Posts Tagged ‘restaurant’

plant in window

I’d been thinking of eating at this restaurant, but then it closed down for a few months. The owners had been having all-night dance and booze fests, but the nearby homeowners objected to the noise, drunks using yards as toilets, and prostitutes. The restaurant is open again – I’m not so eager to dine there, but I like looking in the windows.

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and brick oven pizza

You can tell because it says “cuisine.” There was a time when tossing in a French word elevated a thing from the ordinary. Ironically, this is really an old-style red-sauce Italian restaurant with checkered tablecloths. The menu’s not nouveau at all, but leans toward spaghetti and meatballs and pizza pie.

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The neon, like the decor of Yemen Cuisine, on Court Street near Atlantic Avenue, is about as simple as it comes. The only hint of personality comes from the two green words on the front window arching like a pair of eyebrows. There’s no French connection here, either; cuisine simply means food. On the menu are lamb prepared many ways, kidney bean dishes, some kebabs. A couple people on Menupages gave the food a positive review.

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Aji’s a pleasant little Peruvian restaurant on 9th Street between 4th and 5th. If your feet are steering you toward the slightly upscale McDonald’s next door (an oxymoron, I know), I’d suggest taking a few steps downhill to Aji. There are small plates, drink specials, and soccer on the TV above the bar. When it turns warm, there are going to be tables in the backyard. Mickey D’s doesn’t have that.

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americana counter

Next time I’m at 7th Ave. and 65th Street, I’m going to the Americana Diner so I can sit at the scalloped lunch counter, and I’m ordering coffee and a piece of cake. Leatherette swivel chairs make me kinda happy, and the desserts look fresh, though I suspect the Americana’s definition of home baked might not be quite the same as mine.


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I think this place sells lotions and potions, but I’m not sure. If I’m going to be the only shopper in a store, I generally stay away, unless it’s a bakery.


The cupcakes at bakery/restaurant Downtown Atlantic taste as good as they look. If you’ve ever had a tiny, dry, and expensive cupcake from the famed Magnolia Bakery, these jumbo babies will restore your faith in cupcakes.

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cafe steinhof

The tables were filled, I had to sit at the bar.

Cheapskates and goulash lovers crowd Cafe Steinhof (at the corner of 7th Avenue and 14th St.) on Monday nights, when the stew is on special for $6. The rest of the time, the Austrian restaurant is a neighborhood favorite because it’s homey and inviting. The food is hearty, but chose wisely (there are vegetarian entrees) and you need not feel like a schnitzel stuffed in your lederhosen after a meal.

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