When it comes to Italian restaurants, New York City has some pretty amazing ones. Of course, it does not compete with the great cities of Italy, but it just may be the next best place. Regardless of the type of pasta you are looking for, there is somewhere to get it in New York.
At the moment, the following restaurants serve up my favorite bowls of ravioli, tagliatelle, gnocchi, fussilli and others.
I will start off with one of my overall favorite restaurants, Convivio. This place is just awesome. Chef Michael White pulls out all the stops with this pasta, serving up amazing dishes like maccheroni a la carbonara, which might be the best version of the dish I’ve ever tried.
Another must try place when visiting New York City is the legendary Il Mulino. This place is too good. You will leave so full you will not want to eat for days. one piece of advice: do not fill up on the breadsticks.
Down in TriBeCa is the wildly popular Locanda Verde. You can’t really go wrong with the pastas here, but one of the best dishes they offer is the Orecchiette with homemade duck sausage, broccoli rabe and piave.
If you find yourself on the lower East Side, a great place to try out is Falai. Located on Clinton Street, this place serves up specialities like Gnudi, with ricotta cheese, baby spinach, brown butter, crema di latte and crispy sage. Enough said.
Another place that is worth mentioning is Max. With three locations in the city, this place probably serves up the best pasta for the price. The portions are huge and you can get out of there for under $20.
These are just some of the best pasta places the big Apple has to offer, but with so many options, there are many others that are worth writing another article about.
The Congressional Budget Office released their latest budget and economic outlook yesterday, and although the basic messages are not really new, they do show some new ways of presenting their numbers that help reinforce those basic messages.
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First, Figure 1-1 above, from page 3 of the report, highlights the difference between deficits under the current-law baseline (the bottom segment of the deficit bars) and deficits under the CBO’s “alternative fiscal scenario” where scheduled spending cuts are bypassed and expiring tax cuts are extended. What’s clear from this chart is that:
- while current law produces economically-sustainable deficits (meaning deficits as a share of GDP that are lower than the growth rate of the economy), the alternative scenario produces hugely unsustainable deficits;
- it is choices over tax policy, not spending policy, that account for the bulk of the difference between the two policy scenarios within the 10-year budget window;
- by the end of the 10-year budget window, the additional interest payments alone associated with the extra deficit-financed policies under the alternative scenario swamp the entire deficit under the current-law baseline. (Interest payments swell because: (i) the big difference between the scenarios starts immediately, (ii) interest compounds, and (iii) interest rates rise significantly over the 10-year window.)
Second, in Table 1-5 of the report (pages 18-19), a table showing the “budgetary effects of selected policy alternatives not included in CBO’s baseline,” this year CBO offers a comparison of the cost of extending all the expiring Bush tax cuts (and continuing the related alternative minimum tax relief) with the cost of extending all but the upper bracket rate cuts. the cost of extending all the tax cuts is $4.5 trillion over ten years. the cost of extending all but the top bracket cuts is $3.7 trillion over ten years. (Both costs are without associated interest costs.) in other words, allowing the upper brackets to expire saves only about $800 billion out of $4.5 trillion–or just 18 percent of the total cost. in other words, change the choice to extend the tax cuts to one extending just the “middle-class” tax cuts, and you only shave less than one fifth from the tax policy segments in the chart above, and policymakers would still be choosing to deviate quite substantially from the current-law baseline by extending and deficit-financing those tax cuts. Based on the (over-)dramatic, political mud-slinging over the two parties’ tax policy positions, one would think there was a much bigger difference between extending the tax cuts “for the rich” and not. (One big reason: the “not” isn’t really a “not,” because upper-income households still benefit the most, in dollar terms, from the lower-bracket rate reductions.)
By the way, it’s the data in Table 1-5 that the Concord Coalition uses to construct our “plausible baseline”–which I have emphasized before is not necessarily a statement of what is most likely to happen, but what is at least very “plausible” (possible, believable) from a “business as usual” perspective. Concord’s updated plausible baseline, based on the updated CBO numbers, can be found here.
Third, Table 2-2 in the CBO report, on page 37 in the economic outlook chapter, makes an interesting comparison of the economic effects of the two different baselines at the beginning of the 10-year budget window (2013) and at the end (2022). Because the alternative fiscal scenario involves higher deficits throughout, in 2013 GDP growth is higher and unemployment is lower, compared with the current-law baseline, because of the benefits of the continued stimulus to the demand side of the still-recovering economy. but by 2022, GDP growth is lower and interest rates are higher under the alternative fiscal scenario, because of the longer-term economic cost associated with the higher debt and lower national saving. this is a useful reminder that while the particular timing of the “fiscal cliff” (and sticking to current law, literally, over the next year) is problematic for the current economy, this shouldn’t rule out achieving the same amount of deficit reduction over the 10-year window that is implied by the current-law baseline. (I’ve made this point before, and I’ll make it again and again until policymakers address the fiscal cliff appropriately.)
Brooklyn Crab: Finally some positive press.
This week, our critics sat out the restaurant reviewing to drop an awesome Fall Preview package instead — but don’t worry, we still have a way for you to find the best eats in the city. What did the rest of New York’s professional eaters think of the city’s restaurants this week? Read all about it, straight ahead.
At La Vara in Cobble Hill, the presentation is nothing special, but the method of frying artichokes served with anchovy aioli had Pete Wells trying to divert his friends’ attention so he could swipe them all. he awards two stars.
At Neta in the West Village, Masa alums create “cool fish” dishes sometimes topped with things like bonito flakes and usually dancing to the groove of the old funk playing in the restaurant. And while it’s not an expensive “temple” of fish like Masa, Tejal Rao says ordering a tasting menu ($95 or $135) isn’t a mistake. Also not a mistake: starting off with a shot of tequila that’s poured over yuzu-flavored ice and sprinkled with smoked salt — or as Rao calls it, “a high five from the universe.”
Robert Sietsema calls Tacos Cachanilla in Sunset Park one of New York’s most evolved taquerias. the giant flatbreads they use are too big to be called tortillas, he says, and inside you’ll find yellow rice, fried chile strips, onions, and skin-on French fries. other varieties have the giant tortilla enfolding a chile relleno stuffed with Brooklyn-made Oaxacan cheese or boiled eggs. But Sietsema suggests trying vegetarian here, as the veggie options often surpass their meaty brethren.
As far as Brooklyn Crab in Red Hook goes, the New Yorker says haters gonna hate. Yelpers tried to kill the restaurant’s buzz early on, but nowhere else provides the opportunities to drink beer, play mini golf, and eat seafood outside while gazing at the New York Harbor. an advertisement of the Sunday football special indicates its outdoor compartments will be enclosed and heated as summer wanes.
Cómodo in the West Village has all the spice of a Latin-fusion atmosphere — except the spice. the Daily News’s Stan Stagner says the friendly restaurant needs to add some salt, but he nonetheless recommends the duck breast, pao de queijo lamb sliders, and the hibiscus spring rolls.
Ryan Sutton writes that Crave Fishbar in Turtle Bay seems to have recovered from a fatal crane accident in 2009 that destroyed the old venue. Now, across the street it’s bustling, serving good raw fish dishes (albeit at times overwrought with too many ingredients). he even likes the fried chicken, served with vinegar sauce, American cheddar, and Israeli couscous. he only complains about one price (the $31 lobster curry) and awards one and a half stars.
Vivino, the Free Wine App, gets updated with new features Saturday, 25 Aug 2012
UHF Android Tablet Reader Released by Daily Friday, 24 Aug 2012
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