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BRONXeats: Restaurateurs share secret recipes for home chefs

Top Restaurateurs Share Secret Recipes!


The Bronx is known for a great many things: The largest urban zoo in the country, the winningest team in Major League Baseball, and the birthplace of hip hop. It’s also known for its diversity which is evident by the variety of cuisines represented in its restaurants. In a new series called BRONXeats, we will share some recipes from some of the top eateries in various parts of this borough.

Moules Marinieres courtesy of City Island’s BistroSK

Born in Alsace-Lorraine, France, restaurateur Stephane Kane made City Island the home of BistroSK, the only French restaurant in The Bronx. Established in 2011 BSK specializes in Gallic favorites such as escargot persillés (escargot in a garlic and parsley butter sauce) and coq au vin (chicken stew in red wine). But the restaurant is also known for the best mussels this side of the Atlantic.

Download Chef Paredes’ recipe for Moules Marinieres.

See restaurant’s video here.



Mike’s Deli Famous Eggplant Parmigiana as seen on Food Network

Arthur Avenue is considered the Real Little Italy and was recently named one of America’s Greatest Streets by the American Planning Association. Celebrity Chef and 3rd generation Arthur Avenue business owner David Greco shares his secret eggplant parmigiana recipe. The best part of this recipe is that you don’t have to go far to get the ingredients. Everything can be found at Mike’s Deli inside the Arthur Avenue Market. Oh, and one little piece of advice…it’s pronounced MOO tsah rela. If you ask for 
MAH tsa rela David will look at you funny. Here is a “Throwdown with Bobby Flay” champion Eggplant Parimigiana by Chef David Greco of Mike’s Deli.

Download David Greco's Famous Eggplant Parmigiana recipe


Moss Café Scottish Drop Scones

Emily Weisberg grew up in a small town in Wisconsin surrounded by farmland and has worked in restaurants for many years. When she moved to The Bronx in 2014, she found it difficult to locate farm-to-table options that would nourish her dietary preferences in the borough. Banking on the idea that others shared her need for organic, vegetarian, pescatarian and kosher options, she opened up Moss Café, a quaint eatery located in Riverdale. The majority of the produce comes from local farms and farm coops lending itself to an ever-changing menu inspired by the season. The restaurant, with its culturally-diverse staff and customer base, has become a hub where the community comes to connect over a glass of wine, beer or some espresso.

Download Emily’s recipe for Scottish Drop Scones

See restaurant’s video here

Zipcar promo


Aims to increase business during post-holiday slowdown

The Bronx Tourism Council announced an initiative with Zipcar to help promote restaurants and other businesses in the borough. The emphasis is on giving Zipcar members added value while introducing them to eating establishments not easily-accessible by subway. Restaurants, as well as some stores, will be offering 15% off food items and select products in areas such as Riverdale, Throggs Neck, City Island, and Arthur Avenue, recently named one of America’s Greatest Streets by the American Planners Association. These neighborhoods are off the beaten path and suffer most once the holiday rush is over and winter sets in. 

“That’s no reason to stay home,” says Olga Luz Tirado, executive director of The Bronx Tourism Council. She adds, “There are plenty of delicious reasons to bundle up and get out there.”

“Our borough is home to some of the greatest restaurants and eateries the city has to offer, and this partnership between The Bronx Tourism Council and Zipcar will provide epicureans with an opportunity to explore the great tastes our borough has to offer. I congratulate Zipcar on this tremendous new partnership with The Bronx Tourism Council, and I look forward to working with them in the future,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

Restaurants participating in the promotion include: 

Bacco, 3524 Johnson Avenue, Bronx, NY 10463
Blackstone, 3713 Riverdale Avenue, Bronx, NY 10463
Moss Café, 3260 Johnson Avenue, Bronx, NY 10463 

Throggs Neck:        
Escape Latino, 1841 Hobart Avenue, Bronx, NY 10461
Ice House Café, 140 Reynolds Avenue, Bronx, NY 10465
Lucca Restaurant, 3019 Westchester Avenue, Bronx, NY 10461
Outback Steakhouse, 270 Baychester Avenue, Bronx, NY 10475 

Arthur Avenue:
Catania’s Pizzeria & Café, 2307 Arthur Avenue, Bronx, NY 10458 

City Island:   
Bistro SK, 273 City Island Avenue, Bronx, NY 10464 

Other Participants:
Bronx Brewery, 856 East 136th Street, Bronx, NY 10454
Gun Hill Brewing Company, 3227 Laconia Avenue, Bronx, NY 10469
Gun Hill Tavern, 780 East 133rd Street, Bronx, NY 10454

In addition to restaurants, the website will include boutique shops, museums and galleries to peruse, and specialty markets that offer a variety of products.

Kaleidoscope Gallery – 15% off select items, 280 City Island Avenue
Focal Point Gallery – 15-30% off select items, 321 City Island Avenue
Cerini Coffee & Gifts – 15% off select items, 2334 Arthur Avenue

Other participating institutions can be found in the Zipcar “Deals” page at Zipcar.com/bronxguide.


