Appetizing on the Lower East Side

Introduced by Eastern European Jews, who typically started their meals with cold appetizers, “Appetizing” is a Jewish contribution to the eclectic world of New York’s ethnic food traditions. Jewish dietary laws dictate that meat and dairy products must be separated. Since they cannot be eaten or sold together, they require separate shops. Stores selling cured…

Romantic Christmas in New York

There is nothing like New York during the holidays: it’s all sparkles and cheer! There are holiday markets, ice-skating rinks, hot chocolate sold on the street, and more Christmas trees than you can count. A wonderful new way to experience the holidays in the city while learning a thing or two about it is “Questo”…

Little Italy Food with the side-order of History

Lombardi’s (32 Spring St) Lombardi’s claims to be the very first pizzeria in the U.S. Moreover, it claims to be the birthplace of modern pizza as we know it. Gennaro Lombardi opened this pizzeria in 1905 and started using a coal oven for baking his pies – the step that converted the tinier and damper pizzas made…

Five Points

Five Points, the neighborhood once so foul that it had to be erased from the face of Manhattan, and the streets that formed these five points — re-arranged. As the name suggests, the neighborhood was centered around the five-pointed intersection created by Orange Street (now Baxter Street), Cross Street (now Mosco Street), and Anthony Street…