The FOOD Issue 2011
The Washington Square News presents the 2011 Food issue, an annual guide to eating in New York!
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And you haven't had a burger the way it was meant to be had if you've eaten it without Blue 9's famous mango dipping sauce. $ C BRIDgE CAFE 279 Water St. (between Water and Dover streets) 212.227.3344 bridgecafenyc.com SHAKE SHACK: SEE P. 7 Tucked away beneath the Brooklyn Bridge, this hidden gem is the oldest drinking establishment in New York City and offers a mean steak and quiet escape from the crowded streets of the city. 99 MILES TO PHILLY 94 Third Ave. 212.253.2700 99milestophillyeastvillage.com (between 12th and 13th streets) BAgEL BOB'S 51 University Pl. (between Ninth and 10th streets) 212.533.2627 bagelbobs.com BARE BURgER 10% OFF WITH YOUR NYU ID $$ 535 Laguardia Pl. (between Bleecker and Third streets) 212.477.8125 bareburger.com SEE PAgE FOR AD BURgER CREATIONS The cheesesteaks at 99 Miles to Philly are the best you'll get outside the City of Brotherly Love. Served on authentic Amoroso rolls and topped with the works, the cheesesteaks will have you coming back again and again. And the waffle fries are must get. If it's not the perfectly browned bagels or the many cream cheese options that wil bring you to Bagel Bob's, it'll be the 10 percent discount for NYU students and the 45 cent bagels on Monday afternoons. Pick one up on your way to Silver. It's back to basics at this burger joint. Bare Burger partners with local farmers to get all their organic, free-range ingredients. While their beef patties are great, we especially like their turkey burger with fried onions and saut�ed mushrooms. 52 E. Eighth St. (between Greene Street and University Place) 212.539.1909 burgercreations.com True to its name, this burger joint takes pride in its creativity, offering a long list of playful adaptation on the classic patty. Try the Philly Burger or the teriyaki-cooked Fuji Burger for some lively flavor. $ 4 C $ $$ C $ C KEY | $ PRICINg C CAMPUS CASH COUNTER SERVICE FULL SERVICE TAKEOUT DELIVERY LATE NIgHT EARLY MORNINg FULL BAR BURgER JOINT 118 W. 57th St. (between 6th and 7th avenues) 212.708.7414 parkermeridien.com eat4.php of comfort food. After tasting the likes of their deliciously crisp Cajun catfish po'boy and veggie chili, you will be at peace. joint specializes in various over-the-top toppings like bacon, cole slaw and cream cheese for its greasy, snappy sausages. nycbestbar.com downthehatch Located in the five-star Parker Meridien hotel, the Burger Joint brings a sophisticated touch to the traditional burger eating experience. $$ $ C For the cash-strapped college student, it doesn't get much better than Down the Hatch's $20 unlimited beer and wings on weekends. CORNELIA STREET CAFE 29 Cornelia St. (between Bleecker and Fourth streets) 212.938.9319 corneliastreetcafe.com $ CROSBY CONNECTION 45 Bleecker St. (between Bowery and Lafayette Street) 212.677.8444 $$ CAFETERIA Tucked away in the West Village, the Cornelia Street Caf� does get crowded but the food, especially the Huevos Rancheros and Eggs Benedict, will be more than worth the wait. Tasty $6 sandwiches and friendly staff make this sandwich joint a standout. Try the turkey, brie and pear sandwich for a refreshing lunch. $ DUBLIN 119 Seventh Ave. (between 17th and 18th streets) $$ 212.414.1717 cafeteriagroup.com 6575 Hudson St. (between 11th and Bank streets) 646.638.2900 dublin6nyc.com Cafeteria is a trendy dining spot great for lunch or dinner. But it's their all-day breakfast menu that's particularly nice. We recommend the croissant french toast with fresh berries and marscapone cream almond toasted crumble. If you're really hungry, try the chicken and waffles. CORNER BISTRO 331 W. Fourth St. (between 12th and Jane streets) 212.242.9502 cornerbistrony.com Cheap burgers and beer make this West Village restaurant a staple with the college crowd. And with what Zagat calls one of the best burgers in New York, it's definitely worth the visit. CURLY'S VEgETARIAN LUNCH 328 E. 14th St. 212.598.9998 curlyslunch.com home.html This bar features an eclectic mix of young and old, locals and out-oftowners, offering great deals at happy hour and a classy menu to go with its extensive drink selection. $$ $$ $$ CHAT `N' CHEW Curly's is an inexpensive vegetarian and vegan diner that serves breakfast all day. For those who are still carnivores, there are also plenty of faux meat options that taste like the real thing. FRENCH ROAST 79 W. 11th St. (Sixth Avenue) 212.254-.2632 frenchroastny.com 10 E. 16th St. (at Fifth Avenue) 212.243.1616 chatnchewnewyorkcity.com CRIF DOgS Simple, hearty meals at this Southern-inspired eatery are the epitome 113 Saint Mark's Pl. (between Avenue A and First Avenue) 212.614.2728 crifdogs.com $ DOWN THE HATCH 179 W. Fourth St. (Jones Street) 212.627.9747 Right by campus, this French-style bistro offers 24-hour dining 7 days a week. It's great for anything from brunch to a hearty late night snack. This East Village hot dog $$ 5 THE AMERICAN RESTAURANTS else you may find yourself booted. is delicious -- and with whatever you get, be sure to add a side of rosemary fries. MAMA'S FOOD SHOP $$ 200 E. Third St. (between avenues A and B) 212.777.4425 HILL COUNTRY $$ 30 W. 26th St. (between Broadway and Sixth Avenue) 212.255.4544 hillcountryny.com LAMAzOU 370 Third Ave. (between 26th and 27th streets) FRIEND OF A FARMER 77 Irving Pl. (between 18th and 19th streets) 212.477.2188 friendofafarmernyc.com World-class Texas barbecue is the specialty at Hill Country. Try the moist brisket and the corn pudding for a deliciously satisfying meal straight out of the Lone Star State. 212.532.2009 lamazoucheese.com Indulge in rib-sticking basics, like fried chicken, hearty meatloaf or delicious mashed potatoes. The cozy space is as down-home as the eats: Diners sit at formica tables and gaze at portraits of other people's moms. Bringing the feeling of the countryside into the bustling New York cityscape is a difficult job, but the owners of Friend of Farmer pull it off, and they brought some fine food with them. Their spinach and mushroom omelette or, for those in the mood for something a little decadent, crab cake topped with poached egg are out of this world. $$ With over 150 different kinds of cheese, Lamazou should be a part of your shopping routine each week. And while you're there, get a huge bang for your buck with one of their tasty sandwiches served with their inhouse meats and cheeses. $$ MAx BRENNER 841 Broadway (between 13th and 14th streets) 212.388.0030 maxbrenner.com $ Although Max Brenner offers real food, don't be fooled -- this place is a chocolatier first and a conventional restaurant second. Try the hot chocolate or any one of their other sweet concoctions. $$ C $$ PEANUT BUTTER AND CO. JANE LENNY'S 100 W. Houston St. (between Laguardia Place and Thompson Street) 