A few weeks ago, I crossed the Hudson River to Jersey City, NJ for dinner at Thirty Acres. Only a few blocks from the PATH train at Grove Street station, the restaurant is easily accessible from Manhattan and located in a cute neighborhood perfect for walking around as you wait for your table.

Last night, I went to an event at SD26—a contemporary Italian restaurant right across the street from Madison Square Park. I had walked by the eatery several times in the past, but once I entered the space, I was very surprised by its size.

Tucked away below street-level in Greenwich Village, Zinc Bar offers a candlelit spot to consume cocktails and enjoy nightly performances by a variety of jazz musicians. The low-ceilinged bar also plays jazz tunes throughout the night, but if you head to the back of the space, you can see a live show as well.

Last week, I went to the grand opening party for the new Morton’s The Steakhouse location near the World Trade Center. The original lower Manhattan location was lost in 2001 during the September 11 attacks.

Last night, I got to try a variety of French-influenced American dishes at Alison Eighteen. The Flatiron District eatery, which rests on W. 18th Street, has the feel of a French brasserie with a deep purple and red color scheme, illustrated wallpaper featuring city scenes and cozy, warm lighting.

My father is a foodie, so when he came for a visit a few weeks ago, I racked my brain trying to think of NYC restaurants he might enjoy. As I thought of famed chefs, one name instantly came to mind: Gordon Ramsay. The world-famous chef is known for his no-nonsense personality—which is placed front and center on a number of reality TV shows, where he takes professional chefs and restaurateurs to task on their food and business practices.

This past weekend my Dad came to town for a visit. Our go-to restaurant of choice whenever he’s in New York City is Bar Americain near Radio City Music Hall.

My first three years in New York City I spent living in Marble Hill—a small neighborhood located in the Bronx, right across the Hudson River from Manhattan’s northernmost neighborhood, Inwood. Similar to both Inwood and the other northern Manhattan neighborhood, Washington Heights, a large portion of Marble Hill’s residents are Dominican.


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