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The Hamptons: Alec Baldwin and Neighbors Feast at Peconic Land Trust Quail Hill Farm Event

Alec Baldwin, looking a bit ruddier and beefier than the suave Jack Donaghy on 30 Rock, sat amidst friends and neighbors at an event Saturday night to support Quail Hill Farm, the Peconic Land Trust’s 30-acre tract in Amagansett. Baldwin is a major supporter of the event. East End dining hot spots like Nick and [...]

Upper West Side: Super Tacos Truck is Back on 96th Street

Super Tacos, the truck with the to-die-for mole poblamo, is back on its home turf at 96th Street just west of Broadway. While the new subway station was being built, the truck was banished to Amsterdam Ave., but now it’s been restored to its rightful home. Bueno!

Upper West Side: Whole Foods’ First Birthday Party at Columbus and 97th St. Store

Whole Foods fans—the store’s celebrating its first birthday Friday.  There’s cake too.  And “local” Upper West Side foods, whatever that means. Here’s the announcement: This Friday marks the 1-year anniversary for the opening of Whole Foods Market on the Upper West Side. To celebrate our birthday, we’re inviting the neighborhood to come commemorate with a [...]

Hot Dog Recipes: Three For Labor Day or Any Time

These recipes for hot dogs have a twist, drawing special flavors and ingredients from other food cultures, like Vietnam and Portugal. There’s also one for a good old American corn dog.  All three are perfect for Labor Day—or any time. The Banh Mi Dog, the Cataplana Dog and the Iowa State Fair Corn Dog were [...]

Upper West Side Restaurants: Falafel, Druze Restaurants Turn Neighborhood Into a Middle Eastern Mecca

If you want falafel or maybe something more exotic from the Middle East, the Upper West Side is sprouting an array of joints to help you sample cuisines from around the region. Soom Soom, which opened recently on 72nd Street just east of Broadway is a falafel lovers delight. The golden orbs are perfectly fried, [...]