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BRONX TIMES REPORTER, J 12 ULY 26-AUGUST 1, 2019 BTR
Since most Bronx restaurants
snubbed NYC’s Restaurant Week, allow
this reporter to give you a sample
guide to our fabulous uptown cuisine.
Given that participating in the
week long, citywide food fest comes
at a hefty cost for the restaurants, it’s
hard to blame the Bronx restauranteurs
that didn’t have enough of an
appetite to sign on.
Let’s start in the eastern part of
the borough, a goldmine for some of
the best gosh-darn Italian food there
is outside of Arthur Avenue.
Then head over to Louie and Ernie’s
on Crosby Avenue for a quick
slice that will surely satisfy your pallet.
While they’re famously known
for their sausage slice, personally I
believe that the tomato and mozzarella
one does the trick as well.
A few blocks over, under the Pelham
Bay IRT el, you’ll fi nd the recently
opened, sensational Oricio’s
at the Buhre stop and the recently replated
Villa Barone Trattoria at the
Pelham Bay Park station.
If you’re looking for a more sit
down, Italian experience then head
to Patricia’s of Morris Park Avenue
for some of the best chicken parmesan
that there is.
Of course, heading to the hallowed
ground of Arthur Avenue would
never disappoint either. Antonio’s,
Rigoletto’s, Mario’s and many others
- just pick any one of them!
Now, if you’re searching out the
best burger in New York then a stop
on Bruckner Boulevard is necessary.
Down there in Mott Haven you’ll
fi nd Milk Burger, a place that Anthony
Bourdain himself raved over.
I like keeping things classic personally,
so a double cheeseburger
cooked medium with cheese fries and
an Oreo shake does the trick each
time for me.
What’s Bronx cuisine without a
splash of Puerto Rico, though? Continue
down Bruckner Boulevard to
reach Empanology beneath the Third
Avenue Bridge. Or East Tremont Avenue:
Havana, Made in Puerto Rico,
Mamajuana’s or Traversa.
While the portrait of former New
York Knicks greats’ may break your
heart at Empanology, Jason Alicea’s
OG chopped cheese empanadas will
certainly mend it back together.
Since I would need an entire issue
of the Bronx Times Reporter to
list out all of the culinary gems in
the borough, I’ll leave off with a few
other favorites of mine: Beatstro,
Bricks and Hops, Bronx Drafthouse,
Porto Salvo, Kingsbridge Social
Club, Salsa Con Fuego and the Bronx
Night Market on Saturday evenings
at Fordham Plaza as well!
One Bronx restaurant did fork
over the funds to participate in NYC
Restaurant Week. And we salute its
owner, Spiro Chagaves. Here’s to you
Artie’s Steak and Seafood on City Island,
for showing downtown Brooklyn
what the Bronx has to offer.
by Alex Mitchell
Reporter Alex Mitchell at Beatstro during Savor The Bronx. Adiana Rivera