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YOUR "INSIDERS"  GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY'S CULINARY AND CULTURAL DESTINATIONS.
Makes a perfect gift for a food-loving friend or for yourself!

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Savory Sojourns takes you to the most interesting neighborhoods....
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Arthur Avenue/The Bronx--Not too far from the Bronx Zoo and the Bronx Botanical Gardens (great places to visit while you are up there), this old world Italian neighborhood, offers some of the best authentic Southern Italian foodstuffs outside of Italy. The bread bakeries, seafood markets, salumerias, pasta stores, cheese makers, butchers, and produce vendors located in this Belmont, Bronx neighborhood will send your senses reeling. A fabulous indoor market offers the freshest produce (what tomatoes!), imported ingredients, and incredible Italian sandwiches. Plus, you'll be drawn to the conviviality, warmth and exuberance of the neighborhood denizens who will make you feel like part of the family.


A Limoncello display at Mount Carmel Wines

Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn--This thoroughfare runs straight through Brooklyn into Queens. But the pretty little portion of Atlantic Avenue in brownstone-lined Brooklyn Heights could be considered New York's "Little Arabia." Wonderful restaurants and bakeries serve Lebanese and Yemenite delicacies.  Shopkeepers sell imported spices, nuts, coffee and cheeses. Numerous antique stores offer great deals. Plus, old time bars and top-notch restaurants can be found in the surrounding area. All this is within walking distance from the grand old Brooklyn Bridge--what more could you want?

Chinatown--Chinatown occupies the blocks off Canal Street around Broadway and the Manhattan Bridge. This is one of the most bustling and intriguing neighborhoods in NYC. The tiny, crooked streets which were once part of colonial New York are now filled with smells, sights, and sounds that will transport you to the Far East. Along streets like Mott and Canal you will see a variety of unique and wonderful shops such as traditional herbalists, antique shops, Asian produce and dry goods stores, and fish and meat markets. With cuisine from half a dozen Asian countries, this is the place for the most delectably inexpensive dining this side of Hong Kong. 
East Village--A mecca for youth from all over the world, the East Village is still funky and exciting for people of all ages. This neighborhood east of Broadway extending from Houston to 14th Street is alive 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week. St. Marks Street is a perpetual street fair where vendors and cheap restaurants abound. Indian, Middle Eastern, Ukrainian, Japanese, Tibetan and many more cuisines can be found. Some of the best Off-Off Broadway theaters, rock venues, and jazz clubs, are also here-minus the upscale cover charges.

Financial District--Just at the tip of Manhattan, north of Battery Park (the oldest park in America) up to around Vesey Street is the Financial District. This area where New York City's history began is sometimes referred to as Wall Street, a name synonymous with high finance and the stock market. The actual street runs for less than a mile, and was originally the northern edge of the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam. The New York Stock Exchange,  and Trinity Church are famous sites but the area has also become a destination for shopping, museums, and now restaurants.  Several eateries are located within halls that were once occupied by Revolutionary War generals, Wall Street barons, and industrial tycoons of the past. Several historic taverns and the current incarnation of Delmonico's, the nation's first restaurant, point to this area's importance in America's culinary history.


The Bull on Wall Street

Flatiron--The area north of Union Square up to 23rd Street and bounded by Park Avenue on the East, 6th Avenue to the West is the Flatiron District, named for the Flatiron Building on 23rd Street. This unique triangular building (shaped
like a flat iron) is the symbol of the start of the skyscraper era, and is as striking as when it was first built in 1902. The stretch of Broadway running through the Flatiron District was once known as the Ladies' Mile for its elegant shops, hotels, and restaurants. Fashionable restaurants, cafes, and nightclubs still dot the area. You will also find the most unique home and house wares stores that will help you create your dream kitchen or any other room. ABC Carpet and Home on 19th Street is considered to be among the finest and most opulent home furnishings store in the country. It's the perfect place to search for that hard to find kitchen gadget, get advice from expert staff, or just enjoy an array of fancy foodstuffs from around the world.  

Gramercy Park--The genteel Gramercy area is famed for its noteworthy architecture, urbane elegance, and literary and historical importance. The graceful townhouse and elegant apartment houses that surround leafy Gramercy Park give this area an undeniable 19th century charm. Take a stroll past Teddy Roosevelt's birthplace, have a drink at one of O. Henry's favorite haunts, or just imagine the heroine of a Edith Wharton novel gazing out of a window overlooking the park. True to its history, dining in this neighborhood ranges from cozy and elegant to glamorous and fashionable.


Tea canisters on display

Grand Central Terminal--Has it all--history, architecture, shopping, and best of all, it is the latest destination for foodies. Always one of the most famous landmarks in New York City, it has recently been restored to the dazzling beaux-arts beauty it once was. The legendary clock in the middle of the station located right under the beautifully restored vaulted Zodiac ceiling has been the meeting place for millions of people. The world famous Oyster Bar below the main concourse is a terrific place for cocktails and fresh Bluepoints.  Several top-notch eateries and food purveyors allow you to shop and eat while you watch the travelers go by.

Greenwich Village-- One of New York's most famous neighborhoods lies between Greenwich Street and Broadway with 14th Street to the North and Houston Street to the South. "The village" has always been a community for and defined by its local residents but it has had an impact on the world beyond its borders. It emerged from being a country village during the colonial era to an urban bohemian one in the 20th Century. Some of the best American writing, art, and, theater emerged from Greenwich Village in its heydays. The gay and lesbian political movement also traces some of its roots here where the "Stonewall" uprising took place. Some of the cafes and bars that the avant-garde once frequented are still here sharing company with newer establishments. Cozy restaurants serving simple and top quality cuisine are tucked in some quiet, unexpected places only the locals can find. The neighborhood denizens also have a bounty of specialty food shops and grocers, some of which have been here for decades. Not least of all, beautiful Greek Revival townhouses and even a few colonial era wooden homes lining the winding, tree-filled streets add to the charm.

