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New York Dispatch: Connie’s Food Tips, Old and New


There aren’t too many cabbies in this world who can pull off a purple fedora and “make a potato salad that’ll slap your mama.” Constance Marie Barnes is one of them. The diminutive cabby, whom I met in 2010, also recommended what is to this day one of my favorite ...

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Flashback: The Taxi Astrologer’s Masala Dosa

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Sometimes the cab ride, and the conversation with the driver, is the most remarkable part of a taxi adventure. Sometimes it’s the food. When I was living in New York, the trip with Vinod Dogra to Ganapati Temple Canteen in Flushing, Queens was one of those rare and wonderful instances ...

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Culinary Mapping: New York, Buenos Aires, Berlin

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I don’t know about you, but I’m obsessed with maps, and I couldn’t resist creating ones with all the cabby-recommended restaurants I wrote about in Driving Hungry. The map above is from the New York section of the book: At each marker, I’ve included a few lines from the story. ...

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New York Dispatch: Tasting Rafiq’s Lamb

This is where Rafiq worked when he first arrived in New York from Afghanistan, before he started driving a yellow cab.

Balkh Shish Kebab House is where Rafiq worked during his first six months in New York, after emigrating from Afghanistan, before he started driving a cab. He says it's the best Afghan restaurant in New York City...

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