From bread to produce to refreshing beverages, the shelves at WholeFoods Market in West Orange are well-stocked with great grocery items and more.
Keep your energy and mood up all day long with a tasty coffee or refreshing tea from WholeFoods Market.
When you only have time for a quick lunch during your busy workday, heat up a TV dinner from here and enjoy a quick and yummy meal.
You'll definitely want to experiment with frozen foods to help maximize your time in the evening.
Planning your meals for the week? Don't forget to pick up a loaf of freshly-baked bread from WholeFoods Market.
Looking for comfort food? What's better than spaghetti or a savory pasta dish? Grab some of this pasta today and your next meal will be on-point!
Take a dive and swim away with some succulent fish. It's a great source of protein for your next meal!
This fresh produce here is so tasty it will change the way we think about healthy eating.
Shop for all of your favorite canned goods at WholeFoods Market and load up your kitchen shelves with choices for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Health nuts will go crazy for the refreshing beverages available here, a great way to stay happy and hydrated.
Both sugary and high-fiber cereals are delicious and this store carries them all.
Make sure you always have the ingredients to make a delicious dessert on hand.
H20: The essential element for every human being. Stay hydrated everywhere you go with a bottle from WholeFoods Market.
When you have a hunger craving in between meals, these snacks will come in handy.
Two of the most versatile ingredients in the kitchen, you can never have enough oil and vinegar (so stock up!).
Here you can find a wide range of meats, such as chicken and beef, at a price you just can't pass up.
Add a little more flavor to your meals with their quality selection of spices and seasonings.
Dairy is packed with the essential nutrients your body craves, so help yourself out. Dairy products have everything you need.
Find parking easily in one of their many available spaces.
WholeFoods Market makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
With the right savings and selection of food, you'll choose WholeFoods Market's grocery store in West Orange every time.
TGI Friday's serves American-style cuisine in the middle of West Orange's West Orange district.
Fear not you gluten-free or low-fat eaters, you'll have plenty of choices here.
Drinks are also on the menu here, so diners can start the night off right.
Parents, bring your kids along to this restaurant, where you'll find a family-friendly menu and ambience.
Happy hour at TGI Friday's is filled with deals and steals.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to TGI Friday's for a group meal.
Up for grabs (and free of charge) is TGI Friday's' wifi.
The restaurant is on the noisier end, which is something to keep in mind when planning intimate get-togethers.
The restaurant can get full to bursting on a busy Friday or Saturday night, so the safest bet is to call ahead for a reservation.
Can't find your khakis? No problem! Throw on a pair of your most comfortable jeans and you'll blend right in at TGI Friday's.
Bring the TGI Friday's' great food to your place.
You can call it in, then carry it out.
The neighboring lot provides free parking to guests.
Menu items at TGI Friday's tend to be mid-priced, so expect to plop down about $30 per person to dine here.
TGI Friday's serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
When you're feeling hungry, head on over to TGI Friday's and indulge in a tasty and innovative American dish.
So for some delicious American fare any time of the day, head to TGI Friday's.
Due Amici Ristorante does pasta right — this West Orange restaurant is known for its top-of-the-line Italian recipes.
For fresh and healthy meal choices, dine at Due Amici Ristorante.
Sized just right for big groups, the private room at Due Amici Ristorante would be an ideal pick for your next birthday party or family gathering.
Reservations are available, so give the restaurant a call before you head over for the fastest seating.
Jeans are just right for a meal at Due Amici Ristorante, which embraces a casual vibe.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Due Amici Ristorante cater for you.
Looking for a deal on parking? Free parking is easily accessible in the parking lot next door.
Who s hungry for great grub at a reasonable rate? Due Amici Ristorante s yummy creations will leave a mark in your memory but not a dent in your pocketbook.
The menu at Due Amici Ristorante includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner — stop by for your favorite meal.
Due Amici Ristorante's Italian food gets the highest price; come taste why!
Avanti! It's time you tried some delicious Italian fare from Due Amici Ristorante.
Flavorful Chinese cooking in West Orange's West Orange district can be found at China Gourmet.
Low-fat, gluten-free and anything else you've been looking for waits here.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this restaurant won't disappoint.
At this restaurant, kids of all ages are welcome.
Sometimes it's hard to find space for everyone in your party, but China Gourmet makes it easy. Book your room today.
Find yourself the best seat in the house by calling ahead to reserve a table.
The dress code at China Gourmet is as relaxed as the ambience, so wear whatever suits you.
Through their catering service, China Gourmet can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Or, take your food to go.
At China Gourmet you can save some cash on parking when you park in the free lot down the street.
Prices at China Gourmet are moderate — most diners plunk down about $30 per meal.
Brunch is the house specialty at China Gourmet, though you can also stop by for lunch and dinner.
So if you dream of egg rolls and sweet and sour chicken, China Gourmet is your go-to Chinese spot.
Visit McLoone's Restaurants for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of West Orange's West Orange.
This restaurant's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
This restaurant is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Grab all of your VIP pals, book a room at McLoone's Restaurants and prepare to enjoy a delicious meal.
Enjoy the luxury of eating a delicious meal outside at McLoone's Restaurants.
Check email, shop online, or get the latest game scores on McLoone's Restaurants' free wifi.
Casual dining at its best, McLoone's Restaurants customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt.
The restaurant offers free parking in the lot next door.
Make use of the safe and efficient bike parking at McLoone's Restaurants.
Your bill at McLoone's Restaurants will typically run less than $30 per person, so bring the whole gang!
Critics award the most brownie points to the restaurant's dinner offerings, but breakfast and lunch are also available.
When American food comes to mind, McLoone's Restaurants should be your first choice.
For Italian fare that doesn't mess around, Valley Pizza in West Orange is home to top-notch ratings and reviews.
Have a large group? No problem. Head to Valley Pizza for easy seating.
Whether it's just you and a date or you're bringing the whole gang, it's best to call ahead and make a reservation.
Valley Pizza's guests are no strangers to casual clothing, and sneakers are spotted around every corner.
Hosting a swanky shindig? Call up Valley Pizza for their catering services.
Just let this restaurant know how you want it. You can have the food delivered or carried out yourself.
Parking is made simple at Valley Pizza, a local restaurant near street, valet and garage parking options.
If you don't want a night that will cost you an arm and a leg but you do want a delicious meal, come to Valley Pizza.
Convenience is essential at Valley Pizza, and food is served from morning until night.
For prime Italian fare, Valley Pizza is one of the highest-rated restaurants around.
For authentic Italian food done right, make your way over to the highly-rated Valley Pizza.
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.