encouraged to come as they are.
Just through the door at this restaurant, you can claim your food. No delivery required.
Whether you're heading to Chapter House for lunch or dinner, parking is always free in the adjacent lot.
Take a break from the kitchen without breaking the bank! Chapter House will fill you up with top-notch fare that s modestly priced.
The best American dishes are cooked up by the great crew at Chapter House, and they're waiting to serve you!
So enjoy a casual dining experience at Chapter House and load up on some classic American dishes.
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.