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Nosh New York: The Food Lover's Guide to New York City's Most Delicious Neighborhoods [Paperback]

Myra Alperson
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Sept. 20 2003
Whether you're a lifelong New Yorker or you're visiting for the first time, when you're in the Big Apple you're in food heaven - a nosher's paradise where you can find the freshest and most authentic foods of any cuisine in the world, from steaming soup dumplings to Persian Kebabs, Moroccan tagines, Chinese bubble tea, Senegalese ginger beer, Colombian cholados, kosher focaccia bread, the freshest Italian cheeses, Guyanese roti and more!

In this thorough and user-friendly book, passionate New York food guide Myra Alperson takes readers on her popular tours around town. Organized by borough and divided into easy-to-follow walks -- each of which can be done in an afternoon -- she points readers to the best ethnic restaurants, cafes, bakeries, tea houses, take-out stores, specialty shops, produce stands, supermarkets, and other food hot spots.

From generations-old favorites to vibrant newcomers, the delicious discoveries and include the best:

- Indian, Greek, Brazilian, Cuban, Romanian, Irish, Chinese, Afghan and Thai spots in Queens
- Italian, Kosher, Caribbean, Polish, Scandinavian, Russian and Moroccan delights in Brooklyn
- Chinese, West African, Soul Food, Mexican, Dominican, Korean and Turkish finds in Manhattan
- Sicilian, Albanian, Jamaican and Cambodian delights in the Bronx
- And much more.

You'll also discover: New York's last authentic beer garden * where to buy Chilean hot dogs and Brazilian pizza* the newest wave of Egyptian markets * the last Kosher market in Brighton Beach and the only Norwegian market in New York City * fun and delectable side trips * vegetarian and kid-friendly finds * cultural information for each neighborhood, along with info on the best parks, museums, gift shops, and bookstores.

Complete with subway, bus, and car directions along with detailed maps of each neighborhood covered, Nosh New York turns an afternoon in the city into a delicious food adventure.

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New Yorkers and tourists alike will happily take this culinary tour by native New Yorker Alperson (The Food Lover's Guide to the Real New York). It's not surprising that many of New York City's most appealing and interesting restaurants happen to be in mostly ethnically diverse neighborhoods. For example, Woodside, Queens's La Chanita is a "Mexican coffee shop that serves Mexican breakfasts side-by-side with Irish breakfasts," and Sapori d'Ischia is an Italian wholesaler by day, quaint trattoria by night; the largely Caribbean-populated area around Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn is home to Gloria's In & Out; and El Barrio, in Spanish Harlem, offers all kinds of Latin cuisine, from the Puerto Rican La Fonda Boricua to the Mexican El Paso Taquería. Alperson weaves in history with her often fascinating culinary tour; for instance, in describing The Lemon Ice King of Corona, also in Queens-a once Italian neighborhood now inhabited by Mexicans, Bangladeshi and Ecuadorians-she recommends a stop at Louis Armstrong's house, which is now a museum.
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"Alperson weaves in history with her often fascinating culinary tour."
--Publishers Weekly

"{Myra Alperson is} a guide who combines food and culture can unravel the mysteries of the city in a most satisfying way....her enthusiasm never wanes."
--Boston Globe


"Alperson weaves in history with her often fascinating culinary tour." (Publishers Weekly)

"{Myra Alperson is} a guide who combines food and culture can unravel the mysteries of the city in a most satisfying way..." (Boston Globe)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious New York Noshes- A Grazers Delight Nov. 3 2003
By Annette
Format:Paperback
Here is a book that helps you to enjoy the wonders to be found in all those little amazing neighborhoods in the 5 boroughs of New York City. This marvelous book overflows with both eating and touring adventures. Each page brings a new surprise, a hidden market here, a De La Vega mural (a variation of Picasso's Guernica) as well, a garden there, Her tours bring you tastes you couldn't imagine...the Nosh adventures go way beyond the food. Another added surprise are the recipes sprinkled throughout the book. This book gives a range of shopping tips as well. Ms. Alperson provides excellent maps as well as detailed travel instructions so that you can find your way around the and exciting areas and experience your very own nosh walks. It's like touring the world and never leaving New York. Ms. Alperson is at the cutting edge of culinary discoveries...check it out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A New Yorker Loves This Book Oct. 30 2003
Format:Paperback
I have to say that I can't think what this Seattle person can possibly know about the subject of this book.
The book is a wonderful introduction to neighborhoods that even people like me who have lived here for many years have never visited. Through the food and restaurants of New York's unique ethnic neighborhoods, we come to understand their culture, history, and points of interest as well. Ms. Alperson exhibits enthusiasm for the simple and inexpensive foods made and sold by the residents of these neighborhoods for other residents. This is a different and welcome approach from that of all other books addressing the restaurants of New York.
Both New Yorkers and visitors can have fun discovering these places. Good directions are provided in every case.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Try the real tour June 17 2004
Format:Paperback
I actually did not read this book but did take an actual tour of Sunset Park, Brooklyn with Ms. Alperson (I rate the tour 4 stars). Ms. Alperson has a sense of humor and is passionate about food, as are those who take the tour. The whole point of the book is to get you into these neighborhoods to sample the foods. So if you aren't a book lover, go to Ms. Alperson's website ([...]) and sign up for a culinary tour. It's a great way to meet people, get to know a different NYC neighborhood, and try stuff you never would have otherwise. I have recommended the tour to friends who have really enjoyed it.
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