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Tuesday
May272014

Grocery Shopping at Super Food Plaza in Aruba

Aruba is one of six islands in the Dutch Caribbean. The island, which is roughly three times the size of San Francisco, lies about 25 miles north of Venezuela. The license plates boast "One Happy Island" and, given the immaculate weather, white sand, flowing rum, and modest population of 110,000, it comes as no surprise.

We escaped to Oranjestad, Aruba's capital and largest city, for a few days earlier this month. When we got there, after a quick dip in the Caribbean, the first thing we did was head over to Super Food Plaza, the city's biggest grocery store and the greenest shopping center in the Caribbean.

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Friday
May092014

Donde Dinner? - 25 Clinton Street

Donde Dinner? aims to make your next dining experience an adventure. So every Friday we pick a restaurant and post its address for you. The catch is, that's all the information you get. No name, no type of cuisine, and no Googling. Before we post this week's address, here's last week's:

227 West 28th Street = Banana Leaf

In typical Donde Dinner? fashion, price, quality, and accessibility have all been taken into account. You won't be waiting at the bar for two hours with $16 cocktails and you never have to worry about a dress code. Just hop on the train, or your feet, or your bike, and head to:

25 Clinton Street (map)

Tuesday
Apr292014

Craig Reviews Dieci for Serious Eats

Since the tail end of 2013, and through great fortune, Digest NY Editor Craig Cavallo (me) has been writing weekly restaurant reviews for Serious Eats. I wanted to start posting a blurb about the featured restaurant on Digest NY with a link to the review. So here goes.

Very exciting things are happening a few steps down off East 10th Street. They're of the sort that you just need to experience on your own. Dieci is one-of-a-kind: simultaneously refreshing and nostalgic. At eight years old, the restaurant runs like a well-oiled machine and you'd be wise to take up any of the room's couple dozen seats. Check out my review over at Serious Eats.

Friday
Apr252014

Donde Dinner? - 227 West 28th Street

Donde Dinner? aims to make your next dining experience an adventure. So every Friday we pick a restaurant and post its address for you. The catch is, that's all the information you get. No name, no type of cuisine, and no Googling. Before we post this week's address, here's last week's:

176 Atlantic Avenue = Yemen Cafe

In typical Donde Dinner? fashion, price, quality, and accessibility have all been taken into account. You won't be waiting at the bar for two hours with $16 cocktails and you never have to worry about a dress code. Just hop on the train, or your feet, or your bike, and head to:

227 West 28th Street (map)

Tuesday
Apr222014

Craig Reviews Petite Crevette for Serious Eats

Since the tail end of 2013, and through great fortune, Digest NY Editor Craig Cavallo (me) has been writing weekly restaurant reviews for Serious Eats. I wanted to start posting a blurb about the featured restaurant on Digest NY with a link to the review. So here goes.

If anyone ever needs company for dinner at Petite Crevette, let me know. I'd go any night of the week and I'll even bring the wine. Neil Ganic's Carroll Gardens surfshack is a pearl. Locals of all ages fill the interior, itself decked out in nautical kitsch and remnants of the former flower shop the restaurant annexed in 2008. The rooms are small and constrained. The food is anything but. Check out my review over at Serious Eats.

Friday
Apr182014

Donde Dinner? - 176 Atlantic Avenue

Donde Dinner? aims to make your next dining experience an adventure. So every Friday we pick a restaurant and post its address for you. The catch is, that's all the information you get. No name, no type of cuisine, and no Googling. Before we post this week's address, here's last week's:

15 East 7th Street = McSorley's

In typical Donde Dinner? fashion, price, quality, and accessibility have all been taken into account. You won't be waiting at the bar for two hours with $16 cocktails and you never have to worry about a dress code. Just hop on the train, or your feet, or your bike, and head to:

176 Atlantic Avenue (map)

Tuesday
Apr152014

Craig Reviews Rouge et Blanc for Serious Eats

Since the tail end of 2013, and through great fortune, Digest NY Editor Craig Cavallo (me) has been writing weekly restaurant reviews for Serious Eats. I wanted to start posting a blurb about the featured restaurant on Digest NY with a link to the review. So here goes.

Chefs Macks Collins and Bryan Kidwell are from the south. So you'll find some Low Country influences sprinkled throughout their menu of otherwise heavy-handed French and Vietnamese food. The menu at four-year-old Soho spot Rouge et Blanc is concise. Go with a few friends so you can taste your way through. But don't miss the beef cheeks. That would be a bad idea. Check out my review over at Serious Eats.

Friday
Apr112014

Donde Dinner? - 15 East 7th Street

Donde Dinner? aims to make your next dining experience an adventure. So every Friday we pick a restaurant and post its address for you. The catch is, that's all the information you get. No name, no type of cuisine, and no Googling. Before we post this week's address, here's last week's:

37-65 74th Street = Phayul

In typical Donde Dinner? fashion, price, quality, and accessibility have all been taken into account. You won't be waiting at the bar for two hours with $16 cocktails and you never have to worry about a dress code. Just hop on the train, or your feet, or your bike, and head to:

15 East 7th Street (map)