The Bronx 101: Where to Eat, Shop and Play

Take a trip Uptown and discover the best places to eat, drink and hang out in NYC's northernmost borough.

New York City’s northernmost province, The Bronx (named after the river), is home to the “real little Italy.” The Italian restaurants on Arthur Avenue are welcoming, like Trattoria Zero Otto Nove offering authentic cuisine inspired by the Southern Italian city of Salerno. The Bronx is the best place to find Mediterranean pantry staples like bread, pasta, pastries, Italian sausage and more.

There’s also arguably the best Jamaican food and Latin American cuisine in the Bronx. West African restaurants like Nabaya, featuring guinea hen, yassa from Senegal and lamb shank, is one of many culinary gems to savor. Further in the Bronx, inside the New York Botanical Garden, lies Hudson Garden Grill a more classic restaurant with a modern American menu, walnut bar and open kitchen.

There are some great shopping options available in the Bronx including one-of-a-kind regional finds. The Bronx Terminal Market located steps from Yankee Stadium, is a one-stop six-level multiplex housing Target, Marshalls, Best Buy, Burlington, Chuck E. Cheese and more. You can also head to Fordham to explore Fordham Road NYC, a collective of retail shops that spans several blocks with more than 100 local stores and services to discover. Also in the Fordham area, comic book lovers will find limited editions at Fordham Comics, a staple that has been selling collectible comics in the Bronx for over 30 years.

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Craft and microbreweries have been popping up all over Manhattan and Brooklyn the past few years, but the Bronx also has bars, beer halls and local microbreweries that are making headlines and are close to all the main attractions. The Dugout, is a no-frills sports bar with a prime location across the street from Yankee Stadium offering drink specials, bar bites and DJs spinning on game days. Another option is Bronx Drafthouse, it is just a block away from the stadium and offers a wide variety of local beers and bar bites. On game days, this spot gets packed with die-hard Yankee fans who want a more elevated drink experience for less than stadium prices.  

Beer lovers should visit Bronx Brewery for homegrown beers as well as live music and food trucks (they don't have a kitchen but allow outside food). Over in “little Italy,” The Bronx Beer Hall is serving NYC craft beers and casual fare inside an Italian market. Make sure to grab some legit Italian meats, espresso or fresh pasta to take home while you’re there.

You can’t come up to the Bronx and not visit the home of the Yankees. The stadium offers daily tours and the dining options have gotten a facelift this year—including mini chicken sandwiches, funfetti milkshakes and the always popular New York Yankees Steakhouse. Visit the only zoo in NYC and meet African lions, gorillas and giraffes and stroll 250 acres of landscapes at the Bronx Zoo. The open year-round world-famous park boasts a bird aviary and more. Also in the neighborhood is the exquisite New York Botanical Gardens. The iconic “living” museum has extensive floral collections and “adult” events featuring orchid shows that include cocktails and DJs spinning all night.