Yesterday, Basil Pizza and Wine Bar — a Crown Heights-based kosher dairy hotspot — was closed for business. But only temporarily.
When one of my sons (I won’t say which, to protect his anonymity) was small, if asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, his answer was always the same: an astronaut, a chef and a daddy. I wonder how many people, asked that very question, would answer “a rabbi and a chocolate expert.” Deborah Prinz did — and that is indeed what she became.
Cafe Orlin, a beloved eatery in Manhattan’s East Village that served hummus and other Israeli/Middle Eastern dishes — along with popular, inexpensive breakfasts and other classic American fare — is closing its doors today after 36 years in business.
A day after attending James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Solomonov’s Israeli brunch, part of the New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF), I’m still too full to type much — so my pictures will have to tell most of the story.
It’s an unforsaken hour and I’m flying over the Atlantic Ocean towards Tel Aviv in August. The dinner cart is making its way down the aisle, knocking elbows and dispensing hot mini pitas. I order the chicken. The answer to any question about what you’d like to eat on a plane should always include the word chicken.