My New Book—Ice Cream: A Global History

Upper West Side Restaurant Opening: Indian Eatery Aangan Opens on Broadway and 103rd Street

If you go to Aangan, an airy new Indian eatery on Broadway and 103rd Street, go for the goat. Open since August, the 36-seat spot is strategically placed on a block that borders Morningside Heights, the better to attract Upper West Siders and the Columbia student crowd. With sleek decor that’s a calming combination of [...]

Union Square and Grammercy: Two Good Lunch Spots

I’m always looking for cheap lunch spots to get a bite with friends. During the last couple of days, I wound up at two satisfying eateries. Pongal, an Indian spot on Lexington, along the strip of Indian eateries that dominates the portion of Lex spanning 26th through 28th, was definitely a notch above the generally [...]

Film Loses, So Does Food

Last night, we went to the movies with some friends to see “Children of Men” at the Lincoln Square Theater. An apocalyptic, violent film, set in the year 2027, it describes a grim world beset by hopelessness and endless pain and suffering. Good thing we ate beforehand; the film would have completely trashed my appetite. [...]