New York Sits Down to Dinner, 2014
Welcome to the city’s table, where anything goes.
The staff of NYTable sat down with 12 New Yorkers to see who’s doing what for dinner – what they make or buy, where they get it, how much it costs, if they share it, and if it’s doing mind or body some good.
Join us for a unique food tour of the melting pot that is New York City. Click on the titles to reach each story. See all of the recipes together here.
The Tibetan Family in Queens
Join the Amchoks for dinner: an over-sized pot of boiling thenthuk soup, a beef and vegetable broth with mushrooms, spinach and homemade noodles. See the recipe here.
Traditional Tibetan thenthuk soup. Photo: Alexandra Torrealba.
The Upper West Side Senior Citizen
Frozen Kosher meals, delivered to her door, help Janice Bastuni to fill in a nutritional gap. See the recipe here.
Frozen salmon dinner. Photo: Mary Wojcik.
The Young Professional in Midtown
As a paralegal at a law firm near Wall Street, Maggie Klimentova’s work hours can be unpredictable. That means a lot of take out meals eaten at her desk. But tonight, she’s cooking: quick, easy, and healthy. See the recipe here.
Maggie’s plate: chicken with creamy mushrooms and arugula salad. Photo: Kiley Bense.
The Restaurant Dad
Richard Rajkumar makes five healthy dishes for his family of four, balancing competing dietary restrictions–like gluten, dairy, and meat–to feed his girlfriend, kids, and himself. See the recipe here.
A gluten, dairy, and meat-free meal. Photo: Esha Mahajan.
The Fast Food Worker in Bed-Stuy
Shantel Williams usually grabs dinner after work from a nearby taco truck. But tonight, she’s eating a cheesesteak. See the recipe here.
A cheesesteak and fries in Brooklyn. Photo: Johanna Barr.
The Male Model in Greenpoint
Zach Pricer, a commercial model with less than 5 percent body fat, watches what he eats. See the recipe here.
Spinach with veggie burger, carrots and sweet potatoes. Photo: U-Jin Lee.
The East Village Foodie
Josh Beckerman is a magician, comedian and food blogger who eats out nearly every night. He hasn’t cooked a meal in his own kitchen since first moving into his East Village apartment two years ago. See the recipe here.
Josh Beckerman’s dinner at Mission Chinese. Photo: Ellen Park.
The Single Mom in Harlem
Anita Manners feeds her four kids first, herself second. She cooks up a dinner of chicken, rice, beans, potatoes and corn, some of which she buys, some of which she gets at no cost from a local food pantry. See the recipe here.
Dinner of rice and beans, potato, chicken and corn, cooked by Anita Manners and her daughter Yaa, 13. Photo: Amber Jamieson.
The Fitness Expert in Bay Ridge
Jesa Henneberry, a private chef, nutritionist, and bodybuilding competitor, cooks a meal that satisfies her taste buds and the nutrient requirements her training demands. See the recipe here.
Dinner at Chef Jesa Henneberry’s house includes Cajun chicken paillard, honey lime kale slaw and jalapeno roasted sweet potatoes. Photo: Amanda Burrill.
The Staten Island Italian Family
Three generations of Crispis share a table of traditional and homemade Italian food: pasta, tomato sauce, meatballs, and garden salad. See the recipe here.
A plate of homemade pasta. Photo: Jenna Dagenhart.
The Union Square Baker
Maury Rubin, busy founder and owner of City Bakery, eats on the fly. He often starts his day with a grilled vegetable sandwich. See the recipe here.
The vegetable sandwich. Rubin usually eats half of it, and then nibbles on the second half throughout the rest of the morning. Photo: Marie-Jose Daoud.
The Private Chef in Canarsie
Anthony Cacase cooks with an eye to avoiding waste. See the recipe here.
Chicken stir-fry. Photo: Mohammed Shariff.