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Road Trip Series: Charleston, Part Two.

I was lucky enough to grow up in equal parts country, and equal parts city. For my entire life I lived in a rural part of New Jersey, but was close enough to the city that I could drive 5 minutes to a train station and be in Midtown in a little over an hour. I was able to go to school all day in the city, but come home to my quiet country home, listening to nothing but the breeze and the…

New Leaf Restaurant: Seasonal menus in peaceful seclusion.

It's easy to forget you're still in Manhattan when you're up by the Cloisters. Walking around Fort Tyron Park, only faintly hearing cars in the distance, it's a quiet escape. It's also a well kept secret for sunbathers and park enthusiasts who are tired of the tourist-filled Central Park or the Shake Shack crazed Madison Square Park crowds. Nestled in the wild foliage of Fort Tyron Park is New Leaf Restaurant, a Modern-American restaurant that looks like it belongs on the grounds…

The Best Pizza and Where to Find It

Opinions on pizza run deep with people. New Yorkers say it’s in the water, Chicagoans like it deep, Brazilians eat it with a knife and fork and Italian’s wrote the book on it. There is such a thing as bad pizza and everyone has their preferred level of crispiness and choice of toppings. Here is my guide to pizza and where to find the best of each kind. Regular Dollar Slice These are the slices you inhale like a vacuum…

Cafe Zaiya: Japanese Cafe and Bookstore

Cafe Zaiya first started serving up fresh Japanese pastries in New Jersey, in 1990. Over a decade later, the brand has expanded to multiple locations in Manhattan. With the move, they have also broadened their menu, adding affordable and authentic savory Japanese dishes to their menu, such as Pork Katsudon, a rice dish with fried pork and vegetables, and triangular rice balls with various fillings called Onigiri. The best Cafe Zaiya location can be found across from Bryant Park, on…

Greek Food on the Rise: 10 Restaurants to Try

Greek Food seems to be everywhere now. Trendy and delicious, it’s also good for you. Aside from the usual spinach pies and gryos, there are many other excellent dishes to sample. From traditional to contemporary these restaurants will transport you to villas and sea side paradises. Here are ten restaurants in New York and New Jersey bringing traditional Greek food to America. 1. Kefi Kefi is an authentic Greek taverna featuring stucco walls, weathered beams and wicker seats, transporting you…