The Art of the Art that Melts: Brooklyn Ice Sculptor Joe O’Donoghue’s Latest Exhibit

You know those stories where someone finds a random object that turns out to be a key to a very usual looking door that's actually a portal which opens up into a magical land? Well, one day I was walking down Plymouth Street, past the great Brooklyn Roasting Co. and I stopped to take a … Continue reading The Art of the Art that Melts: Brooklyn Ice Sculptor Joe O’Donoghue’s Latest Exhibit

Rubin Museum // Reflection

My first trip to the Rubin Museum was with a group of acerbically-minded third graders. I immediately felt comforted in the quiet, deep-gray and gilded red space. The low chanting in the galleries and the soft faces of many Buddhas struck me as a warm greeting: kind and impersonal. The kids gravitated almost immediately to … Continue reading Rubin Museum // Reflection

RedFarm Continues West Village Dominance

RedFarm turns away hundreds of hungry would-be diners every night. Many of these people return, not only because that which is hard-to-get is all the more enticing, but because the guy they meet upon entering that automatic sliding door up front will assure them that the place wants them to get in - if not today, some other … Continue reading RedFarm Continues West Village Dominance

Farm to Plate at Amali in Midtown East

Herbs are not nearly as appreciated in North American cooking as they should be. Basil, mint, sage, and cilantro are popular in areas where so-called “ethnic” cuisine is valued by the consumers of this fast-food nation (and over this, my foodie heart cries). At Amali, restaurateur James Mallios’ newest venture, the menu is spiked all over … Continue reading Farm to Plate at Amali in Midtown East

Go Wild at Empanada Mama!

"You came at the perfect time! Empanada Mama- this is the real feeling of the place. Enjoy!" Indeed- Empanada Mama is a tiny, railroad cafe full of delicious eats and close-contact chatter. New Yorkers -particularly Manhattanites- often develop very creative ideas about space, because we don’t usually have any. And life goes on. We collect … Continue reading Go Wild at Empanada Mama!