Over the past week, I've drowned my tax-day-anxiety with the usual meds: great food, good strong drinks (some with caffeine, some with alcohol, even some with neither), and long walks around neighborhoods near my home and office. Most stops I've made lately have been in and around the East Village, for some reason. Herewith, a few notes from there and elsewhere around NYC:
Artichoke Basille's Pizza: I walked in to this month-old pizza joint on 14th Street ready to not believe the hype, but co-owners Francis Garcia and Sal Basille's cheese-and-cream-slathered artichoke-spinach pie and crunchy Sicilian slices are worth the wait. (I stood around for nearly 30 minutes on a Sunday afternoon.) There's no place to sit inside, but the place gets packed all day with people just hovering until the next pie comes out of the oven (the pizzas sell out fast). They cut the slices big here, so the roughly $3 a slice is a pretty good deal.