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Where Office Food Is No Taboo

Where Office Food Is No Taboo

by James Boo August 7, 2012

I never expected to find pulled pork this good in a pita joint. I certainly never expected to find the perfect office lunch so close to my office. Taboonette has turned me around on both counts. The downtown outpost of Mediterranean-leaning restaurant Taboon, Taboonette offers […]

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Single Serving: 1/2 Chicken With Fries at Rotisserie Ramados

Single Serving: 1/2 Chicken With Fries at Rotisserie Ramados

by James Boo July 18, 2012

In recalling the meals I enjoyed and didn’t enjoy over the course of two days in Montreal, two stretches of time struck me as most memorable: a late weeknight session in a charming, perfectly paced, technically-a-restaurant bar called Else’s, and a gut-checked devouring of chicken […]

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Single Federal File

Single Federal File

by James Boo June 1, 2012

Restaurants crowd-source annoyance. Long waits and stuffy spaces are why I hesitate to have dinner in Manhattan or check out anything that smacks remotely of a new attraction. If I’m going to spend more than half an hour just getting to the meal, I prefer […]

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Hand-Pulled Hit Parade

Hand-Pulled Hit Parade

by James Boo July 21, 2011

He went from zero to vermicelli in 60 seconds. With two small white cords buoyantly stretched between his hands, a quick turn of the wrist swung one end towards the other. Fingers silently grappled the dough, producing strands that swept over the table below. Strands […]

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Chicken A La Prince

Chicken A La Prince

by James Boo November 23, 2010

“You eat with your eyes first.” Fair enough. Here’s another one: “What game was the ref watching?” I’ll accept pride in plating, but when I order a tray of carne asada fries, a fistful of fried dumplings, or a Jack-in-the-Box taco, I calibrate my visual […]

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Taking Stock of a Sick Day

Taking Stock of a Sick Day

by James Boo October 5, 2010

Being bedridden with sickness for a week is one good way to confirm the myth that life in New York moves faster than it does anywhere else in the United States. As I spent the past 10 days contracting, realizing and recovering from a particularly […]

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A Pattie on the Back for Little Miss Muffin

A Pattie on the Back for Little Miss Muffin

by James Boo August 10, 2010

The Jamaican Patty was more or less foreign to me until a couple of months ago. I had passed by Golden Krust plenty of times en route to Popeyes, and I had heard tales of dried-up, unsavory offerings from deli counters and carts, but I […]

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Popeyes’ Fried Chicken and the Virtue of Being #2

Popeyes’ Fried Chicken and the Virtue of Being #2

by James Boo June 29, 2010

Several years ago, I realized that The Impressions‘ “I’ve Been Trying” is my second favorite song of all time. My rationale behind naming this sweet piece of soul my definitive #2 lies in the fact that naming a definitive #1 is a hopeless and hollow […]

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The Wind Beneath Our Wings

The Wind Beneath Our Wings

by James Boo May 18, 2010

If you’ve done any kind of soul food searching in the borough of Manhattan, you know – or at least have been ordered to accept – that the story of New York City’s best fried chicken begins with Charles Gabriel. I became one of the […]

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Masa en Place

Masa en Place

by James Boo May 4, 2010

I am somehow amazed at how eager others are to broadcast where they’re eating. The dead horse lying at the junction of food, place and internet has been beaten to glue in the past few years, but there’s something about the virtual, real-time mapping of […]

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