If you've ever been in a long distance relationship, this story is for you. I heard it on Valentine's Day in the back seat of a yellow cab going from Tribeca to Union Square
I was a little alarmed when I walked into Little Morocco on Friday and saw that every single chair was empty. Wasn’t this cabbie Hossam’s go-to spot for couscous? Hadn’t he told me to make sure I got there early in case they ran out?
About halfway through my ride with Hossam from Spanish Harlem to Midtown, I asked him what inspired him to leave Egypt.
"I hate it," he said.
"What do you hate about it?" I said.
"Why is that important?" he said, "What does that have to do with Taxi Gourmet?"
Cabbie Mohammed's favorite spot for tagine turned out to be less restaurant, more sandwich counter and all men. Every one of them glanced at me with a look that suggested I was in the wrong place before shifting their attention back to plates of halal burgers and fries...
For Mohammed – who was born in Rabat, has been driving a cab six days a week for the past ten years and spends summers with his wife and kids in Morocco – the trip to JFK is a ritual he never misses when he's on duty. Besides eating his lunch there, he prays...
Not only did Ali El Sayed grow up surrounded by great cooks…the chef from Alexandria is also cognizant of the history, the geography, and the suffering at the root of his dishes. Ali's gift goes beyond understanding the synergies of spices. His food wields ancestral force.
While I’ve devoted the last three years to asking taxi drivers to deliver me to their favorite places to eat, Dave Freedenberg (alias Famous Fat Dave) has spent the past seven doing restaurant reconnaissance from the front seat of a New York cab. “Every time I drop off a fare, I always ask, ‘Where
No, I’m not going to subject you to the details of all that I learned on the first day of taxi school. There were some fun moments, though. I especially liked the tremendously corny video “I AM New York: Becoming a Professional Taxi Driver,” in which a wise man in the rear view mirror
After five blocks in motion and 15 minutes of curbside conversation, José Pego finally decided I’d better try the lamb souvlaki at Opa! The cabbie – who emigrated to New York as a teenager, dropped out of NYU and has been driving a taxi for 32 years – was born in Galicia, Spain. He
When a Brazilian tells you where to get good feijoada in New York, you add the place to your restaurant list and vow to get there someday. When a Brazilian from Minas Gerais tells you where to get good feijoada in New York, you drop everything and go. Besides being Pele’s birthplace, Minas Gerais