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Bronx Zoo/Arthur Avenue with toddler

Unfortunately, Antonio's prices are pretty on par for the sit down restaurants in the area. I'd recommend Cafe al Mercado in the retail market. It doesn't look like much, but I've found their food better than a lot of the restaurants nearby. I'm 90% sure they have high chairs as well.

Jan 03, 2014
razeup in Outer Boroughs

Monte's Delicatessen in Brooklyn

Big news: Monte's is now reopened by its old workers under the name "Camille's Italian Specialties"! Address is 1811 McDonald Ave by Ave P. I haven't been myself, by a regular just messaged me to spread the word. There you have it!

Jan 15, 2012
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Camille's Italian Specialties Coming Soon- McDonald Avenue and Avenue P

According to a message I was just sent by a regular from Monte's Deli on Avenue O--which just closed--Camille's is the reincarnation of Monte's! They've also added pizza and bagels to the old menu, and this guy says the food is as good as ever. I will make a point to visit in the next few weeks, but has anyone else gone yet?

Jan 15, 2012
razeup in Outer Boroughs

Trenton Tomato Pies

La Villa is indeed in Morrisville. This site put me onto it, and considering online reactions and the fact that they sell by the slice makes it a good option for me:

I saw some good reviews elsewhere for Corleone's which made me consider it. After reviewing what's on here, I'd rather not chance going there. JoJo's I neglected to mention in my original post. Some of the reviews on it that I've seen are mixed though.

Conte's I know about but I'd rather stick to the more immediate Trenton area. Same thing with Nomad; another time. Wildflower's I will add to my list for the future.

Did not know Papa's opens at 5pm now; I thought it was 4...

Papa's and Delorenzo's are the reasons I am going. La Villa is also a definite, and I'm wavering between Palermo's, Hamilton Delorenzo's, and Mama Rosa's. Any additional feedback between which of those 3 makes the best pie and is most worth a visit?

Thank you so much everyone for the info! Expect a followup after this happens

Jan 04, 2012
razeup in New Jersey

Trenton Tomato Pies

Myself and a couple others will be trekking down to Trenton from the New York Metro area to taste some great tomato pie! In particular I need to try out Delorenzo's on Hudson St before it closes next week given its best-in-country reputation, and I also wanted try out Papa's as well. I've done a bit of research on additional places we could hit, but I've hit a wall. Are there any other great tomato pie places in the Trenton area that are worth the time? Any other Italian remnants around there as well? Below are a few I was considering; 2 places on top of Delorenzo's and Pap's would be ideal. I appreciate any help!

- Delorenzo's (Hamilton Ave)
- Mama Rosa's
- La Villa
- Corleone's
- Palermo's

Jan 03, 2012
razeup in New Jersey

Where to find Nduja?

Calabria Pork Store on Arthur Ave in the Bronx makes their own Nduja, and had it the last time I was there 3 weeks back. I bought some and thought it was great; they should still have it. A few other serious Italian pork stores and importers scattered around the city (Eataly, D Coluccio, Sorriso, etc.) may have it as well but don't quote me on that. Call ahead to be sure

Calabria Pork Store
2338 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

Sorriso Italian Pork Store
44-16 30th Ave, Queens, NY 11103

Coluccio and Sons
1214 60th St, Brooklyn, NY 11219

Dec 15, 2011
razeup in Outer Boroughs

Canarsie ercs?

I'll second Sonny's, and also reccomend Bell Bialy on Foster Ave. $5 by the dozen, fresh out of the oven!

Bagels by Bell
10013 Foster Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11236

Sonny's Heros
1031 E 92nd St, Brooklyn, NY 11236

Dec 11, 2011
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Monte's Delicatessen in Brooklyn

I just got a 6 ft sub from Monte's back in July, and it was delivered by a young guy so I'm not sure if this was a retirement. Too bad, as they were nice people and made great sandwiches; much better than Lioni IMO

Nov 08, 2011
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White Castle 4th. Ave. Brooklyn

I've been eating White Castle my entire life and I had In-N-Out for the first time a month or so ago. From a quality standpoint, they're absolutely not comparable; In-N-Out is light years ahead. From an addictiveness standpoint, I'd give the edge to White Castle but it's close. From a drunk food standpoint, White Castle wins hands down. It's worth a shot just to get the experience given the price and accessibility for you. My advice would be to order 1 or 2 burgers, and if you like it then go from there.

Oct 02, 2011
razeup in Outer Boroughs

The best and biggest slices of pizza in Brooklyn, NY?

