This homey pub is a nice place to drink a Guinness and sit at the bar. You can play some songs on the jukebox, watch the game, catch up with old friends or make new ones. A lot of "trendy" bars have cropped up on Austin Street, so this is a nice casual setting to grab a beer.
I've never eaten here, but they do have a full menu that is served in a fairly large dining area. There are also a couple of tables on the sidewalk, but you'll have to go back inside to get another beer.
Shea Stadium is regarded by many experts as one of the worst in the majors. But, for a diehard Mets fan, it might be the greatest place to watch a game. Sure, the big blue exterior with the neon baseball players is tacky, but who cares? Shea on a beautiful sunny day (or a warm evening) is still a great place to be. Even if you're not a big baseball fan, you can enjoy the antics of Mr. Met, the apple popping out of the hat, and the contagious energy of 50,000 fans.
For the best food in the house, enter at gate B, go to Field Level, and follow the signs for the "Hot Corner" to find the Mama's of Corona stand, where you can get delicious Italian sandwiches, as well as antipasto and desserts.
Vinny Vincenz is a quality neighborhood pizza joint. The pies have a great thin, crispy crust. All the ingredients seem to be fresh and of a high quality.
You can easily stop in to grab a slice to go, but unlike a lot of other pizza joints, Vinny Vincenz has a nice enough atmosphere for you to sit down and have a meal. And they sell beer and wine, allowing you to fully enjoy the experience.
This place really makes great espresso. They're very serious about it, maybe even too serious. Macchiatos, cappuccinos, lattes - whatever you want, all top notch.
There are tables inside and outside; it's a nice environment to casually sip on your caffeinated beverage while you're reading the paper.
Doc Hollidays has cheap beer, quality tunes, and fun-loving bartenders who like to stomp on the bar. What more can you ask for?
Well, there's also a pool table. And occasionally, the bartenders will poor free shots straight from the bottle into your mouth. And despite decent sized crowds, you can usually score a table.
Let the good times roll...
This place knows their bagels. And they sell a lot of them, so they're always fresh and sometimes still warm from the oven.
They offer a few different cream cheese spreads; I particularly enjoy their lox spread and scallion spread.
The service is fast and friendly.
This Czech restaurant is the perfect place to come on a cold winter night; all the food here is rich and hearty.
The prices are very reasonable, the staff is friendly and helpful, and the food is delicious. The only downside is that the portions are so big that you might have to roll yourself out of here. Or at least skip dessert.
You also have to order one of the great beers on tap, which are served in large mugs with lots of head.
The Oprah Winfrey Show declared this place to be one of the best pizza places in America. It's not, it's just a typical neighborhood pizza joint.
That said, they make a decent slice. Considering the declining state of Manhattan pizza, a decent slice is worth something. If you're in the neighborhood and craving a slice, Mariella's will satisfy you. But, it certainly doesn't belong on any top 10 lists for New York, let alone America. Let's just say it's in the top 10 in the neighborhood and leave it at that.
I'm not a huge tapas fan, but my girlfriend is, and neither of us was impressed with Pamplona.
The service was good, the atmosphere was nice, the prices were fairly reasonable, and none of the food was bad. On the other hand, none of the food was particularly good. In fact, other than the paella, I don't recall what we had. Tapas should have intense, memorable flavors. These didn't.
One cool thing: they serve a mixed drink that is basically rum and coke with red wine, which is apparently common in Spain, but was new to me.
This Eqyptian place is tiny - there are 4 or 5 tables and the chef also functions as waiter. He's incredibly warm and charming and recites the day's menu to you.
Just about everything I've had here has been exceptional. Among the appetizers, the sweetbreads and the lamb cheeks (ground and topped with an egg) are the best.
I've also had some great main courses, including a delicious goat shank. All the meats are accompanied by delicious sauces, some of which are made with "Eqyptian hocus pocus."
I've never had room for dessert, but I'm sure it's delicious.