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A hobbit’s favorite subject (besides eating).

Wine and Butter

Astor Wines is the Disneyland of wine and spirits and is one of the better wine stores in the city. I don’t drink unless I’m dining out; however, my interest […]

Chinatown Brasserie

Chinatown Brasserie is the brainchild of Eddie Schoenfeld, a legendary New York restauranteur known for his involvement in four-star Chinese restaurants during the 1970s (click here for an article on […]

Otto Enoteca & Pizzeria

Dinner tonight at Otto Enoteca & Pizzeria. Otto is part of Mario Batali’s and Joseph Bastianich’s restaurant empire in New York, the other luminaries being Babbo, Lupa, Esca, Casa Mono […]

Room 4 Dessert

Chef Will Goldfarb, formerly the pastry chef of Cru Restaurant in New York City and Papillon is now the resident chef at  Room 4 Dessert, an ultra-hip and thoroughly modern […]

New York Chinatown

Roast duck and barbecued spareribs at Big Wong (67 Mott Street): Dinner at Ping’s Seafood last night with Mom. Rated two stars by William Grimes (Frank Bruni‘s predecessor who had […]

Streetscapes: Union Square, Part 2

Union Square, looking to the northeast. 4th Avenue and East 15th Street, looking north. There’s an interesting “clock” on the corner of 4th and 14th but the trees obscured my […]

Streetscapes: Union Square

Is there anything more scintillating than the sight of a 300 lb. man lifting his shirt up to expose a chest that reminds you of a cow’s teats? This hobbit […]