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Sinfully Delicious Pancake Therapy

by Jonathan May

Clinton St. Baking Company is a haven for your taste buds located on the Lower East Side, where good conversation brews and sinfully delicious food soothes your soul. Its seating is comfortable enough that you and your friends can catch up on each other’s lives, and yet intimate enough that you can eavesdrop on the table next to you and find out the city’s latest scandalous gossips. It is imperative that you refuse the menu and demand the Wild Maine Blueberry Pancakes with Warm Maple Butter as soon as you set foot in this luncheon hotspot, for it would be nothing but a crime to keep anyone from those pancakes for even one extra second. Continue reading

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Espresso Expeditions: More Good Coffee in the LES

Lorenzo L., Columbia University

Don’t remember me? Read the intro to this recurring segment.

It has been a while since last documenting my caffeinated wanderings, but I return from a far distant urban jungle bearing the good news of carefully crafted warm beverages. One of my favorite Manhattan neighborhoods (if I’m allowed to have favorite neighborhoods as a mere college student?) is the Bowery, and I try to get down around East 4th whenever I can. The narrow region is eclectic, diverse, and very alive, a place where trendy and workaday can sit side by side, with awesomeness squeezed in between. But recently I have been venturing further east into the similarly charming Lower East Side, and have been rewarded by spots with espresso enthusiasts ranging from the friendly to the fanatical (or both!). Continue reading

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Bagels and Lox with Anachronism

Zach B., Yale University

In 1914, Joel Russ, a German Jewish immigrant opened his first store, selling Polish mushrooms, herring and salmon. Nearly one hundred years later, Joel’s shop still flourishes on the Lower East Side in New York City.  Over time, this neighborhood’s demographic has changed multiple times, from the original Germans, to Yiddish speaking Jews, and more recently to Hispanic and Asian immigrants. Although the Jewish community has dwindled, its presence can still be felt through institutions like Russ and Daughters.

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Heading Home

I finally yielded to practicality and decided to head home, back to the Midwest and the Mississippi.

Although I engaged the assistance of a few contacts, no concrete opportunities arose. With the days ticking away till my inevitable departure from the city for Vermont, continuing the search seemed useless. This morning, I went to El Castillo de Jagua for breakfast, a gritty Dominican diner serving regulars and hungover hipsters alike. Crouched over a plate of mangu, boiled green plantains, I felt a twinge in my stomach. While the thick, olive tinted mash topped with pickled red onions and two fried eggs probably contributed to my brief gastronomic distress, I attributed this sensation to failure. Proof of the James-Lange theory of emotion? A firm no. Reason to question my homecoming? A tentative yes. Continue reading


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