212.254.7000 ctrnyc.com/JANE 66 W. Ninth St. (on Sixth Avenue) 212.353.0300 lennysnyc.com 240 Sullivan St. (between Bleecker and Third streets) 212.677.3995 ilovepeanutbutter.com gREY DOg COFFEE 90 University Pl. 212.414.4739 thegreydog.com (between 11th and 12th streets) A classy and popular restaurant for either breakfast or lunch, Grey Dog also makes for a nice place to study when it isn't packed with customers. Be sure to go at offpeak hours if you want to do a little reading done or Take a trip to Jane for some upscale bistro food in a pleasing atmosphere. With a rustic yet sophisticated touch, Jane is great for a lunch with friends or a romantic dinner with a special someone. In either scenario, the food This sandwich shop offers thirteen different types of breads and wraps, so the combinations are endless not to mention tasty. You can go months without repeating yourself. This unique sandwich joint not only boasts great peanut butter, but also an assortment of quirky pairings like marshmallow, bacon and fruit -- everything you'd never expect to get on your old PB&J. $ C $ C 6 KEY | $ PRICINg C CAMPUS CASH COUNTER SERVICE FULL SERVICE TAKEOUT DELIVERY LATE NIgHT EARLY MORNINg FULL BAR PEELS 325 Bowery (corner of Second Street) 646.602.7015 peelsnyc.com SHAKE SHACK 11 Madison Ave. (in Madison Square Park) 212.889.6600 shakeshacknyc.com ner, step into the Ace's lounge for some live music. $$ Though Peels offers an all-around great dining experience, what is really special is their build-abiscuit option. Start with their homemade buttermilk biscuit and add anything from scrambled eggs to avocado slices for a hearty brunch option. POP PUB 83 University Pl. (between 11th and 12th streets) 212.477.7574 popburger.com $ PIE BY THE POUND 124 Fourth Ave. (between 12th and 13th streets) 212.475.4977 piebythepound.com This modern establishment serves more than just burgers. Coffee and doughnuts anyone? It also offers a drink list longer than its menu. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better burger in Manhattan. And while their Shack Burger is great, the real deal (that is if you can handle it) is the Shack Stack, a mouth-watering slice of deep-fried, cheese-filled portobello mushroom on top of a juicy all-beef patty. Grab one of their shakes to wash down all that goodness. THE SMITH 55 Third Ave. (between 10th and 11th streets) 212.420.9800 ctrnyc.com/THESMITH $$ The Smith's trendy spot that's great for everything from brunch to a late night drink. The Chicken Sausage + Eggs with cornbread and gravy is a brunch mainstay. And to go with that drink, try the deviled eggs and blue cheese chips for a perfect compliment. $$ $$ Riffing on the classic pizzeria, Pie by the Pound doesn't offer pizza by the slice, instead pile on the pizza and pay by weight. Just a tip: watch that scale, or else you might be spending more than you had hoped. S'MAC $ C 345 E. 12th Street (between First and Second avenues) 212.358.7912 smacnyc.com THE BRESLIN PLUCK U 230 Thompson St. (between Bleecker and Third streets) 212.505.2468 pluckuny.com It's Super Bowl Sunday every day at Pluck U. Try the "Death" sauce on your crispy wings if you're up for some taste bud destruction. If you're a mac and cheese fan like we are, there's no restaurant in the East Village that will please you as much as S'mac. Portions come in four sizes -- Nosh, Major Munch, Mongo and Partay. Toppings range from the classic cheddar to figs and goat cheese (a personal favorite). 16 W. 29th St. (between Broadway and Fifth Avenue) 212.679.1939 thebreslin.com `WICHCRAFT $ C $ Found in Midtown Manhattan's Ace Hotel, The Breslin offers rustic dining option at an affordable price. Their famous lamb burgers with feta cheese are a must-have, and the thick-cut fries with cumin mayo are some of the best you will find in the city. After din- 60 E. 8th St. (between Mercer Street and Broadway) 212.780.0577 wichcraftnyc.com Made with the freshest of ingredients and cuttingedge culinary expertise, every sandwich here is a work of art. $ C 7 ASIAN The Classics like the Pad Thai and crab rangoon are great for any occasion. With their faux candle-lit interior, Cafetasia offers suitable respite for students in between classes. RESTAURANTS $$ DOSIRAK 30 E. 13th St. (between University Pl. and Fifth Ave.) 212.366.9299 Dosirak boasts quick, simple Korean food just within reach of your Union Square dorm. The kimchi bokeumbap is a delicious staple to save you from a long night of studying. $ CAFETASIA: SEE P. 8 BODHI TREE 58 Third Ave. (between 10th and 11th streets) 212.979.2900 bricklanecurryhouse.com 212.677.5199 BIg WINg WONg 102 Mott St. (between Canal and Hester streets) 212.274.0696 Try the roast duck at this authentic Chinese restaurant or one of the many delicious congee soups and noodle dishes. Come here for some neighborhood Thai food in a casual atmosphere. If you want something classic try the Pad Thai, or be adventurous and order the pumpkin duck. Bricklane boasts an impressive menu of classic Indian dishes. Must-trys include their pillowy naan, phaal and chicken tikka masala. DUMPLINg MAN 100 Saint Mark's Pl. (between Avenue A and First Ave.) 212.505.2121 dumplingman.com $$ C $$ CAFETASIA BRICKLANE CURRY HOUSE 306 E. Sixth St. (between First and Second Ave.) $ 8 38 E. Eighth St. (between University Place and Greene Street) 212.529.2363 cafetasia.com Try the monster sauce and sweetie pie dumplings at this cozy eatery tucked away in the East Village. Hand-made and steamed in front of you, the dumplings here are about as fresh as they come. $$ KEY | $ PRICINg C CAMPUS CASH COUNTER SERVICE FULL SERVICE TAKEOUT DELIVERY LATE NIgHT EARLY MORNINg FULL BAR EAST JAPANESE 366 Third Ave. 212.889.2326 japas27.com With sushi arriving on a rotating conveyor belt and karaoke lasting until 4 a.m., there is never a dull moment at East Japanese. (between 26th and 27th streets) HOLY BASIL 149 Second Ave. (between Ninth and 10th streets) 212.460.5557 holybasilrestaurant.com Try the signature duck spring rolls or crispy duck at Holy Basil, or go classic with their refreshing Pad Thai. With cheeky Japanese decor, $1.50 Kirin on draft and a cotton candy machine out front, Kenka leaves little to be desired. Be prepared for a wait on weekends and Friday nights, because this joint draws a large student crowd on weekends. MISS KOREA BBQ $$ $ 10 W. 32nd St. (between Broadway and Fifth Ave.) 212.594.4963 misskoreabbq.com 10% OFF SEE THE LAST PAgE! $$ IPPUDO 65 Fourth Ave. (between Ninth and 10th streets) L'ANNAM 212.388.0088 ippudony.com 121 University Pl. (at 13th Street) 212.420.1179 Miss Korea BBQ brings authentic Korean food to the streets of Manhattan. Its signature clay pot kalbi, marinated for over 48 hours, is a must try. FRIEND HOUSE 106 Third Ave. (at 13th St.) 212.388.1838 friendhousenyc.com There's a reason why the line in front of Ippudo usually stretches around the block. The ramen at