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…

Midtown Snack: Broadway Bites pop-up market

Midtown Snack: Broadway Bites pop-up market

If you find yourself near Greeley Square Park, where 34th Street intersects with both Broadway and 6th Ave (right across the street from Macy’s), make some time to check out Broadway Bites, a pop-up culinary market that’s like a who’s who of New York’s most buzzed-about food trucks and restaurants. There’s Mexicue, makers of delicious tacos and pulled-pork sliders with Southern flavors, Red Hook Lobster Pound, makers of fresh-from-Maine lobster rolls, and (OMG!) Roberta’s, makers of high-low pizzas that have captivated Brooklyn hipsters and food critics alike. It will be…

Suds in the City

Suds in the City

Lately I’ve been thinking about the scents I associate with New York. There’s the infamous “eau de garbage,” which wafts malodorously from many a street corner, especially in the dead of summer. And then there’s the uplifting smell of fresh laundry that hits you unexpectedly as you walk by the side of a building. New York is a place of contrasts, even for the nose. In her unforgettable essay Goodbye to All That, Joan Didion remembered smelling “lilac and garbage and expensive perfume.” These thoughts on scent are tied to…

The New Face of 8th Street

The New Face of 8th Street

These things happen in New York; one day you walk down a street  you haven’t visited in a while, and it looks completely different. The stretch of 8th Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue in Greenwich Village used to be known, somewhat disparagingly, as “shoe alley.” It was filled with kitschy bazaars and discount shoe stores, and it wasn’t a particularly attractive lane. Quite suddenly, it became home to a handful of high-end restaurants, coffee shops, bars, and a brand new hotel by none other than Sean McPherson, the man…