I immediately liked the feeling of walking into the
dusky, charcoal walls of Empire House. It conjures a groovy old house
with mismatched chairs, some of which reminded me of sitting in a
One of the bonuses of being pregnant—once you’re through
the “all food is disgusting” phase—is the world being mostly supportive
of your occasionally (OK, fine, frequently) piggish eating “needs.”
“Listen to your body!” they reassure. “The baby will tell you what it
The word that comes
to mind when I think about the Lebanese food served at Alforon is
“warmth.” Yes, you can certainly opt for items that’ll put some heat on
your tongue, but I’m referring to the warmth of exotic spices like sumac
and wild thyme.
I’m particularly delighted that one of the coolest kids
on the dining block has begun serving the meal that hits the sweet spot
between too early and too boring. Starlite—they of the hexagonal door
and killer cocktails on India Street—began dishing up waffles and eggs
in May, but with its signature sophisticated panache.
In City Heights, 777 Noodle House serves dishes from
Vietnam and Thailand, and though those countries are quite a ways south
from Japan, following your nose through the front doors of the noodle
house evokes many of the shared flavors of the region.