Elysian Cafe, a French bistro, is located on Washington Street between 10th Street and 11th Street in Hoboken, New Jersey. The restaurant operates out of a saloon from the late 1890s, much like its sister restaurant Amanda’s, which operates out of a brownstone from the same time period.
La Bouche, located on Garden St in Hoboken, New Jersey, is a quaint French cafe serving traditional French and western European cuisine. I’ve now been to the spot three times since I moved to Hoboken and each experience is better than the one prior.
Between impressively creative dishes and beautifully concocted cocktails (there are over 20 on offer), Dullboy in Jersey City, NJ is setting the bar high for intimate cocktail bars in the area.
Stars Cafe in Shelter Island Heights, New York, offers great breakfast and lunch for those looking for a quick stop before heading off to the beach. The cafe is a casual and inexpensive, yet altogether pleasant family-owned operation on Grand Ave.
Since 1976, Hatsuhana has boasted two locations in New York City where they combine incredible freshness with great service and a pleasant atmosphere. My first time at Hatsuhana’s East 48th Street location was overall a wonderful experience for these reasons.
Brunch at Jack’s Wife Freda is something of a New York staple, despite how new the restaurant is. The Mediterranean-inspired food is fantastic, the service is wonderful, and the atmosphere is truly delightful.
Several BTR staff members checked out Sabores on Washington Street in Hoboken, New Jersey. The highly-rated Mexican joint serves up spicy sauces, fresh guacamole, and even margaritas as long as you bring your own tequila.
In a small city packed with bars and restaurants, 1 Republik manages to maintain a large crowd most nights of the week. Despite the true plethora of other spots, in the short time I have lived in Hoboken I have already been to 1 Republik for dinner twice.
The Brass Rail, located on Washington Street in Hoboken, New Jersey, offers bottomless brunch on weekends starting at 11:30am. Brunchers who typically hop across the Hudson River for bottomless options can rejoice in the fact that The Brass Rail offers the same deal for a comparable price.
Exactly one year ago, I reviewed Tisha’s Fine Dining in Cape May after having gone on an extended weekend trip to the tip of New Jersey. The restaurant, located in the heart of downtown Cape May on the Washington Street Mall, was just as busy this time as it was the last.
Despite loving brunch and booze, Molly Freeman had yet to enjoy the two together. In order to remedy this tragedy, she dined at The Crooked Knife’s 30th St location with a group of friends for boozy brunch.
On one summer night, Molly Freeman ventured to the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn to check out L’isola’s wood fire pizza. Though the pizza was delicious the service was slightly lacking.
In Hoboken, NJ, The Stewed Cow boasts a mechanical bull, serves up rare whiskeys, and has a mean brunch special for only $20. Here, patrons can find Old Fashioneds, bacon, heaps of brisket, and tons of biscuits.
In Denver, CO, the foodie scene is pretty impressive. Healthy spots are available more than in many other cities, and this includes an abundance of vegan and vegetarian options. Making these kinds of choices are especially easy at City, O’ City.
Commander Cody’s, run by Jim Hayward, is a Shelter Island staple. It’s the perfect spot for locals to escape, and an ideal way for visitors to get a real sense of the down to earth vibes found here.
SALT Waterfront Bar & Grill is located on Menantic Road on Shelter Island, NY. The restaurant and bar serves fresh fish, burgers, cocktails, beer, and wine to big crowds alongside Menantic Creek.
Red Maple is located within The Chequit Inn on the corner of Grand Ave in Shelter Island Heights in Shelter Island, New York. Just this past weekend, Dane Feldman spent four days on Shelter Island eating his weight in lobster rolls, touring the back roads of the island, and vegging out on its isolated beaches.
Gott’s Roadside stand offers juicy American burgers, Napa Valley wine, and the magical sensation of stepping into the past.
Amanda’s Restaurant in Hoboken, NJ boasts incredible reviews, an impressive menu, and a wonderful wine list, but it’ll cost you a pretty penny (or two).
Om Cafe in Ferndale, Michigan, is a long-standing meatless restaurant with plenty of options for vegetarians and vegans. Tanya Silverman returned there for a second time when she was visiting the Detroit area.
Hoboken’s Sushi Lounge is different from other sushi places for a number of reasons. Its special rolls are truly special, its drinks menu is extensive, and it even brings in a DJ some nights of the week.
Samantha Spoto wraps up July with a handful of burritos from all over the New York area. Calexico, Mexicali Blue, and Taco Shack all make appearances as Spoto hits 72 burritos with still five months left to go.
In the midst of a sea of impressively hip restaurants on Frederick Douglass Boulevard sits a northern Italian bar and restaurant that boasts an average rating of four stars and attracts a diverse crowd. Lido serves brunch, lunch, and dinner, and the menu consists of “organic and local” food “whenever possible,” as well as cruelty-free meat and poultry.
In 2005, Blossom Restaurant opened in Chelsea and provided yet another option for New York plant-eaters. Blossom doesn’t just craft vegan-friendly options for people though, they create artful dishes that make vegans rejoice and meat eaters forever abandon their misconceptions about vegan food.
BTR brunches at Sweet Chick, arriving at chicken and biscuit heaven with Southern comfort food in Williamsburg. Upon entering the door, Sweet Chick’s atmosphere hits customers immediately. With its tables and chairs resembling those of a traditional diner or cafe, the setup is homey and inviting.
Samantha Spoto checks out Otto Pizza on Portland, Maine’s Congress Street. Eclectic slices, good service, and solid happy hour deals set Otto’s apart from the pack.
