The Bronx has tons of culinary gems to keep our palates busy and thanks to Fordham University professor Mark Naison, PhD, he’s given us 13 of his favorite affordable restaurants in our borough.
Who doesn’t appreciate good, affordable food?
Dr Naison writes:
Here are some of my favorite affordable eating spots in the Bronx. I have “field tested” all of them and can give assurance for their quality.
1. Johnson BBQ. 790 E 163rd St, Bronx, NY 10456 between Union and Tinton Avenues. Been in the same spot for over 50 years. GREAT ribs, chicken, mac and cheese, candied yams, rice and peas. Take out only- no drinks sold. Closed Monday. Say “the professor sent you” and you will get larger portions
2. Premium Sweets 2104 Starling Ave, Bronx, NY 10462 Excellent South Asian food in the Parkchester section of the Bronx, the site of the Bronx’s largest Bengali community. It is actually a neighborhood where you can find a parking space
3. Pio Pio 264 Cypress Ave, Bronx, NY 10454 Great Peruvian food in a classy atmosphere in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx. The roast chicken, ceviche, platanos, and empanadas are amazing. Also a neighborhood where parking is possible.
4. The Crab Shanty 361 City Island Ave, Bronx, NY 10464. The best lunch special on City Island. Has its own parking lot. Excellent garlic bread served with every meal. Excellent broiled fish cooked in many styles and terrific King Crab legs. Friendly atmosphere and a real Bronx crowd
5. Com Tam Ninh Kieu 2641 Jerome Ave, Bronx, NY 10468 Great Vietnamese food at affordable prices on Jerome Avenue near Kingsbridge Road. You know the food is good because most of the people eating there are either Vietnamese Bronxites or doctors from the Veterans Hospital. I love their Pho!
6. Papaye 2300 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10458. A Ghanaian Restaurant at Grand Concourse and 183rd Street with great food for those who like their eating on the spicy side. II love their goat kabobs, but everything is tasty. Just make sure you have lots of water with you if you do take out
7. 3 Way 384 E, 188th St, Bronx, NY 10458. Great Dominican food within walking distance of Fordham. My favorites are the roaster chicken with rice and beans, maduros, tostones, bacalao ( codfish) pernil ( roast pork) and mafongo.
8. Venice Restaurant 772 E 149th St, Bronx, NY 10455. A South Bronx fixture for 50 years which is half the price of Arthur Avenue. Huge portions, friendly service. They do an excellent job with shrimp and calamari. And also have some great hot hero sandwiches
9. Randazzo’s Seafood 2327 Arthur Ave, Bronx NY 10458 – If you love clams on the half shell, this is the place to get them. Strictly take out, but incredibly delicious!
10. Estrellita Publana III : 2328 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458. It may seem odd to recommend a Mexican restaurant in Arthur Avenue, but this place is a slam dunk. Excellent food, big portions, reasonable prices. Passed over by most of the tourists, but not by eaters in the know!
11. Bronx Beer Hall 2344 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458 in the Arthur Avenue Market. Surprising good food, as well as excellent beer because they order from the legendary Mike’s Deli. An excellent place to hold a party, a seminar or a discussion group!
12. The G Bar 150th Street just West of the Grand Concourse. Live Jazz, terrific happy hour, big drinks and excellent Italian food. This is where Bronx professionals gather after work. A fun spot which also has a great Sunday Brunch
13. Liebman’s Kosher Delicatessan 552 W 235th St, Bronx, NY 10463. The best old fashioned Jewish delicatessen in the Bronx. Hug stuffed sandwiches, matzo ball soup, chopped liver. i grew up on this stuff! Maybe that’s why I am still teaching at age 71!
Mark Naison is Professor of History and African American Studies at Fordham University. A recipient of a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University, he is the author of seven books and over 300 articles on African American politics, labor history, popular culture and education policy. His first book, Communists in Harlem in the Depression, published in 1983, is still in print, and is used in graduate courses around the nation.
Dr. Naison is the founder of the Bronx African American History Project, one of the largest community based oral history projects in the nation and has brought his research into more than 30 Bronx schools, as well as Bronx based cultural organizations and NGO’s. In recent years, the BAAHP’s research has led to granting landmark status to several streets with historic significance, as well as the founding of a cultural center honoring the Bronx’s musical heritage.
A co-founder of the Bronx Berlin Youth exchange, Naison has published articles about Bronx music and Bronx culture in German, Spanish, Catalan, and Portuguese as well as English, and given talks about these subjects in Germany, Spain and Italy. He recently published a novel, Pure Bronx, co-written with his former student Melissa Castillo-Garsow, and a book of essays on educational policy and Bronx history, Badass Teachers Unite.
His seventh book, co-authored by Bob Gumbs, and published by Fordham University Press in September 2016, is Before the Fires: An Oral History of African American Life in the Bronx from the 1930s to the 1960s. This book is one of the featured readings in a new course offered by Dr. Naison at Fordham in Fall 2016 entitled “The Bronx: Immigration, Race and Culture.” He has also been featured on many news programs, the O’Reilly Factor, and the Chappelle Show, where his performance was satirized by Louis CK on Saturday Night Live.
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