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The Dinner Party is Alive & Well on the LES

As 2012 drew to a close, I was amused by the number of articles I came across regarding the dinner party. Gourmet waxed nostalgic over dinner parties past, questioning whether the institution could be saved. The Times lamented its...

JP’s Food Adventures: Talking Turkey

Editor's note: This article originally appeared in the November issue of our print magazine. Thanksgiving is a uniquely Anglo-American holiday. We celebrate the early English colonists’ accumulation of enough food to make it through a Yankee winter by gathering the...

JP’s Food Adventures: It’s Picnic Time!

Editor's note: This article originally appeared in the July issue of The Lo-Down's print magazine. For some, summer means the time-honored escape to the Catskills. Others will run their air-conditioners nonstop until September, hiding out in their apartments’ relative...

JP’s Food Adventures: Orchard Street’s Restaurant Rows

For a while, Clinton Street above Delancey has been the Lower East Side’s Restaurant Row. WD50 showed that adventurous diners would spend money here, and many upscale establishments followed their lead. Tapas, posh pancakes, and high end Chinese can...

JP’s Food Adventures: On Coming Back to the LES

After seven wonderful years living below Delancey, and seven before that in the East Village, it’s time for me to do what many musicians have been done over the past decade: move to Brooklyn. While the Lower East side...

JP’s Food Adventures: Mixing Bargains With A Mission

Heritage Meats is on a mission in the Essex Street Market: to sell meat like your great-grandmother ate, from animals raised on humane, small farms, who were bred for flavor and texture, not just to plump up quickly without...

JP’s Food Adventures: Clams in Garlic and Wine, An Ideal Warm Weather Dish

Plenty of us go out for shellfish, whether it’s moules- frites at a French joint, Chinese clams in black bean sauce or oysters on the half shell offered at several neighborhood happy hours. But many do not cook shellfish...

JP’s Food Adventures: Yunnan Kitchen is a Worthy Splurge

With the opening of Yunnan Kitchen, our neighborhood now boasts one of only two Yunnan restaurants in Manhattan. Until recently, the only Yunnan place in the city was is a tiny noodle shop in Brooklyn, where Cynthia and I...

Bulldozing the Essex Street Market Would Not Be Cool

Consider me shallow if you like, but I do actually think about coolness. I know it's generally more of a teenage concern than a middle age one, but I can't help myself. Coolness is like beauty: it has a...

JP’s Food Adventures: A Little Bit of L.A. at Taqueria LES

Manhattan has become a much better place for a taco fix in recent years. Gone are the days when your friends from LA burst into laughter at the offerings here.  Now they just make the inevitable comparisons to their...
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Photo: Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Some of the headlines that caught our eye in the past week: --The NYPD cracked...
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