Make it a maki night at Sushi Palace, and treat yourself to a variety of fish (all with A+ ratings).
Watching your diet? Stay on track at Sushi Palace, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat options.
Toast your evening out at this sushi spot with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list.
This sushi spot is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Leave the suit and tie at home — Sushi Palace is business casual all the way.
This sushi spot also offers delivery and carryout if you're in the mood for the sushi spot's cooking but prefer to provide your own ambience.
Can't get enough of Sushi Palace's tasty dishes? They also offer a catering service for parties and events.
Safely and quickly park your car on the street at Sushi Palace.
Sushi Palace is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
It's not the cheapest, it's not the most expensive, but it is the most delicious. Come to Sushi Palace for a great bite.
Stop by for three square meals a day — Sushi Palace serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Sushi Palace is serving up some of the most highly-rated sushi in all of West Hempstead.
Experience the delicious creativity of sushi-making when you sample the amazing rolls at Sushi Palace.
For Italian fare that doesn't mess around, La Bottega is home to top-notch ratings and reviews.
Enjoy a light, gluten-free meal at La Bottega.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from this restaurant's delightful drink menu.
Parents, bring your kids along to this restaurant, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
At La Bottega, easily plan a night out with family, friends, coworkers and more — large parties are always welcome, and a private room is available for use.
Reservations are recommended for those on a strict schedule.
The dress code at La Bottega is as relaxed as the ambience, so wear whatever suits you.
Catering from La Bottega will take your party to the next level.
Eating requires the perfect environment. This restaurant's pickup and delivery options let you choose where you want to dine.
La Bottega is located near both street and valet parking options.
Cyclists will love the spacious bike racks outside of La Bottega.
Whether you're hungry first thing in the morning or prefer to eat a little later, La Bottega is conveniently open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
High-quality Italian food awaits you at La Bottega!
From pasta to paninis, La Bottega has all the Italian food you love and then some.
Stop by Pompei Restaurant and Catering for a fresh twist on the simple sammie.
Eat healthy and feel better with Pompei Restaurant and Catering's low-fat and gluten-free plates.
No need to splurge on a babysitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at this restaurant.
Take advantage of the restaurant's reservation system, and book a table for your party.
Leave the suit and tie at home — Pompei Restaurant and Catering is business casual all the way.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Pompei Restaurant and Catering will ensure that it is delicious.
With food this good, you'll be running into this restaurant to pick it up yourself.
We're happy to report we have parking available onsite. We'll meet you here.
Pompei Restaurant and Catering is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Fancy snacks do come at a higher price, but wow are they delicious.
Whether you sit down to eat or get a sandwich to go, Pompei Restaurant and Catering is a great place to stop by for a much-needed meal.
Experience the fine art of authentic Italian cooking when you sit down a meal at the charming Pompei Restaurant and Catering.
From tortilla to paella, Wing Wan Kosher Restaurant serves up tasty and traditional Spanish eats.
Healthy food is in, as it should be, so come here for a tasty, low-fat and gluten-free bite.
Free wifi is on hand here as well.
Give the restaurant a call to reserve your table ahead of time.
Wing Wan Kosher Restaurant tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Wing Wan Kosher Restaurant will ensure that it is delicious.
The neighboring lot provides free parking to diners.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of Wing Wan Kosher Restaurant.
Customers should be prepared to spend around $30, but more importantly, they should be prepared to enjoy a great meal.
Reviewers rave about the dinner menu at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
Spanish fare packed with flavor is right around the corner. Come to Wing Wan Kosher Restaurant for a taste of the best.
Isn't it time you tried the divine offerings at Wing Wan Kosher Restaurant's kosher restaurant?
Featuring a laid-back vibe and traditional Mexican fare, Gonzo's Mexican Grill aims to please its casual-dining guests.
Gonzo's Mexican Grill is a jackpot for those looking for low-fat and gluten-free meal options.
Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at this restaurant.
Free wifi is available as well.
Great food is best enjoyed comfortably, so Gonzo's Mexican Grill encourages less-than-fancy attire.
Gonzo's Mexican Grill prides itself in its delicious catering.
Homebodies can take advantage of this restaurant's delivery and take-out options.
For quick and easy parking near Gonzo's Mexican Grill, park on the street.
Cash is the only payment method accepted by Gonzo's Mexican Grill.
Spend your morning, afternoon, or evening at Gonzo's Mexican Grill, where guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
If you have had a long and hard day, swing by Gonzo's Mexican Grill and enjoy a Mexican meal in a laid back environment.
When you need a quick and tasty lunch or dinner, make your way over to the highly-rated Gonzo's Mexican Grill for a tasty Mexican meal.
Whether you prefer your meal mild or with a spicy kick, the top-rated Mexican fare at Las Brisas De El Salvador hits a home run with each and every order.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this restaurant's full bar to top off your meal.
This restaurant is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
Shake off the stiff workday duds at Las Brisas De El Salvador — attire is casual.
If time is of the essence, this restaurant's take-out option may be a better fit.
At Las Brisas De El Salvador, you can find nearby options for both street and lot parking.
At Las Brisas De El Salvador, you will need cash to pay for your expenses.
Las Brisas De El Salvador dishes up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by for your favorite meal.
Sample some of the highest rated Mexican dishes around when you stop in for a meal at Las Brisas De El Salvador.
Las Brisas De El Salvador is an easy choice for anyone looking for a casual meal and great Mexican food.
So what are you waiting for? Dine at Las Brisas De El Salvador and enjoy the tasty flavors of Mexican fare.
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.