Perhaps there’s nothing wrong with returning to the stalwart comfort food of Chipotle, but there is so much more for a foodie to explore outside the Manhattan bubble. To discover the kind of rich ethnic cuisine that thrives in New York’s boroughs, take a trip out to Jackson Heights in Queens. This non affluent residential area is home to many Indian, Colombian and Mexican immigrants, and you’ll feel more like you’re traveling the world on a roundtrip than you just got out of the most famous island ever.
When I was about twelve or thirteen, I remember watching an episode of my favourite Nickelodeon cartoon, Hey Arnold, entitled “Pigeon Man”, about a mysterious hermit who lived on a New York rooftop with pigeons.
Eric Kayser Bûche de Noël - Almost too pretty to eat but you must! If you find yourself in New York City this holiday season, take your tastebuds on a festive journey to one of my favorite places - Maison Eric Kayser.
This mesmerizing literary novel is written with all the emotional precision and intimacy that have won Hisham Matar tremendous international recognition. In a voice that is delicately wrought and beautifully tender, he asks: When a loved one disappears, how does that absence shape the lives of those who are left?
Nuri is a young boy when his mother dies. It seems that nothing will fill the emptiness her death leaves behind in the Cairo apartment he shares with his father—until they meet Mona, sitting in her yellow swimsuit by the pool of the Magda Marina hotel. As soon as Nuri sees Mona, the rest of the world vanishes. But it is Nuri’s father with whom Mona falls in love and whom she eventually marries. Their happiness consumes Nuri to the point where he wishes his father would disappear. Nuri will, however, soon regret what he’s wished for. When his father, a dissident in exile from his homeland, is abducted under mysterious circumstances, the world that Nuri and his stepmother share is shattered. And soon they begin to realize how little they knew about the man they both loved.
Meyer lemons are back in season, and should be pretty easy to find through March. We called around this morning and they can currently be found at all NYC Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and the Gourmet Garage.
On Tuesday, October 30, the day after the lights went out in downtown New York, the futuristic architect, utopian draftsman, and 72-year-old Cooper Union professor Lebbeus Woods joined the other great paper architects in the sky. Among his vast legacy of seemingly outlandish radical projects was a famous drawing of Lower Manhattan.
Sunday morning with a visit to the art galleries. Sunday morning with a walk along the Highline. Nostalgic Sunday morning of contemplation at the Chelsea Hotel. Sunday morning of fashion with frantic shopping at the MeatPacking District. Pleasantly following advice to brunch at Tipsy Parson. When times are tough, even New Yorkers tend to eat at home and go out less. But what happens when two imaginative restaurant owners in the trendiest quarter of the Big Apple decide to transform their restaurant into a cozy, welcoming place like certain Southern houses? What happens is that the place is always full. Although neither Tasha Gibson nor Julie Wallach are originally from Georgia or Louisiana, they had the bright idea to create a fantasy in perfect Dixieland style, and also the aromas and flavors that actually feed certain fantasies. Indeed the food is as nostalgic as the décor, firmly anchored below the Mason-Dixon Line. The aperitifs at the bar are exactly what a Carolina lady might prepare of a Sunday morning after church. Shrimps and figs, wrapped in bacon, pinned with a toothpick and covered in a bourbon sauce. What can I say, the result is “comfortable” and rustic.
Mrs. Wallach certainly isn’t the queen of casseroles, but here a rough generosity reigns, with no girly frills. Her cooking certainly won’t impress you, but you’ll be ever so heartened by her food.
In the kitchen with Chef Manuel Berganza New York City has countless Spanish restaurants but only Andanada 141 has Chef Manuel Berganza – the first chef in Spain to earn a first-time, two-star Michelin rating.
THE CLANDESTINE CLUB Bathtub Gin (132 Ninth Ave., nr. 19th St.; 646-559-1671) Lampshades and damask wallpaper lean Victorian inside this neo-speakeasy, while pulsing dance music and patrons’ shiny party finery are totally contemporary. try the Sloe Gin Ginger Sling ($15), a sour-sweet mix of cherry heering, apricot liqueur, lime, ginger, and soda.
THE ARTISAN HAUNT The Shanty (79 Richardson St., nr. Lorimer St., Williamsburg; 718-878-3579) The in-house bar of the New York Distilling Company, whose Dorothy Parker American gin is warm with cinnamon and elderberry. try the Sauvetage ($11), made with Dorothy Parker, sweet vermouth, bitters, and grapefruit juice.
THE OLD-WORLD DIVE Gin Palace (95 Ave. A, at 6th St.; 212-614-6818) The El Cobre replacement should open next month in Ravi DeRossi’s Cienfuegos complex. When it does, expect dim, deliberately low-frills surroundings. try the gin-and-tonic ($10): Dorothy Parker with lime and housemade tonic, served carbonated out of a keg.
THE PASTORAL GASTROPUB The Wren (344 Bowery, nr. Great Jones St.; 212-388-0148) Mismatched chairs and country knickknacks may conjure a Herefordshire farmhouse vibe, but the gin-focused cocktails are all city. try the Black & Blue ($12), packed with blackberry jam; blueberry, mulberry, and lime juices; Damrak; and soda.
THE ELEGANT TAPROOM Whitehall (19 Greenwich Ave., nr. W. 10th St.; 212-675-7261) Postwar London informs the streamlined design here, down to the Hyde Park–green benches. The menu boasts a hundred gins—from American craft to Indian. try the No. 3, a gin tipple made with bright sparkling wine and tart-sweet rhubarb jam.
That beacon of false hope in the distance — the somewhat complicated, two-part light system atop taxis — has been banned in favor of a single"on" or "off" signal that should be installed by early 2013. Drunk people of the night now have one less reason to get irrationally angry.
Take a break from Christmas shopping and check out Time Warner Center’s state-of-the-art holiday light display. The spectacle features a dozen 14-foot LED stars that do a colorful “dance,” flashing more than 16.7 million color mixes in time to classic Yuletide tunes. You’ll be so moved, you won’t even care that you maxed out your MasterCard getting Aunt Judy that back massager she’s been wanting. When you're done marveling, don't forget to check out the ten new stores that have recently opened at the TWC.