THERAPY IN A CARDBOARD CUP

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“Life’s problems are often eased by hot, milky drinks,” wrote the British novelist Barbara Pym, and I’d amend that to add, “and chicken noodle soup.” My mother called her version “happiness soup,” and indeed it was—redolent of parsnip, carrots and strips of gently simmered chicken. We slurped it up and, inexplicably, floated zwieback teething biscuits [&hellip
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One Great Plate: Vietnamese Bouillabaisse

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve walked past Indochine without ever going inside dozens or even hundreds of times during its 24 years. I came close, once, during the holiday blizzard of 1996, but my companion took one look at the menu and grumbled “Too expensive.” I looked at our snow-stained pant cuffs, weathered sweatshirts [&hellip
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A BIG PLACE FOR A BIG DINNER

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Steakhouses long ago earned a very special place in the hearts of New Yorkers, and the way new ones are appearing practically every week, that love shows no signs of waning. In July 2005, Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse arrived in its enviable location just a block-and-a-half from Grand Central Station. But the restaurant feels as [&hellip
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CORNBREAD CONUNDRUM

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It’s the time of year when parents of young children are forced to eat cold crumbly cornbread at annual Thanksgiving potlucks in schools across the country. While I’m thankful for the giving spirit in which these events are staged, the food lover in me dreads them. My British husband goes so far as to call [&hellip
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PRIMO PAN-LATIN

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Oddly, for a city with such a large Hispanic population, there is a dearth of really good Latin restaurants. With the arrival of the vibrant and scrumptious Yerba Buena, additional Latin restaurants would seem superfluous. In a romantically lit intimate space that seats 46, Yerba Buena (which means “good herb”) showcases the robust pan-Latin cookery [&hellip
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THE NOSE KNOWS

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Inhaling the heady mix of yeast, spices, coffee and herbs in Silver Moon Bakery, it is impossible not to break into a goofy smile. On Mondays, the bakery is particularly fragrant due to the creation of its za’atar pita ($4), a specialty bread. Available only on Mondays, this sourdough pita is covered with a thick [&hellip
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SLEEK AMERICAN SEASONAL

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Over the last few decades, there have been countless major changes in my neighborhood—the East Village, as it is now called—but few have startled me more than the transformation of a nearby rundown Laundromat into Apiary, a sleek and happening restaurant. Chef/partner Neil Manacle and managing partner Jenny Moon brought in the French luxury furniture [&hellip
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