Sweet, Sweet Justice

Written by Regan Hofmann on . Posted in Breaking News, Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink, News Our Town Downtown, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, West Side Spirit

New York street vendors team up with local farmers for a truly delicious cause If you care about food politics in this town, most likely you fall into one of two camps: the local, sustainable, 50-mile-diet types or the ethnic representation, “give me authenticity or give me death” boosters. Frankly, even if you had secret [&hellip
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Why Is Kosher Wine So Bad?

Written by Josh Perilo on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, The Penniless Epicure, West Side Spirit

Jewish wines that are delicious and complex do exist Passover has come and gone already this year, but if there’s one question that I get more than any other from my fellow Jews, it is this: “Why is kosher wine so bad?” It could almost be added as the fifth question in the Passover haggadah. [&hellip
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Around the World on the Upper West Side

Written by Regan Hofmann on . Posted in Breaking News, Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink, West Side Spirit

Gastronomie 491’s curated shelves are a labor of love By all rights, Nicole Ahronee should weigh 400 pounds. Walking through the aisles of Gastronomie 491 (491 Columbus Ave., betw. 83rd & 84th Sts., www.gastronomie491.com), the marketplace she recently opened on the Upper West Side, she has something to say about every single product on the [&hellip
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Reds That Double as Whites

Written by Josh Perilo on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, The Penniless Epicure, West Side Spirit

wineglass Vino rojo that’s as light and refreshing as springtime We’re in that weird period now in New York City weather; it isn’t cold, but it isn’t hot. In most areas of the country, the weather professionals would refer to this as “spring.” That season, however, does not exist in New York City. Instead, we have [&hellip
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Get ‘Em While It’s (Not So) Hot

Written by Regan Hofmann on . Posted in Breaking News, Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink

New York’s elusive springtime deserves its own set of treats It is way too early to be thinking about the summer. It’s mid-April—taxes are behind us, Memorial Day looms far off on the horizon and you can’t walk past a garden in bloom without stopping to exclaim, like a 4-year-old, “Flowers! Pretty!” No way is [&hellip
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Night Moves: TAP-NY’s first annual Night Market brings Taiwanese street food to the masses

Written by Regan Hofmann on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Lifestyle, Our Town

The New York hierarchy of Chinese food is as follows: Cantonese, Sichuan, everything else. Seems impossible, given the size of the country and the diversity of its regional cooking styles, but unless you dig deep into the Flushing, Queens, pedagogy, most people don’t know their Henan from their Hunan, their Dongbei from their Fujian. Lost [&hellip
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A Market for All Seasons

Written by Regan Hofmann on . Posted in Arts & Film, Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink, Our Town, The Penniless Epicure, West Side Spirit

Épicerie Boulud fills every niche for the Upper West Side The avenues of the Upper West Side, in spots, can feel like someone dropped the Mall of America in the Grand Canyon, a wide-open valley of enormous glass-fronted chain shops and banks. And while elected officials and community members work to change zoning restrictions to [&hellip
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Mixing and Matching Wine and Food

Written by Josh Perilo on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink, Our Town, The Penniless Epicure, West Side Spirit

From blue cheese to spicy vindaloo, finding that perfect vino match A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a bit about the basics of pairing wine with food. I received a lot of questions from friends who read the column and wanted more specifics, so this week I’m going to expand on some of the [&hellip
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