Ryan Hardy and Robert Bohr are two of the most hospitable and generous people I have ever met. Paige and I worked at their restaurant, Charlie Bird this past year. CB embodies their gracious spirits and good natures. There are so many places that Paige and I will miss in NYC, but as we fly to LA, and then to Thailand, we would be remiss in not paying homage to our beloved CB and the men who make it what it is.Read More
There are very few places left in NYC that recall pre-gentrified NY. The days when pornography was being sold freely on the streets, a coffee was 25 cents, and most of Brooklyn wasn't really safe for out-of-towners are all but gone. Corner Bistro is one of those places, and it’s thriving at it’s original location in the west village. This old-school, dark wood, no-frills bar is packed everyday with people looking for a cheap drink and a great burger.Read More
Pino's La Forchetta Pizza opened in 1962 in Park Slope, Brooklyn on 7th Ave. It is located across the street from P.S. 321, the iconic elementary school in Park Slope. When my mother attended 321 in the sixties, third graders were allowed to go across the street once a week and have a slice for lunch. When I attended in the nineties, the rule was still the same. The first time walking into Pino's as an eight year old, on your own, with slice money in hand, is a memory thousands of Brooklyn natives will never forget.Read More
The one place I never miss when I come to Chinatown to eat is Prosperity Dumpling. I have been devouring pork and chive dumplings here for the last ten years. Even though it's a small, crappy-looking, greasy shack, I have been bringing dates, out-of-towners and whoever I could convince to come along for the ride.Read More
NYC is one of the most visited cities in the world. It is a city equally important for pleasure seekers, business people, and those who are looking for a new beginning. But, hell, I could wax poetic all day about the essence of NYC, here is the point: after 27 years of living here I am leaving to move across the world in just two weeks!
Anyone reading this who knows New York also knows that New Yorkers are obsessed with their spots. You know, the Chinatown spot, or the doughnut spot, the 24 hour spot. Whatever type of place it may be, over the years these places start to define our experience as much as the good friends we take there. So, in an attempt to say an appropriate goodbye to New York, I present to you the "Peace New York" series; a salute to the places in New York that I will miss dearly. In this way, I can share my spots with my good friends (you) one last time before departing.
In NYC, I am most captivated by the beauty of this city and the people in it. The Green Market at Union Square is one of those places: the surrounding architecture, farm stands with piles of produce, flowers, fresh fish, and a sky framing the buildings; New Yorkers walk at a slower pace than usual here.Read More