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Arthur Avenue Tomorrow November 11 2011

rog2867 Nov 10, 2011 09:58 AM

Hi all, we are taking the kids to the Bronx Zoo tomorrow and are planning to go over to arthur ave afterward and had a few questions. some of the posts here on the topic are a little old so I wanted to see if any new people or even old veterans would chime in on some topics.

I was doing some research and saw that the covered market might be a good place to start after coming out of the zoo as there are 12 pretty good vendors in there. Any comments?

How far is the zoo from the actual arthur avenue?
Is parking going to be a problem is I come out of the zoo around 3 and try to find parking?
I have lived in brooklyn as a child and now in NJ and have not been to arthur ave, in my adult life I am going to have about 2-3 hours before things start closing down, what are the must hits? We are planning to bring a cooler and put food into the car to keep safe until we go home.

I was thinking it would be a good idea to try to not drive home from there at 5 on a friday night so we were thinking of eating dinner there. So where would you go if you had to have one meal there and are not coming back for a long while. I am italian and a very good cook in my own rite so basic red sauce and ckn parm is not what I am looking for. But that's good for the kids.

Thanks in advance


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    djk RE: rog2867 Nov 10, 2011 04:52 PM

    Many years ago i wrote a long post about where to shop on arthur av and it's actually still valid! see if u can find it - i'm link challenged. the indoor mrkt has some good stuff and i love having lunch at the cafeteria in the mrkt. if u want paprikas or balsamics, the indoor mrkt has a great stall for those. and go to casa di mozzarella for the obvious, biancardis for steaks and all meat, the sausage store next to the outdoor market for prosciutto, sausage, (many choices) and fresh ricotta, arnd the corner on 187th is a great pasta store but i'm blanking on the name...actually check out my website, click on my blog and i have the info posted there! ha. just remembered. www.eatquestnyc.com

    you can likely park across the street from mrkt in a municipal lot, bring quarters. for dinner go to Robert's (Roberto's) or his pizza place if it's too crowded Zero Otto Nove. the zoo isn't far, probably about 10-15 minutes with parking etc.

    have fun.

    Biancardi Meats
    2350 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

    632 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458

    Calabria Pork Store
    2338 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

    603 Crescent Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

    Casa Della Mozzarella
    604 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458

    Zero Otto Nove
    2357 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

    1. rose water RE: rog2867 Nov 10, 2011 10:57 PM

      10 min drive from the zoo. Parking will be no problem, especially near Tony and Tina's (whose bureks warrant space in your cooler). Old threads cover the hits; not much has changed. Don't miss Borgatti's for large cheese ravioli and fresh pasta, fresh mozz from casa della mozzarella, ricotta from calabria pork store.

      632 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458

      Tony & Tina's Pizzeria
      2483 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

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      1. re: rose water
        erica RE: rose water Nov 11, 2011 04:35 AM

        Just to add to the good responses above: You must get some biscotti or other treats from Madonia Brothers bakery. (I know there are others but that is where I buy mine; try the double chocolate biscotti and lots of cookies, along with a few of whatever specialty breads they have left in late afternoon).

        And you must go to CalandraCheese, at the Roberto's (southern end) of AA. Get a wedge of their pecorino rubbed with Calabrian chilis. I also buy ricotta here. Lovely people; good prices.
        They also stock some dried pastas and canned tomatoes, beans, etc etc.

        When you go to Biancardi's, you must get their house-cured pancetta, also rubbed with Calabrian chilis.


        And you must buy many pounds of fresh pasta at Borgatti. It freezes very well. They also have good prices on canned SanMarzano tomatoes, although not as low as Teitel, but with limited time...

        Biancardi Meats
        2350 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

        632 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458

        Madonia Brothers Bakery
        2348 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

        Calandra Cheese
        2314 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

        1. re: erica
          rose water RE: erica Nov 11, 2011 05:30 AM

          Also get pizza dough at Madonia. I know it's straightforward to make your own, but theirs just tastes better.

          Madonia Brothers Bakery
          2348 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

      2. Cheese Boy RE: rog2867 Nov 11, 2011 11:23 AM

        Don't forget the deals here til Sunday --> http://savorthebronx.com/

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