Lunch Midtown East

Paella, the daily special at Socarrat in Midtown Manhattan

Socarrat, Where the Reigning Star Is Paella

It’s not every day that you want to drop $30 or $40 on lunch. But if you have the time to pamper yourself with a nice relaxed meal, check out the new Socarrat Paella Bar. It looks, feels and tastes more New York than Valencia, but Socarrat, located on Second Avenue just above 50th Street, …

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Num Pang restaurant NYC

At Last, Sandwiches That Taste Divine

A life-changing stint in Philadelphia during my formative years left me with an irrepressible yearning for a truly great sandwich, coupled with enormous sadness over the difficulty of finding one. The hoagie of yore — a generously filled, crusty Italian roll doused with olive oil, vinegar and Italian spices and lined with shreds of raw …

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Rickshaw Dumplings NYC

Some Like Their Dumplings Really Hot

Chinese dumplings, one of the world’s great comfort foods, are steaming into the UN neighborhood. Rickshaw Dumpling Bar, a Manhattan chain with aspirations to go national, opened a branch at Lexington Avenue and 45th Street last fall, offering a slick and somewhat ethnically cleansed version of the plump little delicacies at uptown prices. In April, …

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Dining on Dag Hammarskjold Plaza

Eat&Go Istanbul/New York: Right Place, Wrong Cafe

What a tragic missed opportunity. The Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, which runs along East 47th Street between First and Second Avenues, is one of the most pleasant open spaces on Manhattan’s East Side and home to one of the city’s best greenmarket. United Nations employees traverse the plaza throughout the day on the way to work …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University
French bistro Matisse

Matisse, Where Comfort Surpasses the Cooking

In many a French neighborhood, there’s a corner hangout frequented more for its comfort than its kitchen. The food is good, but the ambience is the draw. Often, the place will serve as the unofficial cantine for neighbors and office workers in the vicinity. For those who live near or work at the United Nations, …

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broccoli rabe

Spring Greens Cropping Up Near the UN

Sure, it was a very mild winter. That does not mean you are still not eager to check out the first greens of spring. A visit to the greenmarket at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza or the bigger one at Union Square provides clear evidence that nature is moving along nicely. Along with spring onions, early lettuce …

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Austrian food NYC

Schnitzel and Sides Ward Off the Midtown Fray

Ever since a long-ago family vacation to Vienna, I’ve wondered about schnitzel. Why take something as expensive and bland as a scant slab of veal and pound it even thinner, drown it in breadcrumbs and fry it? At Schnitzel & Things, a small, stylish new restaurant and carryout on Third Avenue between 45th and 46th …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University
The traditional stews may be hit and miss ventures, but two sandwiches, roast pork

Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine, Post-Revolution

The same armed revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power in 1959 drove other Cubans to flee to America, where they opened many excellent restaurants that have been teaching us ever since about the garlicky charms of their homeland’s cooking. One of these, however, was not Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine, which started in 1997 near the …

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Alfama, Portuguese Tradition in Modern Digs

Sure, Portugal may be best known these days for the complaint that its slacker economy is weighing down the euro. But when it comes to the kitchen, Lisbon has always punched above its weight. And that is reason enough to be thankful that Alfama, a little gem of a restaurant that dished out fine Portuguese …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University

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