Best Restaurants in the Bronx

October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Here are the top-rated restaurants in the Bronx. 

Italian · Arthur Avenue/Belmont · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.1

Fans “love” this “real-deal” Bronx Italian where Roberto Paciullo turns out “superb” housemade pastas and other “expertly prepared” dishes in “quaint” , “convivial” surrounds; “pricey” tabs detract, but factor in “charming service” and most agree it's “worth the splurge.”
Artie's Steak & Seafood
Italian · City Island · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

“Actual City Island residents” eat at this “been-there-forever” surf ’n’ turfer offering an “always good” “retro” Italian-accented menu; true, it’s “not on the water” , but “unhurried” service and fair pricing keep locals “happy as clams.”
Italian · Arthur Avenue/Belmont · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.1

These separately owned “blue-ribbon” “red-sauce palaces” in the Bronx dish out “down-home” Italian standards in mammoth portions and toss in some “old-school charm” on the side; the “unpretentious” staff “treats you like family” , so embrace the “time warp” – and “don't fill up on the bread.”
Ali's Roti Shop
Wakefield · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.7

“Mouthwatering” rotis made with “fresh dough” and meaty fillings ( “ask for them spicy” ) bring the “Trini flavor” to NYC at these low-cost Trinidadians; despite “no-frills” setups and sparse seating, expect a “line of loyal customers” at prime times.
Italian · Arthur Avenue/Belmont · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.0 · Service 3.9

Patrons have been filling the communal tables of this “iconic” Arthur Avenue Italian since 1962, despite no decor, “no menus” ( “you eat what they're cooking” ), “no checks” ( “trust the waiter” ) and no reservations or credit cards; “off-the-charts” food and “cost performance” make the “daunting waits” bearable, but to save time, go early.
Italian · Morris Park · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

Bronx-based fans of this Morris Park Italian say it “satisfies” any hankering for “solid” “homestyle cooking” and “excellent” wood-fired pizzas; “comfortable, relatively quiet” environs, “friendly” service and good “bang for the buck” round out the “dependable” picture.
Zero Otto Nove
Italian · Arthur Avenue/Belmont · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

“Fabulous pizzas and pastas” top the list of “hearty” Southern Italian specialties offered at these “reliable” “favorites” ; the Arthur Avenue original (done up like an “old-fashioned” courtyard) doesn't take reservations, so “be prepared to wait” – or check out the “cavernous” Flatiron offshoot.
Tra Di Noi
Italian · Arthur Avenue/Belmont · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.4 · Service 4.0

“Like a meal at grandma's house” , this family-run “jewel” off Arthur Avenue might offer “not much decor” but is warmed by “welcoming” service; still, it's the “fresh” , “cooked-just-right” Italian classics that make it “worth the trip.”