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Work is sending me to the Bronx in early August. Any recommendations [especially for breakfast & lunch] would be appreciated.

The Bronx is a kind of a big place. I do not know where you will be, but you may want to try and make your way over to Arthur Avenue. I have not been, so I do not have any specific recommendations, but I have heard good things. Here is a link to a New York Times article.

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Having grown up in the NY metro area I heard a lot of positive comments about little Italy in the Bronx.  I still hear it.  Sad to say I never got to any of its restaurants.  I grew up in Jersey..and way south of the GW bridge so except for the Yankees I didn't get to the Bronx much, but I was surprised to hear about how great it was from a wide variety of people

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The Bronx Zoo is great.  We'll be there this Friday, as we're members but haven't yet been this year.  As for where to eat, the Arthur Ave places seem to be fine choices (haven't been for years) but I thought that I'd just mention that they are a 25-30 minute drive north from where you're staying.  Its actually a shorter or equal ride over to upper Manhattan.  Any of the Harlem places (Sylvia's, Red Rooster, Amy Ruth's or even Dinosaur BBQ all the way on the west side) are in that same time frame.  

Come to think of it, all of Astoria, Queens' places are closer to your hotel as well. 

eta: unless, of course, you go to dinner directly from the zoo.  Then, you're only 10 minutes away.

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Right now the plan is drive from DC to the Cloisters on Saturday, then check in at the Opera House Hotel.  I was having a really hard time finding a place to eat around the hotel.  Finally booked at Beatstro - it's walkable.  Sunday we'll go to the zoo, and if we have time, the botanical garden as well.  Then we'll check out Little Italy and have dinner at Mario's (where I look forward trying tripe Livornese).  We'll be parking at the Southern Blvd lot.  Any idea whether we have get out of the lot by 5 p.m. when the zoo closes?  I was hoping to keep the car in the lot while we have dinner.  

ETA:  Just read that Mott Haven isn't particularly safe.  Canceled Opera House Hotel and Beatstro.  Staying at The Edge Hotel in Washington Heights instead.

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Loved the Cloisters.  It’s a great collection of European cloisters moved to the Bronx.  The unicorn tapestries are the most complete and informative that I’ve seen. Dinner was at Manolo’s Tapas.  It’s faux finished to look like a tavern in Spain and the food is quite good.  I really enjoyed the Madrid tripe stew.  The tortilla espanola was too eggy for me. We also had nicely grilled langoustines, clams with green sauce, and serano ham with artichoke hearts.  Service was excellen, on the formal side.

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