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Mrs. Dorsey’s Kitchen

(Written by Gabby Coles, The Hungry New Yorker contributor.) Next time you visit the Brooklyn Museum, The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, or even Prospect Park, make Mrs. Dorsey's Kitchen (a.k.a MDK) your meal destination. Originally from Ohio, shop owner and chef Ron Johnson Jr. has been making homemade grilled cheese sandwiches since October of 2014. The small restaurant is named after his grandmother, whose good memories of eating at her house inspired him to open the restaurant. His dream to bring…

New Leaf Restaurant: Seasonal menus in peaceful seclusion.

It's easy to forget you're still in Manhattan when you're up by the Cloisters. Walking around Fort Tyron Park, only faintly hearing cars in the distance, it's a quiet escape. It's also a well kept secret for sunbathers and park enthusiasts who are tired of the tourist-filled Central Park or the Shake Shack crazed Madison Square Park crowds. Nestled in the wild foliage of Fort Tyron Park is New Leaf Restaurant, a Modern-American restaurant that looks like it belongs on the grounds…

The Best Pizza and Where to Find It

Opinions on pizza run deep with people. New Yorkers say it’s in the water, Chicagoans like it deep, Brazilians eat it with a knife and fork and Italian’s wrote the book on it. There is such a thing as bad pizza and everyone has their preferred level of crispiness and choice of toppings. Here is my guide to pizza and where to find the best of each kind. Regular Dollar Slice These are the slices you inhale like a vacuum…

Cafe Zaiya: Japanese Cafe and Bookstore

Cafe Zaiya first started serving up fresh Japanese pastries in New Jersey, in 1990. Over a decade later, the brand has expanded to multiple locations in Manhattan. With the move, they have also broadened their menu, adding affordable and authentic savory Japanese dishes to their menu, such as Pork Katsudon, a rice dish with fried pork and vegetables, and triangular rice balls with various fillings called Onigiri. The best Cafe Zaiya location can be found across from Bryant Park, on…

Greek Food on the Rise: 10 Restaurants to Try

Greek Food seems to be everywhere now. Trendy and delicious, it’s also good for you. Aside from the usual spinach pies and gryos, there are many other excellent dishes to sample. From traditional to contemporary these restaurants will transport you to villas and sea side paradises. Here are ten restaurants in New York and New Jersey bringing traditional Greek food to America. 1. Kefi Kefi is an authentic Greek taverna featuring stucco walls, weathered beams and wicker seats, transporting you…

Top 10 Dive Bars in NYC

Dive bars come in all shapes and sizes; dark and dank or brightly colored and loud. Dive bars don’t care about what they look like or what people think of them. They care about the people, plain and simple. If you respect them, they’ll respect you and show you how to have a good time. Here is a list of the Top 10 Dive Bars in Manhattan. ` 1. The Iron Horse Friday nights are usually loud and wet at…

Bröd Kitchen: Bringing Nordic cuisine to the Upper East Side.

On the corner of 63rd street is a small, sleek and modern bakery. The doors are open and a jovial, excited cook is handing out flyers on the corner. This is Bröd Kitchen, a Nordic-inspired casual eatery serving every meal from breakfast to dessert, as well as in-house or take-out. [caption id="attachment_340" align="aligncenter" width="470"] A selection of sandwiches.[/caption]     Chef Hugo Uys and Culinary Director Monette de Botton have created a menu using sustainable and local ingredients that are…

Finding Paradise in Costa Rica Part 1: The Westin

Spending a week in paradise changes you. Your memory becomes a little more keen and you realize you want to remember these moments forever. You learn to appreciate nature and clean air, and silence. And if you are in paradise with someone you love, you grow closer because nothing is more pure in that paradise than love for all things beautiful.  PART ONE: THE WESTIN AT PLAYA CONCHAL I found paradise on our vacation to Costa Rica in May of…