In 2011, the Italian red sauce tradition has devolved to the likes of Carmine's, where there is no pizza and quantity trumps all, and Mario's on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, where at dinner you are discouraged from ordering the excellent pizza because the owners want diners to experience the more ambitious food on the menu. But now, coming to our rescue, is Rubirosa.
As impressed as we were by Rubirosa when it first opened, now that our office is just a few blocks away, I make it out there for a slice or two pretty regularly during the week. And I've gotta say, it just keeps getting better and better.
If you're looking for a chill restaurant in Nolita for a group lunch, Rubirosa is a great choice. My party of five had no problem getting a table at 1 p.m. on a Wednesday afternoon (they can seat larger parties in their back room). Their made-for-sharing pizzas come in large (eight slices) and small (six slices). We ordered two large pies and still had a few slices left over when we were done, despite the pizza's seemingly not-that-filling thin crust.
Chicken sandwiches, often filled with overcooked white meat and weak toppings, tend to be boring or, at worst, nearly inedible. The Rubirosa Sandwich ($12) at our neighborhood favorite Rubirosa is fortunately several notches above the archetypal poultry-between-bread ordeal.
When it comes to eating with family, you want a place that's reliable, reasonably affordable, and low on hassle. There's plenty to worry about before a big holiday. Where to eat dinner on the nights before or after shouldn't be one of them. To that end, here are some solid restaurant options good for eating out with the folks.
We just finished moving into our new (awesome) digs in Little Italy on tuesday, so we decided to take a victory lap around the 'hood checking out the slices in the neighborhood. Here's what to get and what to avoid.
In frosty times like these, few things are as satisfying as digging into a hearty plate of pasta. This isn't the season for light olive oil and tomato dishes—we're craving cream and butter sauces, meaty ragus, and lots of lasagna. To that end, here are some of our favorite pastas for fighting back the cold.
A plain slice from Best Pizza [Photograph: Jessica Leibowitz] As a New Yorker, I'm unfit to make the call on whether or not we have the best pizza in the world. It's against my basic upbringing to even entertain the notion that our pizza, bagels, pastrami, and hot dogs aren't the best. But if you, as a visitor to our fair city, want to make the call for yourself, you should start by getting the best that NY has to offer. Finding great pizza in New York used to be as easy as going to the closest street corner and...