My New Book—Ice Cream: A Global History

West Village Restaurant: La Palapa for Tasty Mexican

If you’re looking for a low-key place to sample authentic Mexican cooking, La Palapa is just the ticket.
No one asked if we wanted our guacamole spicy, but that’s what we got. It was fresh and filled with flavor. The standout dish was Tamal de Rajas con Queso Cotija Anejo y Pipian Verde. [...]

Upper West Side: Two New Restaurants

The New York Times reported yesterday that a couple of new eateries are opening in the ‘hood. One makes me happy. One makes me sad.
A new Viennese-style coffee house and wine bar will open in the space that was occupied by Maya Schaper Cheese & Antiques. I’ve spent many afternoons browsing [...]

Upper West Side Wine Bar: Artevino Hides Its Identity

When you call Arte Cafe, the Italian restaurant around the corner on 73rd Street at Columbus that spawned Artevino, they’ll tell you the diminutive wine bar is located “around the corner from our restaurant.”
You’d think they want to keep the place a secret. But regardless, lots of Upper West Siders have found the [...]

Upper West Side Coffee Spot: Georgia’s Bake Shop for Dairy-Free Cappuccino

When Georgia’s opened a couple of years ago on the corner of 90th and Broadway, no one in the ‘hood thought the place would make it. Too fancy. Too far uptown.
My, how times have changed! On a recent Saturday morning, the place was crawling with the stroller set, the young and [...]

Upper East Side: El Paso Taqueria is a Small Slice of Mexico…or Maybe Queens?

When we want authentic ethnic eats, we head for Queens. No question, there are tons of eateries in the borough that deliver outstanding cheap eats.
But we can’t always make it across the East River. So we stopped into El Paso Taqueria, which is situated on East 97th Street off Park, and apparently close [...]