Friday, November 30, 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

CBS New York: Five Great Lighting Displays

Hey everyone, we're also writing about New York for CBS New York. Periodically we'll link to content here that we produced there.
 

Holiday Train Show, NYBG
 
New York is known for its lights. Around the holidays, the city that never sleeps uses more than its share of electricity to turn its buildings and streets into twinkling wonderlands. The displays that follow might not be as big as those at Rockefeller Center or Dyker Heights, but they’re bright enough to say “Happy Holidays” to all who pass near their glow [read more].
  

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Scream at MoMA

Munch, The Scream, MoMA

Almost cartoonish in person, Edvard Munch's Scream nevertheless expresses a primordial horror. We went to see this painting at MoMA because it expresses what we're feeling. Someone we love is going through a difficult time right now --- someone vivid and strong, with many fans and friends, someone who loyally reads this blog, or at least looks at the photos --- and we have no words of comfort for him, for our family, or for each other.   
 
Nearby is a gallery devoted to Monet's paintings of water lilies. Like Munch, Monet produced variations of the same image. Whereas Monet saw art as a balm for the troubles of modern life, Munch saw art as a depiction thereof. Sometimes art soothes, but sometimes it simply mirrors, depicting the unsayable, screaming the unexpressible.  

Munch, The Scream, MoMA

Munch, The Storm, MoMA

Munch, The Scream, MoMA
 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Serious Eats: El Mio Cid

Hey everyone, we're also writing about New York for Serious Eats. Periodically we'll link to content here that we produced there.

Spicy chorizo paella, El Mio Cid

This week's Date Night finds us at El Mio Cid, where the the food is sizable and un-re- or de-constructed [read more].
  

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

New York Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving still life with cat

With a Hudson Valley turkey from the Knickerbocker Meat Market, wine from Anthony Road, cider from Eve's Cidery, vegetables from the greenmarket, bread from Amy's, cheese from Murray's, bacon from Violet Hill, jams from Beth's Farm Kitchen and Anarchy in a Jar, and baked goods from our oven, we're all about the Empire State this Thanksgiving. And someone orange is very excited.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
    
      

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tats Cru Halloween Wall in Hunts Point

Tats Cru, Halloween wall, Hunts Point

Tats Cru, Halloween wall, Hunts Point

Tats Cru, Halloween wall, Hunts Point

Tats Cru, Halloween wall, Hunts Point

Tats Cru, Halloween wall, Hunts Point

Tats Cru, Halloween wall, Hunts Point

Tats Cru, Halloween wall, Hunts Point

Tats Cru, Halloween wall, Hunts Point

Tats Cru, Halloween wall, Hunts Point

Tats Cru, Halloween wall, Hunts Point

Tats Cru, Halloween wall, Hunts Point

Tats Cru, Halloween wall, Hunts Point
   

Monday, November 19, 2012

Serious Eats: Anella

Hey everyone, we're also writing about New York for Serious Eats. Periodically we'll link to content here that we produced there.

Scallops, Anella

This week's Date Night finds us at Anella, a New American restaurant in Greenpoint that specializes in deceptive simplicity [read more].
  

CBS New York: NYC's Five Best Lunchtime Concerts

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Trumpet, The Brain, American Museum of Natural History

Instead of wolfing down a slice while walking or, worse, trying to keep crumbs off your keyboard while multitasking, spend your lunch hour at a concert. Here are five worth checking out, close enough to NYC landmarks and offices to appeal to tourists and residents alike [read more].
   

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Tacos Matamoros

Chorizo and enchilada tacos, Tacos Matamoros

In our dreams about doing a taco crawl through Sunset Park, Tacos Matamoros always plays a lead role. As it turns out, our subconscious was trying to tell us something, namely that Tacos Matamoros doesn't belong on a crawl, not unless you have a bottomless pit of a tummy. It warrants its own trip, one that allows you to properly fill up on flavor-packed chorizo and enchilada tacos and chicken burritos as thick as prizefighters' fists.

Chicken burrito, Tacos Matamoros


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812


If you have tickets to tonight's performance of Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, count yourself among the lucky: after receiving raves from just about everyone, it closes its sold-out run today. This show is a knockout, with exciting staging, deft acting, and fabulous songs fabulously performed (yay, Prairie Empire!). And if you don't have tickets, take a page from Tolstoy and duel someone in line. The prison time will be worth it.

Photo: thanks
   

Friday, November 16, 2012

How & Nosm at Bowery and Houston

How & Nosm, The Day After

How & Nosm, The Day After

How & Nosm, The Day After

How & Nosm, The Day After

How & Nosm, The Day After

How & Nosm, The Day After

How & Nosm, The Day After

How & Nosm, The Day After

Thursday, November 15, 2012

CBS New York: NYC's 5 Best Takes on Classic Thanksgiving Food

Hey everyone, we're also writing about New York for CBS New York. Periodically we'll link to content here that we produced there.

Thanksgiving from the greenmarket

Here are some of our favorite takes on classic Thanksgiving dishes around town [read more].
   

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Serious Eats: Singapura

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Hakka noodles with shrimp, Singapura
  
This week's Date Night finds us at Singapura, serving excellent Singaporean fare in Murray Hill [read more].
 

CBS New York: Dumplings

Hey everyone, we're also writing about New York for CBS New York. Periodically we'll link to content here that we produced there.


Vanessa's Dumplings
 
Call them what you will: kreplach, manti, ravioli, dumpling, but just about every culture makes some kind of goodie wrapped in a carby skin, stuffed with meat or veggies, boiled or fried. They are warm and comforting, packed full and filling. Here are our five types of favorites, along with where to gobble them [read more].
 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Asiate

Columbus Circle from the Lobby Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental

Thirty-five-odd floors above Columbus Circle sits Asiate, which uses Asian ingredients to tweak American classics. A recent breakfast featured stormy skies, a decidedly un-Asian Belgian waffle, and a full Japanese spread, including a light omelette, seared salmon, miso soup, tofu, mountain potatoes, packaged nori, and rice. Fancy food in a fancy restaurant at which you're paying for great views, great service, and great flavors? Yes, please. 

Japanese breakfast, Asiate

Belgian waffle, Asiate
      

Sunday, November 11, 2012

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