Eating Options in Midtown Manhattan

There are many reasons to hate midtown Manhattan. And I can only think of a handful of reasons to actually love it: MoMA, Carnegie Hall, and the Radio City Music Hall. Plus, it’s a tourist magnet, which keeps all those people away from our beloved neighborhoods. Fortunately my concert sojourns, as rare as they may […]

Deep Fried Bacon

Yup, deep-fried bacon…just like Jesus intended. Lightly breaded bacon, slithered onto a stick, and gently nestled into a golden pool of boiling fat. That’s just one of the many treats available at La Marqueta, the open-air market in Spanish Harlem. Every Sunday, starting at noon, an eclectic collection of food vendors gathers at Vendy Plaza, […]

There is a Swine in Spanish Harlem

Well, I’m sure you can find a rose as well, but I’m talking about La Marqueta here. And specifically Vendy Plaza, a delightfully swine-centric event. La Marqueta is a market under the Metro-North elevated rail line along the median of Park Avenue between 111th and 116th Streets in Spanish Harlem. It originated in the 1930s, as […]

The Death of the Chocolate Bar

I have long been a fan of the Chocolate Bar, Alison Nelson’s store/café on Eighth Avenue between West 12th and Jane. But when I learned that they were closing, citing a dip in business due to construction on their street, I was downright pissed. Yes, it’s tough as hell to run a business in this town. […]

Tasty Eats & Artistic Treats

Do you remember me blathering on about Madison Square Eats? Well the mini-food fest in the heart of New York City is back this September. You can get your grub on from 11 AM to 9 PM daily through Oct. 2. It’s located just off Madison Square Park, where Broadway, Fifth Avenue, and 25th Street meet. […]

Dough Loco: The Doughnut As A Meal

Since I penned the definitive guide to doughnuts in New York City, my own neighborhood has been blessed with the addition of a gourmet doughnut shop. Dough Loco is located on the east side of Park Avenue, between 97th and 98th Streets. It’s run by the same wonderful folks that brought UpYor, as I like to […]

Delaney BBQ on the High Line at Chelsea Market

I enjoyed their pulled pork and fried chicken tacos at Madison Square Eats last summer, so I decided to try Delaney Barbecue’s operation on the High Line. Dubbed Smokeline, it’s basically a stall nestled among a few others that recently opened for the summer season on the section of the elevated park near Chelsea Market. […]

Pork Belly on a Stick

I never thought I’d utter the phrase “I guess I’ll have to settle for the pork belly,” and with a tone of disappointment in my voice. But I did just that a few weeks back at Smorgasburg (the final DUMBO day, before it abandoned the Tobacco Warehouse for an empty lot down by Pier 5), […]

El Boarrio in El Barrio

October afternoons don’t get much better than this. It started with a brisk walk into East Harlem, which is also known as Spanish Harlem, or El Barrio. Winding along a trail of De La Vega sidewalk art, I arrived at La Marqueta, an outdoor market at 116th Street and Park Avenue. I came for pig. […]

Madison Square Eats

If you’ve ever found yourself near Madison Square in New York City, food probably wasn’t on your mind. Yes, Madison Square Park is home to the original Shake Shack, which has since popped up in more convenient – and more comfortable – locations. And there have been a few fancy restaurants in the area, but […]