this authentic Japanese restaurant is flavorful, while the roasted, meltin-your-mouth pork is cooked to perfection. This Union Square joint serves up large lunch portions for low prices. For about $6 you can get enough food to get you through your third Writing the Essay progression. $$$ $ Don't let the reasonable prices deceive you. Your money goes far at this high-end restaurant with great dumplings and a soothing atmosphere complete with a zen waterfall. $$ MOMOFUKU NOODLE BAR 171 First Ave. (between 10th and 11th streets) JOE'S SHANgHAI 9 Pell St. (between Pell and Doyers streets) 212.777.7773 momofuku.com 212.233.8888 joeshanghairestaurants.com $$ gALANgA 149 W. Fourth St. (between MacDougal St. and 6th Ave.) 212.228.4267 The savory soup dumplings at this popular Chinese restaurant are worth the tight quarters and shared tables. Just make sure to arrive early -- there is always a wait. LAUT 15 E. 17th St. (between Broadway and 5th Ave.) 212.206.8989 lautnyc.com This West Village Thai food joint stands out from the pack with its sleek and modern atmosphere and signature duck salad. $$ KENKA $ 25 Saint Mark's Pl. (between Second and Third avenues) 212.254.6363 The flavors of Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore all come together in affordable and delicious platters at Laut. Momofuku Noodle Bar serves up some of the best ramen in town, incorporating both traditional and novel flavor combinations. The smoky house ramen with slabs of fatty pork topped with a perfectly poached egg is unique and flavorful. Adding side dishes like fingerling potatoes with beurre blanc and roasted garlic to add an interesting fusion of flavors to any meal. $ $$$ 9 THE ASIAN RESTAURANTS vinyl records played through vintage tube amplifiers. tradition with dishes like grilled chicken pesto fried rice. $$ $$ MOMOFUKU SSAM BAR 207 Second Ave. 212.254.3500 momofuku.com (between 12th and 13th streets) RED BAMBOO SAIgON gRILL 212.982.3691 91 University Pl. (between 11th and 12th streets) Much like the Noodle Bar, Momofuku Ssam Bar takes a unique spin on classic Japanese and Korean dishes. Try the spicy pork sausage with traditional Korean rice cakes for a delicious and filling meal. 140 W. Fourth St. (between MacDougal St. and Sixth Ave.) 212.260.1212 redbamboo-nyc.com NUM PANg 21 E. 12th St. (between University Pl. and 5th Ave.) 212.255.3271 numpangnyc.com This convenient restaurant offers delicious and vegetarian-friendly options. Their soy dishes can fool even the most devoted carnivore. With its huge dining room, Saigon Grill offers great Vietnamese inspired food in a comfortable setting perfect for large groups. $ $$$ Lines are long and sitting space is limited, but these Cambodian sandwiches are top notch. $$ SOHO SUSHI $ 231 Sullivan St. (between Bleecker and Third streets) 212.777.2188 sohosushinyc.com SoHo Sushi offers solid rolls at a good price, but really shines when the sun goes down and the sake comes out. $ MONO+MONO 116 E. Fourth St. (between First and Second avenues) 212.466.6660 monomononyc.com PROSPERITY DUMPLINg 46 Eldridge St. (between Canal and Hester streets) 212.343.0683 REPUBLIC 37 Union Square W. (between 16th and 17th streets) The details are MONO+MONO's greatest assets. The restaurant offers a cozy atmosphere with chicken seasoned to perfection. Don't worry about being a repeat customer; you will never tire of the wide selection of jazz music, with 30,000 Prosperity is key at this top notch dumpling house. For just a dollar a full stomach is guaranteed. Try the variety of dumplings or a scrumptious sesame pancake. 212.627.7172 thinknoodles.com $$ Republic specializes in flavor. Each meal offers a twist of spices from Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan and China. The menu includes standards like pad thai and curried duck, but diverts from SPICE 39 E. 13th St. (between Broadway and University Place) 212.982.3759 spicethainyc.com 10 KEY | $ PRICINg C CAMPUS CASH COUNTER SERVICE FULL SERVICE TAKEOUT DELIVERY LATE NIgHT EARLY MORNINg FULL BAR This restaurant has a clean, modern interior and offers classic and affordable Thai food. The lunch specials are a great deal -- they come with a free appetizer. THAI TERMINAL 349 E. 12th St. (between First and Second avenues) 212.614.0155 quick meal, there are few Japanese restaurants in the neighborhood that are better, and the katsu curry is untouchable. $ With $1 Thai iced teas served with dinner and lunch specials, this joint is a great place to get your cheap Thai fix. $ while their dumplings are great, it's their sesame pancake sandwich with roast pork that will get you hooked. And though authentically Chinese, Vanessa's also offers a number of sushi options. $ C SUzIE'S 163 Bleeker St. (between Thompson and Sullivan streets) 212.777.1395 suziesrestaurant.com $ WO HOP 15 Mott St. (between Worth and Mosco streets) 212.962.8617 With fast service, great deals and good food, this Chinese takeout joint is an NYU student favorite and a short walk from most freshman residence halls. Don't worry, upperclassmen, they deliver. VANESSA'S DUMPLINgS UDON WEST 11 Saint Marks Pl. (between Second and Third avenues) 212.353.3888 220 E. 14th St. (between Second and Third avenues) 212.529.1328 $ If you're looking for a You can get cheap -- and we mean cheap -- dumplings either boiled or fried at Vanessa's. And Craving some fried dumplings or beef Chow Fun at 3 a.m.? Look no further than Wo Hop, a delicious and affordable Chinese restaurant found right in the heart of Chinatown and open late. $ KIMCHI S CHORNICLE The WATCH THIS! Interested in making your own Korean food? Join the world-renowned chef and restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten and his wife Marja on a trip to the Land of the Morning Calm in the "Kimchi Chronicles," which premiered this summer. In this 13-episode series hosted by PBS, the couple explores the culinary wonders Korea has to offer. They then return to their New York home where they show you how to recreate everything from classics like bulgogi to ice cream made from fermented rice wine. As an added bonus, the duo is often joined by neighbor Hugh Jackman to aid in their culinary exploits. What you're left with is an entertaining and instructive guide to the world of Korean cuisine. -- Calvin Yoon 11 Open Late. We Deliver. Dine In or Take Out. 83 University Place (11th Street & University) P. 212 477 7574 F. 212 477 7982 Check us at: www.popburger.com UROPEATN E S RESTAURAN The Part Japanese, part Italian, the food at Basta Pasta is 100 percent delicious. Their spaghetti with flying fish roe, shiso and jalapenos is a testament to creative thinking. For something more traditional, have the spaghetti with Parmesan and Prosciutto. $$$ BLEECKER STREET PIzzA 69 Seventh Ave. (at Bleecker Street) 212.924.4466 bleekerstreetpizza.com EATALY: SEE P. 14 try the fried Mars bars for a decadent treat to cap your meal. French