Would You Believe–We Went for the Salads?

Ok, well maybe we didn’t go there for the salads but they were really really good. As we walked up Broadway, we noticed that the Sugar Factory had replaced our much-loved Ollie’s in the rear of the public space just between 66th and 67th. It’s a bit of misnomer because although the front is just…

Han Dynasty Blowout–Rory Has a Blast

This past Monday evening I went to Han Dynasty on West 85th Street for their monthly 15-course tasting menu event, hosted by Chef Han personally.   Shelly opted out because of concern over possibly highly spiced dishes, but my good friend Henry accompanied me. He’s a big fan of eating banquet style (he says it’s less…

A Great Meal and A Story Slam in Flushing

Heading east to Flushing on the 7 train (which now extends west to the Hudson Yards)(subwaynut.com), we disembarked at Main Street to find ourselves in a cool new world. (macaulay.cuny.edu) In fact, we went into a shopping mall called the New World to find the Grand Restaurant and other shops of distinctionfor a special treat…

Return to Licorice Heaven–Myzel’s Chocolates Still a Treat

Going to see the Alvin Ailey company once again, we made our ritual stop at Myzel’s across the street.Kamila Myzel has owned the shop for 25 years, creating fresh chocolates, cookies and candies for all of us.  She of course specializes in collecting licorice, over 100 kinds, and this time we went for the candy-coated…

Nougatine and Juilliard

For Rory’s birthday, I treated him to the prix-fixe lunch at Jean-Georges’ more casual cafe, Nougatine, next door to its big sister in Trump Tower. When I say more casual, I am speaking strictly of the decor which is very gray, very silver, very chic, not the food, which is exquisite. Part of the fun…

Coney Island Whales and Jackson Heights Indian Sweets

(photo by Artie Raslich) Yes, that’s right–whales–humpbacks to be exact, disporting themselves around New York City, particularly just beyond Coney Island. We attended a Gotham Whale event sponsored by the NYC Sierra Club that proved it. There they were–60 foot giants breaching and gorging themselves on schools of fish called bunker almost on our shores.…