When I first rolled into New York City on a Greyhound from the Martha's
Vineyard ferry terminal back in 1981, I never dreamed I would spend at least
the next 26 years of my life here. I was crashing on the floor of my former
college roommate's studio apartment in the far West Village and I hoped, as
I meandered about those maze-like streets, that downtown Manhattan would someday be my home. After protracted periods of life on the Upper East and West sides, I finally settled in Greenwich Village with my family of five. With an office in Soho, downtown is pretty much my full-time stomping ground.
Mornings are perfect at Balthazar in Soho, where the locals meet for blazing hot coffee, bread, and pastries baked at the Balthazar Bakery next door. Farther west on 12th Street, the new Cafe Cluny has a quiet neighborhood feel and plenty of free newspapers to peruse while ... [more]
Andy Arons, Gourmet Garage
Need a snack?
When your blood sugar drops precipitously between scouring
MOMA's many floors and a rousing skate at Wolman Rink, you
might stop by a Korean deli for a pick-me-up. Don't overlook
the city's other ubiquitous font of snacks: health food stores.
No longer do these stores' foods taste indistinguishable from
their packaging. Along most of the avenues you'll find these
often yellow-awning'd stores packed with snackables, from
dried nuts and fruits to actually tasty soy sandwiches, bento
boxes, and usually fresh-squeezed vegetable and fruit juices.