Located just west of downtown Providence, Federal Hill offers some of the finest Italian food in New England that comes from its thriving Italian population and tradition. Although on the expensive side, Federal Hill cuisine is authentic and sure to please even the most refined Italian palates. Taking a minute to look at a few menus online may score you fine dining cuisine without necessarily the fine dining price.
The Jewelry District is an up-and-coming area that has become a prime location for new business and rising culinary talent. Expect some of the newer foodie type locales to be on the pricier side. Check out CAV Restaurant, a local new American favorite serving a loaded menu and art for sale.
The Providence Place Mall offers reliable but mostly chain-type restaurants in close proximity to each other, offering a picky family or an indecisive group to please all of their palates at an affordable price. Close to the mall is a Capital Grill and similar independent establishments that are on the more expensive side, but of equally high caliber.
North Hope Street just north of the College Hill area is a more inexpensive area offering eating holes to satisfy cravings for a variety of ethnic foods including Indian, Italian and Asian. Pizzico is an excellent Italian spot fitting for a special occasion or date and Apsara’s is a pan-Asian BYOB joint with rock-bottom prices.
Wickendon Street restaurants are another cheap-eating haven frequented by college students for their prices and oftentimes BYOB status. Like North Hope, Wickendon can boast ethnic cuisine, but Japanese joints Sakura and Tokyo are probably the most popular. Since Wickendon is so close to a college, saki bombs and scorpion bowls are common and frequent at places with a liquor license. Considering it can get pretty rowdy, Wickendon is probably best suited for the young and young at heart, at least during peak hours.
The Thayer Street restaurants atop College Hill are popular among college students, and some of its high quality places attract the greater Providence population. Paragon serves new takes on all-American classics at a level you wouldn’t necessarily expect from a restaurant smacked between pizza and burger joints. Paragon is on the pricier side, but cheap food is not far since after all, Thayer is the main artery of a college. Hot dogs, burgers, pizza, falafel, dumplings and ice cream are all available at your fingertips along Thayer and its side streets. And don’t fear if you wind up partying with Brown students later than you expected – many of these digs are open late night.
Many restaurants in the Providence area do not have liquor licenses due to restrictions, so many of these establishments are BYOB. Grab a couple bottles of wine at a liquor store to drink on the cheap, but keep in mind the day of the week since many liquor stores in New England are traditionally closed on Sundays.
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