The Bronx Socialite’s All Time Faves

As promised, my final post here is a list of all of my favorite places in the Bronx. I’ve broken them down by category and racked my brain to hopefully remember all of my faves. I have so many places I have yet to try (especially with COVID in the way) so I definitely hope to explore more places once it’s safe to do so.

Bars & Restaurants:

Bronx Alehouse – 216 W 238th St

The Bronx Beer Hall – 2344 Arthur Ave.

The Bronx Public – 170 W 231st St

Cocina Chente– 3535 Riverdale Ave.

Com Tam Ninh Kieu – 2641 Jerome Ave.

Crosstown Diner – 2880 Bruckner Blvd.

Ellie’s Diner- 58 Metropolitan Oval

Fish N Ting – 4063 Boston Rd.

George’s – 2369 Westchester Ave.

Gun Hill Brewing Co. – 3227 Laconia Ave.

Hungry Bird – 980 Morris Ave.

Ice House Cafe – 140 Reynolds Ave.

Johnny’s Reef -2 City Island Ave.

Jolly Tinker – 2875 Webster Ave.

Kingsbridge Social Club – 3625 Kingsbridge Ave.

Kirvens – 736 Lydig Ave.

The Kitchen – 4330 Katonah Ave.

La Masa – 1000 Morris Park Ave.

La Morada – 308 Willis Ave.

Landin Mac and Cheese – 701 Melrose Ave.

Next Stop Vegan – 1818 Archer St.

Royal Coach Diner – 3260 Boston Rd.

Seis Vecinos – 640 Prospect Ave.

Taqueria Tlaxicalli – 2103 Starling Ave.

Zero Otto Nove – 2357 Arthur Ave.

Cafes & Bakeries

Confectionaires Bakery – 2961 Webster Ave.

Lloyd’s Carrot Cake – 6087 Broadway

Madonia Bakery – 2348 Arthur Ave.

Mon Amour Coffee and Wine – 234 W 238th St.

Prince Coffee House – 2306 Arthur Ave.

S&S Cheesecake– 222 W. 238th St

Outdoor Spaces

Bronx River Forest

Green Patch on Walton

The New York Botanical Garden – 2900 Southern Blvd.

Pelham Bay Park

Van Cortlandt Park

Wave Hill – 4900 Independence Ave.

Williamsbridge Oval Park

Arts & Culture

Andrew Freedman Home – 1125 Grand Concourse

Bronx River Art Center – 1087 E. Tremont

Bronx Museum of the Arts – 1040 Grand Concourse

Shopping

239 Play – 239 City Island Ave

The Lit. Bar – 131 Alexander Ave

Zambo Aroma – 3848 White Plains Rd.

Pizza, Pizza

When it comes to pizza, I guess you’d say I’m a bit of a purist. I rarely ever get any toppings and if I do, it’s mushrooms. (Obv. seasonings are a must. Pass the garlic powder, oregano, and red pepper flakes.)  How exciting. But, on a recent trip to Kingsbridge Social Club, I was challenged to step out of my comfort zone. Okay, I’m lying, it was not challenging at all. There were honestly so many delicious options that it was hard to pick just one.

My friend and I opted to sit outside in their patio area. It’s only a few tables, but a cute space nonetheless. She ordered the brussel sprouts as an appetizer and they were fantastic. I’m not particularly drawn to brussel sprouts when I see them on a menu, but I’m really glad she ordered them because they delicious. They were slightly charred, which gave them a slight crunch. Do yourself a favor and try them.

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Now, to the pizza. I ordered The Wrecking Ball , which is topped with mozzarella, onions, garlic, and basil and served atop a large, tomato sauce can for an added touch. The crust had that excellent charred taste from the wood fire oven and all of the ingredients tasted so fresh. The crust was thin with the perfect balance between being appropriately crispy, but still soft enough that you can eat the crust and not worry about chipping a tooth.

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Paired with a chilled glass of wine, it was the perfect way to spend one of the last days of summer.

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Birthday Dinner at La Masa

After the crazy year I’ve had, when my birthday rolled around two weeks ago, I wanted everything to be really chill. What better way to celebrate than a laid back dinner at La Masa in Morris Park?

While I had gotten a taste of their food about a year ago at an event at Bronx Coworking Space, I had yet to actually visit in person.

With cute, modern decor with pops of red throughout the restaurant, La Masa has a vibrant and relaxed atmosphere, which is perfect for catching up with friends and family.

Our server was really friendly and provided us with some really great recommendations for drinks and entrees. [I ordered the sangria which was really refreshing and strong!]

First of all, everything on their menu sounds amazing, it was really hard to decide. Their empanada selection is crazy, with over 15 to choose from, they have savory and sweet selections as well as vegan and gluten free options. I tried the bacon mac and cheese, beef , and cilantro lime chicken. All of them were good, but the ground beef was my favorite. Can’t go wrong with a classic. I did get to try some of the Husband’s apple pie empanada and it was also really good. (I feel like there’s an innuendo lurking somewhere there. Oh well.)

For my main course, I got the mahi mahi a la parilla because I can’t think of another place in the Bronx that serves mahi mahi! (If you do, please let me know in the comments!) Both my sister and Husband ordered the bandeja paisa, which is this behemoth of a meal including steak, chicharron, chorizo, maduros, rice, beans, an arepa, salad, and a fried egg. So I picked off of my sister’s plate when I was finished with my own.

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It was a great way to wrap up my birthday and I can’t wait to return and try more empanadas.