bistro, the menu contains some type-defying items. The requisite steak frites are supplemented by the comforting North African dishes. Try the vegetable couscous or bisteeya, savory Moroccan chicken pies. Rated "Best Pizza" in New York City by the Food Network, the filling and hearty slices at this pizzeria live up to their reputation. $ CAMAJE BISTRO $ 85 McDougal St. (at Bleecker Street) 212.673.8184 camaje.com A SALT AND BATTERY 112 Greenwich Ave. (between Jane and 13th streets) BAR SIx 212.691.2713 asaltandbattery.com 502 Sixth Ave. (between 13th Street and Sixth Ave.) 212.691.1363 barsixny.com $$ Authentically British, A Salt and Battery offers a wide array of fish and chip options for your inner Anglophile. Be sure to BASTA PASTA Although the d�cor at this West Village hangout resembles an appealing, albeit cookie-cutter 37 W. 17th St. (between Fifth and Sixth avenues) 212.366.0888 bastapastanyc.com A cozy atmosphere and friendly staff make this French bistro a perfect lunch spot. Try the smoked mac `n' cheese with garlic shrimp or the duck sandwich. Both will leave you pleasantly full. $$ C 13 THE EUROPEAN RESTAURANTS CANDELA CANDELA 92 Second Ave. (between Fifth and Sixth streets) 212.529.2563 candelacandelanyc.com Grab some delicious food at this Cuban-Italian restaurant or pick from their extensive selection of mojitos. Stop by on Fridays and Saturdays between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. for live jazz music. of Lidia and Joe Bastianich, Eataly is effectively a department store for all things Italian. Over 50,000 square feet, Eataly houses a wide array of fine cheese, meats and olive oils. Dining options are also available and are quite good. Prices can run quite high and portion sizes low, so dining is recommended only if someone else is paying. LOMBARDI'S 32 Spring St. (between Mott and Mulberry streets) 212.941.7994 firstpizza.com PATSY'S PIzzERIA 67 University Pl. (at 10th Street) 212.533.3500 patsyspizzeriany.com $$ C $$$ EL FARO 823 Greenwich St. (at Horatio Street) 212.929.8210 elfaronyc.com CO. Cozy up in one of El Faro's wooden booths for an authentic Spanish meal and experience a West Village institution that has been around for almost 70 years. The thin-crust Lombardi's pizza that comes fresh out of a coal oven has often been cited as the best pizza in New York City. But since the place is hugely popular among tourists, be prepared for a long wait before eating at this hot spot. The original Patsy's is in East Harlem, but the owners didn't leave the great taste of their crispy thin-crust pizzas behind when they expanded downtown. If you're not in the mood for pizza, their pastas are just as satisfying. $$ $$ OTTO PEPE VERDE 230 Ninth Ave. (at 24th Street) 212.243.1105 co-pane.com $$$ 1 Fifth Ave. (between Waverly Place and 8th Street) 212.995.9559 ottopizzeria.com 559 Hudson St. (between Perry and 11th streets) 212.255.2221 peperossotogo.com As a restaurant that boasts a "communal dining" atmosphere, Co. offers soups, salads, cheese and of course, pizza. FLORIO'S RISTORANTE 192 Grand St. (between Mott and Mulberry streets) 212.226.7610 florios.com/ $$ EATALY 200 Fifth Ave. (between 23rd and 24th streets) 212.229.2560 eatalyny.com Feel like you're a part of the family at this cozy Italian restaurant -- easily one of the best homestyle places in Little Italy. Perfect for a romantic night out with that special someone. Celebrity chef Mario Batali's pizzeria and wine bar, Otto is an upscale alternative to the standard pizza joints around campus. The place gets crowded quickly, so make a reservation. If you do manage to get a table, the lardo pizza and Bucatini All'Amatriciana are must-trys. The wine list is extensive, if not a little daunting, but servers are happy to help. Good and cheap Italian in the West Village? Pepe Verde may sound too good to be true, but a bowl of pasta costs just $7 to $12 at this hole in the wall, and it's just a few blocks from campus. $ PIOLA The brainchild of celebrity chefs Mario Batali and the mother-son combo $$$ $$ 48 E. 12th St. (between Broadway and University Place) 212.777.7791 piola.it 14 KEY | $ PRICINg C CAMPUS CASH COUNTER SERVICE FULL SERVICE TAKEOUT DELIVERY LATE NIgHT EARLY MORNINg FULL BAR Piola serves good pizza and pastas in a comfortable environment. And ladies, looking to get a little sauced? Every Wednesdays starting a 8 p.m., you can get unlimited wine with any entr�e. $$ This Belgian treasure serves just one dish -- pommes frites, or crisp fries straight from the lowlands. For some diversity, choose from their extensive list of dipping sauces, like pomegranite terriyank or smoked eggplant mayo. Pun entirely intended. $$ pasta, pizza or salad and watch it made in front of you. Just remember not to misplace your card -- it's a $50 fine. $$ $ PUCK FAIR 298 Lafayette St. (between Jersey and Houston streets) 212.431.1200 puckfairbar.com THE BARREL 10 Stuyvesant St. (between Second and Thid avenues) 212.598.0454 thebarrelnyc.com VESELKA PIzzA MERCATO 11 Waverly Pl. (at Mercer Street) 212.420.8430 pizzamercatowestvillage.com Conveniently situated on campus, Pizza Mercato has a wide variety of toppings and serves great pasta. Stop by between classes for a small order of garlic knots and a slice of tomato basil pizza. If a live Irish folk band isn't enough to merit the label "European," we don't know what is. This bar has an incredible selection of beers, but you won't feel like drinking anything other than a Guiness. Try the curry fries if you're looking for a bite to eat. Sleekly decorated, The Barrel is an upscale tapas bar great for groups and sharing. Try any of the dozens of morsels on their menu for a fun and delicious meal -- we recommend the Berkshire pork and baby octopus. But be careful, while the dishes are quite tasty they add up fairly quickly. 144 Second Ave. (between Eighth and Ninth streets) 212.228.9682 veselka.com $$ $$ Open 24 hours, this Polish/Ukrainian eatery offers great comfort food that's perfect after you've knocked back a few "wodkas." It's also great when you're not hungover. Whatever you do, just make sure you try the perogies. $ $$ VOL DE NUIT TEA AND SYMPATHY 108 Greenwich Ave. (between Jane and 13th streets) 148 W. Fourth St. (between MacDougal Street and Sixth Avenue) 212.979.2616 voldenuitbar.com VAPIANO POMMES FRITES 212.989.9733 teaandsympathynewyork.com 123 Second Ave. (between Seventh and Eighth streets) 212.674.1234 pommesfrites.ws 113 University Pl. (at 13th Street) 212.777.9477 vapiano.com If you enjoy British cuisine and a charming atmosphere, this place should be your cup of tea. Cafeteria-style dining is taken up a notch at this Italian eatery. Order any This Belgian beer garden offers a large selection of beers and wines, friendly staff and a DJ -- a great combination for a guaranteed great evening. $ 15 LATIN AMERICAN RESTAURANTS The ter a try. You won't be disappointed by the