Yakitori Totto | Taqueria Tlaxcalli | Buon Appetit Deli Catering | Little Collins | Il Laboratorio del Gelato

Yakitori Totto Near Avalon West Chelsea: Japanese Fare Worth Waiting in Line For

If you see a crowd in front of Yakitori Totto and it hasn't even opened yet, don't get discouraged. Just jump in line. This is pretty typical for this New York establishment. The Japanese restaurant has gained such a far-reaching reputation for its fare—and amassed quite a local following—so there's almost always going to be at least a one-hour wait, sometimes two.

Lucky for you, Avalon West Chelsea is just a short trip away, so you won't have far to go if you decide to try again tomorrow. If you do manage to snag a table, however, you'll be in for areal treat. "Yakitoro" refers to skewers and grilled eats, and those are precisely what this restaurant serves. The Harami skirt steak skewer is one of the most popular options, so make sure you try it. Most of the other skewers come packed with chicken. If you'd like to stray away from the skewers, Yakitoro's chefs also craft customer favorites such as the agedashi tofu appetizer and steamed rice dumplings stuffed with chicken meatballs.

Yakitori Totto
251 W. 55th Street
New York, NY 10019
(212) 245-4555

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Make the Trip From Avalon West Chelsea to Taqueria Tlaxcalli for the Cactus Stew

By all accounts, Taqueria Tlaxcalli is casual—and relatively small. Yelp reviewers' photos depict a simple space with a handful of tables, strips of blue and green on the walls, and funky salt and pepper shakers atop each table. Yet regulars don't seem to mind the cozy atmosphere. More than 200 of them have awarded Taqueria Tlaxcalli glowing Yelp reviews for its authentic Mexican cuisine, despite the size of the eatery.

To accommodate its many patrons, Taqueria Tlaxcalli also offers delivery and takeout if you'd prefer to eat in the comfort of your home. Regardless of where you dine, you should start with the freshly made guacamole and tortilla chips—customers give this appetizer rave reviews. Patrons also highly recommend the chicken burritos and steak tacos, the enchiladas, and the quesadillas. For something a bit more adventurous, try the molcajetes stew with chunks of grilled cactus, chilies, chicken, pork sausage, and gooey cheese. According to fans of this eatery, it's worth traveling from other boroughs, including from your home at Avalon West Chelsea, to try this fare.

Taqueria Tlaxcalli
2103 Starling Avenue
Bronx, NY 10462
(347) 851-3085

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Grab a Sandwich for Lunch at Buon Appetit Not Far From Avalon West Chelsea

It's getting to be lunchtime and there's not much to eat at Avalon West Chelsea. What you really want is a sandwich, but you don't have any of the ingredients handy. Make the short trip to Buon Appetit Deli Catering and let the folks there handle lunch today. The Astoria eatery serves a spread of sandwiches that can appease just about any appetite

Head to Buon Appetit Deli Catering and pick up a sandwich for dinner. You could, perhaps, stop on your lunch break with a few coworkers. Some of the favorite concoctions here include the chicken and pepperoni, the veal teriyaki, and the meatball marinara on garlic bread. For a lighter bite, check out the wraps and salads on the menu. If you're the type that brings your lunch to work every day or packs the kids' lunches for school, pick up some lunch meat at the deli case. If you're hosting an event, let Buon Appetit Deli Catering handle the food.

Buon Appetit Deli Catering
3612 Ditmars Boulevard
Astoria, NY 11105
(718) 726-6669

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Australia Comes to NYC at Little Collins, not far From Avalon West Chelsea

Named for a constantly bustling street in Melbourne, Australia, Little Collins brings a bit of its muse to Manhattan. It may sit thousands of miles away from Melbourne, but it still pours Counter Culture Coffee the same way Australian baristas do. Customers particularly gravitate toward the espresso drinks, but any of the Australian-style coffee beverages is a good pick.

The coffee would be nothing without some grub to soak it up, though. Little Collins comes to life each weekend for brunch, and if you're lucky enough to snag a table (which probably means you came before 9:30), you can order popular sandwiches like the turkey confit or the chicken schnitzel. Little Collins also serves breakfast and lunch throughout the week, so don't fret if you can't drag yourself out of bed on a Saturday or Sunday.

Little Collins
667 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022
(212) 308-1969

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Il Laboratorio del Gelato: More Than 200 Flavors of Gelato and Sorbet Not Far From Avalon West Chelsea

Those who love a cool snack are certainly in for a treat at Il Laboratorio del Gelato. This New York City shop features more than 200 flavors of gelato and sorbet. This makes things difficult for indecisive sweets lovers, but the good news is that you'll never run out of options here.

The folks who run this place, which isn't far from Avalon West Chelsea, search the globe for inspiration when producing their products. As a result, the menu consists of savory and sweet options. Sure, your more common and everyday flavors are available, but there are also alternatives that you've probably never thought existed. Think avocado, beet, cream cheese, fresh mint, caramel, and basil flavors. Don't overlook the red bean and rice or the wasabi. How's that for unique? The creativity doesn't stop there. Try the Kahlua, Sambuca, or Guinness flavored treats.

Il Laboratorio del Gelato
188 Ludlow Street
New York, NY 10002
(212) 343-9922

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