Ahh yes that's Benny Tudino's. Ok, not great pizza, but it fits the OP's description for sure

Sep 06, 2011
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The best and biggest slices of pizza in Brooklyn, NY?

While Elegante is a bit above average in terms of size, I wouldn't put them in the "giant" class. I don't have any specific reccomendations for Brookyln, but the Bronx is FULL of places like what you're describing. Yankee JZ in Soundview is the best I've found, but there is also Cross Bronx Pizza, Circle Pizza, Jasper's, Dominick's, 3 Boys from Italy, and several others. Also in Manhattan is Pizza Palace in Inwood, where the slices are also very thick.

Beware though: in the case of this style, bigger is not necessarily better.

Sep 05, 2011
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Fordham U Parents/Alumni - Bronx-Arthur Avenue

Dominick's, Roberto's, and Zero Otto Nove all do not take reservations. Other parents are probably going to end up in this area as well for food, so unless you're going to eat at an off time I think a place with a reservation is your best bet if you want a sit down meal. For Italian American, the most consistent I've found is Mario's. I have also heard very good things about Tra di Noi, but have yet to get over there myself.

603 Crescent Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

2335 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

Zero Otto Nove
2357 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

2342 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

Sep 05, 2011
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Catania Cafe on Atlantic Ave

I believe that Joe's of Avenue U, an old school Sicilian place, has sarde a beccafico as well. Great place, and it gets plenty of raves on CH so I won't go too deep into detail

The more I read about Catania, the closer I'm coming to going out to Brooklyn just to try it. Sicilian food (especially when reasonably priced) is awesome

Joe's of Avenue U
287 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11223

Jul 29, 2011
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Best new pizza joints?

I'll add Salvatore of SoHo, Olio Pizza e Piu, Toby's Public House, Donatella, and you could probably add a score of other places. There's been an explosion of new pizzerias in recent years: some good, some bad, some that already have gone the way of the dinosaurs. Paulie Gee's is by far my favorite of the lot mentioned previously.

I'd take Verde Coal Oven off the list. Noteworthy only in the sense that they have a coal oven; I had a very bad experience with them pizza-wise.

Toby's Public House
686 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Salvatore of Soho
1880 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10305

Paulie Gee's
60 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Jul 21, 2011
razeup in Outer Boroughs

Best Day to Visit Arthur Avenue?

If you can do Tues-Thurs thats what I'd reccomend, much less crowded and much more relaxed and pleasant. Only reason to wait until Saturday is if you want to see what it looks like when its busy. I don't know of any weekend-only vendors.

May 21, 2011
razeup in Outer Boroughs

uhockey reviews the 3/27/11 Pizza Crawl: Di Fara, L&B, Motorino, Lucali, Paulie Gee's

I've heard good things about Trattoria Tra di Noi but haven't tried it yet. Mario's has some good Italian-American stuff, but otherwise I think you're better off with Zero Otto Nove

Zero Otto Nove
2357 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

2342 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

Tra Di Noi
622 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458

May 13, 2011
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uhockey reviews the 3/27/11 Pizza Crawl: Di Fara, L&B, Motorino, Lucali, Paulie Gee's

I think thats a good choice, especially if they've never been up there. Roberto's is closed on sundays and doesn't take reservations anyway. I'd reccomend Roberto's other restaurant Trattoria Zero Otto Nove, which also makes some great pizza salernitana.

Dominick's can be a fun place, but is kind of zoo-ish from the way they pack people in. If you go that route, do a search here and stick to the reccomended dishes. In particular their linguini w/ shrimp is really good

Zero Otto Nove
2357 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

May 12, 2011
razeup in Outer Boroughs

Italian comfort food from the 60's please? NYC

I'll second La Palina. One of the last of the old school places, and the best tomato sauce I've ever had!

La Palina
159 Avenue O, Brooklyn, NY 11204

Apr 30, 2011
razeup in Outer Boroughs

Great Pizza in the Bronx (besides the usual suspects)

Yea Venice is good, just not a "Chowhound place" if you know what I mean. Never had their pizza, so who knows

Apr 29, 2011
razeup in Outer Boroughs

Great Pizza in the Bronx (besides the usual suspects)

Hey guys,

I've been on a mission to find all the best pizza in the NY metro area--popular and undiscovered--and the one borough thats given me trouble is the Bronx. I know there are definitely some good places going under the radar (especially towards the north) but I haven't been able to find them. What places would you guys reccomend as particularly noteworthy? Style, price, and location aren't a factor, just looking to find places that serve great pizza. I'd really appreciate any help you guys could give, and I WILL use all of your reccomendations. Here's where I've been thus far in the Bronx:

