Residence to Yankee Stadium and the Bronx court docket system, the world across the subway cease at 161 St.-Yankee Stadium/River Ave. has at all times been a singular mixture of baseball-themed bars and quick-serve kitchens for presidency staff on a price range and in a rush. There are additionally locations like these three, native favorites that those that work and dwell close by maintain going again to.
West African outlet
Like many West African eating places, there are sometimes solely a handful dishes out there through the daytime atNabayain the Melrose neighborhood of the Bronx. So both go together with an open thoughts or name forward. The choices are normally wealthy, deeply flavored sauces crammed out with a couple of greens and poured over rooster, fish, or lamb, all served in patterned soup bowls with a platter of rice topped with a cooked Scotch bonnet chili meant to offer spice as wanted.
One widespread lunch possibility is the “tomato stew” ($10), or sauce claire in African-French, which is deep purple with tomatoes cooked down for hours. One other in common rotation is the intense orange “palm stew” ($10), or sauce graine, made with thick palm nut cream produced from urgent the seeds from West African palms.
On the facet, strive a bottle of candy purple sorrel-ade, produced from hibiscus flower, or an additional spicy ginger juice (each $three), generally served so chilly it’s virtually a ginger slushie.
Nabaya: 860 Melrose Ave., at E. 160th St., Bronx; (718) 401-2283
Meals to-go, keep, or cook dinner
There are 3 ways to strategy San José Tulcingo in Concourse Village as a buyer. There’s a marketplace for Mexican pantry necessities like masa and chilis on one facet, a Mexican restaurant on the opposite, and in between, a deli counter with tacos, enchiladas and different taqueria takeout.
The savvy diner will head straight to a desk by the kitchen, which serves the identical tacos and takeout, but in addition a brief record of homey, central Mexican type soups and specials.
These embody fairly tri-color platters served with seasoned rice, completely soupy pink beans and stews like pipian pollo, or rooster legs and thighs smothered in a vibrant inexperienced, full-bodied sauce whose key ingredient is silky pureed pepitas, or nutty pumpkin seeds ($12.95 for the platter).
Bone-in rooster in mole poblano can also be stunning: This earthy sauce — a mixture of spices, delicate chilis, and chocolate — will get speckled with sesame seeds ($12.95). There are additionally chunky pork ribs ($13.95), or costillas, swimming in salsa verde made additional tart with contemporary herbs.
San José Tulcingo: 109 E. 153rd St., at River Ave., Bronx; (917) 631-9253
Jamaican and Southern mashup
Although many individuals would in all probability let you know that it’s meaty issues like fried rooster and fish, curry goat, pepper steak, or purple snapper that convey them to Flavas Worldwide Grill, a Jamaican and Southern type store in Concourse Village, the ample provide of greens is simply as notable.
There are almost a dozen to select from, however standouts embody smooth Southern-style stewed string beans, huge white butter beans with candy peppers, plus collards, cabbage, okra and tomatoes, or candied yams. (To not point out the juice bar.)
On weekdays from 11 a.m. to four p.m., hearty lunch specials go for $7.49 to $11.95, all served with a heaping spoonful of any vegetable and a facet like mac and cheese, candy plantains, or rice and peas. At dinner, not-so-small small combos ($9.95 to $16.95) include any two sides, and large massive combos include any three.
Flavas Worldwide Grill: 854 Gerard Ave., close to E. 161st St.; Bronx; (718) 292-2900