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Follow Me, Freshman

Seniors from four local universities tell incoming freshmen— and anyone else who likes a good deal—where to eat, shop, and hang out on the cheap.



Fordham University
The Bronx

Hot Restaurant
“The vibe at Zero Otto Nove (2357 Arthur Ave., nr. 186th St.; 718-220-1027) is intimate: more like Tuscany than the Bronx. Great wine and brick-oven pizza (from $9.95)—plus Nutella pizza for dessert.”

Blow off Steam
“There are essentially three main campus bars, called the Tri-bar. Howl at the Moon (585 E. 189th St., nr. Arthur Ave.; 718-561-7694) has live music. Mugzs (2476 Arthur Ave., at 189th St.; 718-364-8238) gets a ton of frat guys; the floor is always sticky with beer. And then there’s Ziggy’s (601 E. 189th St., at Arthur Ave.; 718-562-3711), a basic sports bar. ”

Local Delicacy
Borgatti’s Ravioli & Egg Noodles (632 E. 187th St., nr. Hughes Ave.; 718-367-3799) makes amazing fresh tagliatelle ($2 a pound), but the cavatelli is delicious as well. Get some for when you go home to your family.”

Food Provisions
“There’s a lot of older Italian men running delis and espresso bars at the Arthur Avenue Retail Market (2344 Arthur Ave., nr. Crescent Ave.; 718-295-5033). Get the grilled-chicken sandwich with roasted peppers, mozzarella, and balsamic dressing ($6.50) at Mike’s Deli.”

The Happening Bar
“MoGridder’s (632 E. 186th St., at Belmont Ave.; 347-270-9850) was open last semester only as a delivery spot. It just got its liquor license. Great barbecued wings ($6).”

Escape the City
The New York Botanical Garden (Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Rd.; 718-220-0300) is right across from campus. You won’t necessarily know what you’re looking at, but it’s relaxing.”

Sunday Brunch
“You’ll always find students at M&G Restaurant (2390 Arthur Ave., nr. 187th St.; 718-584-3788) in their pj’s or scrubs after a hard night out. My friends get the grilled cheese ($2.75).”

Late-Night Munchies
“Even at 4 a.m., the pizza ($2.50 a slice) at Pugsley (590 E. 191st St., nr. Hoffman St.; 718-365-0327) turns over fast, so it’s always fresh.”

Dry Cleaner
“Clean House Super Laundromat (2429 Arthur Ave. nr. East 188th St.; 718-329-3175) has a good student deal: 10 percent off if you pay up front.”

“A 24 Hour Fitness (400 E. Fordham Rd., at Webster Ave.; 718-924-2994) opened in March across the street from campus. Most of the equipment is brand-new.”

Liquor Emporium
“Mt. Carmel Wine & Spirits (609 E. 187th St., nr. Arthur Ave.; 718-367-7833) sells a good, inexpensive red Zinfandel called Le Sciare ($8.99). On Saturdays, tastings are held from 1 to 5 p.m.”

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