quality. $$ CAFE HABANA 17 Prince St. (between Elizabeth and Mott streets) 212.625.2001 cafehabana.com Stop by Cafe Habana for some delicious, well-priced Mexican fare. Enjoy their award-winning juicy Cuban sandwich or indulge in their bold cotija cheese and fresh Mexican-style corn. $$ CAFECITO 185 Ave. C (between 11th and 12th streets) 212.253.9966 DOS TOROS: SEE P.17 is cool, casual and best of all affordable. We recommend the vegetable quesadilla. without draining your wallet. Grab a seat at this festive Cuban joint in the heart of the East Village. Take a bite of their tender, crispy churrasco or Chilean sea bass soaked in mango marinade and you'll be hooked. The mojitos aren't half bad either. $$ $$ $$ CAF� CORTADITO ARRIBA ARRIBA 762 Ninth Ave. (at 51st street) 212.489.0810 arribarriba.com BLOCKHEADS 350 W. 50th St. (between Eighth and Ninth avenues) 212.307.7029 blockheads.com 210 E. Third Street (between avenues A and B) 212.614.3080 cafecortadito.com CARACAS Serving up some of the largest frozen margaritas in town, this Hell's Kitchen establishment With $3.50 frozen margaritas and outdoor seating, Blockheads is perfect for some happy-hour dining This upscale Cuban establishment emanates elegance and serves up dishes with a flair. Make sure to give the flavorful marinated pork chops and saut�ed shrimp plat- 93 1/2 E. Seventh St. (between Avenue A and First Avenue) 212.529.2314 caracasarepabar.com There is a reason Caracas is always super busy -- it's one of the best places to get an authentic arepas. The Venezuelan arepas and 16 KEY | $ PRICINg C CAMPUS CASH COUNTER SERVICE FULL SERVICE TAKEOUT DELIVERY LATE NIgHT EARLY MORNINg FULL BAR fried plantains here are absolutely mindblowing. $$ CUBA 222 Thompson St. (between Bleecker and Third streets) 212.420.7878 cubanyc.com DOS CAMINOS Grab a mojito and enjoy some live music in this Greenwich Village restaurant, which offers authentic fresh Cuban cuisine. 475 W. Broadway (at Houston Street and Broadway) 212.277.4300 doscaminos.com Spice up your palate with this cantina's array of sizzling, succulent Mexican dishes. El Camion puts a fresh spin on a number of favorites, serving up tasty renditions of huevos rancheros, grilled chorizo, peppers and cheese. Test out their signature "Gingeritas" while immersing yourself in the chic ambiance and easygoing atmosphere that El Camion has to offer for an enjoyable night. able East Village gem and stay for the live music from 8 to 10:30 p.m. $$ HOTEL TORTUgA $$ Visit this standard bearer of Mexican cuisine for comfort, class and killer margaritas. Be sure to indulge in plenty of fresh guacamole along the way either in a burrito or heaped over chips. $$ 246 E. 14th St. (between Second and Third avenues) 212.228.1884 hoteltortuganyc.com EL CANTINERO $$$ 86 University Pl. (between 11th and 12th streets) 212.255.9378 elcantineronyc.com DOS TOROS 137 Fourth Ave. (between 13th and 14th streets) 212.677.7300 dostoros.com Bring your friends for a Mexican feast at this super affordable restaurant right near campus. Come on a Saturday night for cheap drinks and a DJ. Though not exactly a hotel, this inexpensive joint offers up plenty of beef, chicken, fish and vegetarian riffs on Mexican classics. Enjoy chilling out amid the Acapulco 1952 vibe, complete with beer, frozen sangrias and refreshing horchata. $$ DESPANA 410 Broome St. (between Centre and Lafayette streets) 212.219.1550 despananyc.com Many claim that stepping into Despana is like crossing the Atlantic Ocean, so prepare for a full-body experience while sampling this hot spot's huge selection of Spanish meats and cheeses. If you're looking for an authentic burrito, the search is over once you step into this tiny taqueria, right off of Union Square. This colorful cantina serves up delicious burritos, tacos and quesadillas filled with the freshest ingredients, all at a student-friendly price. $$ MISS LILY'S 132 W. Houston St. (between Houston and Sullivan streets) 646.588.5375 misslilysnyc.com $ ESPERANTO EL CAMION 194 Ave. A (between 12th and 13th streets) 145 Ave. C (between Ninth and 10th streets) 212.505.6559 esperantony.com If you're in the mood to splurge a bit on some cool, tasty Jamaican cuisine, try out this trendy South Village restaurant. Enjoy an array of Caribbean delights, like fried plantains, fiery jambalaya and ice cold Caribbean beer. $$ 212.533.5436 elcamioncantina.com Enjoy traditional Brazilian cooking in this ador- $$$ 17 THE LATIN AMERICAN RESTAURANTS hearty brunch, try their huevos beneditos. $$ HELPFUL HINT OFICINA LATINA SPUR TREE 24 Prince St. (between Elizabeth and Mott streets) 646.381.2555 oficinalatinanyc.com 76 Orchard St. (between Grand and Broome streets) 212.477.9977 spurtreelounge.com How-To This intriguing Latin American bistro tries to capture and recreate the stops along the Pan-American highway, built back in 1923. Just as the highway traversed a diverse array of terrain and climates, the Oficina Latina offers a number of rich, enticing dishes to reflect those exotic destinations. Experience the unique blend of Jamaican-Asian fusion at this posh restaurant that doubles as both a lounge and a nightclub. SWEETEN YOUR MARgARITA $$ Margaritas have long been a Thirsty Thursday favorite. But if you are growing tired of that classic lime margarita, try adding a shot of fruity flavor. We recommend heading to Benny's Burritos on Avenue A for some cheap frozen cocktails that keep on flowing. MANgO $$ If you want to get creative without losing the kick of the tequila, add a shot of mango. The tropical fruit is not overbearing, but adds a rich fruity taste that is refreshing both frozen or on the rocks. YUCA BAR & RESTAURANT POMEgRANATE 111 Ave. A (between 7th and 8th streets) 212.982.9533 yucabarnyc.com ROCKINg HORSE CAFE 182 Eighth Ave. (between 19th and 20th streets) 212.463.9511 rockinghorsecafe.com The Rocking Horse Cafe has got some of the best chips and salsa in town, and their $6 lunch burrito special boasts a great value and a burst of flavor. If you feel like a Located right across from Tompkins Square Park, this Pan-Latin hot spot offers a ton of eclectic, mouth-watering dishes -- not to mention, a colorful atmosphere and live bar with great happy hour specials. The grilled chipotle glazed chicken breast served with Peruvian mashed potatoes and a mango-chipotle chimichurri is irresistable. If you shy away from hard liquor, adding a shot of pomegranate may fool you into thinking that you are drinking a convenience store slushie. The sweetness of the pomegranate drastically cuts the taste of the alcohol, but is not overbearing as it mixes perfectly with the sour margarita mix. STRAWBERRY $$ A strawberry margarita might not seem like the manliest drink in the world, gentlemen, but you can't argue with the taste. Yes, it's fruity and sweet, and everyone around you will judge you. But you'll forget about your supposedly macho friends when you realize exactly how strong you can make the margarita, as the strawberry flavor will mask the true amount of alcohol in your drink. 