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Jul 22, 2003 07:21 PM

The Bronx

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We hear a lot about Queens and Brooklyn, but what about the Bronx. What are your favorite Bronx restaurants? What can you get in the Bronx that you can't in other boroughs?

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  1. You know this is a good question. It seems that there are not many CHow voices heard from in the Bronx. I think because Queens and Brooklyn are adjacent it is much easier for a Brooklyn Chowhound to travel to Queens or visa versa.

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    1. re: Faren

      arthur ave, bronx ny, do a search on these boards. go to roberto's there fyi

      1. re: Faren

        I agree that Arthur Avenue really sets the Bronx apart from the other outer boroughs. This includes not just the restaurants, but the food markets in the Arthur Avenue area as well. On restaurants, however, my favorite on the block is Pasquale Rigoletti's. I love to go when I am starving, just so I eat the bread slathered in olive oil, brushetta and parmesan cheese chunks that the start you off with without filling me up for the rest of the meal. My favorite appetizer is either the stuffed artichoke or the pasta fagiole depending on the season, and I love their fish and veal entrees.

        1. re: Jkos

          Food markets are to die for on Arthur Ave... and no, not a dig at high crime rates in my favorite borough. Look for Calabria pork store on Arthur: some great soppressata (hot and sweet). Morrone's Bakery on Arthur has some divine olive bread. The butchers and fish markets on the strip top off good Saturday shopping adventures, especially if you're entertaining that night.

          1. re: Crisp Otter

            what would you say are the best fishmongers and butchers?

            1. re: livetoeat

              I'm not a fish guy and can't help there - but for meat, our favorite is Biancardi's (on Arthur, next door to the Market entrance). Great veal, terrific stuffed pork chops (just had them for dinner last week), and old school butchers who know what they're doing. There's always something to snack on while you're waiting, too. :)

              1. re: Striver

                I agree about the quality of the meat at Biancardi's, and good prices, but I've still not gotten up the gumption to brave the line system there again!! Maybe this weekend ....

                1. re: MMRuth

                  Luckily, my wife works nearby and is able to stop there during the week on her way home - no line problems! Though I must say, if you get there relatively early on the weekends, there's more of a bustle, but we've still never had problems getting served - you just have to speak up and/or catch a butcher's eye.

                  1. re: Striver

                    Thanks - I went on a weekend morning - very crowded with what appeared to be regulars who knew what they were doing - but did get good advice here for next time. I didn't realize that each line is for a particular butcher, and so was sort of loitering about. My polite questions about how it worked seemed to have been taken the wrong way by the butchers ... But, I will persevere!

              2. re: livetoeat

                I like Randozza's (sp?) - wonderful variety, and we usually get some oysters and eat them on the sidewalk.

                1. re: livetoeat

                  I think, though I'm not certain, there are two fishmongers and three butchers that are all quality businesses. The only one I know by name is Randazzo's, the fish market on the south end of Arthur Ave, at which I've seen Roberto from Roberto's a few times. The other fish market and the three butchers--two storefront, one in the market--also have some very high quality stuff. The good news is that all of the places will hook you up with some stock-making ingredients for real cheap.

                  1. re: livetoeat

                    Randazzo's has some of fhe best, freshest fish anywhere in the 5 boroughs. Bianacardi's custom, hand trimmed beef and lamb is worth it's weight in....well worth it period. Ask for a house made sopresatta for real treat.

                2. re: Jkos

                  I had a fine lunch at Pasquale Rigoletto's. I really enjoyed the Pasta Fieno. It was spectacular. I look forward to my next lunch there in two weeks.

              3. I go to the Bronx for African restaurants (look for my Ghana post). I used to go for Sam's Soul Food at Grand Concourse and 150th, but they've been disappointing lately. Besides Arthur Ave., there are lots of Latin restaurants, especially Puerto Rican. In the Village Voice, Sietsema did a special listing of the 100 best, cheap Latino restaurants in NYC. There are lots of Bronx places on my list to try from that. But since I live in Queens and haven't many friends in the Bronx, I find it hard to interest people in going all that way to search for new places. I believe there are also some good Jamaican places up near Mt. Vernon. Let us know if you find anything worth a trip.

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                1. re: JH Jill

                  "All that way?" Queens and the Bronx share several bridges, and are actually quite accessible to/by each other. Even for the car-free among us, there's the Q44 bus (and others I'm less familiar with.)

                2. The most underrated pizzeria in the city is Louie and Ernie's on Crosby Ave. in Pelham Bay. Definitely worth the trip over the Throgs Neck Bridge.

                  1. This is an aged post, but Brian and of the best in the Bronx is Artie's Steak & Seafood on City Island...recently I have enjoyed such specialties as: cold Seafood Platter; Coconut Crusted Shrimp with Apricot Horseradish; Duck Risotto with Asparagus; Braised Lamb Osso Buco served over Pappardelle Noodles; Lamb Shank; one of the best versions of Chicken Scarparieillo I've had; and most recently, American Shellfish Jambalaya, with mussels, clams,shrimp, scallops & spicy Cajun broth....
                    Let's move on...At Mario's, Arthur Ave., you can get a Neopolian Pizza that is fabulous, but you have to ask for it because it is not on the menu...the owning family is as friendly as can be...the classic Rollatini specialties are wonderful too...if the Chicken Rustica is on the menu, go for it....
                    For steaks and chops that live up to the best in Manhattan go to de'Medici, the Italian steakhouse near Arthur Ave...the 3" pork chop alone should leave you quite satisfied...
                    Move on to Enzo's on Arthur Ave. again...the owner is the son of the founder of Dominick's, a C.I.A. graduate with is own ideas of what makes an Italian restaurant tick...Fried Spicy Meatalls, for must have them....
                    Right in the heart of 'Dion' country, on Belmont Ave., is one of the best new arrivals of the past year...Antonio's Trattoria. The Italian-American menu is very good and reasonably priced...from thin crusted tasty pizzas ( you must try the Arugulata), to the Short Ribs or Osso Buco....What can't you get in the other boroughs...the flavor...

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                    1. re: gutreactions

                      Could you provide a location on de'Medici...I'd like to try it. Thanks.

                      1. re: neddludd

                        neddludd, de'Medici Cucina Italiana is at 566 E. 187th St., a block from Arthur Ave. (718-584-6167) Years ago, it was the site of Amici's...

                      2. re: gutreactions

                        I posted about de'Medici on another string a few weeks ago. Very quiet, but also very delicious. Be prepared to spend a buck or two when you go. The steaks are good, so are the few pasta dishes I had. I don't think what I asked for was on the menu, though, so I can't recommend a specific dish.

                      3. We're going to the Orchid show at the Botanical Garden in a couple Fridays. Any chance of getting a good lunch around there? She likes Mexican, I like everything, we both like good pizza. Thanks.

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                        1. re: lentnej

                          Does she like Italian? Because that's really your best bet in that neighborhood. If you want something quick and informal I suggest the Retail Market on Arthur Avenue for sandwiches and salads either at the Cafe al Mercato or Mike's Deli. Tino's Deli also on Arthur Ave. near the Chase branch is good. If you want something a little nicer I suggest Zero Otto Nove for terrific pizza and tasty pasta dishes.