Help in the Bronx!
Can anyone tell me som good restaurants near the Bronx Zoo that are reasonable? I'm open to all kinds of food.....I am planning a night out and don't kno the area that well. Thanks!
You could try going over to Arthur Avenue for Italian - it's pretty close to the Zoo. Unfortunately, I can't help with names of specific places.
There's a new spot off Arthur Ave. on Belmont called Antonio's Trattoria. Tried it recently and aside from their more elaborate Italian-American fare, their pizzas are terrific. They come in two sizes and are reasonably priced. Also, if you go during off hours, Mario's on Arthru Ave. makes delicious pizzas and calzones. They are not on the menu, you have to ask for them...I am keeping, as you requested, on a reasonable price point...
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Not sure if you're still looking. I live in Belmont and have been almost everywhere. For the best Italian, go to Antonio's Trattoria. For pizza, the best is Blue Moon. Don't even try Chinese in that area...ugh. Other places are mediocre, some overpriced, some feel like I'm eating at my old Italian landlord's house and are a bit creepy. Everyone swears by Mario's, but I was not impressed.
The Belmont area, a few blocks down 187th from the Zoo, is by far your best bet in the area. Roberto's (on Crescent Ave.) is pricier than most but excellent (and extremely crowded, especially on the weekends). Roberto has also just opened a new place on Arthur Ave. called Trattoria Zero Otto Nove which specializes in Salerno-style dishes, including pizzas made in a wood-burning brick oven. We had one recently made with butternut squash (!), pancetta, and smoked mozarella that was incredibly good. The crust is thin and nicely charred, but not crisp (i.e., you can fold it for easy eating). There are more lower priced options at the trattoria (which is styled to look like a piazza in Salerno, Robreto's home town) - pizzas, calzones, etc. - than at the original restaurant, although entrees, etc. are priced about the same.
BTW, I think the other poster meant "Full Moon" (on 187th and Arthur Ave.), not "Blue Moon". Good pizza in a standard ambience pizzeria.
Other good Italian-American restaurants in the nabe include Emilia's, Pasquale's Rigoletto, and Enzo's; I'm not a fan of Mario's, though the pizzas there have some strong partisans. Other folks like Dominick's, which serves whatever they're making (no menu) family-style; it's loud and bustling, which is not my favorite kind of place, but it has its fans, too.
Plenty of good cafes for coffee and pastry - our favorite is De Lillo's, on 187th just east of Arthur Ave.