Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Saturday, November 01, 2014
Sunday, October 05, 2014
Before the Sichuan explosion of the 2010's, there was Famous Sichuan, a small, dark, modest spot in Chinatown serving up solid versions of Sichuan standards. One of our favorites, the Chong Qing chicken, comes with a welcome heaping of garlic, and the dry sautéed shredded potatoes, another mainstay, riff on the usual version by adding deep-fried crunch. While the wontons in red oil were just ok, the fried vegetable dumplings --- hardly a Sichuan specialty -- stand with the best in town.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Zenon Taverna is the kind of place where your server chatters to your baby in Greek, where she brings out plate after plate of small dishes to let you sample the best in Cypriot and Greek cuisine, including an extraordinary seafood salad, heavy on the vinegar, as well as delicious, squeaky fried haloumi, where everyone who comes in nods at you, even if you've never been there before. In short, this restaurant in Astoria is family-friendly (emphasize on the friendly), guaranteed to expand your waistline, and your heart.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Friday, September 05, 2014
A new super specialty small batch ice cream parlor, Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream isn't where to go if you're looking for an wide variety of funky flavors. Instead, you come here to hone in, especially on vanilla and chocolate. To wit: Morgenstern's offers five types of vanilla, including peppermint (at right), and five types of chocolate, including PB picosos (at left). Ultra smooth, ultra fatty, ultra rich, ultra drippy, yet another reason to head to the Lower East Side.
Monday, September 01, 2014
You could be forgiven for wondering how the Italian Futurists ever managed to get any work done, what with all the time they spent writing manifestos. But the Italian Futurism 1909-1944 show at the Guggenheim reminds us that Marinetti, Carra, Benedetta, and the rest did in fact occasionally stop panegyrizing speed and virility and death to paint, draw, sculpt, and photograph things. The far-reaching exhibit displays just how far some Futurists took the idea of remaking the world --- who would have thought that the revolution would extend to coffee pots? --- and follows Futurism into its later, less reputable period, when it wasn't merely setting the aesthetic table for militaristic totalitarianism but was actively serving up fascist propaganda. In an era impatient even with virtual speed, some of the works can feel almost quaint in their celebration of mechanical speed, which is itself instructive: the shock of the old's shock of the new.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
There are plenty of Greek baked goods for sale at Yaya's Bakery in Astoria, but it's hard to take your eyes off the baklava. The crackly crust gives way to feathery layers of phyllo that rest atop finely chopped nuts, so sticky with honey that it oozes out with the gentlest press of the fork. Try not to lick the plate afterward.