A DAY IN NEW YORK: Noshers
FOOD TOUR: Susan Rosenbaum is the Enthusiastic Gourmet (646-209-4724, http:/
Down the street, we also visited Kossar's Bialys (367 Grand St., 877-424-2597, http:/
[Note: Essex Street Market is closed on Sundays, and kosher shops Kossar's and Pickle Guys are closed Saturdays and Jewish holidays.]
WHERE TO EAT:
· Taam-Tov (41 W. 47th St., third floor, 212-768-8001), a kosher restaurant, serves specialties from Uzbekistan's Bukhar region, whose spot on the Silk Road means the menu features Middle Eastern (hummus, shish kebabs), Indian (samsa are like samosas), Eastern European (borscht) and Bukharian specialties; I liked the bakhsh (Bukharian pilaf with chunks of meat, veggies and cilantro, $8) and lepeshka bread ($1.99).
· Xai Xai Wine Bar (365 W. 51st St., 212-541-9241, http:/
· Big Nick's Burger and Pizza Joint (2175 Broadway, 212-362-9238, http:/
· Montague Street Bagels (108 Montague St., Brooklyn Heights, 718-237-2512) makes real New York bagels just south of the Brooklyn Bridge.
WHAT ELSE TO DO: The Metropolitan Opera (Lincoln Center, between West 62nd and 65th streets and Columbus and Amsterdam avenues, 212-362-6000, http:/
While the best seats in the stunning opera house cost $375, the Met has lots of options for the budget-minded. For the remaining shows this season, the $15 and $26 Family Circle seats are going fast, but there are also rush tickets: Two hours before the show starts, the Met sells any unsold $100 orchestra seats for $20. Last year, at least 200 rush tickets were sold per performance, but get there early; people start queuing up at noon. Starting at 10 a.m. the day of the performance, standing room tickets are $15 to $20 and tickets for students 29 and younger are $25 to $35. -- C.T.