Bay Ridge Help
Pizza? Bagel? Chinese? Diner? Chicken Ceaser salad?
Chinese- word is Chopstix. I like Chen's Garden. All pretty average
Diner- best hash browns- Pegasus.
Caesar Salad- my daughter just got one at Salty Dog and loved it.
Bagel - Dyker Bagels 86th and 7th
Chinese - Chopstix is a good, cheap crowd-pleaser. Lai Yuen is better but more expensive (101st and 4th).
Diner - Royal Restaurant 76th and 5th. Great breakfast, huge portions, cheap, pretty ugly inside.
pizza - just tried Peppino's and agree that it seems pretty good. (thin crust, "gourmet" toppings). Also you might try Rocco's (5th & 78th) for more straight-ahead doughy pizza.
diner - agree on Pegasus, with the one caveat that it can get very crowded on weekends.
for Caesar salad and other basic It.-Am. classics try Gino's on 5th.
also, for salads of all kinds Nature's Grill (3rd & 74th) is great.
chinese - Chopstix is indeed better than the average takeout. there are a few standout dishes, like the fried shrimp w/ chilis. 86 Noodles also has some nice things but I've found that they can also totally let you down on others (Double Sauteed Pork? Avoid like the plague.) Lai Yuen is a "fancy" Chinese restaurant like you might find in Midtown, not particularly authentic but a fun, goofy splurge.