18 ery eliv n D -I Eat out e Tak 246 E.14th St @ 2nd Ave. - 212-228-1884 328 East 14th Street (btwn 1st & 2nd ave) - 212.598.9998 www.curlyslunch.com � facebook: curly's vegetarian lunch MAMOUN'S FALAFEL: SEE P.21 mus, these morsels are tasty and quite filling. Try the white wine sangria for a refreshing compliment. $ C DOSA MAN Washington Square South (between Thompson and Sullivan streets) 917.710.2092 RRANEAN MEDITE RESTAURANTS ARIANA 787 Ninth Ave. (between 52nd and 53rd streets) The You can't truly say you know Washington Square Park until you've stood in line for Dosa Man's delicious Indian-style vegan cr�pe. Lunch lines can be long -- just grab soup or cookies in the "drive by" window. $ let, but the food is worth the wait. KARAVAS PLACE 212.262.0065 arianakababnyc.com $$$ 164 W. Fourth St. (between Cornelia and Jones streets) 212.243.8007 Not only is the cuisine unique and the kebabs delicious at this Midtown gem, the wait staff is also friendly and will make you feel right at home with their warm and welcoming service will give you the feel of that Mediterranean hospitality. BITE BARBOUNIA 250 Park Ave. S. (at 20th Street) 212.995.0242 barbounia.com 211 E. 14th St. (between Second and Third avenues) 212.677.3123 bitenyc.com Enjoy moderately-priced Greek food at this casual Greenwhich Village joint. Try the grilled lab chops platter. $$ $$ 20 The gourmet Mediterranean food with a Greek focus will both fill an appetite and empty a wal- While Bite offers classics like roast beef and salami, we particularly like their Israeli-inspired sandwiches. Filled with their homemade hum- LE SOUK HAREM 510 Laguardia Pl. (at Bleecker Street) 212.677.1120 lesoukny.com KEY | $ PRICINg C CAMPUS CASH COUNTER SERVICE FULL SERVICE TAKEOUT DELIVERY LATE NIgHT EARLY MORNINg FULL BAR The chicken gyro is definitely pricier than something you'd get from a food cart, but also much heartier. If you have the appetite and the money, order the mixed Middle Eastern mezze platter of warm pita with hummus, babaganush, tabouli and tahini for an appetizer. MESKEREM ETHIOPIAN CUISINE 124 MacDougal St. (between Third Street and Minetta Lane) 212.777.8111 Moderate prices, authentic Ethiopian food, and close to campus makes this place unbeatable. A little pricey but a stellar atmosphere with great spanakopita and desserts. With each bite you'll find yourself a little bit closer to the balmy Mediterranean. $$$ $$$ $$ TAHINI 23 Third Ave. (between Eigth and Ninth streets) TAIM FALAFEL & SMOOTHIE BAR 222 Waverly Pl. 212.691.1287 taimnyc.com/ (between 11th and Perry streets) MAMOUN'S FALAFEL 119 MacDougal St. (between Bleecker and Third streets) 212.674.8685 mamouns.com 212.254.0300 tahininyc.com Mamoun's offers delicious shawarma and falafels that are cheap enough to compete with street carts. The hot sauce is legendary, and their mango juice is a great thirst quencher. NANOOSH 111 University Pl. (between 12th and 13th streets) Cheap falafels and other pita sandwiches make this an affordable and pleasant spot for lunch. If you want something a little different, we recommend trying the hummus plates with eggplant. Healthy and vegetarian, it's a perfect combination. This no-nonsense hole in the wall serves three different types of tasty falafels, each with its own unique flavor. Beware -- the line can be very long during peak hours so be sure to be ready for a wait. 212.387.0744 nanoosh.com $ $$ $ MAOz VEgETARIAN 59 E. Eighth St. (between Broadway and University Place) 212.420.5999 maozusa.com If you are tired of falafel from St. Marks and don't mind spending a few more dollars, head over to this Dutch-Israelifounded joint known for its well-fried falafels, fresh toppings bar and french fries. Be sure to get their garlic sauce. Dining is about more than just food. It's an experience, and Nanoosh ensures that it will be one to remember. Dinner consists of a giant tray with about 15 different piles of colorful spreads. You eat with your hands, scooping up mashed chickpeas and spiced pinto beans in the process. It's a deliciously spicy mess that will leave you satisfied. HOW-T TURN YOUR gREEK gREEN SALAD CUCUMBER FETA O $$ BALSAMIC DRESSINg PYLOS $ C 128 E. Seventh St. (between First Avenue and Avenue A) 212.473-0220 pylosrestaurant.com KALAMATA OLIVES TOMATOES RED ONION 21 BUTTERLANE: SEE P.22 crumbsbakeshop.com Crumbs goes far beyond just serving ordinary cupcakes. Work your way through the massive menu (not to mention massive cupcakes) and you are guaranteed to have your fill of sweets for the week. $ C DRINKS ESSERTSSPOTS D and 16 Handles frosting are one of a kind and simply divine. lage bakery. The INSOMNIA COOKIES 50 W. Eighth St. (between MacDougal Street and Sixth Avenue) 212.228.2373 insomniacookies.com Ever craved warm, freshly baked chocolate chip or M&M cookies at 1 a.m.? Look no further. Open until 2:30 a.m. daily, Insomnia satisfies your midnight munchies with a large selection of desserts. $ $ C $ C BUTTER LANE BILLY'S BAKERY 184 Ninth Ave. (between 21st and 22nd streets) 123 E. Seventh St. (between Avenue A and First Avenue) 212.677.2880 butterlane.com 212.647.9956 billysbakerynyc.com Satisfy your sweet tooth with this petite bakery's signature dish -- their delicious red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese Small batches of individually baked cupcakes topped with delicious French butter cream frosting make this sweet haven a standout East Vil- CRUMBS 37 E. Eighth St. (between University Place and Greene Street) 212.673.1500 MAgNOLIA 401 Bleecker St. (at 11th street) 212.462.2572 magnoliacupcakes.com 22 KEY | $ PRICINg C CAMPUS CASH COUNTER SERVICE FULL SERVICE TAKEOUT DELIVERY LATE NIgHT EARLY MORNINg FULL BAR The red velvet cupcakes slathered with a thick layer of icing will satisfy any sweet tooth. While you're there, don't forget to grab a banana pudding. OREN'S DAILY ROAST 31 Waverly Pl. (between Greene Street and University Place) 212.338.0014 orensdailyroast.com or honeydew varieties are classic favorites here. $ $ Don't be fooled by the size of this coffeehouse. Though it's little more than a hole in the wall, this tiny shop boasts a friendly staff and a wicked brew. Warning: Get there early because the line can wrap around the block during peak hours! fair-trade organic coffee, free Wi-Fi and an artsy ambiance. The coffee is strong, but it is sure to get you through plenty of late-night cramming sessions -- if you can find a seat, that is. $ C MUD SPOT 307 E. Ninth St. (between First and Second avenues) 212.228.9674 mudnyc.com $ SUNDAES AND CONES 95 E. 10th St. (between Third and Fourth avenues) 212.979.9398 sundaescones.com VENIERO'S PARADIS TO gO 114 Fourth Ave. (between 11th and 12th streets) The flavor of the coffee at this East Village spot, is the way to start your day. Just be warned -- this coffee is STRONG. 