My New Book—Ice Cream: A Global History

A New Westside Market Opens on Broadway on the Upper West Side

The newest Westside Market opened today on Broadway at 97th Street, and Upper West Side food shoppers thronged the store for a first look at the produce, the prepared foods and the salad bar.

The neighbors seemed mostly pleased, but being New Yorkers, they of course had to kvetch.

People are Tired of Zabar’s, says Gastronomie 491 Owner

Just-opened Upper West Side food specialty shop Gastronomie 491 owner Nicole Ahronee says, “People are tired of going to Zabar’s,” and that they’re eager for an alternative to the 70-plus-year old food emporium. Gastronomie 491, an upscale eat-in and take-out place, is just a few short blocks away from Zabar’s, which is on Broadway at 80th [...]

Gastronomie 491 Food Market and Cafe Opens on Upper West Side

I missed yesterday’s press preview for the opening of the new Upper West Side specialty food store and cafe, Gastronomie 491. But you can get some idea of what the  place is all about  from these photos, supplied by the market’s  publicist.
If you can’t live without items like Sant’ Eustachio coffee or Maisie Jane’s organic almonds and almond [...]

Upper West Side: Truffle Store Comes to the Neighborhood

Truffles?  What ever happened to lox as the delicacy of choice on the Upper West Side?
The neighborhood is going ever more upscale with the opening of Urbani Truffles on West End Avenue at 60th Street. The shop is slated to open sometime in September, says  Vittorio Giordano, Urbani’s VP.
Truffles, of course, come from the Piedmont [...]

Brooklyn Larder vs. Zabars: Gorgeous Food and High Prices or Gorgeous Food and Lower Prices

Brooklyn Larder, a carefully curated Park Slope fine foods shop, is gorgeous to behold. The place is operated by the same folks who run Franny’s, the popular Park Slope pizza spot.
At Brooklyn Larder, there are tantalizing displays of cheese, artfully arranged in a towering mound. There are garlicky ramps to take home (mine [...]