A Great Greek Restaurant on West 42nd Street–Dafni Greek Taverna

We often find ourselves in the incredibly noisy and crowded Times Square area when going to the theater and long for a quiet oasis of decent food. This is it: Dafni Greek Taverna, west of Eighth Avenue on 42nd, across from the Port Authority. A charming little place with classic Greek specialties at a reasonable…

The One Hundred-Foot Journey–A Gentle Argument Against Xenophobia

In the sometimes virulent (A. O. Scott) reviews of this film, most forgot to talk about its main theme–only Variety paid tribute to it.  The One Hundred Foot Journey, directed by Lasse Halstrom, continues his campaign against xenophobia–the outsider in My Life As a Dog, the gypsy in Chocolat, and now the Indian family in…

Le Chef–Jean Reno Cooks up Recipes for a New French Comedy

If you look carefully at the movie offerings, you may spot the next French film that makes you laugh–something we are always on the lookout for. The 2012 film, Le Chef, which just arrived at the Paris Theater, is the latest. (Source: nyfilmcritics.com) Jean Reno plays Alexandre, a three-star chef who battles his restaurant owner…

Never Fail Pot Roast, Brisket or Stew for the Lazy Cook Using Chewy Low-Fat Grass-Fed Beef

So, I’ve worked this out so it’s pretty fail-safe and I thought maybe I should share it. Trust me, this is really easy and the recipe works for any of the above and possibly other cuts of meat that I haven’t tried yet. I’ve experimented to make the grass-fed beef that I buy taste better.…

Grabbing a Bite on the Run, the Walk, and the Sit

When my elder brother came to New York from Los Angeles, he said he felt hungry all the time here and asked me if New Yorkers ever stopped eating and of course I had to admit that we didn’t. .But I have noticed recently that our tendency to eat in between restaurants has increased, even…

Return to Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village–Is John’s Pizzeria Still Great?

Short answer–yes. John’s of Bleecker Street, to give its full name, takes itself seriously and will not sell by the slice to samplers as you can see from the above awning. It does however provide really great pies–a small/medium served the two of us just fine for $14.50. Even if you order the liter bottle…