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Empellon Cocina

Empellon Cocina

230 West Fourth Street, New York, NY I really love the fresh take on Mexican food. The pistachio guacamole is really tasty. Who knew that guacamole could benefit from the rich, crunchy addition of nuts? The masa flatbread is addictive. I literally could have eaten that all night. I love the crab with mango dish (the  Continue Reading »

The Union Square Green Market

The Union Square Green Market

Union Square, NYC I really have to come to the market here at least once a week to feel right in the world. The produce, the farmers and their hard work speaks for itself. I love the warmer seasons for all of the herbs, tomatoes, and strawberries. I also love the colder months for apples,  Continue Reading »

Balthazar Restaurant

Balthazar Restaurant

80 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012, (212) 965-1414 I love this place. I like to sit at the bar and have a glass of Champagne and just enjoy the buzz around me. It feels like New York to me. I won’t even address the bakery next door that has delicious Balthazar breads and pastries. Pure evil  Continue Reading »

Rockaway Taco / DiCosmo’s Italian Ices

Rockaway Taco / DiCosmo’s Italian Ices

95-19 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach, NY 11693, (347) 213-7466 I really love this place. It’s connected to DiCosmo’s Italian Ices which makes the spicy fish taco followed by some super tasty fruit ice a win-win situation. There is always a crowd and a line. There is also a sense of community and a feeling of victory  Continue Reading »

Alleva Dairy

Alleva Dairy

188 Grand Street NYC I love this old school joint. One of my favorites where the traditions of Little Italy can still be felt walking into the store. I love their ricotta and fresh mozzarella. The textures and tastes of their house made dairy products are really sublime. I love to cook with them or  Continue Reading »

Ferrara Bakery

Ferrara Bakery

195 Grand Street NYC They have an oven in the back that is older than my grandmother (and just as impressive looking). I think that old oven that the Sessa family works so hard to maintain positively touches every pastry it bakes. The Sfogliatella and many other pastries represent a dying art of Italian pastries  Continue Reading »

Di Palo’s

Di Palo’s

200 Grand Street NYC I get the same feeling when I walk down the block from Alleva Dairy and literally fall into Di Palo’s. While they don’t make sandwiches, they have all the trappings for the most incredible sandwiches. Prosciutto, Italian bread…They also have some more specialized products like the candied citrus from Italy that  Continue Reading »

Bergamote

Bergamote

177 Ninth Avenue, NYC My daughter and I call this place “the special café” and it feels like just that. I love the French onion soup and the goat cheese salad. The real stars are the croissant and fruit tarts. They are sublime. When I take a bite of the blueberry tart, for example, I  Continue Reading »

The Doughnut Pub

The Doughnut Pub

203 West 14th St NYC The Doughnut Pub is really where I like to go. And mostly in more “off” hours. I sit at the Formica counter and nibble on a cinnamon cruller with a cup of coffee. I feel like you can faintly hear the buzz of old neon signs. Maybe I imagined that.  Continue Reading »

Sullivan Street Bakery

Sullivan Street Bakery

236 Ninth Avenue Living in Paris for many years, I would go from one end of the city to the other searching for delicious bread. And I often found it. In many forms. I love to do the same in NYC. With Sullivan Street bakery, I keep “dating” other bakeries (like esteemed and delicious Balthazar  Continue Reading »