A Year In New York

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Day 123: Down Home on the Upper East

October 30th, 2008 · 4 Comments

When your fiancée is a Hindu who doesn’t eat red meat, a dinner of Texas barbecue is not the easiest sell. I wheedled Joo in the door tonight with the promise of a turkey burger. We didn’t regret it. Dallas BBQ, on Third Avenue between 72nd and 73rd, has a neon sign and paper placemats […]

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Tags: Dining · Sights & Scenes · Why I Love This Town

Day 80: Pickle Day: A Moment in Brine

September 15th, 2008 · 6 Comments

Yesterday the foodies converged on the Lower East Side for International Pickle Day. What, you missed it? I went by the merest coincidence and found that thousands of people had beat me to it, strolling Orchard Street in the sun and stabbing at the sample trays with toothpicks. A jazzy trio played. Sales of pickle-themed […]

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Day 55: A City of Strangers

August 20th, 2008 · 3 Comments

On my first night in San Francisco I wait at a taco joint, and while people in line watch the cook sizzle up some carne asada, I watch the people. I turn to my friend Sherm. “You know what it is about Californians?” I said to him.

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Tags: Dining · East Coast v. West Coast · Sights & Scenes

Day 52: Overcrowded

August 17th, 2008 · 7 Comments

It is 1 a.m. and Joo and I are eating mozzarella sticks outside at a burger joint called Jackson Hole when I feel woozy all the sudden. There isn’t enough air to breathe. The miniskirt girls clomp down the sidewalk, talking too loud, and 2nd Avenue is a yellow river of taxis that are moving […]

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Tags: Dining · Sights & Scenes · Why I Hate This Town

Day 44: Wine Stopper

August 9th, 2008 · No Comments

Just after dark, with the heat still radiating from the pavement, I met my lady Joo at a Second Avenue wine bar called Vino. “One drink?” I asked. “One drink,” she said firmly. Enjoying New York on a budget is something we’ve been doing with little success, and we are trying a new strategy. Linger […]

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Tags: Dining · Sights & Scenes · Urban Survival

Day 36: Having Just Missed the Party

August 1st, 2008 · 2 Comments

This evening I unexpectedly find myself at dinner on the Lower East Side with a columnist for a big New York magazine and his girlfriend. (Don’t ask.) There had been no warning, no time to prepare. I smile and nod gamely over the eggplant lasagna and wish I’d shaved, or combed my hair, or gotten […]

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Tags: Dining · Personalities · Schmoozing · The Rat Race · Why I Hate This Town

Day 33: Oy, the Knish!

July 29th, 2008 · 2 Comments

In  California, the knish is the only well-known cuisine of New York that no one tries to sell you. Bakeries like Noah’s purport to make New York bagels and corner pizzerias make New-York-style pies, but until today I had never even laid eyes on a knish. What I did know is that knishes are Jewish, […]

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Tags: Dining · East Coast v. West Coast · Personalities · Sights & Scenes · Why I Love This Town

Day 12: The First New York Nosh

July 8th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Seeing as I don’t yet have any Jewish friends in New York, I airlifted my Jewish friends Ariel and Seth from Portland, Oregon, to give me some quick tips. Lounging on the couch they taught me some Yiddish, like “schvitz” (which means “sweat”) and “schmate” (which means rag ), and then this morning they introduced […]

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Tags: Dining · East Coast v. West Coast · Why I Love This Town

Day 11: In the Company of Strangers

July 7th, 2008 · 1 Comment

You’re at a wine bar called Buceo 95 on the Upper West Side, the kind of place with red lounge lamps suspended from the ceiling, and it comes time for everyone at the table to boast or lie about what they do for a living.

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Tags: Dining · Schmoozing · The Rat Race · Why I Hate This Town

Day 10: A Sandwich to Die For

July 6th, 2008 · 3 Comments

I found myself in Gramercy and it was such a nice evening that I decided to walk to my next destination on East 68th Street. That’s about 47 blocks. On foot you realize how big the island of Manhattan really is. Forty-seven blocks is roughly the length of Central Park, and Central Park, for all […]

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