Trattoria Zero Otto Nove - Amazing
Mario's on Arthur Ave - Great
Coals - Unique, very good
Yankee JZ - Solid
Patricia's -Solid
Fratelli's - Solid
Sorrento - Solid
Sam's - Good
Louie & Ernie's - Good
3 Boys from Italy - Ok
Jasper's - Ehhh
Arturo's - Bad
Antonio's Trattoria - Bad

Zero Otto Nove
2357 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

Antonio's Trattoria
2370 Belmont Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

2342 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

Louie & Ernie's Pizza
1300 Crosby Ave, Bronx, NY 10461

1888 Eastchester Rd, Bronx, NY 10461

1082 Morris Park Ave, Bronx, NY 10461

2507 Eastchester Rd, Bronx, NY 10469

Sam's Pizza
232 W 231st St, Bronx, NY 10463

3555 Riverdale Ave, Bronx, NY 10463

Yankee J-Z Pizza
1599 Westchester Ave, Bronx, NY 10472

Arturo's Pizzeria
5189 Broadway, Bronx, NY 10463

Sorrento Pizzeria
2004 Williamsbridge Rd, Bronx, NY 10461

Three Boys From Italy
704 Burke Ave, Bronx, NY 10467

Apr 27, 2011
razeup in Outer Boroughs

Back-up for Franny's on a Saturday night?

Little late now, but for others I will second Amorina. It also has a kids menu

624 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Apr 23, 2011
razeup in Outer Boroughs

Best Pizza is pretty bad

I also disagree. I just went here the other day and had a good experience. I got the same order except with a white slice instead of the pickled veggie slice (didn't have out when I was there).

The cheese slice I had was good but not great. Crust was light and crisp. Grandma had an intensely flavored sauce helped by the anchovies they use in it. White slice was my favorite. Rap selection when I went was very good.

Maybe this place doesn't completely live at to its name, but its pretty damn good imo. Sorry about the bad experience though, good to know that they might be inconsistent.

Mar 19, 2011
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Brennan & Carr

Completely different. The beef isn't heavily spiced, nor are any sort of peppers added. Its just the beef on a roll thats dipped in the broth, with american cheese and/or cooked onions added if you want (I get it plain). B&C has its detractors on here, but I love it and it has a large following.

Mar 13, 2011
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Italian beef in Brooklyn?

This roast beef w/ fresh mozzarella and gravy combo is something I'm a big fan of too. For those interested in this type of sandwich, here's a list of places that do it (or should). This list isn't complete, but hits most of the major places as wll as the ones I'd reccomend:

*La Torre Pork Store, Old Mill Basin: Great all around, roast beef could be rarer
Lioni's Heros, Bensonhurst: With their huge menu, they have to have it, haven't tried
Clementes, Gravesend: Haven't tried it, they definitely have it
John's Deli, Bensonhurst: Good but overrated
*Classic Heros, Coney Island: Great, similair gravy to John's, homemade brisket and gravy too
*Sonny's, Canarsie: Never had, they run out of homemade roast beef/fresh mozzarella fairly quickly, unsure whether they do the gravy but they should, great sandwiches otherwise, owner make every single one himself
*Fiore Deli, Hoboken: One of the best for this sandwich and others, ask for them to go light on the gravy or they'll drown it
Lisa's Deli, Hoboken: Good shop, good version but I'd rank it behind Fiore and Vito's
*Vito's Delicatessen, Hoboken: Haven't tried it but my friends have, the roast beef itself is great, pricey and polished but a great shop
Fran's Deli, Hoboken: Haven't tried, pretty sure they have it
Luca Brasi's Deli, Hoboken: They have it, haven't tried
Parisi Bakery, Little Italy: Not sure about the gravu but they ahve the roast beef
*Brennan & Carr, Sheepshead Bay: They have roast beef w/ cheese and gravy, no mozzarella, roast beef is the main thing here, place has been around since the 30's
Rollin Roaster, Sheepshead Bay: They have a version like Brennen & Carr, fast food-y, my family is a B&C family so I've never been here
Monte's Deli, Bensonhurst: They have it, haven't tried it because they have weird hours when I've tried to go but friends tell me its great
Catene Deli, Park Slope: They have it, haven't been
Defonte's, Red Hook/Murray Hill: They have it, make it with fried eggplant too I believe, haven't been
Jimmys Famous Heros, Sheepshead Bay: Haven't been but used to walk by it frequently, seems like the place that would have it, confirmation anyone?
This Little Piggie Had Roast Beef, East Village: They have it, haven't tried yet b/c I'm not a fan of their other place (Artichoke Basile's)
Leo's Latticini, Corona: 90% sure they have it, never been to retail location
Rocky's Meat Market, Marine Park: They have it, haven't tried it myself
G Esposito & Sons, Carroll Gardens: They should have it, 80% sure just b/c of the gravy
Rosario's Deli, Astoria: Not sure about the gravy but they have everything else
M&S Heros, park Slope: They have it, its alright
Sorriso Italian Pork Store, Astoria: Should have the gravy, they have everything else

