Here's what happens when you get to chatting with fellow drivers at the taxi garage before your shift starts: you end up at a Colombian restaurant in Jackson Heights face to face with a plate of pork belly.
If you're wondering why the Empire State building is lit up in blue and white tonight, it's in honor of the Argentine bicentennial. I didn't plan it this way, but it seems only fitting to break down the latest quest for a great Argentine empanada in New York on the country's 200th birthday.
50-something restaurants, four boroughs, a sell-out crowd of very hungry New Yorkers, food bloggers and those who love them converged at Monday's Choice Eats extravaganza on Lexington Ave. I went with a very specific mission: to find the very best cabbie-friendly dishes on the Bacchanalian buffet.
When I walked into the 24 hour Indian-Pakistani-Chinese cafeteria, the first thing I noticed was the bug zapper. A server watched me grab a seat as he sliced ginger into a metal bin. My chair rocked opposite a trash can piled with dirty dishes. It was the archetypal hole in the wall.