Care for a flat white? Head to NYC’s Bluestone Lane

Care for a flat white? Head to NYC’s Bluestone Lane

Have you seen the miniseries Top of the Lake? It’s a fantastic murder mystery set in New Zealand, starring the talented Elizabeth Moss (Peggy on Mad Men) and the even-more-talented Holly Hunter. Anyway, Elizabeth Moss’ character orders a lot of “flat whites” at the local coffee shop. I had never heard of this drink before, and naturally I was curious. It turns out that the flat white is a cross between a latte and a cappuccino, and it’s damn good. To avoid alienating any baristas, I’ll try to explain it…

Delicious, fresh Italian ice cream in NYC

Delicious, fresh Italian ice cream in NYC

It’s hard to savor anything when it’s 15 degrees outside. Or maybe that’s just me. But the good news is that Savoring New York has ended its winter hiatus. And it did it with ice cream- how else? For the first time in 2015, I was in the mood for an ice cream cone this week, so I headed to Gelato Giusto, a lovely new shop in Chelsea that serves delicious, ultra-fresh ice cream made fresh every morning. Their ingredients are carefully selected and ingeniously combined. I loved the ginger…

Best Pizza in New York: Marta

Best Pizza in New York: Marta

I’m being a little deceitful here, because no pizza in New York can be called THE best. There are so many fantastic pizzerias in the city, from pick-a-slice counters to upscale restaurants whose brick ovens were imported from Napoli. But right now, Marta serves some of the tastiest and most coveted super-thin pies in Manhattan. Opened five months ago by Danny Meyer, the high-profile restaurateur behind Gramercy Tavern, The Modern (inside MoMA) and Shake Shack, this spacious and graciously decorated Italian spot became an overnight success. Even thought Meyer has…

Christmas dinner in NYC: top last-minute picks

Christmas dinner in NYC: top last-minute picks

IF, like it happened to me, your Christmas Eve plans were suddenly cancelled (Egad!), there’s still time to find a charming restaurant where you can have a meal fit for the occasion, with great atmosphere, fine food, and plenty of champagne. Cherche Midi The latest venture by one of New York City’s most famous restaurateurs, Keith McNally (owner of Balthazar, Morandi, Schiller’s Liquor Bar, and the late Pastis). Cherche Midi was instantly adopted as a go-to French bistro by discerning Manhattanites. The steak frites is excellent, served with an ultra…

Inside Cosme, one of Manhattan’s best new restaurants

Inside Cosme, one of Manhattan’s best new restaurants

A couple of weeks ago I got to try out a few dishes at the ultra-popular Cosme, a new spot opened by the Mexican chef Enrique Olvera. Cosme was one of the most anticipated restaurants of the year, given that Mr. Olvera’s fine dining establishment in Mexico City, Pujol, has been named one of the best in the world by the prestigious San Pellegrino ranking. I was a little skeptical about all the buzz, since food bloggers and glossy magazines can sometimes be a little too enthusiastic about everything that’s…

A little taste of Paris in New York

A little taste of Paris in New York

I recently returned from Paris, where every day I had either a pain au chocolat, tartine, canelé, or financier. I thought I’d develop an aversion to sugar, since I don’t have a strong sweet tooth, but I didn’t. It’s not the same to eat a croissant in Midtown than in St. Germain des Près, of course, but there are some very good French patisseries in New York. One of the best is Pomme Palais, a cheerful and stylish food shop inside the recently renovated New York Palace hotel on Madison…

The New Manhattan (Avenue)

The New Manhattan (Avenue)

Seven years ago, I lived in Greenpoint for a short while. Two friends of mine had gone away to travel the world, leaving their one-bedroom apartment on the neighborhood’s main drag, Manhattan Avenue, empty. I needed a sublet, so I packed my bags and headed to the north side of Brooklyn. That sojourn turned out to be truly gratifying, mostly because I immediately felt at home in Greenpoint, a mostly Polish, middle-class enclave that was friendly and provincial in a great way. The seeds of gentrification were already sprouting. Here…