Shaka Burrito is a Hawaiian-themed burrito joint located on 23rd Street in Manhattan between Second and Third Ave. The restaurant boasts “grass fed, GMO-free New Zealand beef,” as well as “non-GMO basmati brown rice and cooking oil,” which means Shaka is off to an impressive start.
On the west end of Portland, Maine’s Congress Street sits Hot Suppa, a cozy restaurant serving up southern comfort classics. For the Fourth of July, we are celebrating our nation with a fusion of American favorites.
This month’s edition of Guac is Extra sees Samantha Spoto jetting off to Maine for a few burritos. The first sushi burrito in NYC also makes an appearance as she hits 61 ‘ritos on the year.
I’ve been to Fin Raw Bar & Kitchen a small handful of times now since my first review, but once in a while a restaurant strikes me and a follow up review seems necessary. This is one of those instances.
Uma Temakeria has unveiled the first sushi burrito in New York City. The long-awaited fusion item debuted on Thursday at their brick and mortar shop on 14th and Sixth in Manhattan. As it so happens, Thursday was also International Sushi Day.
The rather small Maguro, located on the border of Rose Hill and Kip’s Bay in Manhattan, boasts impressively fresh fish and a 4.4-star rating.
The original Haru first opened its doors nearly 20 years ago. It is “not only one of the longest standing establishments” on the Upper West Side’s famed “’restaurant row,’” but Haru also claims to be “one of the pioneers of Japanese cuisine in New York.”
Guac Is Extra columnist Samantha Spoto recounts her journey through the month of May. She’s up to 48 burritos of the year and has had several new ‘ritos in the past few weeks.
Manhattan’s Lower East Side boasts tons of great bars and restaurants. Among them is Barrio Chino, a quaint Mexican joint that serves up fantastic margaritas and authentic food.
Manhattan’s Cascabel Taqueria does more than just serve delicious burritos. Their Mexican brunch includes bottomless cocktails and offers creative items like chorizo benedict and tuna Thai chili tacos.
This small West Village tapas restaurant successfully brings a taste of Spain to New York City. With a menu full of small plate dishes and delicious sangria, as well as a cozy atmosphere, Las Ramblas is cool spot, if a bit pricey.
Right in the heart of Manhattan’s West Village sits Rosemary’s Enoteca & Trattoria. The large space located on Greenwich Ave welcomes an array of New Yorkers for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Rosemary’s authenticity to its Tuscan roots is abundantly noticeable from the food to the drinks.
This restaurant serves pure, unadulterated fish; you won’t find special rolls here. The restaurant has four and a half stars for good reason, and that reason is its remarkable, but simple fish.
Manhattan’s Bamboo 52 serves up fresh sushi, killer ribs, and an abundance of great cocktails. This happy hour spot is perfect for dinner or just a lengthy hangout session.
Good Enough to Eat is one of the more popular brunch spots on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. So much so, in fact, that weekend after weekend patrons line up around the block just to get in.
Seoulite’s caters to an array of Asian-inspired desires in that its menu contains Japanese food like sushi and teriyaki (but with either chicken or salmon), and a solid selection of salads and appetizers. But the main reason to go to Seoulite’s is for its “all time favorites,” which includes bibim bob and bul go ki, and tofu soups.
Champignon is a cafe located on Seventh Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Street in Manhattan. The Chelsea cafe is named after the champignon mushroom, a popular and widely-known ‘shroom, Champignon is just a quaint neighborhood spot that seems to fly comfortably under the radar.
Dish + Drink goes to Prague in the Czech Republic and tries out LoVeg, a local vegetarian spot in Lesser Town that serves traditional Czech food with a healthier, meatless flair.
Jimmy’s Diner is a delicious hole in the wall brunch spot in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Like most diners, the menu at Jimmy’s Diner is chock full of breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes that are available all day, including burgers, sandwiches, and fried platters.
The owners of Ferraro’s Ristorante in Westfield, NJ recently opened Anna’s Ristorante in the nearby town of Summit, NJ. The popular Italian spot is located on Union Place directly next door to The Office Beer Bar & Grill.
West Village mainstay Riviera Cafe and Sports Bar may not be a leader in the brunch game, but this NYC spot is serving up reliable dishes and a nearly unbeatable bottomless option when it comes to dollars and cents.
Dish + Drink checks out one of the 11 Spice locations in New York City. Thai food is abundant in this city, but Spice is at the forefront of New Yorkers’ minds with its consistent menu and good vibes.
The second installment of Guac is Extra details quality burritos at high prices.
Raw menu items are all the rage, but are they worth the hype?
This New York gem earns its stars.
Dish + Drink checks out ‘Mad Men’ Dining Week in NYC.
For a good time call Big Daddy’s (and get your booze on).
Harlem’s Pisticci serves up authentic Italian fare, great cocktails, and a whole lot of ambience.
Oxido is brand new and already making waves in NYC.
Dish + Drink does Restaurant Week right.
Fried chicken and champagne aren’t Birds & Bubbles only strong suit.
Dish + Drink brings February to a close with a burrito round-up.
Follow-Up Review: Consistency in freshness and overall good quality is mastered at Community Food & Juice.
This Italian-Sardinian spot owns up to its high ratings.
Great deals and a creative menu make Amigos stand out in the brunch crowd.
Authentic Greek food meets quick and easy dining.
This Morningside Heights Italian restaurant is the perfect neighborhood spot.
This Peruvian spot is authentic, high quality, and down right superb.
This Upper West Side restaurant offers a wonderful atmosphere.
A Boston-area restaurant listed on ‘Best Bars in America’ proves itself worthy.
One of the oldest bars in New York City serves up a respectable brunch.
This ramen spot in Harlem is trendy for good reason.
Crema serves up some of the best Mexican brunch around (oh, and bottomless brunch cocktails).

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