2) Joy Burger Bar – 1567 Lexington Ave (corner of 100th St) 212.289.6222
An old school, family run burger and sandwich place where the staff wears gas station coveralls and everything is made fresh to order. This is what their menu says in regards to the burgers and toppings:
“Our Burgers Are Made Of 100% Fresh Ground Beef And Charbroiled To Your Satisfaction Our Sauces Are Made On A Daily Basis, From Fresh Ingredients“
They come in 3 sizes: Munch 3oz, Midi 5oz, Maxi 8oz. The sauce choices are: Garlic Mayo, Chimichurri, Pesto, Spicy Mayo, BBQ, Spicy Mango, Chutney, Dijon Mustard, Sweet Chili & Honey Mustard. If it’s sides that you like, here are three of my favorites: Homemade Fries, Giant Onion Rings, Patatas (Sweet potatoes served with maple syrup).
Here is a view of their old school menu board:
3) La Galette Cafe – 177 E 100 St 212. 410.6361 www.lagaletteny.com
Great, small Seneglese-French restaurant that has been open a year. I ate there when it first opened and thoroughly enjoyed it. This is their own description from their website:
“La Galette Café proudly serves solid home cooked Senegalese and French food at non exclusive prices, in a low-key, congenial, comfortable and cozy Upper East Side atmosphere.”
4) Yo In Yo Out – 1569 Lexington Ave (between 100th St & 101st St) 212.987.5350 yoinyoout.com
A slice of France in the heart of East Harlem. I have been in for sandwiches and coffee, both of which I have enjoyed. They are also well known for their crepes.
5) Itzocan Bistro – 1575 Lexington Ave (between 100th St & 101st St) 212.423.0255 www.itzocanbistro.com
Haven’t eaten there, but NY Magazine has it as a critics pick with the following review:
From humble beginnings at Itzocan Café in the East Village, brothers Anselmo and Fermin Bello have progressed to an only marginally bigger, markedly more ambitious bistro in East Harlem, where he cooks the Franco-Mexican fusion that won him a following. South-of-the-border ingredients insinuate themselves into bistro fare in creative ways: A tequila-and-serrano-pepper broth animates steamed mussels. Happily, Itzocan’s low prices and gracious service traveled equally well.
6) Moustache – 1621 Lexington Avenue (between 102nd St & 103rd St) 212.828.0030 www.moustachepitza.com
Same great food as the Moustache in the East Village and a welcome addition to the neighborhood. Fresh, flavorful, middle eastern food.
7) El Paso – 1642 Lexington Ave 212.831.9831 www.elpasotaqueria.com
Really loved it when they were much smaller and across the street on the other side of Lexington Ave. Great home cooked Mexican food and Ceviches. Much more room in the newer space too.
Next week, food shopping in East Harlem.