646.416.6709 paradistogo.com $ NEWSBAR This cozy little cafe is famous for its soups. It can sometimes be tough to find a seat here, so you may want to consider getting takeout and enjoying it on the go. You'd think corn ice cream would taste about as good as a ketchup lollipop, but it's actually fantastic -- as are the other unique flavors at Sundaes and Cones. 342 E. 11th St. (between First and Second avenues) 212.674.7070 venierospastry.com $ C This quaint, stylish dessert shop is the perfect place to indulge in a wide range of sweet, creamy, tasty treats. Just ask anyone who loves a good cannoli. 107 University Pl. (between 12th and 13th streets) $ C 212.353.1246 $ With a wide selection of drinks, a friendly staff, ample sitting room and Internet access, Newsbar is a great place to sit back, relax and enjoy a cup of coffee. This underrated cafe is a great alternative to some of the more crowded campus coffee shops like Think and Grey Dog if you want to get do some studying. 16 HANDLES SAINT'S ALP TEAHOUSE 39 Third Ave. (between Ninth and Tenth avenues) 212.598.1890 saintsalp.com 153 Second Ave. (between Ninth and Tenth streets) 212.260.4414 16handles.com $ One of the best bubble tea houses in the city. If you're ever craving a cup of milky tea with chewy tapioca pearls (trust us, it tastes better than it sounds), this is the place to go. The original, taro THINK COFFEE 248 Mercer St. (between Third and Fourth streets) 212.228.6226 thinkcoffeenyc.com It's DIY at 16 Handles. Customers get to dispense their own yogurt, and with a long list of flavors and toppings, 16 Handles is as much fun to make as it is to eat. Satisfy your inner hipster and settle down for some $ 23 QUESTIONS By SArAH KAMENETz for MARION NESTLE other. I thought it was possible to get decent food in any of them, but [it's] easier in some than others. Q: You studied at University of California, Berkeley and now you teach at NYU. How do eating practices differ from coast to coast? A: I was born in Brooklyn and lived in Manhattan as a child, so this was a homecoming of sorts. Alas, the food is better on the West Coast for most of the year -- so much better that it brings tears to my eyes. It doesn't have to sit in a truck for two weeks before it gets to a store. At least we have greenmarkets. They make a big difference. Q: You have more than 70,000 Twitter followers and Time magazine recently ranked your Twitter account (@marionnestle) among the top ten in science and health. Who should members of the NYU community follow on Twitter to stay up to date on food, nutrition and health issues? A: I follow Bill Marler (@ bmarler), Mark Bittman (@bittman), Michele Simon (@Appetite4Profit) and Andy Bellatti (@andybellatti), among others. NYU professor and former chair of Steinhardt's Food Studies, Nutrition and Public Health program Marion Nestle spoke with WSN about her work educating others on foodrelated issues. When not teaching classes at Steinhardt, Nestle is busy writing books, tweeting and using her blog, Food Politics, to share her knowledge of all things food. Q: Why did you start your blog? A: I view it as a part of my academic responsibility to educate the public. I consider foodpolitics.com to be open source, meaning that it can be freely reproduced by anyone interested (just cite the source). Q: Your most recent book is called "Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety." What do you think the U.S. should make a priority when dealing with food safety? A: The recent outbreak of toxic E. coli in Germany should be a wakeup call to everyone. We have a deeply divided food safety system in this country that separates oversight of ani- mal foods from everything else. That makes no sense. The cause of that outbreak and all the others is bacteria from animals. We need one food safety system with plenty of funding to allow regulatory agencies to do their jobs. Q: What should NYU students know about the food they're eating? A: It's not taught in most places and it's hard to see where food comes from if you live in a city. That's why the homegrown food movement is so important. Anyone can grow something to eat if you have a window. Q: Are the NYU dining halls healthy? A: I did an eating tour of at least six of the dining halls last fall. I was surprised at how different they were from one an- 25 NYU IN ACTION TWO BIRDS, ONE STONE By SArAH KAMENETz very night, Monday through Friday, eight students from NYU's Two Birds, One Stone take leftover food from university dining halls and deliver it to Two Birds, One Stone members prepare to deliver food from NYU dining halls to local homless shelters. The group donates nearly 500 pounds of food each week. two New York City homeless shelters. By the end of the week, they will have donated nearly 500 pounds of ready-to- action and form a club to address the school in New York City," said Gallatin eat food. issue. The group now has over 100 senior Jonathan Fieweger, president of Two Birds, One Stone was founded active volunteers and is currently part Two Birds One Stone. "If we are going five years ago by a handful of students of the Center for Student Activities, to consider ourselves as a `private casually picking up meals on a day-to- Leadership and Service. university in the public service,' then day basis. But when they realized how "Oftentimes people at NYU are we should encourage our peers to get BB was being thrown 1 7/29/11 4:25 PM much food Dorm Ad 7x4.65 copy.pdf out in consumed with their own studies and out and get involved in helping the the dining halls, they decided to take life at NYU that they forget they attend community." E C M Y CM MY CY CMY K The food, which is usually a mixture of pasta, rice, vegetables and chicken, is given to NYC Rescue Mission on Lafayette Street and the Bowery Rescue Mission. Though the missions receive food from a number of donors, it's the unique student-to-recipient relationship that makes Two Birds, One Stone stand out from the rest. "There is such a strong rapport between the NYU volunteers and beneficiaries," said NYC Rescue Mission public relations representative Joe Little. "It is wonderful that the food is delivered with friendly faces and joy, which really builds a sense of community at the mission." Other colleges like Fordham University and Oberlin College have also set up Two Birds, One Stone programs, using the NYU branch as a model. Members of NYU's Two Birds, One Stone have even traveled to other colleges to help establish branches on their campus. And though the NYU Two Birds, One Stone program remains the largest in the country, its members hope to expand and work with more dining halls in the coming semester. WWOOFINg? My name is Jen Finn, and I am a WWOOFer (yes, like the sound a dog makes). It stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. Now how does one WWOOF? It's pretty