Part of Spicy Village's appeal—besides its excellent noodles and super-low prices—is its setting: servers are warm and friendly, and within such a small space that gets packed so quickly, that helps create a fun, convivial atmosphere. It's great for vegetarians, too, a handy bonus in Chinatown.
A "meat lite" turkey burger might seem like an oxymoron but isn't: a mixture of ground turkey lightened with plenty of milky ricotta cheese is folded through with soft leeks, garlic, and fresh dill. The whole thing fries up crispy-but-juicy in a cast-iron pan.
Sometimes, takeout gets a bad rap. But I'd be happy to eat the soulful, wonderfully flavored Greek fare at Anthi's any day of the week.
Growing up on a farm in northwest Serbia, Miroslav Uskokovic learned to take the idea local cooking to a whole other level. Luckily that makes him the perfect choice as the new pastry chef for Gramercy Tavern.
From a textbook version stuffed with apricot jam at hot Union Square bakery Breads to a not-quite-sufganiyah-but-still-awesome blood orange curd doughnut at Bed Stuy's beloved Dough, here's our guide to finding your ideal fritter this holiday season.
It's hard for me not to recommend Il Passatore: its dishes have a homey, crowd-pleasing feel to them, its service is solicitous, and the prices are more than fair. But I hope the kitchen staff finds the courage to season its food more aggressively in the future.
If the pairing of tofu and meat seems incongruous to you, then you've probably missed out on many of the best dishes that Asian cuisines have to offer.
For a special meat-free night out, Rouge Tomate is a definite winner: the dishes here are simultaneously delicate and bold, with a laser focus on making really delicious food that happens to be vegetarian.
While tasty, the vegetable dishes at Metro Cafe lack the irresistible kick of peppercorns and hot chiles, and seem intended as a more neutral counterpoint to meat-heavy Suchuan classics such as mapo tofu, hot pot, and cumin lamb.
Many people consider soup easy to make, but I view it as a challenge: I want to layer in as much flavor as possible, and that involves a little bit more effort than just throwing vegetables in a pot and covering them with water. This creamy, nutty-tasting soup gets an extra punch of flavor from crumbled bacon and bright parsley oil.
Lesser rotis can often be tough, dry and tasteless, but at Glenda's they're thin, well-seasoned, and perfectly tender.
Skip the appetizers here, folks, and head straight for that noodle section.
This version of maqluba is a showstopper: a tall, golden savory cake filled to bursting with tender vegetables and crowned with yielding rounds of tomatoes.
The bottom line for veggie burger lovers out there? Try Bareburger's tasty quinoa burger and quit while you're ahead.
Yemen Café's ambience recalls that of a cafeteria—the bare tables are dominated by families whose gigging toddlers race around the dining room, and the ice water and sweet mint tea are self-service. The casual atmosphere makes it that much easier to focus on the food here, which is soulful, delicious, and a great bargain.
Heaped with creamy black bean spread, salty white cheese, and creamy avocados, these sandwiches are dead-easy to prepare: in the time it would take you to head out to your favorite Mexican joint and order a torta, you could make five of them from the comfort of your own home.
If Am Thai were to streamline some of its vegetarian options— leaving out the unnecessary veg and perhaps even the obligatory-seeming fried tofu chunks—it could be a great neighborhood joint. As it is, the restaurant offers a plethora of interesting meat-free dishes, so it's still a worthwhile destination if you live nearby.
This tasty, boundary-transcending dish can be spooned over fluffy rice or mixed into a bowl of toothsome pasta.
Visiting Jersey City's Newark Avenue is a treat; the steeply-pitched street is lined with dozens of restaurants and a handful Hindu temples, and strands of multicolored lights hanging from the street lamps and power lines lend the area a festive air. The atmosphere alone is worth a trip; the excellent food at Sapthagiri is just one more reason to go.
The Islands is the kind of place where the table water arrives in a former vodka handle and the check is passed up to you through the balcony bars from a server below. The fact that the food is so outstanding is just part of the reason to pay a visit.
Nice Pizza is a true neighborhood spot, offering a decent meal in a relaxed, convivial atmosphere. Don't come here looking for a Michelin-rated meal, but certainly stop in for a bite if you find yourself in Bed-Stuy come evening.
As New Yorkers, we've all been there: after an art-filled morning at the Met, the soul is nourished, but the stomach is famished. But where to eat a light and flavorful but still somewhat out of the ordinary lunch on the Upper East Side?
The New Amsterdam Market has celebrated local food and historic New York City market culture in the seaport since 2007, fostering an atmosphere of collaboration between vendors and selling some darn tasty food to customers. But now a big-name corporation wants to kick the market out of its home, a move that would impact all of Manhattan's oldest neighborhood.
Everything about Café Tibet feels just right, from its location nestled right between the Q train tracks and a bodega where you can pick up beers to accompany your meal, to its friendly but unobtrusive service, and low, low prices. And then there's the food: a veritable delight for vegetarians, who can take a romp through a spicy, diverse menu full of meat-free pleasures.
Cart-and-truck favorite Wafels & Dinges has gone brick-and-mortar, serving up an expanded menu of sweet and savory waffles, ice creams, and more.
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