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I'm getting ready to say goodbye to New York for the summer (and hallo to a series of taxi adventures in Berlin). This means it's high time to refresh my list of Gotham's best cabbie-recommended dishes - and add a few finds from the driver's seat.

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Ready, Set, Soul

RCL exterior

As we studied the menu on the wall - pigs feet! oxtails! jerk chicken! ham hocks! - I remembered taxi driver Troy Johnson's recommendations. Troy was the reason my three co-adventurers and I were at RCL, and I wanted to be sure we tried his turkey wings and smothered pork chops.

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Three hungry adventurers and I follow taxi driver Troy's trail to soul food in Queens to feast on some of NY's finest fried chicken, oxtails, turkey wings, sweet potato pie and banana pudding. Plus, my latest run-in with the NYPD - and the decision to go Chilean in the search for Gotham’s best empanada.

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From the Driver’s Seat: Bits of Light

light taxista bryant park

This weekend marks six months since I started driving a yellow cab in New York City. I may still be a rookie, but I know one thing: I never would have survived any of my shifts without at least one instance of light.

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Central Park West: a carriage in my windshield.

Coming up: a taxi adventure with two of the most impressive travelers I know. Plus, a bit of light from the driver's seat in the form of sunny dispatchers, cool street vendors, good bagels and New Yorkers just being themselves.

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Two Lessons and Terrible Tacos (Part 2)

reality drives 1st ave

You can learn a lot about a person by eavesdropping on their cell phone calls. And when someone initiates a chain of calls from the back seat of my cab, I feel no shame about listening in. I may be invisible to some of my passengers, but they're never invisible to me.

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Tasting Hossam’s Ritual

little morocco menu

I was a little alarmed when I walked into Little Morocco on Friday and saw that every single chair was empty. Wasn’t this cabbie Hossam’s go-to spot for couscous? Hadn’t he told me to make sure I got there early in case they ran out?

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