The Eclectic Gourmet Guide to Greater New York City

A book review

Nothing excites a certain type of New Yorker more than discovering a new, offbeat, off-the-beaten-path, usually ethnic restaurant where the food is authentic, the quality high, and the prices so low it’s hard to believe you’re still in New York. They delight in dragging visiting friends and relatives to little known corners of the Bronx for spicy calamari and linguine or to Harlem for succulent smothered pork chops. These places are secret treasures these New Yorkers keep to themselves, sharing the intelligence only with a handful of trusted friends, hoping against hope that the newspaper food critics (for whom “chowhounding” has become very chi-chi) won’t “discover” them and ruin it for everyone.

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