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Buenos Aires Dispatch: Pizza and Steak Near the No-Zone

On her first day in Buenos Aires, exchange student Kira Lerner sat in a meeting room in the city center, raring to explore every corner of the Argentine capital. After a quick welcome activity, her program directors handed her a map of the city covered with big red x’s. These ...

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Reader Fare: The Pita that Inspired a Poem

Before the birth of hipster food carts, before the Vendy Awards, before eating on the street was ever considered cool, Muhammad Rahman was selling lamb pita from a cart on 45th St. and 6th Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. Muhammad’s devotees know his story well. Within a few years of leaving ...

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The Greatest Frank of All?

They’d run out of lasagne by the time I got to Frankie Franks last Friday. An hour on the subway and twenty minutes trekking through the Bronx to taste the dish that cabbie Mohamed had recommended with so much enthusiasm had led to a dead end. Of course I was ...

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An Exile’s Cheesecake and the Lasagne that Wasn’t

This post was sponsored by Vancouver Taxi. I was a few blocks from the Ferragosto celebration in the Bronx’s Little Italy when I found Mohamed Baba parked at a de facto cab stand on 3rd Avenue near Fordham University. Assuming I was unlikely to find a yellow taxi in this ...

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Next Stop: The Bronx

Thanks to food guerrillas like Justin Fornal (alias Baron Ambrosia), people are starting to pay attention to the hunger-inducing array of culinary treasures in the Bronx. According to the Baron, who showcases his passion for the food of his beloved borough on a fantastic show called Bronx Flavor, the Bronx ...

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These Are a Few of My Favorite Things (So Far)

A summer of taxi adventures in New York City has led to some astoundingly delicious things to eat. In the interest of exploiting remembered pleasures, here are my seven favorite cabbie-recommended dishes to date – in random order. If you’re anywhere near the Biggest Apple, I hope you have a ...

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Reader Fare: Feijoada at Favela Grill

When a Brazilian tells you where to get good feijoada in New York, you add the place to your restaurant list and vow to get there someday. When a Brazilian from Minas Gerais tells you where to get good feijoada in New York, you drop everything and go. Besides being ...

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Cool Cabbie, Top Ramen

A film editor by day who drives his father’s taxi two nights a week, Eric Rodriguez keeps his distance from cyberspace and the world of perpetual communication (He’s not on Facebook or Twitter. He only got a cell phone two years ago because his girlfriend insisted). Lucky for my co-adventurer ...

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