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As more New York City restaurants are opening for outdoor dining, I want to do my best to support them by trying at least one a week. Two that have stood out are:

Ampia Rooftop and Gnoccheria

Rooftops are prime real estate in a busy city, and Ampia is special. They have installed glass greenhouses to promote social distancing, an idea taken from restaurants in Europe. This makes for a lovely sight when you step out of the elevator onto the rooftop dining space. I recommend it for a cocktail in the evening, watching the sunset over lower Manhattan. As it is a gnoccheria, you must try the gnocchi with gorgonzola and truffle, topped with crispy speck.

Atla

Usually, Mexican food can be disappointing in Manhattan, so I was very impressed by Atla. It was opened by Enrique Olvera, the chef best known for Pujol in Mexico City. The food is a modern take on classic Mexican cuisine; simple and flavorful. Atla serves little plates and a wonderful menu of Tequilas and Mezcals all day. I recommend the guacamole, full of fresh herbs and served with homemade tortilla chips, and the tender, spicy, and fabulous pork al pastor.  

Swift Cup Coffee

Swift Cup Coffee

Mention the phrase “instant coffee” to just about anyone, and you’ll probably elicit a groan or two. However, the much-derided…
Dim Sum Palace

Dim Sum Palace

Ed and I were treated to a wonderful lunch by our friends Angelina and Sharon the other day. They brought…
Diana Rilov’s Zoom Yoga

Diana Rilov’s Zoom Yoga

Diana Rilov was my yoga instructor thirty years ago, and now she’s doing an amazing yoga class via Zoom. She’s…