I love New York City for so many reasons... especially because of the community feel. When I lived there, I knew the guys who worked at the deli downstairs, the owner at the local health food store, the landrymat workers, the policemen on the block, the West African immigrants in my building... it was a real community.
Everytime I go back, I love heading to my favorite restaurants to see the people I knew for so long.
Here are some of my fave places to go for food:
Gemma in the Bowery Hotel