Metropolitan Cafe


This is one of those kinds of places where you could take your visiting parents, pick up the check and everyone will be happy. The sprawling, wood restaurant is rather unassuming, but pleasant, and has a great back patio where you can watch police dust for fingerprints in the overhanging tenement buildings. The food is pretty much standard fare for an American cafe-type restaurant, complete with chicken Caesars and burgers. If you happen to be hanging around this part of town, drop in for a relaxing meal in a place that could exist practically anywhere. [MF]

959 1st Ave.