On October 4, 2016, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. joined the American Planning Association (APA) and elected officials, business and community leaders from across the city as the APA named Arthur Avenue as one of the Great Streets of America, as part of the organization’s annual list of Great Places in America in celebration of National Planning Month.

Arthur Avenue is one of the classic streets of New York City, combining ethnic and economic diversity and a strong commercial and cultural base. It celebrates its rich Italian heritage and cultures with highly-rated restaurants, butcher shops, fine bakeries, world-class delis and groceries, and shops of all kinds, all in dense, compact mixed-used buildings.

“This is a tremendous recognition for Arthur Avenue, and The Bronx is proud to celebrate today as this amazing street is named one of the greatest in our nation by the American Planning Association,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “The Belmont community is filled with amazing restaurants and shops, and is one of the finest tourist destinations in the region, if not the world. We already knew how great this neighborhood is…but now the rest of the country knows that the best place to be is right here in The Bronx, right here on Arthur Avenue.” 

 “Arthur Avenue is an example of how careful planning, public engagement and innovation can create a better place to live, work, play and visit,” said Carol Rhea, FAICP, president of APA. “This collaboration have made Arthur Avenue a legacy and destination.” 

As part of National Community Planning Month, APA’s Great Places in America program recognizes streets, neighborhoods and public spaces in the United States that demonstrate exceptional character, quality and planning—attributes that enrich communities, facilitate economic growth and inspire others around the country. The Great Neighborhoods, Great Streets, and Great Public Spaces of 2016 are places that are unique and exemplary in their amenities and infrastructure, cultural identity and use of sustainable and innovative practices.

“This distinction is an honor that further cements Arthur's Ave indelible contributions and significance to the Bronx and New York City. The street's remarkable history, long-standing businesses, cultural importance and people who have made it great is now receiving the recognition it rightfully deserves, and I am proud to represent the district where Arthur Avenue is located,” said Council Member Ritchie Torres.

“As Chairman of the Business Improvement District and one of many third and fourth generation business owners on Arthur Avenue, I want to express our gratitude for honoring Arthur Avenue as one of the five best streets in America.  Generations of Italian families, and those that support this community, have helped insure Arthur Avenue remains vibrant, authentic and true to its deep cultural roots. Anyone who has walked, shopped or dined on Arthur Avenue appreciates its unique qualities as an al fresco shopping bazaar. We hope the gracious recognition we received today will inspire many more and future generations to come find out what makes Arthur Avenue, or as so many refer to it ‘the neighborhood,’ such a special place,” said Peter Madonia, Chairman, Belmont Business Improvement District and Owner, Madonia Brothers Bakery.

“The Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation is delighted that Arthur Avenue is being recognized for their iconic neighborhood and businesses that provide a warm and savory flavor to our borough.  It is an area that is full of hard working small businesses that is unique and beloved by all including the many tourists that frequent it daily.  We look forward to supporting it for decades to come,” said Marlene Cintron, president of the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation.

"Since 1981, the Belmont Library has sat adjacent to Arthur Avenue, offering key services to the vibrant community while enjoying the energy, uniqueness, and spirit of the Bronx's own Little Italy," said New York Public Library Chief Operating Officer Iris Weinshall. "The dedicated staff at this branch can certainly attest to the greatness of this storied street and the people that bring it to life. We are proud to honor that tradition with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., and The American Planning Association."

“Arthur Avenue embodies the American Dream that has made our Borough so strong. It is an economic engine that has deep roots within the Italian American culture and that continues to draw and captivate visitors whether they live around the corner or across New York State,” said State Senator Gustavo Rivera. “I am very proud to join Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and the American Planning Association in recognizing Arthur Avenue as one the greatest streets in our country.” 

“Arthur Avenue is one of our gems. Tens of thousands of tourists come through this area we call the real Little Italy to experience the food and the culture of Italian Americans here in The Bronx,” said Olga Luz Tirado, executive director, The Bronx Tourism Council.

Since launching the Great Places in America program in 2007, APA has recognized 260 neighborhoods, streets and public spaces around the country. Places are selected annually and represent the gold standard in terms of having a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement and a vision for the future.

For the third year, members of the public can suggest their favorite public space, neighborhood, or street to earn a “People’s Choice” designation. During the first half of October, individuals can offer suggestions via APA’s social media channels using the hashtag #APAgreatplaces. APA will select five finalists that the public can vote on via APA’s website. The “People’s Choice” winner is announced in early November 2016.

For more information about these streets, as well as APA’s Great Neighborhoods and Public Spaces for 2016 and previous years, visit www.planning.org/greatplaces.

You can also find more information on National Community Planning Month by visiting www.planning.org/ncpm.


News Coverage:

PIX11: Arthur Avenue to be honored as one of America’s Great Places

Next City: Ranking Public Spaces That Put Community First

Metro: Bronx’s Arthur Avenue named Great Street of America

CBS New York: Bronx’s Arthur Avenue Recognized As One Of The ‘Great Streets Of America’

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