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Val55 Nov 4, 2009 01:30 PM

I am going to Arthur Avenue for lunch on Sunday (I've already established that there are no brunches). I know that most of the stores and some of the restaurants will be closed. I was wondering if anyone knew if any of the stores will be open. I am also accepting recommendations for lunch. Roberto's and 089 are closed.

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  1. Striver Nov 5, 2009 05:04 AM

    089 is usually opened on Sundays (and very crowded); you might want to recheck that. We stopped in to Tra Di Noi last Sunday (on 187th east of Arthur) and had very good fried zucchini (not breaded) and an excellent rendition of rigatoni al'amatriciana. It wasn't very busy (pleasantly quiet, actually); service was fine, and the chef-owner was very friendly. Not a huge menu, but our impression was of good ingredients very nicely prepared - and reasonably priced.

    Most of the pastry shops (maybe all) are open on Sunday; Casa della Mozzarella, my favorite place for cheese and a good general deli, is open in the morning only, as is Borgatti's for pasta.

    Tino's, another good deli, is - AFAIR - open all day, and Mt. Carmel Liquor, which has an excellent selection of Italian wines and grappas, is open in the afternoon. The market is closed, as are a number of other good shopping spots.

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    Borgatti's
    632 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458

    Tra Di Noi
    622 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458

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      Striver Nov 5, 2009 08:26 AM

      Incidentally, we dropped in to Tra Di Noi in the late afternoon (after 4:00), so I'm not sure if they're open for lunch on Sunday - better to check if you're interested.

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      Tra Di Noi
      622 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458

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        Val55 Nov 5, 2009 11:52 AM

        I did check and they open at noon. I don't know why I thought 089 was not open on Sunday, I see that it is. But Tra Di Noi sounds really nice and I will suggest it. It will be my friends' first trip to Arthur Ave., but I have been a number of times, although usually at night, so I was hoping I could catch some of the shops. Thank you for responding.

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        Tra Di Noi
        622 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458

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          Val55 Nov 8, 2009 09:00 PM

          Striver, I have to thank you for the recommendation for Tra Di Noi. My friends and I went this afternoon, and we loved it!!! It was the best meal I have had at Arthur Ave, including Roberto's and 089. Among us we had the snapper oreganata, veal parm and the carbonara, all amazingly good. Service was less than friendly, perhaps because we did not order drinks.

          We just missed Casa della Mozzarella and Borgatti's, but picked up some cannoli and bread at Madonia.

          I also picked up both bureks, but have not had them yet. Also, less than friendly service. Excuse me, do you have pumpkin burek? It's right there, can't you see?? pretty funny.

          1. re: Val55
            Striver Nov 9, 2009 04:47 AM

            I'm glad you enjoyed the restaurant, although I'm a little surprised that the service was not friendly. We also didn't order drinks (late lunch), but were still treated in a friendly and courteous manner.

            Tony and Tina's can go either way, depending on who's behind the counter. Just a reminder to reheat the bureks in the oven; microwaving will make them soggy - and you don't want that!!.

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              Val55 Nov 9, 2009 07:30 AM

              Then maybe it was that they were expecting a large group. When we walked in, he mentioned it and said we have a little more than an hour before they arrived (although I don't think they needed our table, they set a table for ten while we were eating.) Then when he came to take our drink order and we tried to ask a question about the menu, he wouldn't answer, saying he had to get our drinks first. Then in the middle of answering a couple of questions re the menu, he said he was being called to the kitchen and left. As I am typing this I'm thinking that maybe he was short-handed. In any event, not friendly. The food more than made up for it.

              At T&T it did not matter at all, it's just that it was kind of funny

              1. re: Val55
                squid kun Nov 10, 2009 12:34 AM

                House-made yogurt, sold in plastic foam cups, is also a don't-miss and great with a burek.

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        Mike R. Nov 6, 2009 08:42 PM

        Have a quick seasonal appetizer at TONY & TINA's Pizza shop, namely their Pumpkin Burek - you will not be disappointed...order it extra hot.

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          Striver Nov 7, 2009 04:16 AM

          Oh yeah! Defnitely open on Sunday, too (189th and Arthur). My favorite there is the cheese borek; take a slice or two home, heat it up in a 400 degree oven for about 10 minutes (do NOT microwave) - my favorite breakfast.

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            Val55 Nov 10, 2009 09:34 AM

            I had the pumpkin burek from T&T last night. Yummm. Very good. And I did heat it in the oven, it came out very crispy. Thank you, Striver and Mike for the great recommendations!!

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