Chumley's has been around since it was a speakeasy.

Italian Greenwich Village--The section of Greenwich Village south of Washington Square Park where the sights and sounds of Italy have lasted nearly a hundred years.   Walk the area around Bleecker street and enjoy the best mozzarella this side of Naples, along with other Italian delicacies.

Little Italy--The heart of Manhattan's Italian-American community.  Cafes, shops, restaurants and specialty food stores still attract locals and tourists.

The Lower East Side--A historically fascinating area where tens of thousands of Jews and several other immigrant groups began their lives in the New World.  Where New Yorkers still go to get their fill of pastrami, bialys, knishes, and home-made dill  pickles.

Katz Deli

Meatpacking District & Chelsea--The Meat Packing District is a living part of NYC's commercial history.  The tiny stone-covered four block area around 14th Street between Hudson Street and the water,  still functions as a food processing center for New York City. But it is also one of NYC's hottest neighborhoods where the latest restaurants, galleries, and boutiques reside along side meat distributors. Also among these are warehouses that hide exclusive clubs in their sprawling spaces. The scene continues as you head north to Chelsea, which encompasses the area west of Broadway from 15th Street to 35th Street. On 15th and Ninth Avenue you'll find the Chelsea Market-a collection of food stores under one roof. It's a treasure, supplying chefs and home cooks alike with everything from stockpots and lobsters to wine and roses. But it is not just a gourmet mall; the architecture of the building, formerly the Nabisco factory, is decidedly distinctive. 

Morningside Heights/Harlem--Grand churches, cathedrals, museums, monuments, and centers of learning dot upper Manhattan. On the west side, from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and Columbia University in Morningside Heights, all the way to the Cloisters--you will be awed at the architectural magnificence. To the east is Harlem, beginning on West 115th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., where you'll find more cultural treasures including the Apollo Theater and the Studio Museum of Harlem. World famous from the 20's to the 60's for jazz and Black American culture, beautiful buildings from those eras and economic revitalization has made Harlem a choice neighborhood once again. This is the place for real soul food and soul music, whether it's a late night of fried chicken and jazz or a Sunday gospel brunch. 


SoHo--The area south of Houston, bounded by Broadway, Canal and Greenwich Street has moved from shabby to ultra chic in the last 25 years. In addition to hip restaurants, it is the home to several gourmet and home furnishing emporiums. New Yorkers come here for everything from imported ingredients, an artfully made loaf of bread, or a new copper saucepan. It is also fun to just wander through the streets visiting the trendy clothing boutiques, decorative stores, and art galleries housed in gorgeous stone and cast iron buildings. These 19th century buildings were saved from decimation and SoHo was designated a historic landmark district in 1973.
TriBeCa--The Triangle Below Canal Street is actually a trapezoid bordered by Canal to the north, Barclay to the South, Broadway to the East, and the Hudson River to the West. Like SoHo, this area was one of the seediest, most undesirable places in New York until thirty years ago. Now the rich and famous occupy the eclectic lofts, art galleries, chic boutiques, and dining establishments of the area. John F. Kennedy Jr. was its most famous resident. However, for food lovers, the main reason to visit TriBeCa is that it's jam packed with some of New York's most stellar restaurants. Robert DeNiro himself owns two fine restaurants here.
The Upper East Side--Synonymous with wealthy, "olde" New York society, and tony shops. But this neighborhood north of 59th Street and East of Central Park did not acquire its upper-class patina until the later half of the 19th century, around the time that work was begun on the monumental Metropolitan Museum of Art. The chateau-like houses and apartment complexes once occupied by the Astors, Rockerfellers, Carnegies and their ilk are unattainable for most New Yorkers but the average person can still revel in the art on Museum Mile or window shop on Fifth Avenue. Foodies will especially love the fine pastry shops, wine stores, and their very own culinary bookstore. 

West Side and Upper West Side--You can dine the world along Ninth Avenue in the 40's and 50's. Immigrant
enclaves still occupy this international stretch of Manhattan: Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Senegal, and Jamaica are just a few of the culinary destinations you can visit. A couple of excellent bakeries also add to this whirlwind. The Upper West Side, which officially starts on 59th Street on the west side of Central Park, is a little more chic but also offers some of the best in New York food and culture. Some glamorous restaurants surround the world famous Lincoln Center. The stretch of Broadway in the 70's and 80's is loaded with New Yorkers' favorite food shops like Zabar's, Citarella, and Fairway. The best of everything you could want to fill your kitchen with can be found here- bagels, smoked and fresh fish, produce, imported items, cheese, meats, cakes, BBQ…the list goes on and on and on.
Union Square---On Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, the greenmarket at Union Square between 14th and 17th Street on Broadway is a favorite place for New Yorkers seeking the freshest and best locally grown produce and handmade foodstuffs. These farmers supply both homes and restaurants with the Northeast's bounty throughout the year. Special events are a year-round part of life in Union Square. Much of the life and culture of the city seems to have revolved around it. For example, right across the street at 33 Union Square West is where the famed Andy Warhol "factory" was located. But the park itself, once the site of many labor demonstrations and political rallies of the 18th and19thcenturies, is a tiny oasis in the middle of the city.

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