By Carol Tannenhauser
March 14, 2022 Weather: Generally clear, high of 56 degrees.
Our calendar has lots of local events!
Purim starts on the evening of Wednesday, March 16th, which means bakeries all over the city are offering fruit-filled cookies shaped (some say) like the villain Haman’s triangular hat. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency sent a message saying five of the 14 best places to buy hamantaschen in NYC are on the Upper West Side (with another coming soon.) “According to Gil Marks in his Encyclopedia of Jewish Food, if the food we eat somehow references Haman, we ‘symbolically erase his name.’ So eat up!
One of the places to be proudest of in the neighborhood is the Wild Bird Fund, the nonprofit wildlife hospital — the only one in NYC — on Columbus Avenue between W. 87 and 88th. This week’s The New Yorker has an illustrated tribute to WBF and its director and co-founder. “Rita McMahon…who first began treating injured birds out of her apartment, will celebrate the Bird Fund’s tenth anniversary this spring at a ‘Flocktail Party.’ She thinks the recent uptick in reports [of injured birds] may be due to New Yorkers noticing birds more than before the pandemic.”
None less than Robert Sietsema of Eater has finally debunked the myth about UWS eateries. “At the start of this century, it was commonplace to say there were no good restaurants on the Upper West Side. It was wrong then and is even more wrong now, as new places open up,” Sietsema wrote this month. He proves his point with a list of 35 places to try, including “new classics like Bánh Vietnamese Shop House, Pastrami Queen, and Charles Pan Fried Chicken … Culinarily speaking, the Upper West Side … is always renewing itself,” he says.
Also from Eater, starting in April the most expensive restaurant in America, thought to be Masa, the Japanese place located in The Shops at Columbus Circle, will get more expensive, bringing the price of an “extravagant” meal at the bar to more than $1,000 per person, “and that’s before a single drop of wine or sake is poured.”
Extra! The West Side Rag newsboy has removed his mask, but decided to retain his pandemic-inspired headline, “We’re all in this together,” because it is, and always will be, true.
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