coals in the bronx
Work at einstein hospital in the bronx, and went over to Coals, the new pizza place that opened up across the street for the first time after reading some of the reviews. The food was excellent and atmosphere great. All it needs is more customers, at least that is what it seemed like to me.
I got the margarita pizza, which is cooked on a grill, and is like a long thin flatbread, crisp on the outside chewy on the inside, with simple tomato sauce, some mozzarella and grated cheese, along with some olive oil drizzled over the top. It was great. My friend got the grilled veggie panini which she liked but I wasn't too fond of. The foccacia-like bread it was served sandwiched between was excellent, however the filling lacked real flavor.
The quality of their pizza is more than enough to make me want to go back and try the other items on their menu. If you live or work in the area you should definately check them out. It is a great change of pace for an area that is otherwise a culinary wasteland(except for Patricia's--another great pizza joint)
I second the sentiments so far (interestingly, I too work at Einstein across the street, and in fact am there right this minute!)
The atmosphere and food are great, and the owner/operators very pleasant. And they are different enough (both in food and setting) from other things in the area. A tad bit more expensive than other places, but worth the whole package.
I've been in this neighborhood long enough to have seen a handful of establishments fail at that same storefront, but I'm really hoping for this one to stay around and succeed.
My husband and I live in the neighborhood and stopped in at Coals. We were very happy with the different style of pizza. It seems to be a very healthy way of eating. Instead of the heavy cheese its a light topping. The homemade soups are also excellent - my favorite being the black bean and Brooklyn Chili. Some of the panini's are also a hearty and tasy treat. All in all, we will go back.
I have posted in the past about Coals and I like the place and the atmosphere.I think,however,they may need to expand their menu a little bit.The place is kind of a tweener,a little too nice for a pizza and panini place and not enough menu offerings to be considered a full blown Italian restaurant.I truly hope their business succeeds and they have a more diverse menu.In the meantime,I will continue to go for the grilled pizza which are some of the best anywhere.The owner is very nice and genuinely listens to his customers ideas.
I agree, completely. When I visited, I inquired as to what wines were available, only to be answered with the standard Merlot and Chardonnay. When I asked if they had any Chianti, they dug around in the back and found a bottle....I'm guessing it was a sample that a sales rep had left. My server really didn't know how to open the bottle, either. So my verdict is, nice place, good food, but perhaps not yet ready for prime time.
"A" for effort, "C+" for execution.