simple. Students are asked to work on organic farms in exchange for room and board. But what that W hat is actually means differs from place to place. Some places will offer you a tent and a weekly stipend, while others will provide you with the guest bed in their home -- it completely depends on where you choose to go. So what about me? Last summer, I spent a month at an inn in New Hampshire that grows its own vegetables and herbs. In exchange for working (weeding, watering and doing desk duties at the inn) five hours a day, five days a week, we got home-cooked dinners, unlimited leftovers and fresh chocolate milk. Pretty sweet, right? Down time consisted of swimming in the Connecticut river, watching BBC and playing mini golf and eating ice cream downtown. But that's just my experience. You can literally WWOOF anywhere in the world. -- Jen Finn THE 411 ON NYU DINING Proximately isn't always key when choosing where to dine on campus. Before stepping in line to use your next meal swipe, consider your options. PROS DOWNSTEIN HAYDEN KIMMEL PALLADIUM RUBIN THIRD NORTH U-HALL UPSTEIN 28 Lots of seats means always having a place to eat at Downstein. CONS There are no windows in Downstein, which exudes a prison-like ambiance. The hall offers impressive vegan and vegetarian options, both savory and sweet. Scraping off your leftovers into the garbage before you drop off your plates can get pretty messy. The lines may be long, but Kimmel makes a mean pizza. Be sure to try the chicken and goat cheese pie. At the cost of just one meal swipe, Palladium offers restaurant-quality food during its monthly Restaurant Nights. Daily meals are not too bad either. The staff at Rubin is some of the nicest you'll find on campus. They really try to get to know your name. There's no messy cleanup at Third North -- the wait staff will clear and takes care of your dishes for you. Needs some frozen meals or snacks for late night cramming? U-Hall has a large selection of quick fix options, and you can use your Dining Dollars. The only Chic-fil-A branch in the state of New York can be found in NYU's very own Upstein. A small salad and soup counts as two meals, so avoid Kimmel if you are short on meal swipes. The extensive selection of desserts will negate all the calories you burned during your workout downstairs. Don't be lured in by Steak Night. As elegant as it might sound, the meat tastes about as good as a burnt tire. All the way on the East Side, Third North is one of the furthest dining halls from campus, making it tough to grab a meal there between classes. The space is quite small, and it gets filled rather quickly during the weekdays. Strategically plan your mealtimes to avoid waiting endlessly in line. Upstein is closed on Fridays for Shabbat dinner, while Chic-fil-A is out of commission on Sundays. Without the new NYUCard, campus life itself would be impossible. The new NYUCard is your ID, access, cash card and more. It's more secure. It's tap and go. It's the new you. And you can't do without it. No appointment necessary. And no waiting--unless you wait. Get your new NYUCard today! August 2017 Trattoria Patricia STUDENT NYUCard It's access. It's cash. It's everything NYU. 383 Lafayette Street, Main Floor www.nyu.edu/nyucard NYUCardServices 8 FOOD ADVENTURES: EXPLORING THE OUTER BOROUGHS By KIrSTEN CHANG and SArAH KAMENETz BROOKLYN There are more gastronomic opportunities in Brooklyn than drinking Moonshine with hipsters in Williamsburg. Try these trendy food spots next time you venture into Kings County. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge for a cute first date and grab an ice cream cone at The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. Then take a scenic walk to the Brooklyn Promenade for an unforgettable view of downtown Manhattan. In the mood for Asian dumplings so good even celebrity chef Bobby Flay can't beat them? Visit Red Hook's The Good Fork, which was recently featured on "Throwdown! with Bobby Flay." Korean-born owner and chef Sohui Kim creates classic entr�es with an American twist, like Korean BBQ steak with eggs. The restaurant is near the Brooklyn Ikea, so take the free ferry from Manhattan's Pier 11 to the superstore and just walk on over. It will make for a great day trip. And if you do find yourself indulging in the shine at Williamsburg, feel shamed if you don't stop by Smorgasburg: A Brooklyn Food Flea Market. Smorgasburg brings together Greenmarket farmers, hot New York chefs and over 100 food vendors on the Brooklyn waterfront. Foodies are welcome to eat onsite or shop for groceries. The market is open rain or shine Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To get there, take the L train to Bedford Avenue. THE BRONx The Bronx is home to a flurry of bold foods and even bolder flavors. Spice up your palate with a splash of hot Latin American food at El Bohio Lechonera, located on Tremont Avenue. Take either the 2 or 5 train to West Farms Square-East Tremont Avenue. Be sure to try the tender, succulent roast pig. If you've just gotten out of a Yankee game and resisted the overpriced food, venture out to the Feeding Tree, a Western Indian haven for a bite to eat. The house specialties are the chicken curry, oxtail, liver and okra. The service may be a bit slow, but the food is certainly worth the wait. The 4 train will get you closest. Get off at 161st Street-Yankee Stadium. table variety of daily dim sum. The E or F train to 75th Avenue will get you there quickly. If you want to go more classically American, try Eddie's Sweet Shop. This old-school soda shop is kitschy and serves up delicious homemade ice cream. It is a bit of a trek to get there, so only the truly adventurous should attempt to go. Otherwise, mix it up and try something completely different -- sweet potatoes, hot pepper soup and cassava leaves at New York City's only Liberian restaurant, Maima's Liberian Bistro & Bar (E, J, Z trains to Jamaica Center-Parsons/ Archer). STATEN ISLAND Most Manhattanites would see no reason to leave their beloved island for another, but they should reconsider upon hearing what culinary goodies Staten Island has to offer. Take the free ferry over to where life seems to slow down just a bit. For starters, anyone with a sweet tooth should visit The Cake Artist, home of WeTV's Staten Island Cakes and its 21-year-old owner Vinny Buzzetta. If the cakes don't draw you in, the chance at 15 minutes of fame may. If you're still skeptical, the upscale and authentic Italian Venezia Restaurant and Bar will change your mind. Try the homemade fresh gnocchi with gorgonzola cheese and walnuts ($14) or the loaded seafood risotto ($23). QUEENS New York City's far eastern borough boasts a number of hidden culinary gems. Venture over to Woodside for some of the best Korean barbeque in the city at Sikgaek -- just take the 7 train to 52nd Street. 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