Catene Deli
237 9th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Sorriso Italian Pork Store
44-16 30th Ave, Queens, NY 11103

Leo's Latticini
46-02 104th St, Queens, NY 11368

Rosario's Deli
22-55 31st St, Queens, NY 11105

Rocky's Meat Market
2950 Ave R, Brooklyn, NY 11229

John's Deli
6801 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220

Feb 23, 2011
razeup in Outer Boroughs

Gloria's Pizza

Margherita Pizza
16304 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11432

Not far from the subway at Jamaica Center, good slice but I've had issues with the cheese sliding off in the (not distant) past...I'd just like to thank Tommy (see above) for shedding some light on this mini pizza dynasty. Really looking forward to trying Gloria's when it reopens!

Margherita Pizza
16304 Jamaica Ave, Queens, NY 11432

Feb 23, 2011
razeup in Outer Boroughs

Carroll Gardens/Atlantic Avenue food excursion--please help!!

What did you have for your meal? I've been several times, but I've stuck mostly to the sicilian snack food. I'm interested in doing a dinner there sometime soon though, so any feedback that you or anyone would have on the rest of the menu would be greatly appreciated (I'm particularly interested in the cuttlefish).

Btw, their rice balls have meat, peas, and sauce inside. They're excellent.

Feb 21, 2011
razeup in Outer Boroughs

authentic italian in bay ridge or bensonhurst

Since the OP mentioned the word "authentic" in the title, I'll assume she wants Italian rather than Italian-American. I think the whole authenticity debate is a moot point as any cuisine done right can be excellent, but w/e

Piattini is a Sicilian restaurant in Bay Ridge which fits the bill and hasn't been mentioned yet (cash only). Another is Bella Sicilia, a new place in Bath Beach. Il Colosseo and Tommaso would also be fine choices.

Il Colosseo
7704 18th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11214

1464 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11228

9824 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

Bella Sicilia
1647 Bath Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11214

Jan 12, 2011
razeup in Outer Boroughs

Staten Island Pizza

I also disagree. While I do prefer the pizza in Brooklyn as well as there being more sheer variety there, Staten Island is right behind and has some great pizza. What pizzerias did you like in those neighborhoods that were that good?

Jan 08, 2011
razeup in Outer Boroughs

dinner with son on arthur avenue

I think we're getting off track here, although some additional info would be helpful. From the sound of it, you just need a place that your son can get basic red sauce food, but what do you want to eat?

There's plenty of general red sauce places in the area, but a few places stand out. If you're looking to have something out of the ordinary while your son has red sauce or are open to having pizza, 089 is a good bet. If you want something more Italian American, I'd go with Mario's (they also have pizza, not on the menu). Tra Di Noi is another place that gets great reviews, but I haven't tried it. The rest are mostly red sauce places which each have their strengths but are largely interchangeable in my opinion. Remember, all these places are also literally down the block from one another, so you could always walk around a bit with him and see what he wants to do.

My reccomendation for dessert is to go to Madonia bakery (before even eating, if necessary) and get some fresh filled cannoli. The other bakeries in the area range from bad to just ok, but Madonia's cannoli is worth the extra trouble. A lot cheaper than getting dessert at the restaurant too.

As far as other things suggested here, Dominick is a f*cking zoo for dinner which isn't worth it if you're going just to share linguini marinara, and 089>Roberto's for a 12 year old (harder to get into too).

Tra Di Noi
622 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458

Jan 06, 2011
razeup in Outer Boroughs

The Hunt for Fried Struffoli...

I know I'm a little late in the game here with this, but for future reference Circo Pastry Shop in Bushwick makes the fried version, as does Palermo Pastry Shop in Old Mill Basin and V&J Pork store in Monroe, NY for those who live in Orange County. I'm not a struffoli expert, but these places have good stuff otherwise and I've enjoyed the struffoli from there. Palermo's also has mini packages of the struffoli, which was all I got this year as my family cut back and only got 4 lbs of stuff for Xmas.

Circo's Pastry Shop
312 Knickerbocker Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237

Palermo Pastry Shop
5517 Avenue N, Brooklyn, NY 11234

Dec 28, 2010
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