Yes, Grimaldi's is good, Totonno's is good. But they are a pain to go to. Not Ray's is the best gold standard for pizza. Fast, inexpensive, lots of cheese, not too greasy, perfect if you ask for it "well done." Plus the name is very funny. Highly recommended with an ice cold coke.
They have saved my life many a time delivering the perfect Sunday morning breakfast when I have guests in town or when I just need to recover from the night before. The bagels are huge and chewy, always fresh. If you ask they also will send a container of sliced whole tomato and red onion which is really nice for guests to build a cream cheese bagel. Highly recommended. Note: the Bergen on Bergen Street is best. The Myrtle location isn't so great. Bagels aren't as good and they can be ornery on the phone.
This Zaytoons location snuck up on me. It must have been there for months but I hadn't been down Vanderbilt in awhile. I have been ordering from Zaytoons on Myrtle for years and love their food. Although the one on Myrtle does quite often forget the extra pitas I order!
We stopped in last Sunday after a long walk. The waiter was really nice and brought us a big pitcher of water. We order the large hummus plate and the combinations salads. Very very good. The tabouleh though was weirdly almost all parsley and hardly any couscous. Oh well it was good and cheap. We got out of there for less than $20 and had leftover hummus for lunch the next day! Highly recommended.
I used to go here when it was just the one little side with the pool table in the back. Now they've expanded into the space next door and filled it with lots of cool old victoria chairs and sofa. It's a really nice place to meet up and talk in the dark. But the nicest thing is the large outdoor space and enjoying a nice beer in the summer breezes. The burgers are really good too. Haven't had the other food available though. Highly recommended for relaxing and eating anytime in the neighborhood.
Some friends and I went here on a Friday. We waited only a few minutes and got a table. First of all it's pretty expensive. For a single person pizza it starts at $10.50. I got the pizza with the arugala I think and tomato. Seemed to take a fair amount of time and when we got it my toppings were just sprinkled on top raw. The crust was very dry and there wasn't much flavor effect going on with the whole combo. This was probably exacerbated by the teensy wimpy amount of cheese. Barely discernible. My friends seemed to like their's better than mine but were still hungry afterwards. I probably won't go back cause I'm not desperate to empty my wallet on boring pizza.
My boyfriend and I went here after a long day of a long week. We ordered some wine and picked a few things from the menu. Each dish was perfect in taste, presentation and temperature. Why can't we eat like this everyday! We had the scallops and the steak. I'm getting goosebumps. Overall with the 4 dishes and the wine our bill was only about $60! The building itself is great and they did a really nice job rehabbing it. Highly recommended when you need just the perfect place and perfect food to end a long day.
I met up with some friends here last Friday. First of all what a great name for a bar. We made the happy hour just in time. You get buy 1 get 1 from 4-7. We sat at the outside tables and observed how nicely Vanderbilt Avenue doing. There's lots of old school and new school businesses thriving together. Highly recommended for groups of friends!
This place is cute and just 1/2 a block from my apartment. I've been in a few times and it's on the pricey side. About $5 for a bagel cream cheese and a coffee. I'd be more willing to put up with it but the person who's always at the counter does not smile or answer back when I smile and say good morning. She always seems sort of miffed.
That really bugs me. But I'll try back again sometime. I'd like to see the local businesses survive, but come on! You gotta be friendly at least.
My favorite thing about Sputnik are the teenage rock bands in the basement alongside the indie film festival programs. A $3 cold Pabst tallboy can't be beat in this neighborhood and they have good New York bar food like the hummus platter. Yum!
This place opened up about two years ago and everytime I go there it's delicious. My favorite is the pulled pork sandwich and the Porkslap beer. The collard greens are awesome too.