By Salenna Weiner ’18 and Jarin Piyana ’18
Sometimes after school, students want to grab a bite to eat either alone or with company. Luckily, there are a lot of places near Midwood where one can do so. Whether you’re looking for some fast food, takeout, pizza, desserts, or even something on the fancier side, Midwood’s surrounding neighborhood has many options.
For instance, if you’re looking for a quick, cheap, but filling meal, who could say no to Lucas’s one dollar pizza located right in the heart of the junction? They recently closed due to remodeling and now opened as a pizzeria/deli serving sandwiches as well. They currently share their space with North Penguin, an ice-cream and crepe shop. But if pizza’s not your thing, right across the street is a Chinese restaurant serving cheap but tasty take out. Of course, if you’d rather go with the simple combination of a burger and fries, try popular food chains like McDonald’s or Burger King, only a block away.
“Burger King is my go to,” said Ryan William Marriott Channer ’19. “If not that, I just settle for a slice.”
Both restaurants are large in size and can come in handy when you’re in a rush. A few other popular food chains that all opened recently on the same block are Panda Express, Chipotle, and Popeyes Louisiana Chicken which has been around a bit longer than the other two. Panda Express is a Chinese fast food chain, Popeyes known for its Louisiana accented fried chicken, and Chipotle providing its quick Mexican fare.
“My favorite place to eat is Chipotle,” said Namiea Amin ’18. “I love their burrito bowl.”
Another restaurant just around the corner featuring fast Mexican style food is Ovi’s Express, which recently replaced the Quiznos that once stood there. They serve burritos, tacos, and quesadillas along with other Mexican style cuisine. There’s plenty of space to sit down and enjoy your meal, maybe even watch T.V. or doodle on the large chalkboard they have on their wall- you won’t be disappointed. Right next door is the classic Starbucks, which is never empty.
“I always buy my drinks or coffee from Starbucks, their caramel frappe is the best,” Mahnoor Sohail ’19.
Aside from its well-known coffee and tea beverages, Starbucks also serves small desserts and sandwiches or wraps that come in a box with sides so it’s always good for a quick lunch or snack. If you’re in the mood for sandwiches, be sure to check out Ovi’s Place and Nostrand Express Deli, two adjacent delis on the corner of Nostrand and Avenue H, who are always serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Two restaurants on the larger side, primarily if you’re looking to have a full style meal with a larger group of people, are Applebee’s and Dallas BBQ. Both located in the Flatbush Junction, these two restaurant joints are perfect for special occasions or gatherings. They have nice booths or tables where you can sit down and enjoy yourself as a waiter takes your order.
For a simpler food option, perhaps some coffee and a pastry, cafes are your way to go; luckily, there are a few interesting places around the area. Besides Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts, Caffe Bene and Anna’s Cafe are nice places to sit down and have a hot or cold beverage with a good meal, whether it be a filling sandwich or a freshly baked muffin. Caffe Bene is a coffeehouse chain based in Korea, which has opened many locations in New York. It has quickly become an attractive place for local students, including college ones – the comfy spacious environment with friendly staff welcomes everyone.
“My friends like to go to Caffe Bene all the time, and so do I. One, because it’s cozy. Two, they love the bubble tea and coffee, I personally like their side snacks,” said Amna Elbadawi ’18. “Mainly their chocolate waffles and honey bread.”
Anna’s Cafe is more of a diner style restaurant, serving a large variety of breakfast dishes that are sure to hit back home any time of the day. Located on Avenue I, just a few blocks away from the Junction, Anna’s Cafe opens at 6 am giving you enough time to have a nice breakfast before first period, or take it on the go if you like. Right next door is Napoli Pizza, a pizza restaurant that offers large pies and slices in a simple venue at low cost. This place has been running for over twenty years and has constantly received good reviews.
“Napoli always has insanely fresh and delicious pizza so I go there,” said Ella Redmond ‘19.
An interesting place that stands out from your typical restaurant is Jupioca: a recently opened juice bar, located on Jerry Jacobs Way next door to Burger King and right across from McDonald’s back entrance. They have a small yet charming area with a few chairs and a large window where you can look outside as you enjoy your drink. Jupioca sells smoothies and health shakes containing of fruits and vegetables. They also offer bubble tea, a popular Taiwanese tea based drink. North Penguin, once again, is an ice-cream/crepe shop that also offers bubble tea. They’re known for their dessert ice-cream crepes but also offer lunch crepes, one popular one consists of shrimp, avocado, and other fresh ingredients.
If all of that sounds like too much, you could always stop by Mario’s cart or the food truck on Campus road; they always serve hot breakfast and lunch whenever you need it. There is something for everyone around Midwood, so don’t let a short walk stop you from getting the food you deserve before or after a tough day at school.