My New Book—Ice Cream: A Global History

Which Restaurants Are Open Christmas Day on the Upper West Side and Elsewhere in New York

By j.o.h.n. walker via Flickr. Your Aunt Tilly doesn’t feel like cooking her usual Christmas feast. And you don’t relish the stress of pulling it all together. For one, there’s the shopping marathon. Then there’s the need to cater to a variety of food allergies and sensitivities. This one doesn’t eat dairy. That one is [...]

Upper West Side: China Fun’s Delivery Diva Sings for Your Supper

Take-out for a song?  That’s what a delivery man from China Fun’s Upper West Side outpost provides.  He sings Beijing opera arias while handing over your chicken with broccoli. Watch him warble on Brick Underground. Tweet

Summer Cocktails in New York Are Spilling Over Everywhere

Cocktails are very of the moment. Everyone, it seems, is rediscovering Prohibition-era drinks. At the Museum of the City of New York, which is launching Speakeasy at 1220 Fifth, they’re offering up a free drink with your paid admission. Did you know that from 1926-1932, the city’s speakeasy count topped 32,000 establishments? Then, there are [...]

Chinatown/Lower East Side: Vanessa’s Dumpling House

It’s hard to spend more than $10 on a meal at Vanessa’s Dumpling House on Eldridge St on the Lower East Side. You’re not going to want to linger in this place.  It’s spare, dingy and cramped with a few rickety tables pushed close together and a narrow counter where you can huddle with your [...]

Manhattan and Queens: No Good Chinese in NYC?

Raymond Sokolov , the Wall Street Journal’s outstanding food critic, writes that there is simply no good Chinese food in New York. Not in Manhattan. Not in Flushing. He cites a couple of exceptions, including Shun Lee West near Lincoln Center and Wu Liang Ye, close by Rockefeller Center. There are also Spicy and Tasty [...]