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Classic burger at Bronx Beer Hall
Photograph: Filip Wolak Classic burger at Bronx Beer Hall

The best restaurants and bars in the Bronx

World-class pizza, global specialties and borough-bred beers—find that and more at the best Bronx restaurants and bars

By Christina Izzo and Time Out New York contributors
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The Bronx is more than just home to those pinstriped Yanks. It’s home to the city’s real Little Italy and subsequently some of the best pizza in NYC, as well as exemplary international food from far-flung locales like Ghana and Bangladesh. Grab a pint at one of the borough’s top-rate beer halls, and toast to the best restaurants and bars in the Bronx.

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Bronx restaurants and bars

Bronx Alehouse

Bars Beer bars The Bronx

This Boogie Down saloon isn’t just the best beer bar in the Bronx—for our money, it’s unrivaled anywhere north of midtown. Uptowners have the bar’s co-owner Chris Giudice to thank: In less than two years, the brick-walled joint has become a bona fide craft headquarters, hosting boisterous guest-brewer events, doling out growlers and attracting loyalists who attempt to sample and rate 100 different quaffs for the bar’s Beer Club. And thanks to a lineup of 16 domestic-leaning taps, one rotating cask and more than 30 bottles, hitting the hundred mark isn’t all that difficult.

The Bronx Beer Hall

Bars Beer bars The Bronx

Located deep in the Bronx’s historic Little Italy, the beer bar, whose on-trend offerings (cider, half-pints, canned craft beers) and handsome, modern digs (salvaged-wood counters, white-tile walls) have provided a jolt of youthful energy to this uptown fixture. Five taps pour a rotating selection of all-local brews (of course), including two from nearby Jonas Bronck’s Beer Co. Alongside the drafts, David Greco—also owner of the market’s beloved Mike’s Deli, where he worked as a boy under his father—oversees an extensive menu stocked with vendor goods.

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Dominick's
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Dominick’s

Restaurants Italian The Bronx

Dominick’s would like you to know that the real Little Italy is in the Bronx. At Charlie DiPaolo’s pinewood dining room—the most popular on Arthur Avenue—neighborhood folks, out-of-towners and tracksuited wise guys feast at long, crowded tables on massive platters of veal parmigiana, steaming bowls of mussels marinara and linguine with white clam sauce. There’s no written menu, but you can trust your waiter’s advice.

Ebe Ye Yie

Restaurants West African The Bronx

There’s no menu at Ebe Ye Yie. You place your order by pointing through the Plexiglas divider at the steam table’s unpredictable offerings of Ghanaian dishes: spicy soups and stews with massive chunks of beef or fish, for about $10. These main courses are accompanied by filling starches like fufu, a log made from cooked yams, pounded until they’re glutinous and firm; gari, a cassava-based couscous; and rice with black-eyed peas. It’s customary to eat with your fingers here; a small bottle of liquid soap and a bowl of water are provided at each table. The squeamish, however, can ask for plastic spoons.

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Gun Hill Brewing Co.

Bars Breweries The Bronx

Since Rheingold closed shop in the late '60s, beer has been produced outside of the borough—City Island brews upstate, and Bronx Brewery trucks in kegs from Connecticut. At this 5,000-square-foot draft operation, Chris Sheehan (Chelsea Brewing Co.) makes all beer on-site, turning out a 30-barrel lineup of German-style ales, hearty stouts and Frosted Hop ale, made with frozen upstate wet hops. The dark-wood taproom functions as a 25-seat bar and retail shop—a perk of a farm brewery license, which also requires Sheehan use local ingredients—that sells pints, flights and to-go growlers.

Louie and Ernie's Pizza

Restaurants Pizza The Bronx

Juicy, fennel-spiked chunks of sausage from the S&D Pork Store a few blocks down are held in place—well, just barely—by a bunch of melted cheese on this Bronx shop's sausage pie. It's a hot, creamy mess of pizza-and-pork deliciousness. Yes, you will need a napkin—and a nap afterward.

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Neerob

Restaurants South Asian The Bronx

At this small Bangladeshi newcomer, the chef greets us with a warm “What can I get for you, brother?” We settle on the lamb curry, loaded with large hunks of yielding meat in a thick, rich sauce and soft spears of okra tossed with shrimp. One customer recommends the goat biryani, calling it a perfect example of Bangladeshi food. He’s right: The grains of rice are perfumed with a heady mix of cardamom and mixed with cubes of gamy meat.

Patricia’s

Restaurants Italian The Bronx

This Morris Park beacon is famous among chowhounds for its brick-oven pizza, and that’s not all Patricia’s does right. The hot antipasti include huge stuffed mushrooms, baked clams, luscious fried shrimp and eggplant rolled around ricotta cheese. The linguine arrabbiata has a spicy sauce with chunks of tender tomato. As for dessert, watch out: The chocolate-polenta cake might cause you, quite involuntarily, to turn to the next table and blurt, “What are rents like around here?” Don’t forget to order espresso—it comes with a self-serve bottle of anisette.

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Roberto’s

Restaurants Italian The Bronx

Put your hungry self in the capable hands of Roberto Paciullo, a Salerno native who runs a no-frills eatery in the Bronx’s venerable Italian enclave. Grab a seat at one of the wooden tables, and let Paciullo create a proper four-course feast from the blackboard specials. Tasty, tentacle-heavy grilled calamari has the meaty consistency of steak; tinfoil-baked radiatore come bathed in a vibrant red sauce or olive oil; and short ribs shine in a rich chili-pepper-and-beer sauce. It’s all blissfully simple.

Taqueria Tlaxcalli

Restaurants Mexican The Bronx

This colorful taqueria is named for the Nahuatl (an Aztecan language) word meaning “tortilla.” Sip a creamy, cinnamon-dusted horchata while a cook in the open kitchen works to the sound of Mexican rock & roll, stuffing flatbread rounds with plump shrimp and delicate, chopped tilapia, and garnishing them with diced onions, cilantro and lime juice. A list of special fillings—funky, crackling tripe; shreds of gelatinous, stick-to-your-teeth beef head—seriously ups the authenticity quotient.

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