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Brian Jul 22, 2003 07:21 PM

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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    Faren RE: Brian Jul 22, 2003 07:46 PM

    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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      doc RE: Faren Jul 22, 2003 08:11 PM

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

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        Jkos RE: Faren Jul 23, 2003 01:15 PM

        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.

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          Crisp Otter RE: Jkos Feb 11, 2008 06:35 PM

          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.

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            livetoeat RE: Crisp Otter Feb 16, 2008 03:56 AM

            what would you say are the best fishmongers and butchers?

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              Striver RE: livetoeat Feb 19, 2008 04:36 AM

              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. :)

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                MMRuth RE: Striver Feb 19, 2008 04:39 AM

                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 ....

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                  Striver RE: MMRuth Feb 19, 2008 04:48 AM

                  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.

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                    MMRuth RE: Striver Feb 19, 2008 04:50 AM

                    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!

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                MMRuth RE: livetoeat Feb 19, 2008 04:39 AM

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

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                  Crisp Otter RE: livetoeat Feb 26, 2008 06:11 AM

                  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.

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                    johnindabronx RE: livetoeat Sep 21, 2008 09:23 PM

                    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.

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                  FOOD IS LIFE RE: Jkos Feb 13, 2008 03:58 PM

                  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.

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                JH Jill RE: Brian Jul 23, 2003 01:18 PM

                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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                  JanetG RE: JH Jill Jul 23, 2003 02:10 PM

                  "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.)

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                  Bronx Bill RE: Brian Jul 23, 2003 07:54 PM

                  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.

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                    gutreactions RE: Brian Feb 11, 2008 07:35 PM

                    This is an aged post, but Brian and all...one 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 one...you 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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                      neddludd RE: gutreactions Feb 16, 2008 01:19 PM

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

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                        gutreactions RE: neddludd Feb 16, 2008 02:49 PM

                        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...

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                        Crisp Otter RE: gutreactions Feb 26, 2008 06:17 AM

                        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.

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                        lentnej RE: Brian Feb 28, 2008 05:27 AM

                        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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                          dmleo RE: lentnej Feb 28, 2008 06:48 AM

                          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.

                        2. southernitalian RE: Brian Feb 28, 2008 06:50 AM

                          Anything on Arthur Avenue. In my family we call it "Little, little Italy".

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                            lentnej RE: southernitalian Feb 29, 2008 11:10 AM

                            Thanks to both you and dmleo for the info.

                          2. bosun RE: Brian Sep 26, 2008 11:07 AM

                            Patricia's - 1080 Morris Park Ave - for out of this world pizza
                            Giovanni's - Arthur Ave - for great Margherita pizza (get roasted garlic on top)
                            O89 Trattoria - 2357 Arthur Ave - for a bit of a new spin on pizza (smoked mozz, butternut squash, and pancetta)
                            Piper's Kilt - 170 W 231st St - for the most amazing burgers (try the bronx bomber or the bacon cheeseburger)
                            Diamante Poblano - 3105 Bainbridge Ave - for amazing chorizo or broiled queso blanco tortas

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                              Speedo66 RE: Brian May 28, 2009 11:28 AM

                              i like the F&J Pine Restaurant (Frankie & Johnnies) on Bronxdale.

                              Large portions, good food, reasonable prices. Cash only though.

                              Nice decor since they renovated.

                              My favorite is their stuffed porkchops (2 giant pork chops filled with procciuto and mozzerel) with their potato croquettes.

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                                hastingshudson RE: Brian May 26, 2010 12:04 PM

                                Not an answer but a query: I have a group of 16 Latin American tourists who need a quick lunch on Thufrsday near Woodlawn Cemetary/top of subway line. Need not be grand. Suggestions please.

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                                  NewYorkNewHaven RE: hastingshudson Jul 7, 2010 07:32 PM

                                  Anyone near Fordham should walk up Webster Ave (or take the BX41) to the Bedford Park Blvd intersection and hit up Okay Mr. Poncho! Seriously good Mexican food, though I wouldn't call myself an expert. They have some interesting weekend specials, including goat, and serve great tacos, tortas, and offer tripe soup. Beside me and two friends, the clientele seems strictly Mexican and Hispanic. Right across the intersection going north is an African market, you can't miss it.

                                  My roommate highly recommends a Dominican restaurant on Webster and 188th. Its the one with the blue awning.

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                                    Cheese Boy RE: NewYorkNewHaven Jul 8, 2010 06:55 PM

                                    Go even further on Webster ... great Dominican food.

                                    El Nuevo Bohio
                                    167th St & Webster Ave
                                    Bronx, NY 10456
                                    (718) 293-2954

                                    El Nuevo Bohio
                                    1155 Webster Ave, Bronx, NY 10456

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                                  beke RE: Brian Jul 11, 2010 08:34 PM

                                  Filet of Soul is a wonderful fish/soulfood takeout spot near the Parkchester stop on the 6 train. Their shrimp and fish are coated in a light, crispy, well seasoned, cornmeal crust. My favorite sides are baked macaroni and cheese and smokey collard greens. The fish dinner comes with 2 sides and a piece of cornbread for less then 11 dollars. You'll need to find a place to sit and eat. There are lot of small parks, with benches in parkchester (the further into parkchester..the nicer the park).

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                                    BMartin RE: beke Jul 12, 2010 03:41 PM

                                    Here's a thread a started a few years ago about Asian restaurants in the Bronx:

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                                    bobstripower RE: Brian Jul 27, 2010 05:12 PM

                                    Rinos on East Tremont Ave in North Bronx,right off Cross Bronx just before Throggs Nck bridge.Graet calamari and veal, bruschetta to die for, chicken parm,lasagne,and really great,home made desserts-worth a trip

                                    3938 E Tremont Ave, Bronx, NY 10465

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